All week, Arise Africa Fashion Week has been taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa. The show features elite designers from the continent in the first of what will become an annual showcase.

While there are many, many ensembles to be seen, here are just a few — a small sampling of the fashion coming from different countries on the African continent.

Colorful, Captivating Clothes At Arise Africa Fashion WeekS

A pretty party dress for daytime.
Designer: Odio Mimonet (Nigeria)

Colorful, Captivating Clothes At Arise Africa Fashion WeekS

Amazing hue, interesting stitching and shape.
Designer: Odio Mimonet (Nigeria)

Colorful, Captivating Clothes At Arise Africa Fashion WeekS

Traditional… with a twist.
Designer : Ituen Basi (Nigeria)

Colorful, Captivating Clothes At Arise Africa Fashion WeekS

Simultaneously regal and summery.
Designer : Sika Designs (Ghana)

Colorful, Captivating Clothes At Arise Africa Fashion WeekS

Love the sheer layers (and the bare feet!).
Designer : Nkwo (Nigeria)

Colorful, Captivating Clothes At Arise Africa Fashion WeekS

Prim and proper, yet playful.
Designer : Christie Brown (Ghana)

Colorful, Captivating Clothes At Arise Africa Fashion WeekS

Red-carpet-ready!
Designer : Nkwo (Nigeria)

Colorful, Captivating Clothes At Arise Africa Fashion WeekS

Fluid and effortless.
Designer : David Tlale (South Africa)

Colorful, Captivating Clothes At Arise Africa Fashion WeekS

Love. Love! Vibrant color, flirty skirt.
Designer : JewelbyLisa (Nigeria)

Colorful, Captivating Clothes At Arise Africa Fashion WeekS

Shimmer + lace = gorgeous.
Designer : Tiffany Amber (Nigeria)

Colorful, Captivating Clothes At Arise Africa Fashion WeekS

Irresistible, elegant gray — and how about that fierce body language?
Designer : Thula Sindi (South Africa)

Colorful, Captivating Clothes At Arise Africa Fashion WeekS

An interesting take on the LBD.
Designer : Helen Asrat (Ethiopia)

Colorful, Captivating Clothes At Arise Africa Fashion WeekS

That collar! That skirt! Drama! So unique it seems one-of-a -kind.
Designer : Helen Asrat (Ethiopia)

Colorful, Captivating Clothes At Arise Africa Fashion WeekS

Not sure about the sleeves, but yes on quirky polka-dots.
Designer : Lanre da Silva (Nigeria)

Colorful, Captivating Clothes At Arise Africa Fashion WeekS

Mad for plaid.
Designer : Lanre da Silva (Nigeria)

Colorful, Captivating Clothes At Arise Africa Fashion WeekS

Absolutely gorgeous color, and whatever's happening at the shoulder with the feathers? Love it.
Designer : Gloria Wavamunno (Uganda)

Colorful, Captivating Clothes At Arise Africa Fashion WeekS

More feathers, more pretty.
Designer : Gloria Wavamunno

Colorful, Captivating Clothes At Arise Africa Fashion WeekS

Desconstructed, architectural, chic.
Designer : Sandra Muendane (Mozambique)

Colorful, Captivating Clothes At Arise Africa Fashion WeekS

Playing with shape — and drape.
Designer : Sandra Muendane (Mozambique)

Colorful, Captivating Clothes At Arise Africa Fashion WeekS

Like an elfin costume from a fashiony fairy-tale.
Designer : Vesselina (South Africa)

Colorful, Captivating Clothes At Arise Africa Fashion WeekS

Couldn't you see this on a Hollywood A-lister? Paging Halle or Charlize…
Designer : Vesselina (South Africa)




All photos by Simon Deiner / SDR Photo, courtesy of Africa Fashion International
Africa Fashion International [Official Site]
Arise African Fashion Week Schedule