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African Artists That You Should Know

Art heals. art saves and art teaches; at least that is what I believe. I have been following a few artists whose work takes me to different worlds that I have imagined and the few that I have seen. I love how relatable all the painting are to me.

Michael Soi

Michael W. Soi (1972) is a Kenyan artist who has been working in Nairobi since 1995 after completion of his fine art and art history studies. His work provides a photographic diary of Nairobi and other places. Michael Soi’s artwork satirically reflects some really interesting social, political and economical trends.

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Hauz Of Lenze To Collaborate With Emjay Bead Gallery

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Hauz Of Lenze and Nigerian based jewelery brand Emjay Beads Gallery have come together to enhance both brands through a long-term collaboration. Joy Adiligwoh started Emjay Beads when she saw a woman who was wearing very colourful beads that grabbed her attention. Ever since that day she learnt how to make beaded jewelery until she perfected it.

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The inspiration in making a piece of Emjay Beads is drawn from culture and the dynamic world of fashion. Brian of Hauz Of Lenze and Joy of Emjay Beads are excited to see the outcome of their collaboration with both parties having started on working on their new collections.

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Emjay Beads will be available in South Africa in a month or 2 but if you can’t wait you can order via email emjaybeadgallery@yahoo.com

#SAMenswearWeek : Putting African Menswear Designers On The Map

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SA Menswear Week is putting African menswear designers on the international map. First of its kind in Africa it is surely going to encourage more young designers to get into designing for men as there are already a whole lot of womenswear fashion designers.  Designers from Nigerian, South Africa, Tanzania, Angola and Zimbabwe presented the best of their collections at SA Menswear Week in Cape Town.

I am so excited and I am looking forward to see SA Menswear Week grow and to see more Africa designers take part.

There are obvious designers that I follow who always bring their best to the table. I always love seeing Rich Mnisi’s collection and I never run out of imagining ways I would rock certain pieces ( Yes I love menswear)

Rich Mnisi

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I love how Rich used his colours. The Orange, navy, blacks and the whites blended in together so well. It’s the easy to put on and take off outfits that got me going. So free flowing I could definitely see myself in all those pieces ( altered of course). My favourite item was the orange leather sleeveless jacket ( there might be a more appropriate technical term for it). Also the light coats are a super win for me. Who says you can’t wear coats in spring and summer?

Lukhanyo Mdingi

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Lukhanyo stuck to Navy blue and I must say that it looked amazing. His use of chiffon and silk is a different and a much welcome perspective of the overly masculine man. My favourite item is the jumpsuit that I will rock with a bright pair of heels.

Martin Kadinda

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Nothing wrong will a little bit of formal. I love how Martin played around with his colours, nothing was too much the bright were not too bright and dark not too dark. Of course this is for the dapper gentlemen who like to dress up and look good and still look relaxed and laid back. Would I suit up? Of course I will. that Maroon suit (it could be another colour, magenta or red, who knows) would look absolutely great on me. Maybe I could take it further and rock a bow-tie.

Projecto Mental

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One look at the set then I knew that something amazing was about to happen. A man who wear Projecto Mental is a kind of man who is ready for anything. His boys can call him up for a drink and he would leave the office and head straight to the club without change. I feel like this collection was simple, comfortable and really trendy. I love the pop of colour that comes in here and there among the grey, it just blends so well together.

Imprints By Mzukisi Mbane

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Imprints By Mzukisi took me to a very cool summer day at a beach somewhere in Africa enjoying a cold refreshment while looking on as some eye candy struts around. The choice of prints chosen are so rich and an eye catcher ( also the models were super fine if I might add). This collection made me miss spring even more. I love the accessories: the oversize straw hats, the neck pieces made from all sorts of interesting things.

Julia Mpoko

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I love the simplicity of Julia Mpoko’s collection. Its for a chilled guy who loves looking good but he still wants to feel comfortable in his clothes. The contrasts between white, navy blue and green got me all excited (as a visual being, that was a total visualgasm for me)

Kola Kuddus

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An Eastern inspired collection from Kola Kuddus. I loved the colours, the material and the complementing scandals. The head gear was also on point.

Orange Culture

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Obvioulsy this collection is for the man who is not afraid to be different. In fact he lives on being different, what I would like to call “Expressing his softer side”.

Simon Deporres

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For the cool and laid back gentleman.

All photos by SDR Photo http://ramp.sdr.co.za/

 

“Electric” SS 2015 Lookbook by Souza

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Nigerian Fashion brand “Souza” speaks to the experimental woman who is not afraid to try new things and wants to stand out and far from the crowd. the collection has a lot of lace and colours that pop enough to make the “Electric” Souza woman to be the envy of other women.

