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Black designers get their moment in Paris spotlight

© Pierre RENE-WORMS

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-10-06

Paris is hosting another fashion week this weekend: Black Fashion Week. With 16 up and coming black designers from Mali to Haiti taking part, it's the chance for them to give their collections and their models some well-deserved attention.

As Paris Fashion Week drew to a close last week, the French capital held another fashion event this weekend: Black Fashion Week.

For two evenings on Saturday and Sunday, 16 black designers will present their collections, starting with Adama Black, a designer from Senegal who has been organising the events since 2002.

Other shows on Saturday included Malian Maryam Bocoum who revealed her collection mixing Scottish tartan and African prints, and Martial Tapolo, from Cameroon, who brought traditional African chief looks to Parisian catwalks.

Last week, critics condemned the lack of black models on the runways, but Black Fashion Week puts the spotlight on black models and designers, a chance to discover new talent and prove to the world that clothes from Dakar or Bamako are fit for fashion boutiques across the world.

Date created : 2013-10-06

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