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Loza Maléombho Spring Summer 2014

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Saturday, October 5th, 2013

Abidjan is fast turning into a hotbed for Designers from West Africa. New York Based Loza Maléombho still keeps things close to home by producing her collections back in Abidjan and keeping the fabrication more than 60% local. For Spring Summer 2014 there’s a great use of color and architectural volume made possible by cuts and the native hand-woven Ivorian cloth. The direction for this label stays solid all through collections and there’s a progression in terms of craftsmanship, aesthetics and presentation. Finance would send things into a nuclear level.  One of my fav young African Labels at the moment.

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Marie Claire SA x Facehunter Book Launch in Cape Town

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Friday, October 4th, 2013

Photographs: Umuzi Photo Club/ Kirsten Ho

Marie Claire SA in Conjunction with SA Fashion Week Celebrated Yvan Rodic of Facehunter’s book Launch in Cape Town. The famous streetstyle blogger was given a warm reception and welcome as industry veterans turned up in droves to support his work.

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Denim Editorial in Marie Claire SA Featuring Jewel by Lisa

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Friday, October 4th, 2013

Photography || Kope figgins

Nigerian Magazines can learn a thing or two from South African Fashion Magazines in terms or presentation and aesthetics when it comes to editorials. Stumbled upon this beautifully styled and shot editorial for the Sep issue of Marie Claire SA featuring Nigerian brand Jewel by Lisa, SA’s Gavin Rajah and more.

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H&M to Open Shop in South Africa

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Friday, October 4th, 2013

Sweden’s H&M, the second-biggest clothing retailer in Europe, announced recently that it had signed a contract to open a store in South Africa - its first in sub-Saharan Africa. “The store is planned to open at the earliest in 2015 and will be a full concept flagship store,” the company said in a statement. South Africa Info

Fashion Business Africa: Middle East and African Apparel Market ‘Complex but Rewarding’

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Friday, October 4th, 2013

Valued at US$87.0bn, the Middle East and African apparel market accounted for just 5% of total global apparel value sales in 2012. Nonetheless, it was the second fastest growing region globally in 2012, following Latin America, and is a valuable area of consideration for mass and luxury fashion brands alike, according to Euromonitor International. Just Style

Sneak Peek: Chechi Arinze Pieces Available on KISUA.COM at Launch

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Friday, October 4th, 2013

Excited about KISUA’s imminent launch and a bit worried as they’ve missed their promised September launch. One of the labels they would be stocking is Nigerian Chechi Arinze. Chechi Arinze is a relatively new label and only got on the Nigerian Fashion Radar through Photographer Kola Oshalusi’s ‘The Making’ Project. An e-trek to the labels Facebook page yields no real juice but the pieces speak for themselves.

ZASHADU SPRING SUMMER 2014 BAGS

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Friday, October 4th, 2013

The Spring summer 2014 bag collection from one of my favorite Nigerian labels Zashadu was unveiled during the Paris Fashion week and ONB has the juice and the entire range from the collection. The label introduces a new bag ‘Justice’ with similar silhouette to the TKO but with more pockets. The box clutch and TKO also get some color treatment and a slew of exotic skins. What are your thoughts on the collection?

Zashadu Justice Bag

Zashadu Box Clutch

Zashadu TKO Bag

TWINS FOR PEACE & FOUNDATION GACHA BEADED TRAINERS

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Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Twins Alexandre Mussard and Maxime Mussard and Louis-Felix De Fenoyl collaborated to create  handmade  trainers with interesting beading that sees its proceeds going toward helping children worldwide. Their collaboration with the Jean Felicien GACHA Foundation in Cameroon (which offers education to local communities) asides from its charitable value also adds some noteworthy aesthetics and are certainly feetchic for the person who loves to make the world a better place whilst looking cool.

 

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Omoyemi Akerele to Speak at The African Creative Economy Conference in Cape Town

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Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

The African Creative Economy Conference is an annual event -the first was in Nairobi in 2011 and the second in Dakar in 2012- that aims to interrogate the role of the creative industries in order to address Africa’s development challenges. Nigerian creative Omoyemi Akerele would be speaking at this years event and discussing key economic and cultural development indicators. Other speakers include Dr Israel Kodiaga -Director: Programmes, Research and Strategic Development at the African Centre for International Studies (Kenya)-,  Ms Ojoma Ochai,  Anver Versi, Dr Daouda Cisse, Deprose Muchena & more.

