African fashion is slowly but surely invading the Western market and Nigerian-born Chalya Shagaya is leading the way. The former model, who was a leading model in her native Lagos, built a strong network of African designers, socialites and fashionistas while living on the continent. Now based in Washington D.C, she is helping those very same personalities break into the U.S market. To date, her largest success has been with African designer Deola Sagoe, who now shows during New York Fashion week and whose garments have been featured in several publications. With her ever increasing profile, Shagaya has now expanded her consultancy on press, marketing and branding strategies to U.S based designers like Korto Momolu
of Project Runway. Her daily wardrobe is a reflection of her transcontinental lifestyle. Vibrant prints, reminiscent of African textiles, bold accessories and pops of color are closet staples in her wardrobe. With a schedule that requires as much time spent at cocktail parties as it does time spent in front of her laptop, her day-to-day outfits are equal parts comfortable and chic Here’s a peek inside her closet.