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.
I expect Lost Wax Playing Cards to bring a new dynamism to Nigerian popular culture and consciousness. My aim is to rekindle this colorful, yet elusive history into Nigerian popular culture through these playing cards. Nigerians are influenced by their indigenous traditions but more increasingly by popular culture.
Olutade Abidoye, had the idea for these playing cards in art school at the School of Art Institute of Chicago. There, he learned all about contemporary artists like Kehinde Wiley and Yinka Shonibare. Each set of Lost Wax Playing Cards has 54 playing cards featuring illustrations of royal figures from the 15th – 19th century Benin Empire.
Venice is a central figure to this debut: home of carnival, canals, masks, pleasure, leisure, the Biennale, and the Rialto Bridge. It was the perfect city to host and inspire the first collection from Nicola Formichetti as artistic director of Diesel.
The show and collection are built upon three ‘Diesel Icons’: Leather-Rock ‘n’ Roll, Denim and Military-Utility. These three pillars are intrinsic to Diesel and are a part of the brand’s foundation today. The first section of the show revealed black and red leather looks, while the second section presented new innovations and experiments in denim, and lastly the third section gave us military meets street style looks. These icons encompass a view of the past and a route to the future for Diesel.
Hype delivers a darker-than-usual aesthetic flowing throughout its new exclusive collection for Asos. Words that best describe it are tense, edgy with brassy branding. Shadowy blacks wrestle blinding, moonlight whites; minimal throughout, sumptuous within - ubiquitous but totally unique, that’s the brand’s way. To be honest this 18 piece collection is by far the most impressive I’ve seen from the label. Fingers crossed to see if it continues with this aesthetic for its mainline or continue the relationship with Asos.
Sawa is an activist fashion brand which has decided to produce its shoes in Africa (currently Ethiopia). Their ss14 look book is inspired by traditional African family albums and it features new LAFRICA model which is a “tennis” shoe available in 3 colours. There’s also the Tsague Suede sneakers which are an upgrade from Tsague Suede. They previously replaced used cow leather by goat leather and the tige stitching is 100% leather (a procedure which is usually only used for luxury shoes).
Laurence Chauvin-Buthaud creative director and founder of Laurenceairline spends her time between Abidjan and Paris. Little wonder every season each collection has a strong African and European spirit perfectly fused. The label is known for it’s prints and this season they added vibrant plain colors, good enough to whet anyone’s appetite this spring. Shirting has always been a strong core for the label and this season it delivered some splendid shirts. Shorts which are also a prerequisite for spring , come in bright vibrant colors.
Thykingdom offshoot, Caven Utomi have released these Idia Mask sublimated tees as part of its spring arrivals. They are available for pre-order right now on www.cavenetomi.com and will be in store Mid April.
As Spring comes into the atmosphere, Severe Nature provides the sleeves to keep you right for the season. The collection features long sleeve tees and curved bill snapbacks for the Spring 2014 campaign. Also noted from the brands connection to Chinese year themes, they feature a print in relation to the year of the horse. The campaign features a rather unusual, but great incorporation which happens to be a scene in the movie Fight Club by Michelle Rodriguez. The Look book is shot in the heart of Montreal, QC Canada, which is among the country’s most respectable fashionable cities by popular photographer Zack Noureddine at Palais des congrès de Montréal.
The look book showcases a selection of the brands that are in stock at the store for this season and includes clothing from Peir Wu, Marvielab, Orange Culture, Yohji Yamamoto, Sacai and Helmut Lang. Pieces are in the main boutique area and the archive space. Stranger is at 3 Hakeem Dickson Street, off Fola Osibo Street, Lekki Phase One, Lagos.
South African sneaker boutique, Shelflife, and local designer, Dr.Zulu (www.drzulu.com) have teamed up with international sneaker brand New Balance for a collaborative project: the New Balance x Shelflife x Dr.Z “City of Gold” 574. Showcasing the best of the South African homeland to sneaker aficionados around the world, the New Balance “City of Gold” 574 draws design inspiration from South Africa’s largest metropolis, the city of Johannesburg, dubbed the “City of Gold” for its large-scale gold trade and wealth.
The graphics also make reference to the formidable “Parktown Prawn” king cricket. Specific to the Johannesburg region, the Parktown Prawn has grown into a cultural icon due to its aggressive nature and the urban legend of it’s indestructibility .Two additional design elements have been worked into the sneaker; with the yellow and grey colourway reflecting the colours of the local train system, as well as a stylized diamond symbol that mimics the graphics of traditional African tribal artworks.
Young aspiring creative, Ifeanyi Nwune, takes a step away from his day to day styling – which include being Dr Sid’s personal stylist- and presents, ‘Control’. Control is a capsule collection including formal, casual and statement pieces. Having minimal colour and just enough textures, less really is more with this menswear collection. Balaclavas, mesh sheats, skirts and hats -not caps- are some of the styling bits thrown into this collection to give it that contemporary HBA-esque vibe. Looking forward to what the label has to offer in the future. This is certainly a step in the right direction.
Alek Wek was 19 when she was approached by a model scout from a top London agency at a fair in Crystal Palace park. Her mother, she remembers, was horrified, thinking her daughter was about to become a Page 3 girl. She laughs loudly: “I had to point out that I wasn’t really built for that.” Wek, one of the most successful models of the past two decades, has inherited her father’s height and extraordinarily long limbs, her mother’s cheekbones and her “little booty and big smile”, but she’s not exactly glamour-girl material. But the agent persisted, finally convincing Wek’s mother that theirs was a reputable agency, and her daughter’s career began. The Guardian