New Forbes Africa Magazines Tap Into Female Audience

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Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

The pan-African magazines Forbes Women Africa and Forbes Life Africa launched on Oct. 2, provide new platforms to highlight the continent’s wealth, opportunities and vitality. South Sudanese supermodel Alek Wek is featured on the cover of the first African issue of Forbes Life. The cover story claims to give readers a glimpse into the model’s life at New York Fashion Week, further emphasizing the impact globalization has had on the magazine’s cosmopolitan African demographic. BET

On Fashion Runway, South Sudan Takes Steps Toward a National Identity

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Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

JUBA, South Sudan — Even by the standards of fashion models, the women teetering in their high heels on the dirt catwalk here were remarkably tall and slender. But judging by South Sudan’s many towering inhabitants, they were hardly out of the ordinary in the young nation’s capital. The New York Times

Tanzanian Chic: Heart 365 Nilot Earrings

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Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Heart 365 is a jewellery and accessories label created by Tanzanian born Jacqueline Kibacha and is inspired by hidden treasures, dreams, nomadic wanderings and her love of Africa.  This blue Linot earrings from the Linot series named the peoples of east-central Africa and referencing the River Nile is now marked down on Styled By Africa and retails for £90.

Edgars Continues Sponsorship for SA Fashion Week 2014

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Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

As South Africa’s ultimate brands and fashion destination in South Africa, Edgars continues it’s exclusive, official partnership with SA Fashion Week for the third year running.

“For the past two years Edgars has been a proud sponsor of SA Fashion Week in the fashion and accessories retail category”, says Edcon CEO Jürgen Schreiber. “We are now excited to announce that we will continue that sponsorship for Autumn/Winter 2014 and again for Spring/Summer 2014″.

The SAFW Winter Collections are set to kick off on 3 October and will run until the 7th. Edgars will play a key role through their sponsorship of the event. In addition to this, Edgars will also host the official Designer Capsule Collections in Edgars Melrose Arch and Sandton City. Fibre2Fashion

Givenchy Spring Summer 2014 African Inspired Collection

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Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Nigerian Model Betty Adewole on The Runway for Givenchy SS14

Ricardo Tisci quipped “The collection is a clash between two cultures, Japanese and African. I’ve been working with Madame Grès pleats and drapes and colors that remind me of Africa in a romantic way — but mixed with Japanese elegance and fragility.” Trying to trace the African elements here and I’m guessing it has some part to play with the billowy silhouette akin to those of desert nomads and the mask embellishments seen on some pieces in the collection. Nonetheless it was kinda lackluster to me.

Michael Agwunobi Gimmy More Choos Tees Restocked

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Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Parody Label King Michael Agwunobi and his eponymous line has earned fans like Rihanna, Leona Lewis, Rita Ora, Asap Twelvy and more across the few months of it’s existence. One of its recent tees the Gimmy More Choos have just been restocked for all those who failed to cop em on their first drop. Retails for £40 here.

African Video Games Level Up: New Nigerian Companies Blazing The Trail

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Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

On a hot day in central Lagos, there’s only one way to cut through the traffic: jump on a motorbike and whizz around oncoming buses, gaping potholes and street hawkers – all the while trying to avoid bribe-seeking policemen. If that sounds too exhausting, an alternative is to stay home and play out the scene online. In Nigeria, game publishers are turning life into art with African-inspired games that have set thumbs twitching across the continent. In a global videogame industry worth $66bn (£42bn) – more than Hollywood – the market has so far offered few Africa-centric plotlines. Guardian UK

Trine Lindegaard Spring Summer 2014 Lookbook

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Monday, September 30th, 2013

Trine Lindegaard delivers a sterling spring summer collection continuing with her African trappings still based around the Kente Fabric from Ghana. Asides from working with a Kente Weaving Family in Accra, Ghana she also enlisted the help of prisoners in the Uk for needlework on the sweat shirts. My favourite part of any Trine Lindegaard collection these days is that it always tells a story and manages to highlight a cause.

