The Second Edition Of Black Fashion Week Paris

This is about the second edition of Black Fashion Week Paris, organized and founded by Adama N'Diaye (more known as Adama Paris).

Founded by Adama N'Diaye, Black Fashion Week hit the city of lights for the second time and left Paris burning with excitement and style. After building her reputation, N'diaye, a Senegalese leading lady, blasted her way onto the Black Fashion Week concept. Media made a lot of noise about the name — it was a good way to make them speak and get tiror coverage while N'Diaye's principal goal was to focus on promoting designers and models of colors. According to her, the lack of exposure for colored designers and models made the initiative necessary.

Fourteen designers responded to the call with stunning collections. African prints were omnipresent and reinvented in an architectural shape, giving a tribute to the continent's designs and enhancing many silhouettes with colorful prints. Adama N'Diaye and her label Adama Paris opened the Black Fashion Week Paris with a colorful and ultra-feminine collection featuring some oversized jackets. N'Diaye mixed the prints perfectly and her collection looked stunning. Zacometi, one of the menswear brands present at the event showcased well-fitted suits with a street influence, some were presentedwith boots. African prints came back with Maria Bocoum, as she played with superposition and geometry while embodying a feminie gracefulness

Utilizing African prints, Sidy Counda placed fabrics on jumpsuits, dresses, and 2-piece outfits to create a modern and urban look for both men and women. Eric Raisina was fluffy, bright, frangy, bold and unique. The collection was designed for the woman who knows where she's going and loves to make a bold statement. Eugheni Hudorojcou brought fancy and simple gentlewomen evening dresses. Meanwhile, our dear Martial Tapolo delivered a stunning collection on a color gradient from camel to brown. His structured pieces seemed to be coming from ornamental costumes of another decade. The gowns were particularly perfect, with little details that added a beautiful twists to close the second edition of Black Fashion Week Paris.

One major name was added to our roundup list to add some fashion spice. An African figure in the fashion industry over 30 years, Alphadi knows what will be trendy next season: all white! Many Spring/Summer 14 focused on white shades and it was clearly popping out on the Black Fashion Week models of color. Eliette Lesuperbe was superbeMama Fagueye addressed all fronts: menswear, womenswear, elegant, and bold. She made it all and ended her show with a strong fist in the air. Sophie Nzinga presented the collection that she unveiled during New York Fashion Week, highlighting an outstanding number of pieces inspired by ornate delicacy and the velvet texture of a rose. As to Patou Manga, every single piece was a one-of-a-kind and had his own flavor. OKA favorite Elie Kuame, like Alphadi, predicted that white will be a major trend next season. As always, Kuame honored femininity and a woman's curves outstandingly. To close the Black Fashion Week, Helmer provided dramatic looks with a clear pronounced taste for well-fitted mermaid skirts. This edition of Black Fashion Week Paris was a success like al the others, we can't wait to tell you where the next one will be held. In the meantime, scroll down through the gallery to see our favorite looks. If you want to talk about it, tweet #pretapoundo.


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