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The Art Of Black Hair And The Women Whose Hair Inspires Us

 

In recent years, black women have been embracing and loving their natural hair, ditching chemicals and using protective hairstyles to diversify their hair. There was some kind of shift in the universe because black women started cutting short their relaxed her opting to start their natural hair journeys through locking their hair and letting it grow as it pleases. Consequently natural hair products started popping up everywhere because there was suddenly a demand for products that are specifically for black hair. There are some African women who are free with their hair in such a way that they create amazing masterpieces with it.

Laetitia Ky

Laetitia Ky

Laetitia Ky

Laetitia Ky is a fashion designer from Cote d’ivoire who makes amazing  sculptures using her hair. Laetitia is a bigger part of her art that has gained her thousands and thousands of Instagram followers. To make her hair stand out she uses threads, needles, wires and wool among other things. I have never seen such amazing creativity with hair and I absolutely love all the shapes that Laetitia transforms her hair into. Black hair is beautiful as it is versatile.

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@laetitiaky

Laetitia Ky

@laetitiaky

Laetitia Ky

@laetitiaky

Nikiwe Dlova

Nix Dlova

@nix_idamix

Nix Dlova as Nikiwe is best known is a fashion, hair and cycling enthusiast from Johannesburg. Nix has a blog called Own Ur Crown where she has reinvented they way we view our  Betty hairstyles that we used to do in Primary school. Betty has evolved now, she had more bright colours, she is longer, she is creative and more importantly she is very adventurous and experimental. Nikiwe’s hair changes everything I see her and I love that no hairstyle of hers is ever the same and she is not shy to use bright colours (unlike me) and that is why I am living my #Hairgoals through her.

Nikiwe Dlova

@nix_idamix

Nix Dlova

@nix_idamix

Kwena Baloyi

Kwena is a fashion stylist and style icon from Limpopo and she is easy to spot in a crowd of fashionistas because she is fearless in her fashion and hair. She is always trying different hairstyles from different parts of the continent and if anyone can pull off a risky hairstyle then her name is Kwena Baloyi. She just doesn’t just know how to pull off great and unique hairstyles, she also knows how to dress well  and that is how she got the trendsetter title. Kwena is serious #Hairgoals and I am pretty sure future generations of black girls will learn about her and inspire to love their hair as fearlessly as she does.

Kwena Baloyi

@kwenasays

Kwena Baloyi

@kwenasays

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@kwenasays

Kwena Baloyi

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AFI Next Generation at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Oath by Rich Mnisi

Oath by Rich Mnisi

AFI Next Generation keeps emerging designers on the runway at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg 2015

Three of South Africa’s most promising young designers will reveal their 2015 Autumn/Winter collections at the foremost fashion event of the season, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg (MBFWJ) 2015, at Melrose Arch from March 5-7.

All are part of the AFI Next Generation acceleration programme, the second phase of AFI’s Fastrack™ incubation programme, which asserts these designers as established brands in the South African fashion industry.

AFI Fastrack™ finalists or winners from previous years are given the platform, through AFI Next Generation, to showcase their collections in the various Mercedes-Benz Fashion Weeks, affording them continued exposure to key media, buyers and industry players.

“Young designers, who have come through AFI Fastrack™, like these AFI Next Generation talents, have all shown great entrepreneurial spirit. Most have started their own labels and this is testament to what African Fashion International is about – to help evolve and bring sustainability to our fashion industry,” says Group Marketing Manager for AFI, Sizwe Nzimande.

Previous AFI Next Generation designers are already becoming household names in the South African fashion industry, including Khothatso Tsotetsi, who will be showcasing his first independent, ready-to-wear collection at MBFWJ under his brand, Tsotetsi KL.  AFI Fastrack™ finalist and 2013 Next Generation designer, Tzvi Karp, meanwhile, was recognized as one of the most influential young South Africans in 2013.

This year AFI Next Generation Designers who will all showcase collections are L.A.N.D by Jess Sutherland, Akedo by Eleni Lebrou and Oath by Rich Mnisi.

