A blog about the influence of the African Diaspora on Fashion.

Just like Birds: New Swimwear by Andrea Iyamah

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…

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From Juice to Fashion: Maison Château Rouge

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 ]

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Interview with Illustrator Daveia Odoi: “I feel unstoppable – in a good way”

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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Interview with 54 Kingdoms: Putting some Soul into Socks

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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African-Print Fashion Now!

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 ]

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Ritual & Performance: The Lagos Photo Festival

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 ]

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My Fave Looks from the Duro Olowu Spring Collection

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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Haute Baso: Turning fashion into a vehicle for change

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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I Dream in Stripes

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 ]

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“Sporting something different and cool” – Designs by Mimmy Yeboah

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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Christian Louboutin launches Africaba

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 ]

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