Fashion Trend to Watch: Afropolitan Chic

The buzz word in in South Africa fashion fresh from the Mercedes Benz Cape Town Fashion Week is the ‘Afropolitan’ Chic.


The look was designed by Marianne Fassler, known as the grande dame of South African fashion. Her style mirrors a local taste for contemporaneity infused with tradition: Although the silhouette is global, a knowing eye will quickly notice various, subtle cultural references, like prints and accessories that nod at traditional Zulu fashion.

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“Afropolitan.” “It’s a cosmopolitan approach to African aesthetic: Africa through the lens of modernity and global relevance,” explains Kyle Boshoff, the retail buyer for AFI (African Fashion International), an organization committed to boosting upscale African fashion round the world, and who works hand in hand with fashion week.

I would describe it tribal with a modern touch of rock and art. What do you think?

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