The iamISIGO blood and bones ss14 collection was inspired by the concept of exploring and celebrating the human body through a unique combination of colours, style and self examination. The label’s creative director Bubu Ogisi completed a line inspired by the inner workings of the human body.
“A collection created while I was pregnant, my body went through so many changes. My “blood” and my “bones” were creating another being, my son. My body inspired me to create a collection that reflects my innermost workings.” – Bubu Ogisi
River Island Design Forum, our platform for championing up and coming design talent in the fashion industry, returns with another womenswear collection this time by critically acclaimed Katie Eary. Featuring music from Katie’s BFF Kayne West, “Blood on the leaves” is the perfect accompaniment to this super cool fashion film.
Our cover girl this month is Jennifer Olize, founder and coordinator of Music Meets Runway. The success of her third outing is such a remarkable feat and with such emphasis on self-reliance and improved direct marketing skills, she stands exemplary amongst her pairs. Rave of the moment, Phyno joins us on a fashion editorial, which was beautifully photographed by Ty Bello.
For the final act of the I Heart Studios x Shoreditch Art Wall street canvas takeover we are delighted to present an artistic collaboration with their South-East London neighbours, Underated London. The I HEART STUDIOS creative team worked closely with the brand to create a set of images that clash modern street culture with historical religious aesthetics.
Unveiled on Wednesday the 12th February, the new images take the religious iconography and renaissance themes from the S/S 14 Underated collection to create a dramatic background themed on stained glass windows to make a real brand statement. This backdrop is then given a modern and contemporary twist with neon colour accents throughout.
Photos via Instagram – @saintrecords , @thembihanify
Siblings Darlene and Lizzy Okpo presented their AW14 collection at the just concluded NYFW. They re-interpreted checks which are going to be big come fall in their own witty way. They also collaborated with Namibian based footwear label Brother Vellies for a chic range that included brogues and sandals.
Maki Oh by Amaka Osakwe & Orange Culture by Adebayo Oke – Lawal are among 30 semifinalists for the inaugural LVMH Young Fashion Designer Prize, which comes with a grant of 300,000 euros, or $409,750 at current exchange, plus a year of coaching from Africa – Nigeria to be exact, and New York based Africa Ethical Label, Suno out of the 1221 budding designers that applied. Haute Fashion Africa
It is sad to admit that I am not so often in the kitchen. In order to feed myself, I use a wonderfull app I discovered. Have you tried Hellofood.com.ng yet? It is an online network that helps everyone to find restaurants online and get delivered delicious meals home or at the office. I had a go with it and I must say, it is really effective. The plus side is the app. It is Downloadable on the App store and on the Google play . It is always amazing to me to be able to just take my phone out and order from wherever I am some Pizza or other while I am getting back home. Hope you will enjoy it as much as i do.
The second offering from our KINGDOM T-shirts, is the Nsibidi ‘Battle’ series, inspired by the historical system of symbols indigenous to Southeastern Nigeria, and known as “Nsibidi”. The symbols date back several centuries, and were known to be a secret mode of communication about love, warfare and the sacred. We were inspired to re-interpret these long forgotten symbols as post modern contemporary Africans, with each t-shirt bearing a symbol, signifying a secret message from its wearer.
Africa has got over 2000 languages and over 1000 unique tribes. Among all of this is a vast amount of rich cultural heritage to tap from and translate as an African fashion label. Kingdom Tees for the latest offering have mapped out eastern Nigeria and its ancient symbols used for communication. The justice done to these symbols re-instate my views on the fact that African fashion isn’t just about prints. These tees clearly depict Africa and the motifs/symbols all carry within them hidden tales of cool Africana from centuries past.
Tokyo graphic design house nowartt and the Japanese luggage specialist master-piece have joined forces to collaborate on a collection exclusive to online menswear retailer oki-ni. The collaboration includes 2 bags styles – a backpack and a tote bag – with one produced in each print style. The master-piece bags themselves continuing with tradition have been handcrafted to the highest standards and produced from luxurious leather, hard-wearing Cordura nylon and soft suede.
