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Arise Africa Fashion Week: Mustafa Hassanali

Ijeoma Balogun

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Tanzanian designer, Mustafa Hassanali’s collection can be described as tropical candy! The vibrant colours combined with soft sheer floaty fabrics, capture the allure of a fine summer’s day and an enchanting summer’s evening!

His garments emphasise on the hands and shoulders of a lady as most garments are either sleeveless or asymmetric sleeves. The dresses although quite lose, manage to sit quite well on the body, by creating an enchanting illusion and silhouette in their flow. A very interesting aspect of his designs is how he underlines the sheers fabrics with the African fabrics with the sash belts cutting across the waist, to give definition to the designs.

His floor length dresses are absolutely divine, they cut across the runway and you are completely left in awe of the beauty of his artistic expression.

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Photo Credit: Ladybrille Blogazine

15 Comments

  1. piola

    June 16, 2009 at 2:51 am

    i want ankara umbrella

  2. AMAKA

    June 16, 2009 at 3:11 am

    first comment!
    all these models look stunning. the designer is awesome!
    i would love to wear almost all the clothes!
    these clothes are some of the best modern african fashion ive seen.
    thanks bella, again!

  3. Bola

    June 16, 2009 at 4:57 am

    fantastic, ALL the pieces r haute! i couldn’t decide which i likedf best.
    I’ve got to say though, the matching umbrellas with the fabrics was a little bit overwhelming on two of the looks

  4. GamGam

    June 16, 2009 at 9:36 am

    i definitely want the um beh rella!!

  5. eggone

    June 16, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    absolutely beautiful!!!

  6. chituru

    June 16, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Beautiful, Beautiful outfits!

    I am surprised Sugabelly abi na Badbelle with her foul mouth hasn’t descended on the designer for using an asian model. Maybe she’s dead. I better check her blog.

  7. Fatima

    June 16, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Lovely! I really, really like! The umbrellas are cute too!

  8. Nneka

    June 16, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    My favs are the first and the orange ruffled dress! they are all so wearable. The matching ankara umbrella works for the runway but pleeeaassse DO NOT attempt in public. Ankara fabrics/clothes already have a lot going on on them.

  9. Mariam

    June 16, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    yea i have to agree with Bola. Personally I feel the umbrella is a “borrowed element of culture” from the Eastern world, but if done/matched appropriately with African attire, can look amazin.

  10. Kemchi

    June 17, 2009 at 12:59 am

    Model No. 1 looking hawt, Asian chic in Ankara very cute.
    Ankara umbrella hmmmmmmmmm……. brilliant concept 4 d runway tho.

  11. Ed Kavishe

    June 17, 2009 at 2:56 am

    Very chic collection, love it every garment

  12. aosgrl

    June 17, 2009 at 3:47 am

    This is absolutely unnecessary! Seriously!

  13. aosgrl

    June 17, 2009 at 3:49 am

    Certainly very wearable. Love that he picked fluid fabric. The designs look like they would fit women of different shapes and sizes.

  14. asnath

    October 19, 2009 at 8:59 am

    hellow Ay i am interested in joining you in doing fashion show how can i join you?

  15. happiness

    August 20, 2010 at 9:42 am

    guy keep it up. i real inspired with your fashion style especially in making clothes
    big up so far you could be an international designer. be blessed!

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