Contacts: Franciscadasouza@me.com  | Website: www.souzafashions.com

Social Media: Twitter|Instagram: @souza_ng

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Source: www.completefashion.org

Africa Fashion Week Nigeria: The Designers

Africa Fashion Week Nigeria is set to take place for the second time in Nigeria on the 23rd and 24th of May. Fashion Designers have heeded the call and will be showcasing only the finest of their collections. With brands like: Elikem Kumordzie. The tailor ,  Eminence 1129 , Grazee Stitches , Hemera , House of PambalHouse of Solange Lumiere Couture  Osuare Souza Revolution by Yetty D JPKOUTURE by Hadassah Lines by Chaab Marco Martinez Omaemihe Qozie Vhor T-Ngazy JReason Lorenore My Olaedo On-Ru Couture Saziis Tina Lobondi Zeeno Dee Okiki Marinho Ady by Linda ALABI COUTURE Big Ben Kilani Chaivo De laurels Debby African Stitches Adora’s African Things Bisola Daramola Colours of C.U.E Day_idah  Buchiver Anuba African Fashion Today  then you can be assured that the fashion week is going to be on fire.

 

So if you are fortunate enough to be in Nigeria DO NOT miss out. Check out what is in store for you. You have to agree that these designers are talented. Now we wait to see if they blow us out of the water, personally I have no doubt.

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Competition Time With Africa Fashion Week Nigeria

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Africa Fashion Week Nigeria is giving away

  1. 2 VIP tickets to the Gala Night and After Show Party.
  2. Tickets to all the show.
  3. Fabrics Courtesy DaViva
  4. A Designer Outfit.
  5. Meet & Greet with our Brand Ambassador Oreka Godis.

The catch is to post images that evolve in time. Competition details will follow below.

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The brand ambassador of Africa Fashion Week Nigeria Oreka Godis talks the Evolution of Iro & Bubu: 

One of my favourite things to do whenever I get the chance to is to look through old family photos. It is the only real invitation you get to look at the lives of the people you know now & see who they were long before you came along. Through pictures, you can imagine who they were, their hopes, dreams, the shy and the Alan Poser.
Some pictures through clothes and attitude depict clues about the lives they lived, the government regime of that decade, socioeconomic position of the people and how they rebelled against conformity. Fashion is a part of who we are. Our evolving culture is woven in the fabric of everything we wear today and pictures beautifully show just how far that thread connects us to generations.
Every decade has its own defining statement piece. Hemlines go up and down over the years, prints and textures come and go but our flair for expression through the ages remains constant. Africa Fashion Week celebrates fashion through all the ages and we invite you to join us as we launch a competition that will end in an exhibition and spectacular display at our AFWN Gala Night on the 24th May 2015.
I share some special pictures of my own with you now. These are some of my favourite family members rocking Iro and Buba their way. I hope you will do me the honour of sharing your special memories with me too.
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COMPETITION RULES
  1. Follow @afwlandafwn on instagram
  2. Follow @africafwnigeria on twitter.
  3. Follow @Africafashionweeknigeria on facebook.
  4. Use the hashtag #AfricaFashionWeekNigeria #AFWNContest to send your pictures and include a description of who is in the picture.
  5. Images choosing will form as a time-scale exhibition of the ‘Evolution of Iro and Buba’ during the Africa Fashion Week Nigeria holding on 23rd & 24th of May2015
  6. Images should reference the date (era) it was taken and possibly location.
  7. We welcome a variety of entries; black and white, monochrome, full coloured to represent each decade.
  8. Damaged images would be automatically disqualified.
  9. The sender must have the right/permission to submit such image (indemnifying us of any infringement).
  10. The name of the person in the picture would be required and the year t
  11. A short reference to a notable event around the time the particular ‘oleku’ was in vogue would be welcome not compulsory.
            WINNING PHOTOGRAPH 
  1. 2 VIP tickets to the Gala Night and After Show Party.
  2. Tickets to all the show.
  3. Fabrics Courtesy DaViva
  4. A Designer Outfit.
  5. Meet & Greet with our Brand Ambassador Oreka Godis.
  • 20 of the best images will be exhibited at the ‘Evolution of Iro and Buba’ Exhibition and the selected image owners will be giving ticket to the show

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Model: Oreka Godis (AFWN Brand Ambassador 2015)
Stylist: Olajide Adedeji
Make Up: Zaron Cosmetics
Hair Stylist: Dada’s Touch
Designers: Ade Bakare,
JReason, Tabeeta Fashion Affair,
Bags: Okiki Marinho
Accessories: Stylist’s Own
Assisted By: Ar’zu Okaro
Film Production: Arcadia digital network
Photo Artist: Twelve05 Photography
Creative Director: Yetty Ogunnubi

 

Africa Fashion Week Nigeria 2015 Ad Campaign

Abiola Okoya Goodwill Ambassador

Africa Fashion Week Nigeria has announced the warm and delectable Miss Abiola Okoya as their Global Goodwill Ambassador for Africa Fashion Week Nigeria 2015. Abiola Okoya is very excited about this opportunity and she has went on to say that she believes that creativity is not lacking in the African community. What’s needed is the platform to showcase and the funding for the African creatives to nature their talents.

