Tsemaye Binitie, Nigeria
When First Lady Michelle Obama has day meetings, she wears conservative cuts. When the First Lady is attending night time events, she shoes a little more skin (in an elegant way, of course). London-based Nigerian designer, Tsemaye Binitie’s line offers appropriate looks for any time of day.
Weiz Dhurm Franklyn, Nigeria
Designer Wisdom Franklyn is a newcomer to Nigeria’s fashion scene, but his designs have already graced African fashion’s most popular runways. His latest collection is inspired by the spring bloom of flowers.
Darryl Jagga, South Africa
Pieces from South African designer Darryl Jagga’s collections are fast becoming a staple in the closets of the country’s most recognizable women. Jagga’s ready to wear line caters to the ‘sophisticated’ woman. Sounds perfect for the First Lady.
KISUA’s online store is changing the way consumers buy African fashion. The platform is easy to navigate and convenient for the First Lady (and her glam squad) to get a hold of special African-inspired pieces.
Twin sisters Ayaan and Idyl Mohallim are known for creating pieces inspired by the free-flowing fabrics of Somalia’s traditional wear. With her tight schedule and frequent travel demands, Mataano’s clothing is a great fit for Michelle Obama.
Modahnik, Democratic Republic of Congo
Originally from the DRC, designer Kahindo Mateene lives in the U.S. Her line, Modahnik, displays her African and American design influences.
Cushnie Et Ochs, U.S.
Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs’s collaborations extend beyond their label’s name. Their most recent collection merges classy cuts with colors that pop.
Azede Jean-Pierre, U.S.
Her line is edgy and eclectic – a reflection of her personal style. Azede Jean Pierre graduated from design school and launched her company in 2012. Two years later, the Haitian-American designer already has a NYFW show under her belt.
Lanre Da Silva, Nigeria
In the six years since Mrs. Obama became an international fashion icon, we’ve learned she loves a kitten heel. We’ve also learned she is not afraid of bold prints. Lanre Da Silva Ajayi’s line is shaped around bold patterns and eye-catching prints. This is sure to be a great option for the First Lady.
David Tlale, South Africa
His work has been on New York Fashion Week’s prestigious runways, and he just keeps getting bigger. It is hard to believe the First Lady has not worn the dresses of Tlale’s South African label, but we are hoping that will all change soon.