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Catwalks: South Africa’s ‘Afropolitan’ Chic

Alice Pfeiffer | ELLE   in 
August 11, 2014

A model confidently walks down the runway, wearing a cropped, sporty dress in a multicolored print, paired with ornate earrings and flat shoes. This look could have easily been seen on the runways of Paris or Milan, but it came down a catwalk in Cape Town, South Africa, during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Cape Town last week.

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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