African Print Fabric Menswear: Burberry Prorsum Summer 2012

Previously wrote about the Burberry Prorsum womenswear collections and haven’t had the chance to look at the menswear. The Burberry Prorsum menswear uses same fabrics as seen for the womenswear inspired by Africa and fabrics from Ghana. The collection presents unique pieces for the bold man who loves style and like to make a statement. Not only did Burberry use African wax print fabrics for their Prorsum collections, the high end label signature look is obvious with their smart pieces and their well known trench coat remains present.

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Black Models For Christian Dior Couture Fall 2011 – Ajak Deng, Joan Smalls, Nyasha Matanhodze, Sheena Moulton & Jourdan Dunnnn

Christian Dior’s 2011 fall collection was all about colour, bodness, shimmer make-up, radical hair and mixed patterns,  modelled by elegant models including some of our favourite models Ajak Deng, Joan Smalls, Nyasha Matanhodze, Sheena Moulton & Jourdan Dunn.  Christian Dior couture show’s are always a highlight for me, but I am a little dissapointed as it falls short in many aspect, the depart of John Galliano is so obvious in this collections and I must confess I want him back. Let us know your thoughts below!

Backstage excitement and Thrills

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What did you make of the Dior Couture collection? And which Model would you like to see more of?

An Artist Named “Madhuree Joysury” Drawing Attention at Africa Fashion Week New York

NEW YORK, NY – June 2011 – Adirée, is sketching the finishing touches of Africa Fashion Week (New York) (AFWNY), taking place in New York City’s Financial District on July 14th, 15th and 16th at the Broad Street Ballroom. Designer Madhuree Joysury of Yashika is exhibiting her latest collection, illustrating culture and fine arts.

Yashika is inspired by Joysury’s love of photography and painting. Her pieces are inspired by minuscule every day items, infused with color while maintaining her Mauritian heritage.

June 12th, 2011 at the Beacon Theatre in New York City telecast by CBS, the Tony Awards honored and celebrated excellence of the arts. Awards were given to artists who have drawn inspiration from everyday, mundane life.

“I derive inspiration from the things around me.  Being an artist, I look for the creative value in things that may spark an idea about a great design, color combination or print” – Joysury

AFWNY includes runway shows hosting 21+ designers from various countries in Africa and those of the African Diaspora, exhibitions, and industry networking events. Opening designer Korto Momolu and designers like Washington Roberts, Saint Wobil, AAMAA Couture, Bill Witherspoon and others will showcase.  Yashika is to showcase at AFWNY Saturday, July 16.

AboutAdirée

Adirée, based in NY, NY, focuses on event production, organization, and consulting for small to medium size clients in the areas of Fashion, Art, and Culture. About Madhuree Joysury

Madhuree Joysury, was born in Mauritius. By the age of five, Joysury was sewing clothing for her dolls and the neighborhood’s children. In 2006, Joysury resigned a teaching job to study fashion designing in AIFT-Bangalore University (India).  Joysury was also doing professional modeling in my spare time. Joysury has worked as a designer for international brands like Jack and Jones and Vera Moda.

For More Information Contact:

Adireé Public Relations

Adda Tidjani

pr@adiree.com

www.adiree.com

North Face Presents African Prints for their Summer 2011 Purple Label collection


The north face purple label has embraced the Ethnic style by adding (Khanga) African print fabrics to their latest collections. North Face is known for their warm colours and winter jackets, which makes this collection quiet shocking to see. View the collections which consist of ponchos, skirts and vest Parkas, The collection can be purchased here Nanamica

Sophie Vlaming In An “OUT OF AFRICA” SHOOT By Petrovsky & Ramone

A delight to see the beautiful Sophie Vlaming, in a gorgeous editorial spread in Jackie Magazine shot by Petrovsky and Ramone. This shoot reminds of Vogue India April issue, which had a similar out of Africa editorial shoot, although not sure if it is the same location.

Magazine: Jackie Magazine
Issue: April 2011
Editorial: Out of Africa
Model: Sophie Vlaming
Photographers: Petrovsky & Ramone
Stylist: Renu Kashyap

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Zimbabwean Born Nyasha Matonhodze For Louis Vuitton AW 2011 Campaign

NYASHA MATONHODZE was the winner of Elite model look 2009 and is represented by Elite model Management in London and Milan and Marilyn Mgmt in New York. The Zimbabwe born model based in Northampton, is simply beautiful with or without makeup, gorgeous skin and legs to die for. I spotted her last season when she walked for Louise Gray, Jonathan Saunders and Clement Ribeiro during London Fashion Week SS11. I am even more excited to see her as one of the new faces for Louis Vuitton Autumn Winter 2011 Campaign, below is just glimpse of her in LV campaing shot by Steven Meisel via Models.com

Clear Face Nayasha

Is she Cute or What? Apparently she is 16yrs old!

AFRICAN BEAUTY: GLAM FAIRY MAKEUP BY PRISCILLA

Priscilla of Glam Fairy Makeup, is an upcoming makeup artist who is passionate about hair and beauty and creating a desired look for her clients. Glam Fairy offers hair and beauty services in bridal, day make up, fashion,  and also ensuring they customise services to meet their clients needs. As an emerging  freelance makeup artist, Priscilla is building her portfolio and so far it is looking impressive.

Support Priscilla Here

To Book Priscilla : Send an email to:  glamfairymakeup@gmail.com

AFRICAN PRINTS: SISTERBATIK EXUBERANT PILLOW CASES

Crushing on these new pillow cases by SisterBatik, with bright, bold and vibrant prints, the exuberance of batik prints adds a touch of character and warmth to any living space. SisterBatik uses genuine Dutch wax print and batiks, which are considered to be the best quality, they add a touch of embroidery details of French knots and colourful Sailor stitching.

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AFRICAN FASHION: ETNIK COLLECTIONS READY TO WEAR AVAILABLE NOW

Etnik collections is a designer label with a variety of customers worldwide, the brand is innovative, unique and quirky with contemporary designs. Etnik Collections was created from a touch of exquisite fusion of African fabric/culture and western fabrics/cultures in bold and daring colours but yet very wearable. Etnik collections newest designs was inspired by Edgar Degas from the paintings of two dancers and bright bolds colours of summer. Etnik collections pieces are mostly baby doll dresses with new addition of selected boho bags which are also coming soon on the market. Our Favourite piece is the green dress, clutch bags and the background is splendid!

Photograpy: Isaac
Makeup: Ama K
Stylist: Tina
Clothes: Etnik Collections
Model: Louisa, Salomey, Candice, Keitta, Nancy & Grace

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Email For Enquiries: etnikcollections@hotmail.co.uk

VIRGOS LOUNGE PEACOCK COLLECTIONS FOR SPRING 2011

Since last week I have been on the Virgos lounge’s website listing the dresses I must have in my wardrobe this spring as their peacock collections consist of the most delightful cocktails silhouettes, some with lace, pleats and embellishment combined with simple classic pieces of adorable colours of purple, blue, red, black and pink. The owners of Virgos Lounge Fioye Akinsola, Oyeyemi Wemi-Akinsola and Nike Ajanaku have done very well to build such a brand which is affordable with quality not compromised.  I will be shopping at Virgos Lounge very soon and I definitely be reviewing their products when it arrives.

Photography: Sophie Pycroft – http://sophiepycroft.com/

Model: Omowunmi Gbadamosi

Hair and Make Up: Leanne Wright

Styling: Oye Wemi-Akinsola- http://rebelculture.viewbook.com/

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AFRICAN INSPIRED JEWELLERY FOR VOGUE CHINA MAY 2011

‘Vogue Beauty’  editorial features Carola Remer & Ming Xi by Daniel Jackson for Vogue China May 2011 surely has made my day. I love the beautiful jewellery that looks like an African Inspired tribal jewellery worn by the models in this shoot. I wonder who designed them?

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GHANAIAN FASHION DESIGNER IyZaiah LAUNCHES AFRO VINTAGE COLLECTION FOR SPRING/SUMMER 2011

At the beginning of the year we were promised vintage and indeed Ghanaian fashion designer IyZaiah kept to her promise and has designed beautiful classy vintage pieces to spice any wardrobe.  The colours and choice of fabric is just beautiful not forgetting the beautiful African inspired head pieces that can be worn solely or paired with other clothing. IyZaiah has created vintage retro styles with ethnic bold radiant and vibrant print fabrics!!!

Hope you like what you see …..to order from IyZaiah check her website here or join her Facebook here or view more images here

INSPIRED BY AFRICA – TRIBAL FOOTWEAR FOR SPRING/SUMMER 2011

There has been a huge tribal influence both on the runway’s, photo shoots and street style and we will do our best to bring you some of our favourites to complete a tribal look. We just had these African inspired sandals sent to us via email,  they look cute but we are loving  the brown peacock plume sandals the most.  You can shop here at Anthropologie

What do you think,would you wear these?

Shadders Pick Of The Day – Tribal prints By East

Make a statement in bold prints like this print mixed safari chic with a modern twist. This was sent to me this morning, if am honest am not feeling these pieces at all, too much going on. What do you think, would you boldly step out in these garments.

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Would You wear these?

SPOTTED IN AFRICAN INSPIRED PRINTS WEDGE SHOES BY ALDO

I wrote about these cute African print inspired wedged shoes last month, I was excited to spot it at Fashion Mist 2011. Inspired from the groovy seventies, these killer heels have what it takes to be the style of the season. They feature wedge platform, round toe, and allover print.

What do you all think?

FAIR TRADE SCARVES BY HOLLY FULTON, MARIOS SCHWAB, JULIE VERHOEV & ADA ZANDITON

Using Fairtrade certified cotton, grown by farmers in Cameroon, Senegal, Mali and India, top designers have created a range of digitally printed scarves exclusively for ASOS. Showcasing their signature style, the collection of Scarves showcases the very best in design and highlights the values surrounding ethical fashion.

Holly Fulton Fairtrade Skyscraper Digital Print Scarf Bespoke printed scarf, featuring a Holly Fulton signature skyscraper digital print in a softly folded style and Fairtrade certified cotton finish

Marios Schwab Fairtrade Floral Tattoo Digital Print Scarf

Bespoke printed scarf, featuring a digital tattoo print by Marios Schwab in a softly folded style and Fairtrade certified cotton finish.

Julie Verhoeven Fairtrade Mirrored Face Digital Print Scarf

Ada Zanditon Fairtrade Lunar Face Digital Print Scarf Printed, fairtrade certified cotton scarf, featuring an all-over, bespoke digital face design by Ada Zanditon with a designer signature to the centre and a draped, subtle crinkle finish.

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FAIR TRADE SCARVES BY HOLLY FULTON, MARIOS SCHWAB, JULIE VERHOEV & ADA ZANDITON

Using Fairtrade certified cotton, grown by farmers in Cameroon, Senegal, Mali and India, top designers have created a range of digitally printed scarves exclusively for ASOS. Showcasing their signature style, the collection of Scarves showcases the very best in design and highlights the values surrounding ethical fashion.