Oath, the label from AFI Young Designer of the Tear 2014, Rich Mnisi, promises a collection with pop culture at its soul. Inspired by the 90s cult movie, “Clueless”, the contemporary sportswear-influenced collection balances ease with ultra-chic, minimalism with carefully curated details, shapes and colour palettes.

AFI Fastrack™ Designer of the Year 2013, Eleni Labrou’s Akedo label will present an aesthetic that melds a vivid color palette with simplistic, tailored silhouettes, interpreting African traditions in a contemporary collection that speaks for the country’s rainbow nation of cultures.

AFI Fastrack™ 2013 finalist, Jess Sutherland’s label, L.A.N.D., meanwhile, occupies a space between pure minimalism and highly-detailed embellishment. Her collection, “The Seduction of Impermanence”, will present athletic/work-wear inspired pieces that reflect ease and comfort as well as the colours and textures found in nature.

Alongside the Next Generation designers, some of South Africa’s most popular and established designers like David Tlale, Marianne Fassler, Stefania Morland and Ruald Rheeder will show their latest collections at Melrose Arch for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg, running from 5-7 March.

 

Akedo by Eleni

Akedo by Eleni

The African Princess playing dress up.

So on Saturday I headed to Braamfontein in Johannesburg CBD for some meetings. Debuting my new short hair, I could not wait to try on the new outfits straight from Ghana brought to South Africa by Chief Justice a designer and creative from Accra.

I was allowed to be the African Princess that I am and I got to do a shoot in these amazing designs. The Kente backpack is the one. I am loving it and after wearing all those dresses, I truly imagined myself in Ghana. I  suppose it’s a sign that I need to make my way there.

To get these amazing designs and more head to Kitcheners in Braamfontein every Saturday for their vintage market and Ask for Baabakush or Chief Justice from the outside stall.

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Press Release: Africa Fashion Week Nigeria

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AFRICA FASHION WEEK NIGERIA is a platform for African fashion designers to be appreciated and celebrated for the aim to display their creativity and originality to the global market. AFWN officially announces its second edition AFWN 2015 preparation and call for participation to all Nigerian and African designers who will be displaying alongside with various established African designers. The 2015 AFRICA FASHION WEEK NIGERIA edition, will be having an open call to all student designers who will be hand-picked to showcase alongside established brands; as our own way of discovering, introducing  new creative and innovative designers to add to the populating Africa industry. AFWN 2015, second edition is scheduled to commence in MAY 2015, Designer/ Exhibitor form is open for submission from December 2014 to 24th Feb 2015. Selected designers showcase will be fully or partly funded by our sponsors. AFWN is organised by Africa Fashion Week London (AFWL) the biggest fashion festival in the UK & Europe for African inspired fashion and owners of the first African concession store on Oxford Street, London.

Grown up to soon

Sitting at the the airport bench curiously looking on as a mother snaps away on her phone. Her subjects are her daughters who are demanding every pose to be captured. These children (girls who cannot be a day over 6 years) are posing away, blowing kisses and attempting all sorts of positions. As always there is that one girl who likes more attention more than the others and this group of little girls was no different.

Sitting on top of the trolley, talking the loudest and demanding to have her picture taken while her siblings look on with sadness. When all this is happening I am thinking about how they would have been evading social media if they were around 11 years old. They would have been posting on instagram and the likes using senseless hastags.

In another matter (somewhat related) , I think parents drive their kids especially their little girls to grow up too soon. Mothers burden little girls with weaves and big clothing labels that makes the kids think that they are old and too chic to play like normal children.I have seen pictures of toddlers in social media that put my dress sense to shame. I do not think that those kids are able to play in the dirt and climb trees like other children their age. I mean who want to ruin a good outfit and those expensive labels?.

Parents complain when girls start demanding the latest smartphones, Brazilian weaves, 6 inch heels by the age of 11, forgetting that they are the ones who introduced them to that kind of life. NO your kids are not spoilt brats they are simply demanding the life they have always known.

It always breaks my heart when I see a little girl with a weave on don’t get me wrong I am not anti-weave but I feel that kids should be given a chance to be kids. A chance to play with other kids and do all these other fun and crazy stuff without making other kids feel inferior because they do not have expensive clothes and weaves.

