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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa 2014 – Day 2: Mai Atafo Inspired

Adesola Ade-Unuigbe



14_MBFWA_SDR_7283_MaiAtafo_w387_h580Nigerian designer Mai Atafo is one of the few Nigerian designers showcasing at the 2014 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa in South Africa so we were certainly looking forward to what he’d have to offer.

The Mai Atafo Inspired collection was such a suave one with Mai dishing out pastel colours for men and even going into a few bright pieces for men.

MAI gave the eager audience, pastel colours, clean cuts and tailored pieces.

For the women MAI went a bit more African with his designs and we especially love the talking drum shaped bags.

Check out the full collection below!

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Photo Credit: Simon Deiner / SDR Photo

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  1. mama dazel

    October 31, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Mai the copycat! Well you did well with this right here. Some sort of originality which I like! More grease to your elbow. Welldone

    • lindo

      October 31, 2014 at 1:38 pm

      Pls ow is mai a copycat? If u dnt av something cool 2 say jst keep quiet.

  2. BlueEyed

    October 31, 2014 at 8:17 am

    It’s no news that Mai Atafo can do menswear and do it quite well, was that denim I spotted in some pieces there??cool!
    The menswear inspired pieces for women was interesting to look at. I would love to see an entire womenswear collection inspired by male clothing from mr Mai.

  3. Ifunanya

    October 31, 2014 at 8:27 am

    MAI Atafo is good!

  4. naana

    October 31, 2014 at 8:40 am

    love the men’s shoes.

  5. Dr. N

    October 31, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Crazy goooood!

  6. Lady

    October 31, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Why is Mai Atafo doing womenswear?

  7. Surely

    October 31, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Okay Mai, just stick to menswear. Only 1 or 2 looks are working for the women here…
    And pls why do the models look so amateur?

  8. Kachi

    October 31, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Mba nu! Didn’t the male models go for fittings before the show, or is it a trend? I am referring to the crotch, so ill-fitted. Invariably, the female collection is lovely.

  9. lolly

    October 31, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Love the south south theme!! On women! Love!

  10. Kachi

    October 31, 2014 at 9:50 am

    I equally notice the South-South Region of Nigeria theme on his female collection. I see myself rocking them without any adjustment to the original idea including the headgear.

  11. Authentic31

    October 31, 2014 at 9:53 am

    I love the pastel colours.

  12. kk3

    October 31, 2014 at 9:59 am

    None like Mai!! Simply the best

  13. bp

    October 31, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Ohmai is very Good with the menswear

  14. Ivy

    October 31, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Mai does womenswear too? Nice. But these are very impressive and ready-to-wear….. Absolutely love

  15. SOLA R.

    October 31, 2014 at 10:18 am

    this is what i call a collection not all those things some people at LFDW are showing us

  16. peace

    October 31, 2014 at 10:24 am

    lovely color for the men, In love with the female collection… well done

  17. Ngozi

    October 31, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Wow!!! Damnnnn this guy just killed it.. Love both men and women’s collection.. I really like the Southern Nigerian theme.. Very creative and he pulled it of well.. My kind of style. Well done mai

    • Ada Nnewi

      October 31, 2014 at 1:38 pm

      I absolutely love the women’s collection

  18. madam

    October 31, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Mai please stick to menswear, thank you

  19. Doubra

    October 31, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    I love the women’s wear. Absolutely love it. Most of them are rockable.

  20. Nina

    October 31, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    MAI! I will totally rock your womenswear collection. I LOVE!

  21. tony

    November 1, 2014 at 8:57 am

    too many boxy ill fitting suits.. not a good look…

  22. Lolo

    November 1, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    please just give me the 9th male model(yeah i counted,lol)for christmas choi.odikwa very sexy!!!

  23. Teddy

    November 1, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Very very nice, simple, wearable and well taught out collection. Nothing impresses me more than a fellow designer that knows what he/she is doing. Very few designers can pull out comprehensible and wearable collection like this. And for all his haters out there, keep hating and the sky is his beginning, you all just don’t know how much time/resources and energy all these takes. Kudos to my brother, friend and colleague, Ohimia Atafo.

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