Holly Fulton Fairtrade Skyscraper Digital Print Scarf Bespoke printed scarf, featuring a Holly Fulton signature skyscraper digital print in a softly folded style and Fairtrade certified cotton finish

Marios Schwab Fairtrade Floral Tattoo Digital Print Scarf

Bespoke printed scarf, featuring a digital tattoo print by Marios Schwab in a softly folded style and Fairtrade certified cotton finish.

Julie Verhoeven Fairtrade Mirrored Face Digital Print Scarf

Ada Zanditon Fairtrade Lunar Face Digital Print Scarf Printed, fairtrade certified cotton scarf, featuring an all-over, bespoke digital face design by Ada Zanditon with a designer signature to the centre and a draped, subtle crinkle finish.

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FAB Magazine’s Coolest Issue Hits Stands From 27 March 2011

FAB Magazine is back with another slick music edition – this time also know as ‘The Cool Issue’ – to bring you yet another 200+ pages of exclusive interviews, sh!t-hot shoots and ‘convincingly cool’ content.

Boasting an impressive line up of African musicians, including Psquare, Asa, DJ Kirenga, WizKid and Naeto C, and UK-based cover stars Rhian Benson and Loick Essien, FAB’s latest issue also features international stars Faith Evans and Talib Kweli – so clearly there’s something for music lovers of all sorts and fans of ‘fresh’ alike.

For those who remain avid followers of fashion, as per usual cutting edge fashion fills FAB’s pages, and there is also a shiny new hair and beauty section to flick through, with the coolest trends one could hope to master.

Now sold across the UK from 1000+ WHSmiths and leading retailers, you can pick up your copy from as early as 27 March 2011, while FAB is still stocked at vendors across Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa, and available for purchase in Belgium, Germany, Australia and now from more than 370 Barnes and Noble and 70 Borders stores in the US. If that isn’t convenient enough, you can also order FAB Magazine to be delivered to you from anywhere in the world, or subscribe online to have it arrive at your door (visit  www.fabmagazineonline.com for more information on outlets, purchasing and subscription).

If this highly anticipated issue doesn’t quite satisfy your reading needs though, FAB Magazine’s blog remains updated daily, so log on an check out what the team are up to whilst busy working on the next issue of Africa’s coolest fashion and lifestyle magazine (www.fabafricanblack.blogspot.com)…


AFRICAN FASHION: BUYING ETHNIC CLOTHES ON A BUDGET

Individuals who prefer African fashion often seek to stretch tight budgets by limiting the amount of ethnic clothing purchased during the year. Making last season’s fashions stretch a few months is possible, but it is not always necessary. There are ways to maintain a fashionable appearance by finding ways to purchase ethnic clothing cheaply.

Families who dress primarily in ethnic clothing can often find discounts by purchasing clothing in bulk.  The initial price might be daunting, but making one large purchase is usually cheaper than making several smaller ones.  When buying in bulk is not an option, look for the ethnic clothing that contains flaws.  While it is usually in ones best interest to purchase the best quality clothing, finding clothing with marks or tears can lead to big discounts.  Many quality clothing stores selling the latest in African fashion will offer blemished clothing at a reduced price if the shopper is the one to discover the flaw.

Using the Internet is another way to purchase discounted ethnic clothing.  There are many online retailers who are able to offer more discounts since they do not have the expenses associated with maintain a brick and mortar store.  When purchasing ethnic clothing online, look for websites offering free or discounted shipping.  Also look for frequent buyer discounts, sign up to receive email sales notifications, and check your favorite ethnic clothing websites regularly for sales.

If you are a person who is usually hard to fit, Internet shopping has an additional bonus.  Online clothing stores often carry a wider variety of sizes and cuts than traditional stores.  Also, if you are unable to find the right size, the store’s owner is usually only an email away.  Ethnic clothing store owners are often able to find sizes that are not often sold for shoppers, and can sell them for cheaper prices than other stores.

What is the most expensive Piece of clothing you have purchased?

URBAN OUTFITTERS TRIBAL SUMMER COLLECTIONS 2011

Urban Outfitters adds a little splash of tribal colour and prints to our summer look and we hope you are getting ready for an adventurous tribal and safari look this spring/summer 2011. Below are a few of some of the tribal pieces from urban Outfitters summer collections:

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BLACK MODELS IN HISTORY

Modelling has always been viewed as an activity in an elitist world. Perhaps that’s why there was a dearth of black models for a long time. Even when they did make an entry into the fashion world, it was as a second option. They were never in the first rung of modelling, lucrative assignments or modeling campaigns.

In the year 1974, Beverly Johnson finally became the first Afro-American woman to be featured on the cover of Vogue. This broke a dam of sorts and several black models followed in her wake. Black models began to be seen at all the important shows and some of the important pioneers of the time were Mounia, Wanakee, Peggy Dillard, Sheila Johnson, Pat Cleveland and Alva Chinn. Also, let’s not forget Billie Blair and Bethann Hardison.

When Iman entered the scene, there were several other models that soon began to be featured on Elle magazine especially in the 80s. Names such as Magic, Lana Ogilvy and Veronica Webb became popular. Lu Cierra gained fame as a Bob Mackie favorite. Karen Alexander was a Ralph Lauren staple, and black models like Rebecca Ayoko and Lois Samuels all found themselves busy. Naomi Campbell was given the honor of being crowned a supermodel.

However, even today, the modelling world will agree that there is a dearth of black models. Some of the few who have managed to make good names for themselves are Liya Kebede – the first black model to represent Estee Lauder, Jaunel McKenzie, Chanel Iman as well as newcomer Jourdan Dunn.


ALIKOTO CLOTHING PRESENTS D'KAN COLLECTIONS

Alikoto clothing is about wearability and style, her current collection is about confidence and african creativity as a whole. This collection is targeted for individuals who would like to stand out whilst looking chiq and effortless. A combination of wax print, ankara, kente, cotton, silk, chiffon, satin and velvet to create unique and authentic designs for those who want to bring definition to their wardrobe. With modern pieces infused with traditional African elements. – Alikoto brings you nothing but quality without compromising style and uniqueness.

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Designers Info:

Email – alikotoclothing@gmail.com

Tel: +233-269-138-021

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ALIKOTO CLOTHING PRESENTS D’KAN COLLECTIONS

Alikoto clothing is about wearability and style, her current collection is about confidence and african creativity as a whole. This collection is targeted for individuals who would like to stand out whilst looking chiq and effortless. A combination of wax print, ankara, kente, cotton, silk, chiffon, satin and velvet to create unique and authentic designs for those who want to bring definition to their wardrobe. With modern pieces infused with traditional African elements. – Alikoto brings you nothing but quality without compromising style and uniqueness.

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Designers Info:

Email – alikotoclothing@gmail.com

Tel: +233-269-138-021

Become a Fan and be updated regularly Here

ATAUI DENG FOR KENZO S/S 2011 AD CAMPAIGN


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Photographer: Mario Sorrenti
Models: Eniko Mihalik, Tobias Sorensen, Tao Okamotor, Ataui Deng
Stylist: Anastasia Barbieri

INSPIRED BY AFRICA – TER ET BANTINE S/S 2011

Ter et Bantine is an Italian based fashion house by Manuela Arcari. Her Spring/Summer 2011 collections is what am dreaming of right now. As an African print lover, am guessing the designer was inspired by tribal/Africa, it looks to me that African prints is not going anywhere it is not just a trend it is here to stay. Check out our favourite looks below:

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Shadders Pick Of The Day – CHRISTIE BROWN @ MYASHO.COM

Shadders pick of the day is this  figure hugging Gold Pencil Skirt by CHRISTIE BROWN GHANA. The Gorgeous gold silk pencil skirt is made from 100% raw silk. This beautifully coloured pencil skirt by Christie Brown Ghana was debuted at Africa Fashion Week 2010. Team with elegant heels and a top in bright colours as pictured. Shop Here

GLORIA WAVAMUNNO “A La Mode” LONDON FASHION WEEK 2011

Ugandan designer Gloria Wavamunno’s designs were soo refreshing and vibrant to watch at the London fashion week. The colours in Gloria Wavamunno 2011 collection were strong and attractive. The palette was diverse enough: from trendy African prints to blue and classic black, shades of Mustard and chic white Tshirt. The collaboration of prints and well tailored jackets made the collection livelier and more vibrant. This is definitely Classic African print with a western twist we love love love xoxox


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AFRICAN Wax Print Inspired Dinnerware

Just had this sent to me today, love the wax print plate inspired by African wax print fabric design. These bold and bright prints plates will be perfect for picnics in the summer. The plates captures the magic Africa with a burst of colour and exotic patterns.

To order your prints plates check Here

SCHEFO – Made in Ghana

Through community based initiatives, The SCHEF Organization seeks to provide Shelter, Clothing, Health care, Education, and Food to the communities within Buduburam Refugee Camp. All clothing and accessories are handmade by women on the Buduburam Refugee Camp in Ghana from Ghanaian fabrics. 100% of the proceeds goes towards helping single mothers and children on the camp.

Shop and support a good cause Here

Shadders Pick Of The Day – William Okpo

Shadders pick of the day is this lovely organza & chiffon dress created by sisters Darlene and lizzy, William Okpo (named after their father) is a brand new label with an innovative take on quality, fit, and fabric. inspired by their upbringing and intrigued by the interaction between immigrant style and american culture. Check out more of their super structured jackets, reversible coats, and cleverly cut-out blouses here

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JOHANNESBURG FASHION WEEK 2011 – BONGIWE WALAZA

Originality and individuality is the best way for us to describe Bongiwe Walaza Collection at the Johannesburg Fashion week 2011. Bongiwe’s design is a  truly modern African one that blurs the boundaries between formal and casual. A lot of  full skirts and dresses, a mixtures of different colours. love the overall look x

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Special Thanks to AFRICAN FASHION INTERNATIONAL & SIMON DEINER

IMAGE CREDIT SIMON DEINER /http://www.sdr.co.za/

JOHANNESBURG FASHION WEEK 2011 – DISTINCTIVE WEAR MEN

Distinctive Wear creates clothes for distinctive men indeed. They surely impressed us at the Johannesburg fashion week 2011; their suit collection looked sophisticated, with prestige and style. Distinctive Wear suits are carefully crafted by in-house Malawian tailors, who have been in the craftsmanship industry for 15 years. With supreme materials and fabrics outsourced locally and internationally, to ensure longevity, comfort and a distinct look

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Special Thanks to AFRICAN FASHION INTERNATIONAL & SIMON DEINER

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JOHANNESBURG FASHION WEEK 2011 – AVANT

Avant Apparel debuted their collection at Johannesburg Fashion Week 2011 at the Bus Factory in New Town. LISOF graduate Lauren du Plessis and Bailey Alison are the talented duo behind AVANT apparel. Their colour palette was a range of soft nudes and pinks contrasted with stark black. Some of the Key looks includes a long-sleeve; figure-hugging mesh mini with cut-out detail, a black plunge neck draped jumpsuit as well as a cropped jacket.