Following on from our AW12 collaboration between master-piece x oki-ni x Indigofera, this new series replaces warm Indigofera blankets with expressive prints created by nowartt, while again using rugged master-piece bags as the canvas. We asked nowartt to create a series of prints inspired by the extra-terrestrial setting of our AW12 video, The Launch. THey took our brief as a starting point and then moved beyond it to produce 2 colourful, expressive prints that incorporated wild horses and broken flowers.
UK Based brand Voi Jeans, heads to Benidorm for the big reveal of their SS14 Collection and lifestyle shoot. The brand aims to loosen the reigns and add an energetic vibe to the images, to give their reputation a refreshed boost.
Growing brand Voi Jeans, slogan: ‘Engineered for you’ continues to evolve showing no signs of stopping as they bring forward their latest SS14 offering. Technical fabrics, retro influences, tropical prints and jungle inspired aesthetics are amongst the looks that the range has to offer.
I’m a bit of a latey in reporting this news but better late than never eh? Tom Ford got together with his long time friend Carine Roitfeld to create these stunning image for his eponymous labels spring summer 14 ad campaign. See full credits below.
The underlying energy of the brand relies on the sublime and the inexplicable. Inspired by apocalyptic and anarchic subject matters, combined with a mutated vision of subculture, fashion and art. Itokawa Film brings a futuristic perspective to design.
Itokawa Film is the result of a union between menswear designer Samuel Membery and visual artist James Ari King. It’s an art, fashion and design collective which places emphasis on simplicity and wearabilty. The name ‘Itokawa’ has got Japanese origins and is actually an asteroid. – Excerpts from the LCM Review
Fashion is a tightrope where designers at the helm of the haute couturier houses can hit or miss their mark both for women and men. It is an industry that looks ahead constantly but that also means holding onto to one’s heritage. The brands are rolling over each other like Barbour, Belstaff however now, we can finally ask if it has reached its maximum impregnation. Heritage means having a past but the word has been bandied about too much and has lost its thread.
What is in store for men this year are Burberry’s silk collection of scarves that portray blow-ups of London’s sites to be tied about the shoulders. They are mostly colourful (some more tame soft grey pastels are also available) and can be casual with the flair for elegance when the sleeves are pulled down.
The tartan à la punk from Saint Laurent, makes a comeback with the red and black crisscross pattern on a tuxedo which although very masculine, women will love as well. Worn with a ruffled white shirt, tight black jeans and pointed brogues for that great touch, will kick off any evening. For these winter months and possibly longer, Acne Studio will attract your attention with their fur slippers which are really ideal to keep the warmth in. They also have a snug feel to them with a cosy brown colouring that oozes intimacy.
Brace yourselves guys for this outstanding statement in draped blankets that are bursting in texture, pastiche of warm colours from oranges to carmines with creams and patterns that are reminiscent of African traditional weaves. The look calls for a casual style with baggy trousers and loose matching jumper and chunky sneakers. Missoni is where to look for this unique and memorable collection.
Those chaps who prefer the more sedate with a twist, follow the work of the British father and son team, Joe and Charlie Casely-Hayford, who have produced boyish tailored shirts that are dynamic in their graphic reds contrasting with the dark Prussian blue to heighten the collar effect. Brogues are essential to complete this modern/traditional effect. A hit! Tunde Folawiyo on the red carpet sports many hard-wearing brogues. Comfort and style!
If what you are really coveting this year is the Silvia Venturini Fendi coat with fur collar and cuffs, then get cracking as they are being sold hand over fist. Tied casually with the belt, the leather is discreet and the detailed furry additions, add the hallmark of true design to warrant long-term wear. A classic investment that would go well with all apparel, casual and smart.
