A blog about the influence of the African Diaspora on Fashion.
What happened? Kimono jackets seem to be a thing right now. I feel like they have been trending before – but what hasn’t, really? While looking for some new Spring outfits the Kimono-style has cropped up as top as well as jacket in my search. Facts about the Kimono: The Kimono is a traditional garment…
Frustrated with your swimwear from last year and looking for a new inspiration? Look no further! Nigerian designer Andrea Iyamah just launched her 2017 swimwear collection and it is absolutely stunning. The designer is known for her eye-catching campaigns, but this one is definitely my favorite. It is elegant, vibrant, beautiful and has at the…
What Brixton is for London and Harlem is for New York City – Château Rouge is for Paris: a neighborhood where African migrants have settled – not just residentially but also commercially. Many food and textile stores, hairdressers, tailors, a ton of mobile phone stores, restaurants – you name it. A brand that celebrates the… [ Read more ]
2016 went by fast, almost a bit too fast as I quite liked what 2016 had to offer. All in all I was almost 3 times in Accra last year – if I count the last two days of my 2015 Xmas/NewYear’s trip as well. Last year I proved to myself that it is possible… [ Read more ]
APiF: Please introduce yourself & your business Daveia Odoi: My name is Daveia Odoi and I’m the owner and illustrator for The DynaSmiles by DNT (www.thedynasmiles.com). I also offer branding services through my company DNT Dynamite Design (www.dntdynamite.com). APiF: What is your professional background? Daveia: I was a professional graphic designer for a fortune… [ Read more ]
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I am in Ghana right now and I had the awesome opportunity to visit the manufacturing facilities of Ghana Textile Printing (GTP) in Tema. If you see how the natural 100% cotton blankets are washed, bleached, cleaned and eventually how color is being applied and the prints created – it’s just mind blowing how much… [ Read more ]
APiF: Please introduce yourself. 54 Kingdoms: My name is Nana Poku, and I’m the founder & CEO of 54 Kingdoms. And I’m Kwaku Awuah, President of Operations at 54 Kingdoms. APiF: Your latest product are socks – why socks? 54 Kingdoms: Besides being huge fans of colorful socks we wanted to push our creative envelope… [ Read more ]
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Always camera-ready and the lens turned towards ourselves. It seems very long ago that anyone with a selfie stick in their hand was smiled upon or ridiculed. The cult and obsession with ourselves is the theme of this photo shoot by Steven Klein for Vogue Italia. Everyone in the image is over-styled, even the skin… [ Read more ]
It’s that time of the year again – the Holiday Season. I used to think that the Holiday decorations don’t get put up until after Thanksgiving; this year they have been up at least 7-10 days earlier. But that is fine with me, I love all the lights and decorations. Shopping Deals I didn’t participate… [ Read more ]
I know all of us are dealing with the headache of what to wear during winter and here are designers sharing their Spring/Summer 2017 collections. But that’s just how it is, Fashion is always a step ahead. I wanted to share this collection for a while now, the SS17 looks from the by now quite… [ Read more ]
Contemporary African Fashion is a trending topic – not just on runways, in magazines or at festivals – but also in museums. In Brighton, Great Britain, the exhibition “African Fashion Cities” is still running since April. Now the Fowler Museum, part of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), is working on putting an exhibition… [ Read more ]
On the 22nd of October started the 7th edition of the international arts festival Lagos Photo. The event will run for a month and showcase 30 photographers from 17 countries. This year’s theme is “Ritual & Performance” and wants to explore how “repetitive acts imbued with belief (…) shapes our general idea of what is… [ Read more ]
African Prints in your living room – sounds too much? Like with fashion, it all depends on the right mix. I tend to have a lot of white, grey and black furniture in my apartment – clean lines and designs that are sleek and stylish help in my opinion to not get bored of furniture… [ Read more ]
Let’s look at the beautiful skirts, dresses and gowns from Duro Oluwo for his ready-to-wear Spring collection. I am always excited to see his new designs as he never disappoints. Olowu’s designs look always familiar, printastic, elegant, chic and stylish. This collection makes me feel like I am looking at African high society women from… [ Read more ]
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APiF: Please introduce your brand. Haute Baso: Haute Baso is an ethical fashion brand founded by Candy Basomingera and Linda Mukangonga. We design and produce high quality African-inspired fashion and are servicing the global market with innovative jewelry, bags, and apparel drawn from Rwanda’s vibrant culture and history. We highlight local artisans while promoting job… [ Read more ]
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Everyone is talking about Summer ending soon. I am going to ignore these people for now as I love Summer and I actually don’t want it to end. Who wants to deal with Winter in NYC? Not me! Before the hot season is waving us goodbye, there are some smashing events I want to make… [ Read more ]
Yes Stripes! I know this blog is about African Fashion and I blog a lot about prints, but isn’t a stripe somehow also a print? I used to be in love with stripes. I think I probably owned at one point 3 striped summer dresses. I used to combine striped tops & blouses with African… [ Read more ]
APiF: Please introduce your brand. Mimmy Yeboah: I’m a self-taught New York City based designer. My brand is basically me, Mimmy Yeboah. I create exclusive minimal statement pieces for women, putting more of a focus on the female frame. All of my fabrics are chosen, cut and constructed to create confidence as you walk with… [ Read more ]
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Black Lives Matter! And as many have pointed out over the past days, in order to change the system we need to put our money where our mouth is. Money talks people! If we can focus on spending the majority of our money on Black businesses and support Black entrepreneurs, we can help driving change…. [ Read more ]
I was recently in Germany for a family event in Munich, Bavaria. In Germany, stores are closed on Sundays and they start to shut down around 3 or 4 pm on Saturdays. My train arrived at 3.30 pm in Munich, which gave me a very short window for an important mission besides attending the family… [ Read more ]
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Luxury shoe designer Christian Louboutin has recently boarded the African Fashion wagon: He launched a bag collection titled Africaba. The bags are made out of a mix of different African fabrics and were embroidered in Senegal, at La Maison Rose, a place where “women learn the traditional Senegalese skill of embroidery, ensuring them a trade.”… [ Read more ]
The good news first: The new ASOS Africa collection that was done in cooperation with London-based designer Christine Mhando of the brand ChiChia is dope. I just received my order 10 minutes ago and here I am typing away wearing already the print halter dress. I got the last one and even bought a smaller… [ Read more ]