#SAMW16: Mai Atafo, Orange Culture, Tokyo James and More

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“Sartorial Thursdays”- Spring 17 collection by Mai Atafo

The just concluded menswear week in Cape Town featured a lot of Nigerian brands making their Spring/Summer debut on the runway.

With patterns, colored hues, sartorial and athleisure leading the way, it is easy to spot a trend among the designers featured from Nigeria at #SAMW16. They came bolder and more versatile than their last collections, and combined, showed that Nigerian fashion is really pushing global boundaries.

Mai Atafo introduces us to “Sartorial Thursdays” a collection inspired by his personal style and the need for a casual look for your every day sartorial gentleman.Documents SAMWMA4 SAMWMA3 SAMWMA2 SAMWMA12 SAMWMA14

Maxivive brought comfort and layering to the runway with his “Harmattan Dry” collection.

Harmattan Dry collection by Maxivive
Harmattan Dry collection by Maxivive
Harmattan Dry collection by Maxivive
Harmattan Dry collection by Maxivive
Harmattan Dry collection by Maxivive
Harmattan Dry collection by Maxivive

Kola Kuddus’ collection plays with the casual theme and elaborate traditional two piece, dialing up the edge factor with a variation in cuts and color blocking.

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Kola Kudsu at SAMW16 /Image by SDR
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Kola Kudsu at SAMW16 /Image by SDR
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Kola Kudsu at SAMW16 /Image by SDR
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Kola Kudsu at SAMW16 /Image by SDR

From Orange Culture it was a burst of summery colors, graphic tees, and accessories for men such as chokers, belts and man purses.

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Bayo Oke Lawal at SAMW16 / Image by SDR
Orange Culture at SAMW16 / Image by SDR
Orange Culture at SAMW16 / Image by SDR
Orange Culture at SAMW16 / Image by SDR
Orange Culture at SAMW16 / Image by SDR
Orange Culture at SAMW16 / Image by SDR
Orange Culture at SAMW16 / Image by SDR
Orange Culture at SAMW16 / Image by SDR
Orange Culture at SAMW16 / Image by SDR

Tokyo James infused his personal style in his collection, featuring menswear tailoring and a fusing of women’s wear.

Tokyo James at SAMW16
Tokyo James at SAMW16/ Image by SDR
Tokyo James at SAMW16
Tokyo James at SAMW16 / Image by SDR
Tokyo James at SAMW16
Tokyo James at SAMW16 / Image by SDR
Tokyo James at SAMW16
Tokyo James at SAMW16 / Image by SDR
Tokyo James at SAMW16
Tokyo James at SAMW16 / Image by SDR

Each designer overall had an interesting element or twist to their collection. This kind of makes me excited to see what other Nigerian designers are working on.

(Images/ SDK)