There is always room for the fun loving individual who can sport a sweatshirt with humour. Christopher Raeburn combines a spongy black polar bear of a good size on a grey sweatshirt with a black rounded collar for a treat. So versatile and will cheer any night or day situation. Probably best worn with grey trousers to enhance the effect. He also enjoys combining the khaki look with a modern slant. Perfect for the active and nonchalant fashionista!
Oluwunmi Funbi-Olufeko started DFL -Design for love- in 2004 making garments for its clientele in a semi bespoke service operation where the client brought in fabrics and discussed styles with the creative director.
A lot of research work goes into what I eventually design, I basically try to find a way of bridging the gap between African lifestyle and more contemporary western designs
The bag line which the label is most popular for eventually launched in 2010. Taking advantage of the resources available to small-scale entrepreneurs, Funbi-Olufeko joined WIMBIZ, a Nigeria based non-profit organisation with an overriding vision to be the catalyst that elevates the status and influence of women and their contribution to nation building. Having been selected as a VV grow fellow in 2013, the creative and her label was awarded a grant to facilitate its participation at pure-london. DFL bags are handmade by young workers trained by the creative director at her University Road, Yaba atelier.
Domingo Rodriguez presented his Autumn / Winter 2014 collection at The London Collections: Men RTW Designer Showroom at the Hospital club and at Capsule: Paris.
This collection starting point was inspired by the idea of hybrid pattern cutting, fusing together different garment components into one piece; but in a very accessible and wearable way. There’s also a bit of a military edge to things which is a new direction for us, but as always knit and leather is at our core for autumn/winter 2014.
The collection offers a wealth of tone and textures from metallic lux jerseys. Soft handle body contouring rib knits and new treatments in marble, crystal and oiled leather. The jackets are the icing on the cake for me in this collection. The leather treatment is akin to the likes of Belstaff and old school Diesel.
You work out, you’re well-read and you know the difference between a sauvignon and a merlot. You call your mum at least once a week and you’re well travelled. You can be doing all of the right things to impress the opposite sex but if your shoes aren’t up to scratch, you’re doing it all wrong.
Wearing a pair of Oliver Sweeney shoes says that you’re confident, conscientious and discerning. You pay attention to detail, you appreciate only the finest and most luxurious craft and quality and you make intelligent decisions when it comes to letting your style determine the man you are. We know there’s more to life than shoes but well, the facts are there … single, or in a relationship, now’s your chance to make a real impression.
Nigerian bag label and ONB fav just debuted a new limited collection exclusive to London upscale boutique Wolf & Badger. Pop into their store in Mayfair to have a look or browse and shop online if you’re affected by the ongoing tube strike ;). Prices start from £360.
Zashadu is a Nigerian based accessories brand. The brand works with local materials including vegetable dyed leather, chrome dyed leather and rough cut precious stones. All bags are made at their workspace in Lagos, by a team that uses traditional techniques passed down from generations. Their mission is to explore the tension between quiet elegance and unabashed glamour, avoiding the use of superfluous fittings and fixtures in order to give precedence to the leathers.
Sandstorm has collaborated with Staunch Industries designer Will Beeslaar to develop this distinctive Africa tyre-track print for a collection of canvas bags. The prints come in 2 colorways and the green – seen here – which is my personal favorite is known as the rumble. The bags would be available in Sandstorm stores throughout Kenya and Tanzania and available worldwide online.
The canvas were hand-printed exclusively for us in small batches by an artisan screenprinter just around the corner from our Nairobi workshop. We like to keep things in the neighbourhood when we can.
This season we went back to Ghana and, once again, worked closely with some of their traditional textile weavers. In terms of inspiration, we are looking back at a lot of old Scandinavian crafts, trying to incorporate this with the African techniques. – Trine Lindegaard
Trine Lindegaard isn’t the only London based designer who went in search of cool Africana this season. A.Sauvage and Agi & Sam all had the cool Africana threads running through their collections as well. The Trine Lindegaard AW14 collection delivers on the Danish designer’s color spectrum and witty way of translating menswear. The collection sees Scandinavian crafts being translated with African techniques by Kente weavers in Ghana.