Shop The Trend: Get The ‘Black Is King’ Look

Black is King Fashion Trends

Beyoncé and Disney’s Black Is King, which premiered early this month, is more than just an audio-visual expression of the rich culture and beauty that is found on the continent, it is a celebration of African fashion.

Zerina Ackers, the film’s stylist sourced clothes from well-known and independent designers from
Africa or who are of African descent. Ackers also made sure to work with a team of stylists from the
continent, including South African stylist and photographer, Trevor Stuurman, who ensured that each
look came across as authentic.

While many publications have reported that multiple trends have emerged from the film, we would
argue that the film employs three key trends that have always been the cornerstones of African
fashion – colour, print, and texture.

With this in mind, we’ve selected different pieces from the AFI Boutique to help you recreate the
Black Is King aesthetic in your everyday life.

Colour

Bird Wing Suit
The Green Bird Wing Suit Jacket is a twist of short-long length, fitted jacket with flapped pockets paired with
high waist palazzo formal pants.

Green Bird Wing Suit, Moraba Collective (R9 775 | $586.50)
Mala Dress
The Mala Dress is a floor-length dress made from diamond-satin material with a long v-neckline with volume
sleeves and thick cuffs. Can be styled with a thick figure belt to draw attention to the waist.
Mala Dress, Moraba Collective (R5 750 | $345)
The Tina Tassle Tote bag is a square-shaped, oversized, wax print cotton bag, with soft leather handles.



Tina Tassle Tote, Zinhle Designs (R1 380 | $82.80)

PRINT

Carinen Wrap Dress
A wrap dress in blue apache printed colours called the “Carinen”. Made for evening wear or a beautiful day out
in the sun.
Carinen Wrap Dress, Sober (R3 306.25 | $198.38)
SA Flag Suit
A suit with retro cut pants and a military fitted jacket. Made with printed Milano satin.


SA Flag Suit, Imprint ZA (R5 980 | $368.80)
Abenguni Dress
A layered, Nguni-inspired belted dress with box short sleeves.


Abenguni Dress, Imprint ZA (R5 520 | $331.20)

TEXTURE

Dandelion Skirt
The Dandelion is an A-line skirt made from silk and lace.


Dandelion Skirt, Eric Raisina (R8 553.13 | $513.19)
Bag of feathers
The Bag Of Feathers handbag is a silk-organza, feathered purse with a crocheted interior and handles.
Bag Of Feathers, Erica Raisina (R3 812.25 | $228.74)

Passion Fruit Skirt
The Passion Fruit Skirt is a silk skirt with floral crochet on 3⁄4 of the skirt.

Passion Fruit Skirt, Eric Raisina (R9 559.38 | $573.56)