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Special Thanks to AFRICAN FASHION INTERNATIONAL & SIMON DEINER

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African Fashion Style: Shadders Pick Of The Day – By AfroFashionista.com Boutique

Shadders African fashion style pick of the day can be purchased at AfroFashionista.com a new ready to wear online boutique shop. Check it our from here

JOHANNESBURG FASHION WEEK 2011: FAST TRACK DAY 1 – MINETTE MEYER

JOHANNESBURG fashion week 2011 started with the fast track of fashion graduates showcasing their designs, the upcoming designers that took part in the event were Kutloano Molokomme, Melita Ngoasheng, Minette Meyer, Nadine Holloway Jessica Sutherland, Lebogang Moatshe, Pride Nkosi , Sunette Scheepers Anja Bredell, Laura Kass, Nkululeko Msibi, Phumzile Langa, Chantelle Nascimento, Nkoshikhona Nkala, Portia Moruthane and Sello Medupe they all impressed me with their unique designs, and this convinced me that they have more creative talents to showcase their work at the Johannesburg fashion week 2011.

Minette Meyer

Minette Meyer graduated top of her class at Hyde Park-based Spero Villioti Elite Design Academy. Her autumn/winter 2011 collection is again lovely pieces, I love the use warm autumn colours, I particularly loved the use of feathers to create a unique look and it looked great on the models.

Special Thanks to AFRICAN FASHION INTERNATIONAL & SIMON DEINER

IMAGE CREDIT SIMON DEINER /http://www.sdr.co.za/

JOHANNESBURG FASHION WEEK 2011: FAST TRACK SHOW 2 FEATURING JESSICA SUTHERLAND, LEBOGANG MOATSHE, PRIDE NKOSI & SUNETTE SCHEEPERS

JESSICA SUTHERLAND

Jessica Sutherland received her Bachelors Degree in Fashion from LISOF. Her graduate collection was shaped around the concept  of transition. Particular focus was placed on the transitions that take place within a contemporary lifestyle. Her goal was to create individual pieces that could ‘respond’ to changes in mood, occasion (work, play, travel), climate and season, by allowing them to change in length, shape, silhouette, colour and pattern and it is all present in her Johannesburg 2011 fashion week runway collections, love it when ideas are made in reality.

LEBOGANG MOATSHE

Lebogang Moatshe is a graduate designer from the Tshwane University of  Technology. By origin he is from Soshanguve in Gauteng. The name of his label is Vegan Lifestyle. The inspiration for his Autumn/Winter collection was inspired by the vegan lifestyle and being a vegan himself. He sourced inspiration from his own vegan lifestyle and going green, two concepts he fused together to create his collection.

PRIDE NKOSI

Pride Nkosi’s Autumn/Winter 2011 inspiration is drawn from the interiors of Gothic Roman Cathedrals around the world; the way their interiors were built with richly decorated pillars, walls and ceilings. The shapes in the decor inspired the way her dresses and coats are shaped to fit curvier and shapely women.

SUNETTE SCHEEPERS

Sunette grew up on a farm in Utrecht, a small town in Natal.  She moved to Pretoria, Gauteng to study Fashion Design at Tshwane University of Technology and graduated at the end of 2010. She will continue to pursue her dream to be an established Fashion Designer in South Africa.Sunette Scheeper’s inspiration for her Autumn/Winter 2011 Zealous ‘in motion’ Collection was inspired by sports clothing and the physical movement associated with sports. Using the fact that sports attire is known for accent colours, the collection was developed into an energetic visual display of blacks and greys with strong illuminating colours of pink, orange and cyan. This collection aims to give street wear an edgy-glamorous feel, maintaining key factors of being functional and comfortable to wear.

Special Thanks to AFRICAN FASHION INTERNATIONAL, SIMON DEINER & to all the graduates, great collections x

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AFRICA FASHION WEEK LONDON – 5th -6th AUGUST 2011

For the first time ever London will host AFRICA FASHION WEEK LONDON (AFWL, 2011), which will be a premier fashion week for African and Black inspired Fashion in the UK.

AFWL 2011 is a platform that will showcase top international fashion
designers alongside new and emerging designers who use African fabrics in
their designs, are inspired by the African culture, sell to the African
market, have ties to Africa and who want to cross over into mainstream
fashion, thereby creating an atmosphere for cultural exchange, a fusion of
western and African culture through fashion.

AFWL 2011 is produced and event managed by Mahogany Events who have over
15 years experience of producing fashion shows around the world.
Mahogany is also known for having organized the very popular black is
Invisible campaign which made the first and only ever All Black edition of
Vogue the highest selling print edition in history.

Show produced by Mahogany include Face of Sleek , Mahogany Bridal Show,
Top Model of Colour, Glasgow Fashion Week, Fashion Diversity, London
Fashion Week, The Big Search, Ms Uganda/Miss World to name a few.
Who can participate?
New/Emerging Designers and renowned fashion designers.
• Any of these categories accepted: fashion design, textile prints,
accessories,bridal, jeweller, footwear, milliners lingerie and swimwear.

Expected
2000 members of the public
•15 models per show
•4 shows a day (Subject to change)
•40 designers for catwalk show
•3 looks a day
They also have a limited space of 20 exhibition stands for exhibitors to
showcase and sell their products to the public.

For more information please visits their website
www.africafashionweeklondon.com


WHAT NIGERIAN NOLLYWOOD STAR OMOTOLA WORE AT THE GRAMMY AWARDS – CUTE OR CLUTTER?

Nollywood Actress Omotola Jalade-Ekehinde was spotted on the red carpet at the 2011 Grammys awards. Also known as Omo sexy, is the first Nollywood star to walk the red carpet of such a prestigious award show and for that reason, i expected Omotola to look every inch a star. My first question, is Omotola expecting a baby? Secondly, of all the amazing designers and stylist in Nigerian I will like to know who styled her? I genuinely like Omotola, i think she is a beautiful lady, but this outfit am so not feeling. What do you all think?

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JOHANNESBURG FASHION WEEK 2011: FAST TRACK DAY 1 – KUTLOANO MOLOKOMME

JOHANNESBURG fashion week 2011 started with the fast track of fashion graduates showcasing their designs, the upcoming designers that took part in the event were Kutloano Molokomme, Melita Ngoasheng, Minette Meyer, Nadine Holloway Jessica Sutherland, Lebogang Moatshe, Pride Nkosi , Sunette Scheepers Anja Bredell, Laura Kass, Nkululeko Msibi, Phumzile Langa, Chantelle Nascimento, Nkoshikhona Nkala, Portia Moruthane and Sello Medupe  they all impressed me with their unique designs, and this convinced me that they have  more creative talents to showcase their work at the Johannesburg fashion week 2011.

Kutloano Molokomme

I first came across Kutloano Molokomme in 2010 as he took part in the ELLE New Talent Competition, although he did not win he sure has proved himself with this collection. According to Africa Fashion International, Kutloano was one of the chosen young designers to showcase at the Fastrack day held at Fashion Kapitol. I love the look, he stayed true to the colour theme, the collection was so serene and classic well done KUTLOANO.

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YOUNG DESIGNER SHOW 2011 – Presents The Crème of New Young Fresh Fashion Talent

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The show will be hosted by Annaliese Dayes (from Britain’s next top model) on Saturday 26th March 2011 from 4 pm – 9 pm at the Nobel Suite, Novotel London Hotel St. Pancras 100 -110 Euston Road London NW1 2AJ.

They will be showcasing at least 20 Fashion designers at the show.

The Young Designer Show is a show of inspiration, motivation and networking which aims raise the profile of exceptionally gifted young fashion designers aged 9-25years from multi-cultural backgrounds in the fashion industry, this uplifting showcase features some of fashion’s hottest new faces.

We are looking for individuals who would like to support this project and empathise with our vision:

The visionary and inspirational designers: Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Christian Dior, Christian Lacroix, John Galliano, Karl Lagerfeld, Louis Vuitton and Yves Saint Laurent are some of the fashion icons that their young designers have chosen as their inspiration. Their vision is to see the day when their young designers are as well known as the fashion leaders we know today.

The organisers of the Young Designer Show and Awards can demonstrate that these projects have considerable benefits to the community through their work with young people. They achieve this by:

- Encouraging young people’s creativity, confidence and pursuit of excellence
- Expanding their skills and knowledge in design
- Bringing ‘real-life’ opportunities to young people aged 9-25
- Giving a vehicle to celebrate the success of young designers at a national level
- Encouraging networking and professional development
- Improving outcomes for young people interested in design.

Individual and companies who wish to support this project can contact Joanna Marcella on Mobile: 07940 647 102 or Telephone: 020 8986 8411. Email: joanna_marcella@hotmail.com oryoungdesignerawards@hotmail.com

http://youngdesignerawards.weebly.com

My African Valentine – Compartes Chocolatier’s

Compartes Chocolates for a Cause (featured in Saveur Holiday Gift Guide 2010) benefiting Relief International in Darfur. 4 of each of their handcrafted exotic African chocolate collection in flavors like cardamom coconut, african coffee, caramelized plantain and more come in this box that is the perfect corporate and holiday gift, coupled with 1 Relief Beads bracelet.  Give the gift of charitable chocolates, a handmade bracelet and a donation to Relief International in Darfur all with one box of gourmet chocolates! Happy Valentine everyone x

Order via here


African Fashion Style: Shadders Pick Of The Day – By AAMAA COUTURE

Shadders African Fashion Style Pick of the day is this cute dress by  Aamaa Couture, the dress looks so pretty and chic with bold African prints . When you purchase anything from Aamaa Couture you can rest assured that you will receive nothing but the best. The designer sourced these beautiful fabric cotton wax prints, directly from Ghana, West Africa. I Love it and I hope you do too? You can purchase this lovely dress from Here and Here. You can also meet her at the Africa Fashion Week New York – 14th – 16thJuly 2011

Image Credit: Aamaa Couture

FASHION REBIRTH – AFROSHIC FASHION SHOW- 9th April 2011

Afroshic Fashion Show will be held at CNPS Hall in Cameroon on the 09th April 2011

Time:17:00 – 20:00

Location: CNPS HALL BUEA,CAMEROON

Tickets : VIP 10000FRS, SINGLES 5000FRS, COUPLES 16000FRS, Book Here

For more information click here.

Tiffany Amber Spring/Summer 2011 – “Raw Glamour”

# TIFFANY AMBER- African Fashion designer Folake Folarin-Coker launched Tiffany Amber in Nigeria, every collection shows the designer’s love for luxurious fabric and intricate embellishment from all over the world whilst at the same time instilling her African heritage to produce timeless, feminine and effortlessly stylish pieces. Tiffany Amber is an international award winning label, she has taken part in some of the best fashion shows in the world including Arise Africa Fashion week – South Africa.

#The LOOK - Feminine, Elegant, Luxe with a twist of quirk and cuteness.