So this is my 2 cents worth

Media Release: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg 2015

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg prepares to dazzle audiences in 2015

Dates for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg (MBFWJ) 2015 have been announced, following the incredible success and international praise which accompanied MBFWJ, MBFW Cape Town and MBFW Africa in 2014.

Running from the 5th to the 7th of March 2015, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg 2015 will set the standard for a season of sartorial success, and continue to draw the attention of fashion media luminaries like Vogue Italia, Glamour France, Time Magazine, L’Officiel India Magazine, New African Women and BBC TV, all of which were in attendance at MBFWJ 2014.

“At Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg 2015, our primary focus will be fostering the creative independence of talented new artists emerging from South Africa, and providing retail opportunities for these designers within a global consumer-base. We want to provide the international fashion community with a glimpse into the unique and innovative nature of African design and creativity,” says Sizwe Nzimande, spokesperson for African Fashion International.

Every year, MBFWJ attracts masses of fashion entrepreneurs, buyers, bloggers, industry professionals, and local and international media to preview the looks that will define the bright future of design, and the business of fashion on the continent.

Top local and international models to grace MBFWAfrica

Elegantly adorned in the latest designs from Africa’s top established and emerging designers, the flawless faces and beautiful bodies set to grace the MBFWAfrica runway have been sourced from all over the continent and the world – including South Africa, Barbados, Nigeria, Rwanda, Angola, Mozambique, Uganda, Cameroon, the United States, Haiti, South Sudan, Australia, Nigeria, Holland, China, and Moldova.

Over 50 male model and 50 female models are set to grace the MBFWAfrica runway in Melrose Arch in Johannesburg from 29 October – 2 November 2014.

Leading models set to grace the catwalk include New York Fashion Week regular, Ania Charlot from the USA; Nigeria’s Next Supermodel 2007 runner-up, Bunmi Ademokoya, who recently walked at New York and Berlin Fashion Weeks; Miss Cameroon 2013, Valérie Ayena; Adua Mornyang from Australia, who is a favourite of top Parisian designers such as Kenzo; Nigeria’s Next Supermodels 2011 and 2013, Favour Lucky and Imade Ogbewi; American Ero Esoimeme, fresh from London Fashion Week; and the face of Adidas’s latest campaign, Sanele Xaba from South Africa.

Bunmi Ademokoya

Bunmi Ademokoya

Source: www.fashionmodeldirectory.com

Valérie Ayena

Valérie Ayena

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 Adua Mornyang

Adua Mornyang

Photo source: www.darleymodels.com

Favour Lucky

Favour Lucky

Photo source: passionistahub.com

Sanele Xaba

Sanele Xaba

Photo by: www.just-u.co.za

Imade Ogbewi

Imade Ogbewi

Photo credit: maestromedia.blogspot.com

“From a database of over 100 agencies, through a stringent casting process, the top models from Africa and around the world have been shortlisted for designers’ ultimate selection. For MBFWAfrica 2014, AFI looked for a strong editorial look, charisma, presence, and the ability to translate a range of different designer’s style aesthetics; from couture to ready-to-wear. We are also constantly on the lookout for exciting new breakthrough faces,” says AFI Technical Director, Deon Redman.

Fresh faces to be on the lookout for are Congolese beauty, Gaelle Kibikonda; ELITE Model Look South Africa 2013 finalists, Matachley Salmon and Bianca Raubenheimer; and male models, Arshad Dean, Benito van Leeuwen, Thomas Zalousmis, Marcus Karstens, and NK Mjweni.

These and other exceptional models will walk the runway in the latest collections from over 30 of Africa’s foremost established and emerging designers – including David Tlale, LaurenceAirline, MaXhosa by Laduma, Mai Atafo and Marianne Fassler – in 16 shows over four days at MBFWAfrica 2014,

Get you tickets here  www.webtickets.co.za

Style Fashion Week Africa Press Release

STYLE FASHION WEEK AFRICA PRESS RELEASE

STYLE FASHION WEEK AFRICA
Date: 26- 27 September 2014
Time: 18:00 -22:00
Venue: Museum Africa, 121 Bree street , Newtown

Style Fashion Week Africa is a fashion show that aims to promote and help designers and models all over Africa to enter the fashion industry and sustain their brands through collaborations and mentorships from other fashion lovers from all over the world. Style Fashion Week Africa also aims to celebrate our heritage as Africans and to learn from other Africans.

