Talent

Model Focus: Edwina from Osun State in Nigeria

Born in Osun State in 1996 and moved to the UK in 2013, Edwina has been building her modelling portfolio while laying the foundations for a business career in later life. We caught up with her at a recent catwalk training session and had the chance to find out more …

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Designer Focus – José Hendo from Uganda

While the West only seemed to discover recycling and sustainable production over the last couple of decades, many Africans have been doing it naturally, since time began. When it comes to sustainability, there are few products in more abundance or as easy to access as tree bark. José Hendo has made a career from a caring approach to fashion design. We caught up with her at the opening of Sapelle to find out more.

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Handcrafted bags from Sherene Melinda in South Africa

What happens when you take a woman with a unique perspective on bag design and couple that with a strong commercial head and desire to succeed? Sherene Melinda is a South African company, that specialises in all sorts of luxury leather bags – from clutch and crossbody to tote and multiway. We …

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Model Focus – Jainaba Fofana from Gambia

It’s been a long journey from the market town of Farafenni, near the Gambian border with Senegal, to the London catwalk, but that is the kind of journey that Jainaba Fofana has successfully completed. Africa Fashion managed to catch up with her at a recent charity event, courtesy of the Black Afro …

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Designer Focus – Zimbabwe’s House of Mucha

LinDi Mucha is founder and creative director of  fashion label House of Mucha. Now based in Hertfordshire, Zimbabwe born LinDi has always had a passion for Afrocentric wear since her teen years. “I first got into art design whilst in law school”, she said. “Now I’m planning to study Fashion …

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Designer Focus – Caroline Beyll

Combining classic 1950’s cuts with modern African prints is a recipe that Caroline Beyll is focused on. Whether it’s the ‘classic Hepburn’ or the ‘Golden Flare’ or ‘Royal Blaze’ – her clothes have an instant classic appeal. “I have designed and created what I truly call beautiful dresses”, says Caroline. “I …

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Designer Focus – Alisha from Congo

The Alisha label is a brand for young and dynamic women. The clothes are very colourful, sporty and designed with an ethnic influence. Named after the founder’s great grandmother, the brand stands for ‘Make Fashion Not War’. A great sentiment given Congo’s recent history. Alisha was founded in 2014 by cousins …

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Designer Focus – KZN Fashion Council

Here at Africa Fashion, we are firm believers in commerce over charity. Naturally there are times when we all need to pull together to help fellow humans in a difficult spot, but – in the long term – there’s nothing stronger than a genuine economic uplift in a region to help …

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Designer Focus – Tangerine

Tangerine is a ready-to-wear, couture brand based in Abuja, Nigeria. The brand has a reputation for designing timeless, simple and elegant pieces. Creative director Ibee Egbuson quit her 9-to-5 job 4 years ago to pursue a career in the Fashion industry.  If you want to embrace vibrant colours and ditch the …

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Interview with Kamari Ademiluyi Co-Founder of AFWL

From humble beginnings just 5 years ago, Africa Fashion Week London 2015 occupied an entire hall at London’s famous Olympia Exhibition Centre. We spoke exclusively with Co-Founder Kamari Ademiluyi about the show’s success and his company’s plans for the future. What started with 20 designers and 5 exhibitors has now …

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Designer Focus – Njema Helena

Njema Helena is a fashion company from Nairobi, Kenya, which strives to create modern fashion with an African aesthetic for everyday life. Behind the brand’s unique identity is powerful story of love and loss. “All materials and fabrics are sourced from Africa and production takes place exclusively in Kenya”, they said. “This encourages …

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Model Focus – Violet Gacenia from Kenya

Not every model you meet will have a degree in economics from Royal Holloway, but then every model you meet is not like Violet Gacenia. Now a teacher specialising in maths-related subjects, she visited the Africa Fashion studio for a charity shoot recently – so we took the opportunity to …

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