The Ad campaign that gives you a glimpse of what Africa Fashion Week Nigeria is going to look like was shot at Inagbe grand resorts in Lagos featuring  designs from some of Africa’s greatest fashion designers like Abebayo Jones. The amazing fabrics were from DaViva.

Take a look at the beautiful photos below:

Photos by: Africa Fashion Week Nigeria

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Press Release: The launch of Ghana’s Next Super Model

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After eight successful editions of Nigeria’s Next Super Model, the search for Africa’s new talents in the modelling industry is coming to Ghana.

Sparkzuta International Models in conjunction with Studio 24 and International Business Consortium (Nigeria) limited presents the much awaited Ghana’s Next Super Model official media launch. The launch is scheduled to take place at the Silver Lounge, Accra Mall on Wednesday, 18th February, 2015 by 4pm prompt.

Eight beautiful and talented models have walked away with eight different cars and worked in major fashion shows and campaigns around the world through Nigeria’s Next Super Model and NNSM is currently on ninth edition.

All aspiring models between the ages of 15-21 across Ghana are invited to participate in this event which will nurture and promote new faces for the Ghanaian beauty and modelling world.

The aim is to make the dreams of young girls in Ghana a reality by giving them the orientation and encouragement needed to make them good ambassadors.

Social Media Week Lagos 2015

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The Blogger, The Law & The Brand is a master class panel session hosted by Olorisupergal and Foza, that is targeted at the newly founded niche in media called “Blogging”. The event is going to explore the blogger’s responsibility in the media world, the business opportunities involved and the legal operations in blogging.

In lieu of the theme of this year’s Social Media Week 2015 theme, “Upwardly Mobile: The Rise of A Connected Africa”, our session would explore a fundamental structure for the blogging community which is fast becoming a new employment sector in Africa. The function of this session is to ignite a consciousness in the global connection potential in Africa’s digital space.

The focal point of our session would be  – What is the concept of blogging?, Is blogging a viable business venture?, Are there legal responsibilities and protections for bloggers?.

Our Speakers for the day are: Osagie Alonge (Blogging), Akinyemi Ayinoluwa (Law) and Frank Ozekhome (Branding).

The details for the event are below;

Date: February 26th 2015.

Venue: Landmark Events Centre

Time: 9:00am – 10:00am

To find out more about this event and register, please visit:

http://socialmediaweek.org/conference/event/blogger-law-brand/

Also follow @Olorisupergal and @fozadoza for event updates and also follow the conversation online using the hashtag #smwbloggerlawbrand and #smwlagos.

Africa Fashion Week Nigeria Media Brunch

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Last week Thursday the 29th of January Africa Fashion Week Nigeria hosted the media to presentations and brunch at Aramis in Lekki, Lagos Nigeria. Africa fashion Week Nigeria was founded by Ms Ronke Ademiluyi, who is also the founder of Africa Fashion Week London and produced by Sola Oyebade of Mahogany productions.

The Media brunch hosted by AFWN not only had presentation from the organizers, but also presentation from fashion designers. Designer brands that presented include Adebayo Jones, King Hakbal, Marco Martinez, Souza Fashions, J Reason, Asakeoge, Aluba Couture, Lines By Chaab, Ovem Fashion, Omaemihe.

These highly talented designers are not just creative beings; they are also academics who take their work seriously. It seems that their designs and style have the aim of achieving individuality for their clients in common. Their designs are a hybrid of western inspiration and Africa, you can never miss the evident indigenous African culture embodied in them. Africa Fashion Week Nigeria promises to be a sight to see with designs that cater for everyone, from teenagers, women and men. The presence of street wear brands will prove popular to the youth who love keeping up with global trends. Lines By Chaab is dedicated to appreciating the curves of the everyday woman while paying attention to detail. It is refreshing to see African fashion appreciating curvaceous women and actually having them on the runway, after all fashion is for everyone.

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And of course at any fashion event, there should be models. Some of Nigeria’s top models attended the brunch draped in some of the fashion designer’s garments. I am excited to see what the main event will produce.

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Photos of some of the attendants

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Photo credit: Africa Fashion Week Nigeria