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Made in Africa: Arise's 2011 N.Y. Fashion Week Show

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In its fourth appearance at New York Fashion Week, Arise magazine made a return to the city this fall with its much-anticipated Spring 2012 group show, entitled Made in Africa.


The showcase — featuring seven African designers — was intent on displaying the diversity of African style to an international audience. Metallic oranges to deep hues of blue and red colored the runway, while traditional fabrics and prints took a backseat to silk and satin, capturing the versatility of fashion design on the continent.

Take a look at these dazzling photos, straight from the 2011 Made in Africa catwalk.

Flowing Fabric

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Gorgeous trains rippled behind the models throughout the show, illustrating Made in Africa's theme this year: water.

Crème de la Crème

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Bright colors made their mark, but ivory, beige and cream were also featured prominently on the runway.

The Color Block

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This deep-yellow blouse, combined with teal trousers, made for a dramatic contrast.

Sexy Suit

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Beautiful black West African lace gave this masculine look a touch of femininity.

Classic Ball Gown

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Malcolm Kluk and Christiaan Gabriel du Toit make up the South African design duo KLuK CGDT. "Africa has been a huge trend in recent seasons, but no one has summed up its romance, so that was our starting point," the duo said.

Sheer Silk Overlay

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In another romantic KLuK CGDT creation, the duo said they focused heavily on "tulle, silk and West African lace" in this spring collection.

Crazy for Color

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This stunning red, orange, black and white silk print, made by Asibelua, one of Africa's most celebrated designers, was a crowd favorite.

Comfy and Classic

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Asibelua's multicolored, wide-sleeved robe, also known as a boubou, is a staple in West African fashion.

Layered Lace

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Nigerian designer Tsemaye Binitie's Beautiful People line included this long, white lace gown. "Beautiful People is inspired by a whirlwind trip I took earlier this year, taking in the sights and sounds of five international cities in seven weeks."

Lady in Red

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This washed-silk crepe dress by Binitie was a huge runway hit. "Colorful dresses and separates come in light, airy silks, linen, cotton, jersey and neoprene," Binitie said of the collection.