So far images of checked dresses have been popping up on Loza Maléombho’s social media. There’s no official word that these pieces would be part of the label’s ss15 offering but since loads of designers are already in the middle or close to finishing their SS15 bits, my guess is we are being given a sneak peek at the collection.
Inspired mostly by Africa, swimwear label OKUN communicates positive vibes through their use of vibrant colours and prints to produce luxury beachwear. The brand name, taken from the Yoruba word for ‘The Ocean’, conveys their ethos for exploration, confidence and being care-free – capturing the traditional African aesthetic in a modern and innovative way. Their SS14 collection featured brilliant prints reminiscent of the labels ethos. Click here for information on retail.
Kenyan designer Adele Dejak recently announced it’s collaboration with Italian luxury brand Salvatore Ferragamo and the Bags for Africa project which was founded by Karen Burton and has a lifetime interest in supporting refugees and marginalized people around Africa. The collaboration see the two labels fusing their aesthetics to create one global product. More info and images to come soon.
Nigerian photogrpaher Kadara Enyeasi is the freshest creative talent out of Lagos. I recently found out about him via Instagram and i keep kicking myself for not finding him earlier. He’s an ONB fav so you guys would be seeing a lot more from him on the blog. His recent series sees him mixing his self portraits with art of late Swiss-French Architect and painter Le Corbusier.
Loza Maléombho recently released images of its popular gladiator strap sandals redone in new colorways for spring summer 2014. Adorable images and you can’t help but love the aesthetics of the brand. I want to see more African labels being this consistent with presentation.
The purple shall govern, the exhibition of work by Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for 2013, Mary Sibande, concludes its national tour at the Standard Bank Gallery.
This exhibition takes Sophie, the elaborately costumed figure for which Sibande is best known, to a new level: a deeper, somewhat darker exploration. Sophie, the complex alter ego through whom Sibande has negotiated the personal narratives of three generations of women in her family, has served Sibande well as the vehicle through which she has explored the construction of identity in a post-colonial South African context. Contemporary&
Nigerian model Leonardo Taiwo is on duty for Italian menswear label Stone Island‘s stripes collection. The label favors stripes for the season ahead clearly and unveiled an entire collection dedicated to the maritime look. The line-up includes lightweight sweatshirts, t-shirts and pique shirts, has been made available in a range of colours.
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