Street Style: Pretty in Patterns

Street Style: Pretty in Patterns
ESSENCE.COM Dec, 29, 2011

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Sandriana Nicoleau-Ngwi is a bold mix-master. By pairing various colors, prints and patterns, she plays by her own set of rules.

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Supermodel Oluchi Onweagba knows how to make prints look pretty. She wears a lace dress in a shocking shade of yellow that livens up the room.

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Fashion Stylist Rosemary Kokuhilwa wears a coveted Missoni for Target dress with a beret by DKNY, beaded bangles from Tanzania and Rupert Sanderson pumps.

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Anaelechi Owunanne pairs indigenous fabrics with solid black — the key to balancing multiple print combinations.

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Baltimore native Taneese Barksdale combines a cool combo of gold and black patterned pants and a bustier top to match.

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Kayla Reece makes this trendy snakeskin patterned dress her own by styling it with a vintage belt from her Guyanese mom. Love it!

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Designer Loza Maleombho rocks her own designs to the party. Here, every piece, from blouse to pant, is a unique pattern.

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Brittany Burfenl wears a belted dress with a cool vintage pattern and color combination that’s oh-so-70s.

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Actress, host and producer Sophy Aiida wears color wildly. Her tie-dye, tiger-print jacket and green pleated skirt makes a super rich color combo.

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Model Saada Ahmed goes for gingham. She pairs this bold plaid pattern with a midriff and boots for a boho-chic feel.

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Idle Mohallim, one half of fashion duo Mataano, wears a lace-up floral-print dress with bursts of color.

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Mazuba Kapambwe, writer for ‘Africa Style Daily,’ wears a dress by Kozby World, a designer that uses traditional patterns in fresh, modern designs.

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Ebony E. Haith wears a beautifully patterned dress that makes this simple style so much more.

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Enyinne Owunwanne, founder of Heritage 1960 and host of the ‘New African Fashion’ party, wears a pattern that dances to life on the ruffles of her golden blouse.

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Student Grace Rwechungura highlights her cobalt blue Ali Ro mini by wearing a jacket by Kiki Designs, and Dolce Vita pumps.

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Model Aina Fadina wears a fun, fresh and feminine patterned dress. The colors really bring her look to life.

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The subdued brocade pattern on Paula Rogo’s dress looks exquisite. She shows how patterns can be just as effective in neutral palettes.

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Anna grabs a copy of the new book, but is already inspired by ‘New African Fashion,’ wearing a retro-style high-waist printed pant.

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EnnEnyinne Owunwanne at Parlor New York.

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Ilhuma Owanwanne at Parlor New York.

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Faridah Sharif at Parlor New York.

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Kabira Williams at Parlor New York.

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Missla Libsekal at Parlor New York.

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Tif B at Parlor New York.

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Enovia Bedford at Parlor New York.

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Kinne Diout at Parlor New York.

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Melonie Clark at Parlor New York.

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Dalphene Dillo at Parlor New York.

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Ssangu Birigwa at Parlor New York.

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Roja Heyderpour at Parlor New York.

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Cynthia Simpson at Parlor New York.

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Lola Ogunnaike at Parlor New York.

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Joy Adaeze at Parlor New York.

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Carla Duren at Parlor New York.

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Ayaan Mohallim at Parlor New York.

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Krystle Wilson at Parlor New York.

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Washington Roberts at Parlor New York.