#Designer’s Statement - Think Breakfast in Capri, Lunch in St Tropez and dance the night away in the heydays of studio 54 and you have Raw Glamour, a collection inspired by the allure of the 70′s style icons who’s elegance has been present in many of the Tiffany Amber Collections. ‘This season, I had an image of a Glamorous and exotic Tiffany Amber woman who loves to provoke and seduce with cheeky opulence – I used aqua, spring green, daffodil, white, and iris for a sophisticated and confident elegance’. Suiting softened with  a long and oversized boyfriend Jacket, fluid trousers, silk shirts and our classic flowry dresses come together to help you navigate the summer fashion landscape”.

#Design Concept & Direction - Tiffany Amber’s Spring/Summer Collection lookbook 2011“Raw Glamour” boast the designer’s trademark of using silk, chiffon and haute styling skills. In anticipation of warmer weather to come, Tiffany Amber has a selection of gorgeous maxi dresses, luxurious silk and lace draped silhouette dresses. We are loving the high waist trousers, as it has a 70′s look/feel to it, which will work well during the summer months. Check out the complete lookbook below:













Thanks Bella Naija

CHICHIA LONDON 2011/12 Collection – Sneak Preview

Just came across Chichia’s recent collection via her Facebook status here, her latest design is with Made by Africa. The designs are casual/ everyday wear with a Tanzanian touch. Yet again Chichia has done a great job with the Khanga fabrics. I have always believed Chichia  is the queen of Khanga fabric,  as an African fashion designer she handles the fabric so well that it reflects in her designs.

The ladies wear brand Chichia by London based designer Christine Mhando. Born in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and raised in London, England. Chichia has taken influences from both continents and cultures and translated them into her own fresh style of designs. Chichia is known for using “KHANGA” as i have previously stated above, which is a traditional east African cotton printed fabric used by women as wraps.

To contact the designer simply click here

Image Credit: MadebyAfrica

Inspired By Africa – Julian Louie’s Spring/Summer 2011 New Tribe

DESIGNER Julian Louie spring/summer 2011 collection, was inpired by Africa,  by the men in Pieter Hugo’s book, The Hyena & Other Men, which documents a group of Nigerians who travel around to West African cities, performing with their not-quite-domesticated pets. The clothing also referenced Pieter’s subjects, who dress in traditional African skirts topped by decent American tank tops. The tops and skirts works well on the noticeably, haute peep-toe platform booties made in collaboration with ALDO that I wrote about not long ago here, along with tassel details and accessories based on African tribal garb. Love the collection, but am loving the shoes more.

Image Credit: Glamour Magazine

African Fashion Style: Shadders Pick Of The Day – By BUSAYO

Shadders African Fashion Style Pick of the day is by Designer BUSAYO -This pleated hand-dyed red batik skirt by Busayo is a fireworks display come to life, Simply gorgeous and easy to wear and combined with other wardrobe essentials. Colours are not too overwhelming, loving it……to purchase click here!!!

Diva Delicious Special Fortune Cookie Sale —– Absolutely Delicious

So delicious indeed, these bags by Diva Delicious designer Sandi Owusu is making me drool with excitement. The designer has done well bringing us fresh new designs to her collections on regular occasions. Love her designs so much, to put a smile on your face Sandi is slashing her prices for a special sale called the Fortune Cookie Sale grab your own here or here!

Image Credit: Diva Delicious

Ajak Deng For Vogue Australia – March 2011

2011 is a special year for Ajak Deng appearing in uncountable editorials and runways, her recent shoot was with Vogue Australia for the March 2011 issue. Ajak has so much confidence, the camera surely loves her, with her beautiful dark skin and cute face who wouldn’t book her? Love this shoot, particularly the background is very nice and unique.

Checkout Ajak’s Interview with Vogue Australia here

Image via Oh Fashion models

Photographer: Max Doyle

Ajak Deng & Chanel Iman For I-D Magazine Pre-Spring 2011!

This is just a preview of what to expect this spring on the covers of I-D magazine. Love I-D Magazine, excited that they feature black models in their Mag. This spring there are Six covers for I-D Magazine showcasing models Ajak Deng, Vanessa Paradis, Hilary Rhoda, Jessica Stam, Erin Wasson, Chanel Iman, Hedi Slimane, and more.

Image via Fashion Editorials

Shadders Brand Alert: Pearl 1130 By Ade Yusuf

Pearl 11 30 was created in April 2010 by Ade Yusuf, a brand birth out of passion and love for celebrating and expressing one’s individuality through fashion. The brand offers styling (Image branding), affordable ready to wear and tailored outfits that are produced to the highest quality standards. The developed a unique factor through their personal style by bringing out the real individual out of our Clients and paying keen attention to details.

The brand personifies sophistication, class and timeless pieces/style. Ade Yusuf “We consider the instinct and everyday needs of practical life; from dresses to skirts, jackets to tops to shirts, pants to jumpsuits, glamour combined with classy chic for play as well as work.” The use of colour plays a major role in each of the collections which can be described as an eclectic range of simple but quirky details made with iconic mix of colored African fabrics with Raw Silk, Egyptian Linen, Chantilly & Dry Lace, Damask, Jacquards, Taffeta, Chiffon and Organza.


Thanks for sending us your press release, to order from Pearl 1130 here and here

Experience Kosibah & Preston Bailey’s Touch @ Victoria Island, Lagos – Nigeria 6th – 8th April 2011

Preston Bailey was born and raised in the tropical paradise of Panamá. Moving to New York City in 1968, he began his career in the design world as a fashion model at the age of 19. Because of Preston’s unique ability to create breathtaking, memorable events, he has developed a client base that includes royalty, socialites, business moguls and celebrities such as Donald Trump, Oprah Winfrey, Joan Rivers, Donna Karan, Liza Minnelli, Laurence Fishburne, Bill Cosby, Matt Lauer, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, Uma Thurman and Donny Deustch, among others.

Preston is also much sought after both as a television guest and public speaker. His numerous national television appearances include The Oprah Winfrey ShowEntertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, Extra, CBSs The Early Show, and NBCs Today Show. He regularly appears in dozens of publications including Town & Country, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Elle Décor, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and New York Post.

www.prestonbailey.com

Yemi kosibah

The seeds of Yemi Osunkoya’s fascination with fashion in general and bridal wear in particular were sown at his first high society wedding in Nigeria. Yemi has worked hard to make Kosibah a truly global brand, but with clientele particularly well represented in the UK, USA, West and South Africa and the Caribbean. Among his celebrated clients, Yemi counts Lady Janet Boateng, Dianne Abbott MP, Kelly Rowland, Alesha Dixon, Sheila Ferguson, Hollywood actress Indra Ové, Louise Rose and members of several royal families in Nigeria and Ghana. Still on Yemis wish list of celebrities to dress are Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, Padma Lakshmi and Keira Knightley.

Despite A-list success, Yemi’s designs are firmly rooted in the desire to make every woman look and feel good. Drawing on his African roots, Yemi’s designs celebrate the curves and shapes of real women. His signature use of corsetry and draping creates gowns that flatter and enhance every woman’s figure. And his long experience of providing a personal attentive service to each of his clients means that he is now an expert in providing exactly what his clients want.

He also draws inspiration from the vibrant, multicultural life of London which is now his home. The capitals diverse populations allow Yemi to fuse influences from across the world into his designs with the luxurious fabrics, sumptuous embellishments and meticulous attention to detail associated with the finest traditions of Parisian couture.

These amazing men will be joining other speakers to share their amazing talent at an events fair filled with panache & flair. The first of its kind in West Africa! Victoria Island, Lagos – Nigeria. 6th – 8th April 2011. Save the date!

http://www.kosibah.co.uk/

Special Thanks to Gloria Buckman Yankson and PlanIt Events Team for informing us of this events check them out here……http://www.planitghana.com/ oohh and Mahagony events too check them out here

Image credit: Preston Bailey & Yemi Kosibah


Afro Vintage Style – NTALE’S GROOVE Photoshoot

Laid-back teamed up with 16 Stoned Vintage for a vintage African themed photo shoot titled NTALE’S GROOVE. The ladies used clothing and accessories from their vintage collection to create a unique take on traditional West African style. I enjoyed staring at these images all day, loved the turbans and overall style.

Credits:
Sonya Freeman: Model, Styling & Owner of 16 Stone Vintage
Bilen Gaga: Model & Muse for 16 Stone Vintage
Elaine Hynds: Photography
Karen Swaby: Make Up
Mike Mc Kenzie: Styling

http://www.laid-back.be/

Ivorian Model Nina Keita For Tracy Reese Pre-Fall 2011 Collection

Since I spotted Nina Keita on the Old Navy Campaign and Black Up Commercial, she has been doing extremely well since. Nina Keita has also taken part in some of New York Fashion shows and I must say I was really pleased to see her model for Tracy Reese Pre Fall 2011 collection, she worked the outfits well

Aww bless her frame reminds me of Kate Moss!!!!

Image Via Style.com

Sneak Peek Of FELIX ANAMAN’S 2011 Collections

Felix Anaman a graduate from Vogue style School of Fashion Design Ghana has been designing for some years now. Felix had his business launched two years ago, and has been doing really well since, this just is a sneak peek of some of his latest collections.

To contact Felix Anaman click here or here

Call us on +233244883916 or send an email to anamaning@gmail.com

Korto Momolu Covers APINKE Magazine

Another new magazine I spotted this morning, I love the fact that since last year there are more African magazines coming out. Apinke Magazine was born out of the passion of the Editor, Veronica Oladeji. Understanding that Africans are attracted to events, fashion and money, she resolved to create a magazine with fine balance highlighting African successes and achievements while providing information and showcasing events and more. Believing that Knowledge is power, this magazine and its avid administrators aim to present readers with African experiences and a wealth of knowledge that will empower and entertain. Who said you couldn’t have your cake and eat it? To celebrate one year of publication, Korto Momolu talks to Apinke about fashion and business. Grab your copy now

Apinke  magazine would want to hear your voice, your interests and what you would like to see in their future editions. For more information or to contact a member of the team, please call 1-877-436-3980 or send an email to info@apinke.com. OR http://www.apinke.com

African Beauty – Models Of Perfection

As they say, ‘Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder’, African models are extremely beautiful in their own right. Beauty does not mean that you should have a thin body, white skin, straight long hair, contact lenses and false eye lashes although there is nothing wrong with that. Everything created by God is beautiful in its own mysterious way, and it is when you understand beauty in its natural sense that you will be able to appreciate the deep rich colour of Africans.

If you look at a typical African beauty, you will see that there are different colour shades of black skin, smooth and unblemished skin complemented by luscious full lips and intricate hairdo. You will see that Africans have a very different perception when it comes to African beauty. You will not see any malnourished models in Africa as it is very rare; although slim our African Models have nice bodies and natural flawless skin.

