Tag Archives: Designer

Wrap up in style with mille collines

Brand Focus: mille collines While on a trip to Rwanda in 2008, an introduction to local dressmaker Antoinette, inspired fashion designers Marc Oliver and Ines Cuatrecasas to move to Kigali. It was there that they developed their first collection, in partnership with Antoinette. A year later, mille collines was born …

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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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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 – 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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Vanessa Agyemang presents Copper Dust

As an award winning model and materials expert, designing a range of luxury goods for the home came naturally to Vanessa Agyemang. With the backing of the Princes Trust, she has her brand Copper Dust well and truly up and running. In an exclusive interview, Africa Fashion finds out about …

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What AFWL means to a designer from Swaziland

From humble beginnings four years ago, to a ‘must-see event’ on the UK fashion calendar, the rise of Africa Fashion Week London has been absolutely phenomenal. On 7th and 8th August at London’s Olympia venue, AFWL 2015 promises to be bigger and more impressive than ever. Dumile Dlamini from Swaziland is …

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Promise of a new kind of West African styling

Fashion isn’t only about the catwalk and internationally famous designers. The next generation of influencers is all around us, waiting for their opportunity to shine. Africa Fashion looks to one young Nigerian stylist in London who promises more to follow. Promise Bakare was born 21 years ago in the Delta …

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Paledi Segapo brings body hugging lines from South Africa

So many brands come to the fore based exclusively on their founder’s ability to design lines that are attractive to the eye. Paledi Segapo also brings a Master of Business Leadership degree from South Africa, where his final dissertation was on ‘Growth strategies within fashion enterprises’. And it looks as though …

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