Designing While Black… in Sweden

Selam Fessahaye Fall 2019 – Stockholm Fashion Week 

Selam Fessahaye is a Swedish-Eritrean designer who launched her first collection in 2018. She focuses on ready-to-wear apparel and highlighting diversity and her Nigerian culture. She believes in her power as a “black woman living in Sweden” and speaking just that with her collections. She quotes being a well-known and respected designer was “17 years in the making.”

The Selam Fessahaye Fall 2019 show was an instant gratification to Eritrean culture from beginning to end. The first model that opened the show, even in only wearing printed two-toned patterned pants, immediately prepared you for a quick trip from Sweden to Nigeria.

The collection was a mix of both women and menswear. The collection was mixed with bright prints, neutral palettes and holographic colors. Complete with high low two-piece and one-shoulder ball gowns to open lace suits for men to oversize collars, shoulders and sleeves on both suits and jackets. Prints included bold colorful stripes, beautiful floral and contrasting graphics. Fabrics were heavier upholstery fabrics and leather.

Most of the silhouettes featured A-line style bottoms using belts to cinch the waist and even suits with trains. The show left little room for accessories, with models walking the runway barefoot or with simple slides. Models were naturally beautiful with little makeup and slick hair. Leaving the focus totally on the garments, making a statement all on their own. The show closed with the perfect oversize sequin jacket, combined with one of the only accessories in the show- matching shades. The bold items are sure to make a statement upon entering any room- demanding attention, political or not.

Click here to see full Selam Fessahaye Fall 2019 Collection

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