[nggallery id=35]While African designers may complain of getting little exposure on the international stage, it looks like American designers are certainly paying attention to the happenings on African runways. This year’s most surprising collection came from rocker Gwen Stafani’s label, L.A.M.B., which was a colorful collection of African-print motifs splashed on everything from mini-dresses to tailored suits.


WHAT WE REALLY THOUGHT: Urgh, must we really go there? While Stefani has always been considered a trailblazer in music and fashion (and we do love us some Gwen), it’s hard to cheer when most of this collection seems ripped off the runways of Africa Fashion Week. Think Nkwo and Jewel by Lisa. In all honesty we really did enjoy the collection, but the nagging feeling of appropriation (yet again) just kept creeping up on us. Are we overreacting? Click through the gallery and tell us what you think.

 

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  5. September 20, 2010  10:10 am by badaaye

    i hear what you're sayng but then does this mean kente and ankara are only for africans to get creative with? cos i am quite digging this blazer on ol gwen right now. just saying.

  6. September 20, 2010  10:05 am by Bennie

    argh, what can you say? happens every time

  7. September 20, 2010  8:40 am by Dabanga

    I~~m with you on this one as you can see from an earlier post I wrote
    in regard to $$ making a trend of African fashion & fabric. I hate to come off as chauvinistic (Her collection was lovely)but I~~m just tired of the ignoring of African designers and fabrics have been around for a long, long times so why doe it take LAMBs presentation for it to be seen and to try and make it just a trend
    Adiats AFWNY was really where it was at as far as African designers
    go and that is not a trend or trendy.

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