Africans are proud of their sturdy frame and are ready to flaunt it. The African concept of beauty is now accepted worldwide and you will see that many international brands are actually changing their ‘sizes’ to accommodate sizzling hot models from Africa. In the past, models used to complain that they couldn’t fit into any of the international brands, because the sizes of the dresses were too small for them. To an African, beauty means robust health, and a sturdy frame. We are proud of our colour and consider our skin rich and full of depth.

Image Via Lipstick & African Prints

ZED EYE “Tribal Romance Revisited Vol 2″ Spring/Summer Collection 2011

Last year I wrote about Zed-Eye’s Spring/Summer collection; “Tribal Romance Revisited” I was so impressed when one of Shadders contributors notified me of Zed Eye’s Tribal Romance Revisited Vol2. First impression was woooooow; I love the colours, textures, turbans and the overall styling. I love how ZED EYE infuses prints in her designs, i got hooked the moment I learnt of Zed Eye and am sure you will too. The collection offers a sophisticated and classic mix pieces that can be worn individually or combined with other attire.

View “Tribal Romance Revisited Vol 2” Below:

All Images & Credit ZED EYE

To order You can contact ZED EYE : http://www.zedeye.com

ZED EYE "Tribal Romance Revisited Vol 2" Spring/Summer Collection 2011

Last year I wrote about Zed-Eye’s Spring/Summer collection; “Tribal Romance Revisited” I was so impressed when one of Shadders contributors notified me of Zed Eye’s Tribal Romance Revisited Vol2. First impression was woooooow; I love the colours, textures, turbans and the overall styling. I love how ZED EYE infuses prints in her designs, i got hooked the moment I learnt of Zed Eye and am sure you will too. The collection offers a sophisticated and classic mix pieces that can be worn individually or combined with other attire.

View “Tribal Romance Revisited Vol 2” Below:

All Images & Credit ZED EYE

To order You can contact ZED EYE : http://www.zedeye.com

AFRICAN FASHION & Beauty Show Dubai 2011

Event Profile

African Fashion & Beauty Show Dubai 2011 is one of the leading events focused on African fashion and beauty industry in the gulf region. The fair will showcase African fashion designers & beauticians from Africa & abroad, and bring together textile manufacturers, fashion designers, and fashion houses, cosmetic manufacturers and exporter-importers from all around the world with a view to create market link between designers, fashion houses, and fabric producers. African Fashion & Beauty Show Dubai 2011 aims to promote African fashion in Dubai and introduce African fashion and beauty products to this market and also to open trading opportunities for African designers in this region.

Visitor Profile

The targeted visitors at African Fashion & Beauty Show Dubai 2011 are:

Exhibitor Profile

The targeted exhibitors at African Fashion Beauty & Art Week Dubai 2011 are from following fields:

Start Date: 02/03/2011

End Date: 05/03/2011

Venue : Dhow Palace Hotel

City : Dubai

Country: United Arab Emirates

Category: Beauty & Cosmetics, Fashion & Lifestyle

Organizer
Titlas Inc

AFRICAN FASHION & Beauty Show Dubai 2011

Event Profile

African Fashion & Beauty Show Dubai 2011 is one of the leading events focused on African fashion and beauty industry in the gulf region. The fair will showcase African fashion designers & beauticians from Africa & abroad, and bring together textile manufacturers, fashion designers, and fashion houses, cosmetic manufacturers and exporter-importers from all around the world with a view to create market link between designers, fashion houses, and fabric producers. African Fashion & Beauty Show Dubai 2011 aims to promote African fashion in Dubai and introduce African fashion and beauty products to this market and also to open trading opportunities for African designers in this region.

Visitor Profile

The targeted visitors at African Fashion & Beauty Show Dubai 2011 are:

Exhibitor Profile

The targeted exhibitors at African Fashion Beauty & Art Week Dubai 2011 are from following fields:

Start Date: 02/03/2011

End Date: 05/03/2011

Venue : Dhow Palace Hotel

City : Dubai

Country: United Arab Emirates

Category: Beauty & Cosmetics, Fashion & Lifestyle

Organizer
Titlas Inc

KENEMA & CO Official Online Shop Is Here!!!!

Kenema & Co unites cool concepts by Tamu Thomas, timeless design by Alize Demange and beautiful African/ Ankara textiles. To work in conjunction with the, “50/50 Women’s Group” to support female business owners in Africa by paying a fair price for their labour, products and services. Bringing you fabulous quality clothing  WITH A CONSCIENCE! In addition to the above they support various causes to promote equality and independence for African women. This year has started off well for Kenema & Co their online shop is officially here, so lets all move on and click here to support them

Follow Kenema & Co Here and shop Here

Twitter Here

KENEMA & CO Official Online Shop Is Here!!!!

Kenema & Co unites cool concepts by Tamu Thomas, timeless design by Alize Demange and beautiful African/ Ankara textiles. To work in conjunction with the, “50/50 Women’s Group” to support female business owners in Africa by paying a fair price for their labour, products and services. Bringing you fabulous quality clothing  WITH A CONSCIENCE! In addition to the above they support various causes to promote equality and independence for African women. This year has started off well for Kenema & Co their online shop is officially here, so lets all move on and click here to support them

Follow Kenema & Co Here and shop Here

Twitter Here

Black Model ORNELIA EDWARDS – A New Face On The Scene

Ornelia Edwards has been signed with Muse Management NY, Ornelia is just beautiful and at 5’10 with  gorgeous skin, lips and bone structure Ornelia Edwards has been dubbed to to be one to watch this season. At only 16 years old, yes 16years OMG this young girl has got a long and promising future in the modelling industry. I believe Ornelia Edwards is here to stay so we all better get use to her face now!

check these long legs,cant wait to see her on the runway xxoxox

Image via Fashioneditorial

NKWO Spring/Summer 2011 Collections – Haute Haute Haute!!!

A few images from NKWO‘s 2011 look book title “A happy place”…the rest will be available to view on their brand new website/online store launching at the end of February!!! Love it x

CREDITS:Make up: Valerie Saint Amand vsaintamand.book.fr

Hair: Angela Plummer angelaplummer.com

Model: symara@ugly or just Symara Templeman

Stylist: Angela Plummer and Nkwo Photography: 2shooters.com

Shadders African Valentine Fabrics

In the past I will browse through Vlisco and just admire their designs as it was the only site I knew off, but hey there are other people in the game with more exciting designs as well. First up is Osram fabrics, Shadders learnt of this fabric in 2010, love the embroidery work and the colour combination done here. Nice Valentine gift for any woman in your life!!!














To order these beautiful Fabrics check PoQua on Facebook or email her here

poquoapoku@live.co.uk or  aqua.poquoa@gmail.com

Vogue US February 2011- Gangs of New York by Mario Testino

Vogue US February 2011 issue features seven world designers showcasing their spring collection in a photo shoot themed after the Gangs of New York. The editorial featured over thirty girls wearing designs from the likes of Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren and Proenza Schouler and photographed by Mario Testino. Shadders was pleased to see some of our favourite models in this shoot, the lovely Ajak Deng, Arlenis Sosa, Chanel Iman, Anais Mali, Jourdan Dunn and Sessilee Lopez.

Image Credits: Fashiongonerogue / Mario Testino

Butterfly Bowties By Edward Armah

In 2009, Edward Armah founded BUTTERFLY BOWTIES LLC now EDWARD ARMAH, a company that designs, manufactures, markets and sells a branded line of high-end luxury mens furnishing goods including handmade bowties, ascots, vests and silk robes. EDWARD ARMAH, the brand, came into being with the aim of creating the most innovative and finest mens furnishing goods with a sense of style that men had not seen for many years. The company derived its original name from Armahs adoration for butterflies and his handmade bowties, the first line of products he ever manufactured had resemblance to a butterfly. With the evolution of time, Butterfly became the line of bowties in the founders collection and not the brand name. View the collections:

Contact: http://www.edwardarmah.com/

Image Courtesy: Edward Armah

Salieu Jalloh For Hixsept 2011 Spring/Summer “Problème et crépuscule” Collection

This post is dedicate to a friend of mine “Mich”, she admires model Salieu Jalloh so much that every time I see Salieu, she is the first person I think of. Salieu’s recent shoot for French brand Hixsept he looked so fresh for the label’s newest collection “Problème et crépuscule.” The collection gently blends a variety of pastel tones with different striped and skillfully dyed checks.

Images via: Hypebeast

Anika Noni Rose In Deola Sagoe Dress At The BET Awards – Cute or Clutter?

Just came across Anika Noni Rose in Deola  Sagoe’s dress from that1960chick, found this dress very ruffly what do you all think cute or clutter?

GEORGIE BADIEL For Uptown Magazine By Marc Baptiste

The gorgeous Georgie Badiel in Uptown Magazine editorial shoot by Marc Baptiste. There is something special about Georgie Badiel, her face is so cute and beautiful. This editorial screams colour, colour, and some more colour!

Images via Muse Management

Photographer: Marc Baptiste

What To Look For In African Designs

You will find that African designs define African fashion and that they are quite different from what other people use in other parts of the world. Moreover, they are what makes African fashion different from the rest of the world. Instead of using natural and synthetic products, African designers use natural products for most of their accessories and clothing.

African people love the play of colours, so they include many colours in their wardrobe. Not everybody can use loud, yet exquisite colours and portray them effectively the way Africans can. Most of their clothes are made of 100% cotton because the climate there demands it. You will see that cotton looks alive once African fashions designers are done with it.

Traditional African designs were mostly prints because the ancient textile makers did not have the modern equipment of today. They used natural dye, so it was good for the skin and lasted long on the clothes too. They had access to unique varieties of mineral peats and even used certain kinds of soil for their designs. You will be surprised at the amazing play of colours that originated on African soil. With the correct use of dyes and soils, dressmakers came up with beautiful hues such as deep red, pepper red, indigo and saffron. They embed many stones and shells into their clothes and incorporate them so beautifully that everything looks meaningful and appropriate. Stones and shells were used in ancient times and they are major items in African fashion even today.

Image courtesy:NYTimes & Vlisco

Jackal and Hide – Genuine African Leather Handbags

Jackal and Hide bags and accessories are crafted from genuine Zambian cowhides from cattle raised on the plains of Central Africa. Each hide is tanned in Lusaka and individually inspected and chosen by Jackal and Hide team for colour, grain and character to add to the authenticity of their products.

All Jackal and Hide bags are slightly different and adorned either with Gillie’s signature vegetable ivories, hand-picked beads from across the globe, or “recycled” Angoni cow horn.

The bags are lined with hand painted cloth made by Tribal Textiles in the Luangwa and all zips and fittings are imported for the very best quality and finish.

For more info about Jackal and Hide click here

Ignite Yrstyle With An Ultra -Chic Wardrobe

Last week I spoke to the brains behind “Ignite Yrstyle” Feyisayo Ayeni. An American based designer and a proud Nigerian. Feyi was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria.

