New African Fashion: A Sneak Peek

What with the rise of fashion lines like Suno and Lemlem, African-inspired style is really having a moment. Which is what spurred Helen Jennings to pen New Africa Fashion, a history of African style featuring interviews with some of the continent's and its Diaspora's most prominent designers, like Duro Olowu, Jewel by Lisa, Black Coffee, and Eric Raisina.

Timed to the book's release, on Wednesday the New York Public Library will host a free event with Jennings, who will be joined by the designers of Mataano, designer Mimi Plange and former model Bethann Hardison. Enyinne Owunwanne, of African Fashion Heritage 1960, will moderate the discussion. And then on Thursday, if you can weasel your way in, there'll be an invite-only shindig at private members-only club Parlour with a performance by Philly artist Zakee and DJ sets by mOma and DJake.

To whet your palate, check out a selection of amazing images from the tome.

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