It’s no secret that prints and patterns are very on trend this season, but it’s the Ankara print that stands out above the fray. Most commonly referred to as an African print, the bold motif that was once exclusively associated with the Motherland has gone mainstream with fresh and modern styles. No longer relegated to just traditional garb, both high-end designer and emerging talents are using Ankara throughout their collections. Think peplum tops, body con dresses and jumpsuits that stand out in the mirage of mirror prints and graphic patterns.

It’s become a wardrobe staple for songstress Solange and First Lady Michelle Obama, who’s donned a piece or two in the vibrant pattern. Look for interpretation of the Ankara print in mainstream stores or try any one of these seven pieces from designers bringing Ankara to the forefront of high style. 

—Kela Walker