From early childhood, Feyi displayed a keen interest for fashion and design she has always been interested in designing and painting. At the tender age of six, she had designed and produced her first set of custom birthday cards for family and friends. Feyi has always had an eye for good designs… and has continued to exhibit a great satisfaction in designing outfits for friends and family.

About “Ignite Yrstyle”

Feyi established a fashion design house that she named “Ignite Yrstyle” .The name and concept for “Ignite Yrstyle” was created by Feyi for a project while she was at Wade College. She later adopted the name to start her fashion design business in May 2010.

Ignite Yrstyle specializes in designing and making ULTRA-CHIC and SWANKEY custom-made apparel for women. With SIGNATURE high-quality fabrics, and flair for original designs, we bring PANACHE to your personal style.

Ignite Yrstyle is based in Dallas Texas, United States of America. For now orders can be placed through their Facebook profile “Ignite Yrstyle”. Shadders is loving each and every piece in this collection.

To contact the designer check her out on Facebook here

Ghanaian Fashion Designer Phyllis Taylor Of Sika Designs On Black Vogue

Shadders has written about Sika Designs on so many occasions, we recently stumbled upon her chat with Kenya Hunt for VOGUE Black and taught we inform you all. Shadders loves Sika Designs, her garments are just simply gorgeous and classy. I love Sika designs business approach, her collections are always ready in time for the season and well informed website with current styles.

Phyllis hopes that one day Africa will become part of the fashion world and become known for its industry. ”Ghana does not boast the same sartorial tradition of countries like Italy or India, but our seamstresses are learning new techniques and realize that the production of many textile companies in Africa could be hijacked . I’m not sure that ‘Africa is not ready yet, but would certainly be a’ good growth opportunities . ” Continue to read more about the discussion here

The sale continues as I notified you all, For more info click here

All Images Via Vogue Black

Anita Quansah London – Featured In FASHIZBLACK Magazine January/Febuary 2011 Issue

2011 has kicked of well for jewellery designer Anita Quansah London, she has been featured in so many magazines and blogs and this is her recent feature in Fashizblack Magazine January/Febuary Issue 2011: View the images below, To purchase FashizBlack Magazine click here

Photographer: Asiko
Stylist: Crystal Deroche
MUA 1 (warrior look): Rocio Cordero
MUA 2(Goddess look): Nathalie Guest
Model 1 (warrior look): Monique @ D1
Model 2 (Goddess look): Mariam @ D1

All Images via Anita Quansah’s Facebook checkout her page and support her here

ADA Nairobi – January 2011

To all designers & Creative peeps this is an opportunity to create amazing work and influence the world around them. This forum is for the design industry to meet and discuss collaborations and various other topics while they share ideas and forge a way forward for 2011. This event also doubles as ADA Nairobi’s 3rd Creative meet-up.

“Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future.”  Robert L. Peters

More details on www.africandigitalart.com – Registration/RSVP on www.eventbrite.com

The Event will take place today January 20th at the  iHUB Nairobi, Ngong Road (Opposite Uchumi Hyper)

Time: 6pm – 9pm

African Accessories Designer mSimps

Fashion accessories makes a lot of difference to any outfit, having the right fashion accessories can transform your look immediately and mSimps an upcoming fashion accessories designer aims to help us achieve this. mSimps­ makes beautiful Ladies hand Bags, Hair and Dress Brooches using  local African print fabric to accentuate a woman’s beauty. The designer also makes footwear and other accessories but these broaches caught my eyes. mSimps website is on the way soon which will allow us to peruse and buy her beautiful collections, the brand is for fashionistas who love to express their  individuality in fashion. All products are designed by Mabel Simpson with carefully hand-picked African fabrics. You can own a piece of msimps accessories by clicking here

For more info email us on info@msimps.com or via Facebook here

Image Courtesy: mSimpson

New African Woman Magazine Issue 8 (Jan/Feb 2011)

Thumbs up to the team at New African Woman Magazine, I just saw this on their facebook that their latest Magazine edition is available for us to view digitally only for a short period. This edition is all about empowering women, celebrating our resilience and strength as well as embracing our natural beauty. Click to read here and enjoy:

Pass it on, blog it , post link on your website and invite your friends and families  to join their page to keep up to date and look out for more offers. They invite your comments and participation on their discussions board, or just post your views on the group page wall. For any subscription queries for the hard copy: email subs@africasia.com or visitwww.africasia.com/subs

Menswear By Mina Evans

Shadders tends to not have much to publish for our lovely men, so here we go a nice selection by Mina Evans menswear range. Again I love the work done here, not overwhelming, love the colour mix with the African prints. Valentine is around the corner some ideas for us to treat the lovely men in our lives.

You can contact MINA EVANS Here

Twitter:http://twitter.com/#!/mina_evans

African Fashion Designer Mina Evans Launches in Ghana

Fashion designer Mina Evans Launched her label in December 2010 in Accra Ghana. Mina Evans has been on my radar for a while now and i am pleased about her launch and latest collections. I love the fact that Mina is doing her own thing and elegantly incorporating touches of African prints in her designs which very few designers have perfected the art of doing so. Shadders favourite is the yellow dress with black embellishment, this dress will brighten any dull wardrobe Thumbs up Mina!! View the collections below and share your review with use.

I must have this dress…..

You can contact MINA EVANS Here

Twitter:http://twitter.com/#!/mina_evans

Lokko’08 : : original ACC : : T-shirts

I just came across Lokko08 online shop this morning after they signed up to Shadders directory. lokko08 is a t shirt company based in Ghana and has connections with Israel and other parts of the world they will ship to Europe, USA, Canada and also some parts of South America and Australia. I smiled looking at each of the Tshirt as I can identify with the humorous statements on the them. Lokko08 Tshirt are all made with 100% cotton with high quality screen print.
Buy more and the shipping will be discounted.

Lokko08 Website here

Buy Lokko08 Here

Facebook here


Lokko'08 : : original ACC : : T-shirts

I just came across Lokko08 online shop this morning after they signed up to Shadders directory. lokko08 is a t shirt company based in Ghana and has connections with Israel and other parts of the world they will ship to Europe, USA, Canada and also some parts of South America and Australia. I smiled looking at each of the Tshirt as I can identify with the humorous statements on the them. Lokko08 Tshirt are all made with 100% cotton with high quality screen print.
Buy more and the shipping will be discounted.

Lokko08 Website here

Buy Lokko08 Here

Facebook here


Walk This Way With Maï Lamore Luxurious Footwear

Born in Bangassou on the banks of the Oubangui River in the Central African Republic where her father had a coffee plantation, Maï has kept from her childhood spent in that magical land, souvenirs of the very particular atmosphere to be found at the heart of the African continent. It was in boarding school in France where her parents had sent her to complete her studies that Maï acquired her taste for all of the details that lead to the skill and refinement of the fashion world. Following a last sojourn in Africa upon completing her studies, Maï Lamore returned to France and began to work in the fashion world, first as the director of boutiques and then as a consultant for developing collections. All the while becoming increasingly impassioned with women’s footwear and more particularly with creator designs from all periods, which she started collecting.  Maï also founded Mamba, the prestigious avant-garde magazine treating culture, politics and science of which she became Director of publication. She is the initiator and director for important international cultural projects in collaboration with the French Ministries of Culture and Foreign Affairs and the Department of Culture for the City of Paris. Maï also collaborated with international museums of contemporary art for prestigious exhibitions, especially concerning contemporary African photography. During this period she also was consultant for prêt à porter in Milan Italy before working for six years as the creative director for women’s footwear name brands based in New York and Japan. Be inspired with her luxurious footwear!!!

Image Courtesy : Mai Lamore

For More info click here

The Evolution Of African Fashion Design

Legend has it that man found a way of clothing himself with leaves when he first realized he needed to. That could be considered the first fashion design attempt known to man. Over the years, every country has managed to take its traditional attire and make completely new fashion statements out of them. African fashion design also joined the ranks of international fashion houses years ago.

When it comes to African fashion design, many of the designs have evolved from the weather of the country. People had to remain comfortable and materials were selected based on the harshness of the climate. This lead to the use of several kinds of materials that may not have been used in mainstream designing. Keeping these materials and designs alive has been the work of several members of the African fashion design industry.

African fashion design originally began with a lot of animal hides and fur. All of this is a necessary part of one’s attire and cultural background. However, with time, these evolved into internationally accepted and sought after designs. Today the response to an African fashion show is tremendous. Among the kinds of fibre used for clothing is raffia palm, jute, flax and silk. Natural dyes from vegetables and minerals are used to create the unique hues of colour.

African fashion design incorporates the use of ceremonial attire such as Ashanti Kente cloth and Ankara etc. Some of the great names in the African design world are Seidnaly Alphadi (the child of the desert) and Sara Abera from Ethiopia. Oumou Sy too has made a name in the ready-to-wear line of clothing and fashion accessories and more recently Deola Sagoe, Jewel by Lisa, David Thale and many many more designers.

Image Courtesy: Vlisco

South African Designer – Missibaba Handbags

Missibaba is a South African Accessories design label; the brand was launched 5 years ago and has been making waves on the fashion scene in South Africa and other parts of the world. Their new handbag collections are just gorgeous perfectly crafted with quality leather and finishing. Missibaba luxury accessory designs are by Chloe Townsend, passionate about South Africa, she enjoys supporting the local industry creating many jobs. Chloe has the best craftsmen working with her at her studio in Woodstock. Missibaba luxury goods are 100% leather, perfect texture and a splash of colour pushing the boundaries of imagination.

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Shop here

Photo Courtesy – Shop-label

Office Makeup Tips

The main difference between the evening makeup and the day makeup for office and work consists in the intensity used. Thus, the products used in makeup should be chosen carefully, because they must be in full harmony with your natural shades and in harmony with each other. The makeup used during the day, unlike the makeup for evening is influenced by a number of factors. We should consider that the day light intensifies the shades and emphasizes any defects. If you feel the need to be creative in using makeup and intense colours, challenging shades, highly fluorescent or pearl colours, use them in the evening.

Whether we want to create a makeup for day or evening, the shades application steps are the following:

1. Preparation of the application of the skin care products should start with makeup removal, than the application of tonic lotion and finally a makeup base;

2. Application of the makeup products are foundation, powder, eye shadow, mascara, blush, and finally lipstick (in the above order);

When we create a makeup for office, we have to consider the light inside. For offices with cold light, based on bulbs or tubes with halogens, the colours used in makeup should be warm, in order to create the image of a natural appearance. For an office that has a classic lightening system, the incandescent light will make the skin look dry. The makeup used has to be cold and the blush should have a rouge undertone. The lipstick can have shades that mimic your natural colour or a neutral colour and without gloss.

Office fashion gives you the opportunity to make a great impression every time you arrive at work. We are here to make sure you are “the one” people look to for fashion advice and whose style people rely on for their fashion decisions.

