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Here's Our List of The Continent's Best Fashion Moments of 2021

We finally received the green light to play outside again, and Africans have wasted no time in grabbing the fashion world's attention.

African fashion had its moment this year — you cannot deny it.

Titi Adesa's shoes have yet to leave the feet of the highly fashionable, while Nigerian high-end fashion brand Orange Culture's designer garments have taken the global fashion village by storm. And, as it stands, the combined apparel and footwear market in sub-Saharan Africa is worth a cool US$ 31 billion, according to data from Euromonitor International.

Fashion during the start of COVID-19 had been heavily muted, loungewear and utility wear becoming a matter of convenience and comfort. As the world slowly emerged from lockdown into a familiar routine this year, so did people’s desire to dress with freedom. Fashion weeks around the world staged its return to bolder, physical formats. Colors returned. This has been a year for the everyday fashion lover to turn looks out, too. The creativity, innovation, and passion for fashion displayed this year makes one realize that the moment where African fashion takes over the global market has arrived.

With South Africa's Cape Town and Johannesburg Fashion Week and Ghana's own fifth celebration of designer wear still to come, we know that the rivers of potential from Africa's designers and innovative stylists are yet to run dry for this year. Earlier this month, Niger hosted the 13th biennial International Festival of Fashion in Africa (le Festival International de la mode Africaine - FIMA), while Ghana hosted a host of South African designers at their Mzansi Goes West fashion showcase in Accra this month. The killer fashion shows no signs of slowing down, but we wanted to celebrate the amazing work we've already been introduced to this year.

Here's our list of this year's most fashionable moments from the continent.

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