The Caven+Etomi Kingdom high summer “Hair” collection 2014 features hand drawn illustrations inspired by the works of the prolific Nigerian photographer J.D ‘Okhai Ojiekere, who has been celebrated worldwide for his “Hairstyles” series, a collection of over 1000+ recorded Nigerian hairstyles that rose to iconic status for their role in documenting a key aspect of femininity. In line with the brand ethos which relies on using African art and design as its muse, the collection draws from historic references and weaves them into a modern, clean and minimalist tapestry.
For our look book, we collaborated with classically trained West African Afro-soul artist Kaliné. As well as being known for her signature curly Afro – which draws a parallel with our hairstyles inspired collection; she embodies the aesthetic of the Kingdom brand. A mix of old and new, eclectic yet modern, moving to the beat of her own drum while still referencing her Yoruba traditional roots, she was the perfect choice as the face of our high summer collection. Her spunky character and colorful wardrobe against the back drop of the ever buzzing New York city created just the right look and feel for our “Hair” collection.
The new establishment, upstart digital magazine seized cyberspace when its debut issue came into public consciousness with the delectable TV presenter Eku Edewor on its cover. Its second issue has now hit digital stands everywhere and is every bit as sensational as the first if not more than- considering the issue it tackles.
The Bourdon house was the perfect setting for the Alfred Dunhill AW14 press day which gave an exclusive preview to a select few of the brands garments for this winter available from June. Creative director John Ray added a fresh vibe to the brands offering by lil luxe touches like Alligator skin and beautiful paisley prints. Looking forward to seeing it launch soon.
Nigerian actress Osas Ighodaro covers the new issue of Wow magazine styled by top Nigerian celebrity stylist Bubu Ogisi. See more images from the spread here and go get the new issue from bookstores and vendors in Nigeria.
This is the story of a group of kids in Ethiopia bringing the world of skateboarding to their homeland. With only 7 boards between 25 kids they ask for help from the world community of skaters as they enter a new frontier of skateboarding. Ethiopia Skate was formed by Ethiopian born and raised Abenezer who’s only 16 along with a friend Sean. Together they’re trying to make more skateboards available and also build a skate park. They need and are asking for everyone’s help in making this happen. Click here to find out more.
This season focuses on bold graphics, innovative cut and sew pieces and features custom prints and washes. Vibrant tie-dyes and custom screen print patterns pop amongst monochromic black and white basics. The collection offers a full range of styles including hooded tees, cotton joggers, kangaroo pocket tanks, and tie-dye beanies. www.dope.com
The ten brightest names in menswear have just been announced – if you’re not yet familiar with their work take a look. These are the tastemakers of the future; the designers whose work who will start global trends and this June all ten of them will unveil their SS15 collections at London Collections: Men.
The migration of sneakers onto the runway is now a well-trodden path, but this season something fascinating has happened to sneakers as they transform into unique hybrids of sports, luxury and fashion footwear. Set in an iridescent twilight zone created by Set Designer Andrew Stellitano and Photographer Sam Hofman, these special styles draw on the full spectrum of footwear design, occasionally bringing all the elements together within the same shoe.
For the brands Spring 2014 expedition, environmental/surf photographer Jeremy Koreski set out on a three week trip exploring the daily life within the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Touring throughout much of Old San Juan and numerous towns along the island’s northern coast, the tropical waters, landscapes and historic architecture made the perfect backdrop for the brands Ransom Spring 2014 footwear collection. Also available in the UK from togsandclogs.com
British streetwear label Boxfresh has released a collection in collaboration with graffiti artist and illustrator Josh Stika. The eight-piece Fruit Cocktail line mixes art with classic Boxfresh silhouettes, including T-shirts, sneakers and sweatshirts. Fashionbeans
The rules have changed, but are you game? Take your style to the street with the latest SS14 arrivals from Hood by Air, Givenchy, Kris Van Assche, Christopher Kane, Christopher Shannon, B Side by Wale, DamirDoma and Gareth Pugh. Film directed by Bunker London and styled by Matthew Josephs, featuring music by Lil Silva.
Nigerian design outfit Studio of Mode recently released its 2014 collection of iPad, iPhone and Samsung Galaxy skins. The skins feature some of its most popular artwork and motifs and are also available for macbook air. This years collection plays on popular culture and takes one traditional preconceived notions about women. In some way, the characters depicted by the artist are rebellious and provocative gently questioning your sensibilities about what the new norm should be.
24 year-old Kenneth Ize’s clothing evokes the garments of a Nigeria that could have been – and still could be. Currently interning at global brand Edun’s headquarters in New York and studying fashion under Bernard Wilhelm at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, he caused a stir in Lagos when he showed pieces from his Spring/Summer 2014 collection at the Lagos Fashion and Design Week as part of the young designers showcase.
The collection, Son Soufflé, features light linens and cottons cut into architectural free flowing shape which will be unveiled at Stranger Lagos on Easter Monday.
JM Films interviews the twins behind the menswear label Okunoren Twins. Very interesting insights and useful points for anyone looking to go into the fashion business in Nigeria or people currently in it.
Synonymous with an impressive attention to detail matched with unwavering masculinity, Baartmans and Siegel have secured their status as rising stars of the LCM schedule through the pair’s renowned use of interactive texture and razor sharp tailoring. Self described modern-traditionalists, Wouter Baartmans and Amber Siegel’s work focuses on beautiful fabrics that seduce and shapes that are accessible yet distinctive.
To celebrate the launch River Island will be presenting a film at London Collections: Men in June, teaming up with Baartmans and Siegel on a project directed by respected Director Ryan Hopkinson as part of the Fashion Film initiative. The film will be premiering alongside other films as curated by the Fashion Film panel, founded in order to support and develop film in the fashion industry.
Concept Lagos based Boutique Stranger is having its SALE and here’s your chance to grab a few pieces from your favourite designer. Head to Stranger Retail International · no 3 hakeem dickson · Lekki Phase 1 · Lagos 100211 · Nigeria.
AfriTribe is an African-themed clothing label which preaches culture and symbolism. As part of their spring summer 2014 offering this cool C&T tees come in long or short sleeved versions and can be bought here.
I don’t think any generation is more hooked on instant gratification than Gen Y (Social Media generation). We see things online whether on tumblr or instagram and instantly we want to own it and wear it. That can be said about my new h&m crinkled car coat. As it gets warmer here I’m still stuck on my winter layering and if possible want to carry it through into summer so I opted for this cool car coat from the high street brands upmarket ‘Purple Label’. I wore it immediately I bought it and chucked my other coat in my bag :p …I’ve worn it here with my Soboye print trousers and my very first pair of Nike Roshe Run sneakers.
H&M Car Coat, £69.99, hm.com (Click Photo to buy)
Nike Roshe Run SS14 , £69.99 office.co.uk (Click Photo to buy)
The “Solace” Collection references the Man who though is Resistant to Fashion Norms, is still very keen on his Style Sensibility. He is that man who has a penchant admiration for well polished tailoring, He’s a man whose Style Aesthetics is well coordinated in Effortlessly Easy notes, He’s that man who has found “Solace” in his Minimally-Simple interpretation of Fashion.
New upstart T.I Nathan looks well set to change up the menswear game in Nigeria. Labels like this always give me a happy feeling and it’s good to see simple but detailed menswear pieces presented remarkably. A label to look out for in the future.