How do you apply your office Make up? Share your tips here

Image courtesy – MUD

African Fashion Boutique – BERRYS COUTURE

This morning I received an email from one of my readers Leanne who informed me of a very Talented designer in Abuja Nigeria. I checked out her work and first impression was woow, yes we hear off designers who uses names like COUTURE but produces same items in bulk. Berrys COUTURE understands the meaning and makes sure when you enter her boutique you will find individual designs made and not to be found anywhere. Berrys COUTURE is a fashion clothes store located in Abuja Nigeria, it was established 2 years ago by Hadiza Yakubu-a hardworking and focused entrepreneur whose passion is mainly fashion, Berrys COUTURE is set to design practically casual, glamorous dressy clothing for men and women of all ages and sizes. Their personal touch and brand signature is what differentiates us from our contemporaries. Berrys COUTURE believes that attention to detail while incorporating the customers unique form/stature is essential in getting it right.

Love the detailed work done here

Another nice dress with great detailing……Christian louboutin shoes

This year Shadders promises to bring you all the best of African designs, so what do think of Berrys COUTURE? If you know of any talented designer from African kindly drop us a message admin@shadders.net

Image courtesy – BERRYS COUTURE

FCT Abuja, Nigeria.

4, Kumasi Crescent Wuse II

Abuja, Nigeria, Africa.

+234807 517 7766, +234803 5988931

contact@berryscoutureng.com

www.berryscoutureng.com

Reasons To Enjoy African Fashion Week

African fashion week is growing in popularity, and is becoming much anticipated time for new and older designers alike. During African fashion week, designers are able to showcase their latest African designs each year.  Although most people know fashion week as an event that occurs twice a year in New York, London, Milan and Paris, in that order; African fashion weeks take place in South African and many other countries.

Typically, the autumn and Winter African fashion week shows are scheduled for January through April or September through November.  During these shows, the African fashions for spring and summer are revealed and displayed.  This gives the fashion industry a sufficient amount of time to anticipate trends for the next buying season.

The major events of any African fashion week are strictly limited.  Most events are by invitation only, and these invitations are coveted by many.  New African fashion designers are eager to attend African fashion week, since they give up and coming designers a chance to show their work to well-known designers and models.  A new designer can receive their first big break when a black model chooses to wear their designs.

African fashion week can also help the average consumer.  Fashion weeks give consumers a few extra months to begin shopping for the next season, often giving them an opportunity to purchase items at discounted, off-season, rates.  Also, getting items before they become popular will help buyers avoid higher prices and shortages.

Staying current with the days and locations of an African fashion week will help new designers and consumers can lead to new careers and affordable high fashion.  If you are someone who is interested in fashion, consider attending a show during an African fashion week. African fashion week creates a unique opportunity for individuals to learn more about African fashion and culture.

Okay ladies take your diaries out these are the dates for upcoming African Fashion week Events 2011

Johannesburg Fashion week – South Africa – 15th – 19th February  2011

Arise African Fashion week – Lagos Nigeria – 10th -13th March 2011

Africa Fashion week New York -  New York   – 14 – 16th July 2011

Africa Fashion week London – London – 22nd – 23rd July 2011

If you are having An African Fashion show, get in touch with Shadders admin@shadders.net

African Fashion Design

African fashion design is stunning and unique. You can find plenty of African fashion dresses online that are completely traditional yet have a touch of something modern. You can find many fashion boutiques online that sell African lace material, accessories, and African fashions such as Agbada, Dashiki, African print wear, Boubou, Caftans, Damask and Mudcloth apparel.

These types of outfits are becoming popular among the fashion conscious and come highly rated amongst the latest in African fashion design. Plenty of shops sell unique and rare African fashion dresses and accessories. Some of the finest African fashion design stores sell masterpieces and trinkets for men, women and children.

African fashion design is unique. Such apparel is noted for its superior quality and vibrant hues. Outstanding designers also make African fashion dresses according to customer’s specifications. Some of the handcrafted creations include African print attire, dashikis and tie and dye. The designers take care to preserve the distinct quality and nature of the original traditional African designs.

Some retailers offer mass produced African clothes at affordable rates. You can find authentic African fashion dresses online. You can shop for African clothes at affordable rates in many regular and online stores. Some of these African fashion designers are based in Africa and turn out incredible outfits from places such as Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Cameroon and all over Africa. Hence, you will be simply amazed at the awesome variety of African fashion styles!

You can easily find African fashion dresses for women, kids and men of all sizes in reputed African fashion design stores. Check out the collection today!

Image Courtesy: Ituen Basi

What To Expect At African Fashion Shows

The African fashion show that existed in the past has become something very different over the years.  It is very obvious that the trends that are popular in Africa have not even touched other parts of the world. As a result, the designs showcased at African fashion shows often introduce viewers to an entirely new world of style.

African fashion shows often feature the debut of new fashion designers.  Young new designers jump at the chance to show their designs to fashionistas, and other established fashion designers who may offer a young designer their first big break.  Aspiring black models also get their start at African fashion shows.  New models use African fashion shows as a way to gain exposure, and increase their chances of landing a job modelling at larger fashion shows working with widely recognized African fashion designers.

If you are interested in attending a fashion show in order to make fashion industry connections make sure you are ready to make the best impression.  In addition to wearing a flattering outfit, be sure to accent your clothing with the right accessories.  Women should take the time to get a makeover and have their makeup professionally applied. During a fashion show, attendees should expect to receive a ‘goody bag’ as a thank you from the hosts.  The goody bags given at African fashion shows are not as lavish as those given out some larger fashion shows.  These bags often contain a unique piece of African jewellery, and the African accessory is designed to be as memorable as possible.

Image Courtesy: NYSDS

Exclusive Interview With Cookie Ann – "A Label To Watch In 2011"

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Cookie Ann

Not long Ago we featured the lovely2011 spring/summer collections by Cookie Ann here, we managed to grab her to stop for a chat with shadders keep reading below and be inspired of her journey to establishing cookie Ann!!

Shadders: Hello Cookie- Ann thanks for chatting with us at Shadders, kindly tell us a little bit about you

Cookie- Ann:I was born in Haiti but raised in France. Thanks to my family I have travelled a lot .I am specially attracted by the USA I went to Los Angeles and Georgia .

Shadders: What is your educational or professional background and how do you feel it prepared you for a career in designing?

Cookie- Ann: I have been graduated in Fashion Design in 2007. I decided to work as a fashion stylist for Designer and magazine. But i did not succeed to find what I want .I always wanted to have my own fashion brand .

Shadders: Your design approach is edgy and fresh, is there any time period or person who influenced your style?

Cookie- Ann: Music is my first inspiration … People who inspired me are : Grace Jones and prince. Movies also : « Death becomes her », « Thelma & Louise « , « body double » they are so 80 /90‘s i love that


Shadders: You now have your own clothing line, Cookie- Ann How did you come up with a name for your line and why?

Cookie- Ann: The name become after it was so difficult , one of my best friend called me « cookie » … it stays my nickname. Ann is the Beginning of my First Name.

Shadders: What steps did you take to mentally prepare you into launching a clothing line?

Cookie- Ann: A lot of steps .. Looking for trends …..Looking for models ….Looking for fabrics………Looking for photographers……..Place for shooting , ideas for shooting and Finding shops which will sell Cookie ann’s clothing.

Shadders: You use all types of fabrics for designing, At this point, designing in Paris, who is your target market?

Cookie- Ann: I target women who love fashion , love going out , love art ..

Shadders: As you are currently located in France? Do you intend to take your design into mainstream America and other parts of the world?

Cookie- Ann: Yes it is one of my goal to get Cookie Ann in the USA. Maybe this year i will plan a travel to Los Angeles And maybe New York. Trabendo jacket would be nice in America; London , Brussels and Antwerp are one of my target also.

Shadders: To be a designer, one must constantly put on their creative cap, Where do you draw your inspiration from?

Cookie- Ann: Everything is an inspiration . I observe a lot people , clothes in movies , women’s attitudes . I was a dancer few year ago , dancing is one of my passion so my clothes have to be comfortable too.

Shadders: You currently launched your spring/Summer 2011 collections. Tell us briefly about the inspiration behind this collection, as i absolutely love it.

Cookie- Ann: I decided to mix the style. Street and Classy. During the summer people loves wearing colours. I think African Wax print is a good idea ;

Shadders: What are some of the short term goal for Cookie Ann?

Cookie- Ann: Ambition, willing, strength, power, energy, love , fun , work -addict

Shadders: As a young label, what marketing/advertising strategies do you have in place for your business?

Cookie- Ann: Yes everybody got a place in the fashion business but i think you have to be in the best place in order people Watch you; You have to get the attention . It s also a Financial question ; For that it s more difficult . You have to fight again and again . You work with your stomach. I m always using my energy and my positive attitude .

Shadders: What are you currently working on?

Cookie- Ann: This week end Fall Winter 11/12 collection is on its way . To be well – know i ve decided to make a movie (catwalk) You could see here the last movie i ve done , all is homemade (music + video).  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pika-5L3Whs&feature=player_embedded.I ve got a real team with me .

Shadders: Do you have any upcoming events where you will be displaying your fabulous creations?

Cookie- Ann: My collection fall Winter would be shown in Paris during « salon »For Professional . I hope to get contact in France and in the world

Shadders: Is there a particular cause that is close to your heart?

Cookie- Ann: Yes animal cause , since i m a little girl i was raised with animals.My first dog helped me to walk , and always protected me when i was sleeping. I can’t stand people who hurts them . If you want an animal in your house . Treat it like your child he deserves it and it would never forget it . No Animals wouldnt betrayed you . If you don’t . don’t BUY one.

Shadders: Awww Please feel free to add anything else you wish our readers to know about you or Cookie- Ann.

Cookie- Ann: i really hope to meet you guys in USA. Cookie ann is on your way . But you could get some stuff in my e shop: www.cookieann.bigcartel.com, Feel free to contact me (on facebook : cookie cookie ann ). If you know people who would be interested to collaborate (press , models ..) in L.A or NYC let me know. I send you a lot of love and positive attitude. See all news here www.cookieann.blogspot.com. Sorry for my bad English … French people are the worst student in Languages

Shadders -Cookie-Ann Thanks a lot for chatting to us, very insightful and inspiring I wish u all the success in your business and girl your English is soooo not bad.

Credits: Collection Cookie Ann Printemps Eté 2011Photos: www.elizdream.comM.U.A: Lila Guéant, Manuela Bourgade , Marie Goncalves

Check out Cookie Ann Here

Exclusive Interview With Cookie Ann – “A Label To Watch In 2011″

Cookie AnnCookie Ann

Cookie Ann

Not long Ago we featured the lovely2011 spring/summer collections by Cookie Ann here, we managed to grab her to stop for a chat with shadders keep reading below and be inspired of her journey to establishing cookie Ann!!

Shadders: Hello Cookie- Ann thanks for chatting with us at Shadders, kindly tell us a little bit about you

Cookie- Ann:I was born in Haiti but raised in France. Thanks to my family I have travelled a lot .I am specially attracted by the USA I went to Los Angeles and Georgia .

Shadders: What is your educational or professional background and how do you feel it prepared you for a career in designing?