Styling Work I Did For The Swim Issue of WOW Magazine

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Monday, September 30th, 2013

Spiked Golf Hat: River Island, £17 // 2 Piece Black Swim suit: Sea Sirens, P.O.R // Shorts: River Island, £25 // Socks: Topshop, £3.50 , Primark, £3.99 // Sneakers: ReebookKamiKaze, £99.99

I always like women in sportswear, so when i was called up to style a shoot for WOW Magazine’s swim issue i thought to create a sports luxe  editorial. I envisaged the way a tomboy who still wanted to be sexy would dress to beach parties or just laying by the pool. I worked with Photographer Seye Isikalu.

Beanie: B Side by Wale, £35 // Varsity Jacket: B Side by Wale, £160 // Bikini: Sea Sirens, P.O.R // Socks: Topshop, £3.50 , Primark, £3.99 // Shoes: River Island, £60

Hat: Stylists Own // Necklace: River Island, £35 // Denim Shirt: Forever 21, £16 // Bikini: Sea Sirens, P.O.R // Socks: H&M, £3,99 , Primark, £3,99 // Sneakers: Converse All-stars (Wedge Sole), £55

Snapback: Nike, £23.99 // Baseball Shirt: Blitz Vintage, £12 // 2 Piece Swim suit: Sea Sirens, P.O.R // Rings: River Island, £4.99 // Bracelets: H&M, £3.99

Head wrap: Velvet & Rose: Soboye: £90 // Sunglasses: Henry Holland for Le Specs: Asos: £70 // Top Finger Rings : River Island , £5 // Bracelets: H&M, £3.99 // Varsity Jacket: Stylists Own // Swimsuit: Sea Sirens, P.O.R // Bandana: Stylists own // Socks: Topshop, £3.50 , Primark, £3.99 // Boots: Topshop, £70

Head Mask: Sea Sirens: P.O.R; Mesh Football Jersey: Rokit: £20; Swimwear: Sea Sirens: P.O.R

ICONIC INVANITY PRESENTS “SCREEN SIREN” A/W13 COLLECTION

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Monday, September 30th, 2013

Temperature is on the rise this season as ICONIC INVANITY turns up the heat a notch with its sultry “Screen Siren” A/W13 Collection.

Sleek and seductive, the journey of the Iconic Invanity woman continues this season as she evolves into an inspirational woman. She knows who she is and this reflects in the clothes she wears. She flaunts her curves with muted shine and lustrous textures. With heavily embellished pieces, she dresses like an ornament in public, and she probably wears the trousers at home. Nails polished, hair fix, she hits the boardroom….this lady sure knows how to work it no matter the occasion. Think Michelle Obama in fitted leather pants, or Carla Bruni in a sultry floor length gown on the red carpet. The defined waisted siren screams “there is a new muse in town and she is here to stay!” She is ready to strip men of anyshred of dominance with her tender yet independent attitude. Neat silhouettes, sexy heels, slim and sleek pencil skirts, she shows you the importance of power pencil skirts. Her spirit lingers in the 40s. This modern day Josephine Baker brings to the table a vintage va va voom that has long been lacking in our wardrobes.

The Iconic Invanity woman is back for AW13 with all the flaws concealing nips and pleats and assets rendering slits and peek a boo goodness. I love this label cos it kind of gives you a sense of flamboyance. For a while you are taken back to the 80′s and early 90′s where Nigerian women were deeply into lavish jewellry and clothes that glisten, signifying opulence. The Iconic Invanity woman is that woman who was in her early 30′s in the 80′s and a crop of todays 25 to 30 year olds who watched their moms dress up for numerous owambe’s.

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WAFFLESNCREAM 004 AW ’13 LOOKBOOK

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Monday, September 30th, 2013

London based -Nigerian owned- streetwear label WAFFLESNCREAM just released their fall 13 lookbook inspired by poetry and arts from the UK. The skate wear inspired label also drops a few cool trendy bits like their re worked bucket hat with mushroom print and a suede 5 panel hat. They are a label to look out for…

WAFFLESNCREAM Presents The 004 AW ’13

This autumn / winter, WAFFLESNCREAM will release the 004 collection, influenced by early 90s Spoken Words, propaganda and afro-punk. The collection will also feature illustrations by various artists and illustrators in around the United Kingdom.
The autumn / winter Collection will be available via our online store.

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