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Eliana Murargy Is the Trailblazing Mozambican Fashion Brand You Should Know About

We spoke with the designer about her latest collection "Basking In the Osun River," which was the first by a Mozambican designer to show at New York Fashion Week.

Mozambican fashion designer Eliana Murargy has been on a mission to re-imagine luxury clothing in Africa since she first established her eponymous brand in 2011. Her latest collection "Basking in the Osun River," does just that. It debuted at New York Fashion Week (NYFW) last month, making her the first designer from Mozambique to showcase at the renowned fashion event.

Murargy put the myriad African influences in her designs front and center with "Basking in the Osun River"—a name which directly reference the mystical Osun River, which runs from Nigeria to the Atlantic Gulf of Guinea.

The designs themselves, are characterized by ethereal and skillfully tailored garments, designed in solid, earth-tones with feminine silhouettes, inspired by The Aje—a female Yoruba figure believed to hold fierce, cosmic powers as well as the water deity Osun. According to the designer, the collection was created with an "exclusive community of West African tailors."

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Studio 189 Brought 'Heritage' to the Runway During NYFW

Take a look at the sustainable brand's Spring 2020 collection.

Studio 189—the sustainable fashion brand created by Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah, debuted their Spring 2020 collection during New York Fashion Week (NYFW).

OkayAfrica was in attendance at Spring Studio this past Tuesday for the brand's runway show, which brought out 600 guests from various industries. Amongst those in attendance included Fantasia, Naturi Naughton, Quincy Brown, Opal Tometti, Young Paris, Quincy Brown, Justine Skye, Shaun Ross and many more. The show also featured musical performances "inspired by the continent of Africa" from Jojo Abot and more.

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This 19-Year-Old Nigerian Designer Went From Launching His Brand in a Cramped Apartment to Showing at NYFW

Meet Taofeek Abijako of Head of State—the menswear line inspired by the Nigerian spirit of grit and joy.

This Hijab-Wearing Beauty Contestant Is Making Her Modeling Debut During New York Fashion Week

Halima Aden, the first hijab-wearing woman to compete in Minnesota's Miss USA competition, will make her modeling debut during Kanye West's show.

Marc Jacobs’ Defense of White Models in Dreadlocks Was Way Worse Than His Original Sin

"For them, sporting locs down Jacobs’ runway is fun and edgy. For a black woman like me, it could cost me a job."

8 Dope New York Fashion Week Moments from the African Diaspora

As New York Fashion Week 2016 gets underway, we look back at some of our favorite NYFW moments from the African diaspora.

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Nigerian Mother/Daughter Labels Deola Sagoe & Clan At NYFW S/S15

Deola Sagoe and Clan present SS15 collection at Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week (NYFW Spring/Summer 2015).