Our vision is to keep our heritage alive, there is a need to practice it every day. In such times, fashion is the best way to celebrate our heritage 365 days a year. We want to see the new generation of South Africa and Africa as a whole proudly wearing clothing with cultural features. Young designers from Swaziland, Durban and Johannesburg will be showcasing their heritage inspired ranges from the 26th- 27 September in Newtown. Style fashion Week Africa has not only engaged models from other provinces, but also models from Namibia as well.

The beneficiary of Style Fashion Week Africa is Hospie Toys, a charity organization started by a 21 year old Mosa who spent most of her life in hospital suffering from a kidney disease. Having seen what it feels like to spend most of your life in hospital, she decided to collect children’s books and toys and donate them to children in hospital.

Style Fashion Week Africa will have : Designer Stalls, Great Fashion Labels on the runway, Cash Bar, DJs, Poets, Singers , Dancers, Celeb Judges and may more

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Facebook https://www.facebook.com/StyleFashionWeekSA
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Basha Uhuru Freedom Festival 2014

June is youth month commemorating the brave youth of 1976 and everyone around the country celebrates in different ways . On the weekend leading up to 16 June there were a lot of festivities taking place around the country celebrating Youth day. Most were seen wearing their school uniforms hitting clubs, social gatherings, and festivals.

One event that I got to attend was the Basha Uhuru Freedom Festival that was held in Constitutional Hill in Johannesburg. A venue that I thought was befitting of what freedom stands for.Constitutional Hill or Con Hill as it is famously known embodies so much history of our nation. On Saturday the 14th of June I managed to catch the last of the festival and on my arrival The Brother Moves On was performing as people started to flock in. I always say that where there is fashion there is music so it was not surprising to know that there was a clothing and food market at the festival. I bought myself a nice vintage clutch bag from the Ivintage Yakho stall, it shows how much of an impulse shopper I am.

Going back to the main stage I found a group of talented youngsters who go by the name “Undivided Roots” performing and they had summoned the attention of the crowd with their great reggae music. “Judgement” the lead guitarist KILLED IT on stage, he had people stand up and run closer to the stage to catch a glimpse of him and of course film him. I am not sure how old he is but I am guessing that he is not a day over 12. He was the highlight of my day, not taking away anything from the other band members. I love that they are well rounded, they are each good on the vocals as well as excellent in playing their different instruments.

In all the events I have attended I have never seen an artist leave the stage to go dance with the audience. It was something new to me when Moonchild danced with the audience and showed us how to dance like a girl. I thought I always dance like a girl but noooo… she schooled me proper , even had my male friend dancing like a girl. I finally found out what the fuss around Desmond and the Tutus was about. They are electrifying and I really did enjoy myself. I couldn’t have found a better way to continue my birthday celebration. It is always inspiring to see the youth initiating and engaging in positive projects.

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Roaming the streets of Durban

7 June marked my 23 years of existence in this world, so to celebrate I took to Durban to spend the weekend exploring with my friends. 2014 is a year of a lot of first times for me so it was really exciting for me to be in Durban for the first time. We spent the whole day roaming around Durban central, being shown some nice  things.

During the tour I came across two separate female dance groups dancing for the crowds that were eagerly watching on. These girls were between 11-16 years old and from what I understand they were fundraising. It was fun watching them and it was funnier when they approached the members of the audience and danced for them (or rather challenged them). The idea is that when one of the girls places a headband on your head, she will then dance for you, you will then have to tip her.

Some audience members took on their heels as they saw the girls approaching because they did not want the attention of being singled out. It was really fun. Then came on a comedian who was  like a pregnant woman, he was hilarious though.

We saw a group of vintage loving people who were dressed to the T and they looked great , they reminded me of Braamfontein during the weekend. Even though they were shy we managed to convince them to take a picture

 

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