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Editorial

We are all African for Antonio Marras, who drew inspiration from Malick Sidibé’s photographs of Mali in 1960 when the country gained its independence. There was an air of freedom on the runway, a playful chaos of embroidery and patchwork, flowers on checks, golden lace and fur panels. Blue dominated, partly thanks to Marras’ use of used denim for skirts with frayed hems and coats with wide lapels. There were more dresses than trousers. The hemlines and patterns followed a good girl theme and bon-ton dresses were cinched at the waist: pink or blue cotton gingham or black and white macro check featured alongside floral patterns and ruches. African prints stood out, as did a long red dress with a crocheted bodice, almost like a touch of rigour amongst all this layering, made even more fun by the addition of cuts, knots, bows and feathers.