Cookie- Ann: I have been graduated in Fashion Design in 2007. I decided to work as a fashion stylist for Designer and magazine. But i did not succeed to find what I want .I always wanted to have my own fashion brand .

Shadders: Your design approach is edgy and fresh, is there any time period or person who influenced your style?

Cookie- Ann: Music is my first inspiration … People who inspired me are : Grace Jones and prince. Movies also : « Death becomes her », « Thelma & Louise « , « body double » they are so 80 /90‘s i love that


Shadders: You now have your own clothing line, Cookie- Ann How did you come up with a name for your line and why?

Cookie- Ann: The name become after it was so difficult , one of my best friend called me « cookie » … it stays my nickname. Ann is the Beginning of my First Name.

Shadders: What steps did you take to mentally prepare you into launching a clothing line?

Cookie- Ann: A lot of steps .. Looking for trends …..Looking for models ….Looking for fabrics………Looking for photographers……..Place for shooting , ideas for shooting and Finding shops which will sell Cookie ann’s clothing.

Shadders: You use all types of fabrics for designing, At this point, designing in Paris, who is your target market?

Cookie- Ann: I target women who love fashion , love going out , love art ..

Shadders: As you are currently located in France? Do you intend to take your design into mainstream America and other parts of the world?

Cookie- Ann: Yes it is one of my goal to get Cookie Ann in the USA. Maybe this year i will plan a travel to Los Angeles And maybe New York. Trabendo jacket would be nice in America; London , Brussels and Antwerp are one of my target also.

Shadders: To be a designer, one must constantly put on their creative cap, Where do you draw your inspiration from?

Cookie- Ann: Everything is an inspiration . I observe a lot people , clothes in movies , women’s attitudes . I was a dancer few year ago , dancing is one of my passion so my clothes have to be comfortable too.

Shadders: You currently launched your spring/Summer 2011 collections. Tell us briefly about the inspiration behind this collection, as i absolutely love it.

Cookie- Ann: I decided to mix the style. Street and Classy. During the summer people loves wearing colours. I think African Wax print is a good idea ;

Shadders: What are some of the short term goal for Cookie Ann?

Cookie- Ann: Ambition, willing, strength, power, energy, love , fun , work -addict

Shadders: As a young label, what marketing/advertising strategies do you have in place for your business?

Cookie- Ann: Yes everybody got a place in the fashion business but i think you have to be in the best place in order people Watch you; You have to get the attention . It s also a Financial question ; For that it s more difficult . You have to fight again and again . You work with your stomach. I m always using my energy and my positive attitude .

Shadders: What are you currently working on?

Cookie- Ann: This week end Fall Winter 11/12 collection is on its way . To be well – know i ve decided to make a movie (catwalk) You could see here the last movie i ve done , all is homemade (music + video).  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pika-5L3Whs&feature=player_embedded.I ve got a real team with me .

Shadders: Do you have any upcoming events where you will be displaying your fabulous creations?

Cookie- Ann: My collection fall Winter would be shown in Paris during « salon »For Professional . I hope to get contact in France and in the world

Shadders: Is there a particular cause that is close to your heart?

Cookie- Ann: Yes animal cause , since i m a little girl i was raised with animals.My first dog helped me to walk , and always protected me when i was sleeping. I can’t stand people who hurts them . If you want an animal in your house . Treat it like your child he deserves it and it would never forget it . No Animals wouldnt betrayed you . If you don’t . don’t BUY one.

Shadders: Awww Please feel free to add anything else you wish our readers to know about you or Cookie- Ann.

Cookie- Ann: i really hope to meet you guys in USA. Cookie ann is on your way . But you could get some stuff in my e shop: www.cookieann.bigcartel.com, Feel free to contact me (on facebook : cookie cookie ann ). If you know people who would be interested to collaborate (press , models ..) in L.A or NYC let me know. I send you a lot of love and positive attitude. See all news here www.cookieann.blogspot.com. Sorry for my bad English … French people are the worst student in Languages

Shadders -Cookie-Ann Thanks a lot for chatting to us, very insightful and inspiring I wish u all the success in your business and girl your English is soooo not bad.

Credits: Collection Cookie Ann Printemps Eté 2011Photos: www.elizdream.comM.U.A: Lila Guéant, Manuela Bourgade , Marie Goncalves

Check out Cookie Ann Here

Design For Style – SOUTH AFRICA

Design for Style was conceptualised and founded by Sheila Afari & Cameron Arendse to showcase young up & coming designers from a variety of backgrounds with a vision to break into the fashion industry.

Design For Style is fashion platform (or vehicle) that showcases emerging designers through fashion shows. Their fashion shows currently take place in Cape Town, and as of March 2011, the shows will also happen in Johannesburg. All their fashion shows are creatively produced to accommodate each designer’s unique vision.

The Design For Style platform is supported by intermediatory events such as workshops that are aimed to assist the designers we showcase as well as other budding designers, to be more sustainable and to learn industry traits such as being commercially viable.

Design For Style has had a successful first year with 9 fashion shows showcasing 14 designers. 2011 will see Design For Style having 7 shows and showcasing 21 designers.

They have retail space in Collage, Long Street, Cape Town, where they stock some of the designers that have showcased. If you are a designer based in South Africa then this is a good opportunity so get in touch with the design for style team below

DFS Team

Sheila Afari – CEO

Cameron Arendse – Creative Director

Ronel Stevens – COO

Letlho Motaung – Production Manager

Kitsi Sebabti – Designer Liason

Info

http://www.designforstyle.co.za/

Design for style Facebook

Shadders Brand Alert – YEMISII & L’avenir

Just came across YEMISII & L’avenir on Bella NaijaThe designer’s journey in design began with a keen passion for accessories, with stunning yet unconventional creations that not only redefined the norm but were years ahead of their time in style. With a highly imaginative approach to designing jewellery and fashion accessories, she incorporates many unusual but exciting media in creating unique and innovative wearable art pieces.

Yemisii’s work is inspired by her personal experiences as well as her intuitive and perceptive disposition towards people: their history, cultures and often strong desire to maintain individuality in a fast paced world which has a rather high tendency to keep people fashion cloned.

In Nigeria where she was born and raised, YEMISII means honor. That is exactly what she seeks to do through design: To celebrate the timeless essence of a beautiful African heritage with utmost levels of sophistication and elegance that can be embraced by the entire world.

Yemisi’s work has been featured in fashion shows and exhibitions in Nigeria, South Africa, Europe, England and America, alongside recognizable industry talents .
View a their latest collections L‘ AVENIR below:




Find out more about the designer here

Images Via Bella Naija

Shadders Brand Alert – YEMISII & L’avenir

Just came across YEMISII & L’avenir on Bella NaijaThe designer’s journey in design began with a keen passion for accessories, with stunning yet unconventional creations that not only redefined the norm but were years ahead of their time in style. With a highly imaginative approach to designing jewellery and fashion accessories, she incorporates many unusual but exciting media in creating unique and innovative wearable art pieces.

Yemisii’s work is inspired by her personal experiences as well as her intuitive and perceptive disposition towards people: their history, cultures and often strong desire to maintain individuality in a fast paced world which has a rather high tendency to keep people fashion cloned.

In Nigeria where she was born and raised, YEMISII means honor. That is exactly what she seeks to do through design: To celebrate the timeless essence of a beautiful African heritage with utmost levels of sophistication and elegance that can be embraced by the entire world.

Yemisi’s work has been featured in fashion shows and exhibitions in Nigeria, South Africa, Europe, England and America, alongside recognizable industry talents .
View a their latest collections L‘ AVENIR below:




Find out more about the designer here

Images Via Bella Naija

The Be Bold Project Takes Off Bold In Ghana

A couple of weeks ago I notified you all about the Be Bold Project launch here the project took off well and believe this show will make a huge impact on Africans all over the world. The BE BOLD project aims to mobilize African students abroad and encourage them to be actively involved in the development of Africa as a whole. They strive to inspire, to encourage and to become a support system for all those who have been educated abroad and locally to stay in Africa to help develop the nation. The Be Bold Project will be Showing every week on e.tv ghana, the talk show allows young entrepreneurs to share their success stories and showcases talents of individuals making waves in the world of business which i believed it is so encouraging and inspiring.

Love this elegant lacy dress by Knaf Couture

Mina Evans designs a brand I have fallen for and  will be definitely one to watch in 2011


Had a quick chat with the host who is in the process of making it possible for us who do live in Ghana to be able to watch the programme, so stay tuned here!

For more information about Be Bold Project Team follow them here

Image Courtesy Capture Memory Bank

Shadders Exclusive Feature: South African Accessories Designer – St Erasmus

ST•ERASMUS Autumn/Winter collection showcases unique jewellery design guaranteed to make an impression: a true style statement in the volatile ultra-modern era. The collection has an intense colour palette of dark greys, clear crystal and reflective silver hematite surfaces, the range draws upon classic vintage styling and effortlessly unites this with bold impactful silhouettes. Loving all St Erasmus abstract oversized pieces, this is truly work of art St Erasmus jewellery has alot of celebrities wearing his designs which am not surprise, Mrs Obama wore one of his necklace see image below and be inspired. Am quite surprised as to how reasonable his prices are, ranging from £100- £300
To view the entire collection, please email order@st-erasmus.com







Image Courtesy: Erasmus

Shadders Brand Alert – Sunny Rose Handbags By Maureen Okogwu

In 2008 I came across sunny rose handbags and I have loved their work since, this year am looking forward to see more luxurious bags from Maureen Okogwu the owner of the brand. Although Maureen has an Msc in Public Relations the Nigerian designer just could not hide her creativity, she launched the luxurious accessories label Sunny Rose. You can buy from the COUTURELAB



Shadders Brand Alert – Aso Damisi


Aso Damisi (ah-SHAW DAH-me-see) is a new clothing line created by 2 sisters, Moriamo and Latifat, looking to increase the popularity of African inspired wear in the US apparel market. Waxprint fabrics, which comes in different array of colours, are intricately fused with cottons and silks for Aso Damisi’s creations. In recent years, the sisters along with the younger generation of Nigerians began creating different outfits out of the traditional wax print fabrics with an influence of American designer labels. After years of this innovative way of dressing, they decided to introduce this concept to the American fashion industry by launching “Aso Damisi”. Both sisters were born in Nigeria, and they relocated to the United States at a very young age with their family. Moriamo and Latifat originated from the Yoruba speaking tribe in the West African nation. In the Yoruba language, “Aso” means cloth or clothing and “Damisi” means prosperity. The colorfulness, vibrancy, and styles of the clothing worn hold significance as they can represent social standing, age, tribal orientation and marital status.

Aso Damisi recently launched their first Spring/Summer 2011 collections. The line will be sold in different boutiques across the country. Aso Damisi aims to immediately follow with the Fall 2011 collection and continue for seasons to come. Enjoy!



My favourite dress in this collection


Lovely work by Aso Damisi to order simply click here

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