Fashion

An Homage to Michelle

For the last eight years we’ve watched how Michelle Obama’s style and taste can shape a presidency – and one of the most interesting articles I’ve read to date about Michelle’s impact on the fashion industry is by Vanessa Friedman of the NY Times.  ‘There is simply no ignoring the …

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Shantel shares her MamMaw fashion journey

At 14, Shantel MamMaw got her first sewing machine and began making outfits for her friends to wear at Carnival. Shantel’s brand, MAM-MAW, now offers a range of stylish and unique designs with a strong African theme – including Ankara, Kente and other traditional fabrics. Everything she sells is envisioned …

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Explore the colourful world of MaXhosa knitwear

MaXhosa is the luxury knitwear brand which exudes chic, bold and beautiful patterns from traditional Xhosa beadwork symbolism and colours. The man responsible for this captivating brand is Laduma Ngxokolo and  his wearable art is inspired by his wish to recapture a nostalgic element of Xhosa culture that celebrates traditional aesthetics in a modern and stylish way. …

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Who Made My Clothes?

On 24th April 2013, a structural failure caused the Rana Plaza complex in Bangladesh to collapse with the loss of 1,134 lives. It became the deadliest garment factory accident in history and the impact on ‘fast fashion’ was felt around the world, with brands like Primark questioning ‘Who made my clothes?’, …

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FASHION REVOLUTION WEEK 18-24th April

Fashion Revolution is back for a third year from 18-24th April, calling for greater transparency in the global fashion supply chain. Celebrating those on a journey to create a more ethical and sustainable future for fashion. Fashion Revolution is composed of key figures from the fashion industry and beyond: industry …

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Nigerian Mayowa Nicholas takes centre stage for Benetton

With 10,000 employees, revenues of more than €1.6 billion and a reputation for creating memorable visuals around their ‘United Colors of’ campaigns, Benetton is celebrating its 51st spring/summer season with ‘A Collection of Us’ that has Nigerian model Mayowa Nicholas at its heart. There are few things we like better …

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Lupita Nyong’o is officially InStyle

Following Vogue’s decision to feature Ivorian model Aya Jones on its Spanish cover, InStyle has chosen Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o for its April issue, due out on 18th March. It has been a crazy couple of years for Lupita and now it seems that every marketing man wants her to stand …

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Tribal or not Tribal – that is the question

Since the launch of Africa Fashion, one headline seems to pop up with more frequency than any other: New range influenced by African print. You will also see the term ‘Tribal’ being applied to a lot of different clothing types. Our most recent ‘Threads Around the Web’ feature, kicked off a …

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Ivory Coast fashion industry in ‘Launch Mode’

In the 2 weeks following Beyonce’s half time performance of Formation at the 50th Superbowl, the video was viewed online more than 60 million times and has caused a worldwide sensation. It featured work by Ivorian designer Loza Maléombho and you can expect to feel much more influence from her homeland in the near …

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