Top 6 African Queens of the Week

Top 6 African Queens of the Week

It’s the weekend, the day dedicated to all the beautiful African Fashion Queens out there representing our culture in seriously stunning traditional attires. As always, I really love my Nigerian culture and in my bid to portray it positively, here are my African Fashion Queens of the Week, thanks to the Nigerian Wedding instagram feeds. These images are of authentic African women and yes we really have some strikingly beautiful brides in Nigeria. Continue reading

African Pinups by MUTI Creative Clouds Studio

African Pinups by MUTI Creative Clouds Studio

A series of classic pinup posters with an African twist are currently on display at a group show featuring South African artists and illustrators hosted by M Contemporary gallery in Sydney, Australia. These seriously stunning African pinups were created by MUTI, a South African-based creative studio located in the city of Cape Town. See more of their divine work here. Continue reading

African Model Aluad Deng Anei is a Woman in Red

African Model Aluad Deng Anei is a Woman in Red

I am loving this African High Fashion Model Aluad Deng Anei and these recent images of her for One Magazine are #stunning. Her figure is amazing and her skin, totally divine. It’s like blackness at its finest and Alaud is the star. I loved all the outfits used in the post and it’s pretty clear that the camera loves this woman. There is this confident opulence that she exudes in these images and her expression to that mannequin has a surprise impact that is as dramatic and captivating as Aluad herself. She also plays out the notion that black is beautiful very well in red pieces that are truly divine. Immediately when you see her images for the first time, you will totally agree that she needs to be on the cover of major magazines like Vogue as she is incredibly beautiful. Until that time comes, I am pleased to share these absolutely, breathtaking, statement making images of African model Aluad Deng Anei for One Magazine. She is truly a woman in red. Enjoy.

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Credit
One Magazine
Photography & Art Direction Renata Kaveh
Model Aluad at Lang Models
Styling Alexis Honce
Makeup & Hair Aniya Nandy at Plutino Group
Prop Stylist Jessica Jerome at Plutino Group

Modern African Fashion At Afropunk 2015 in New York

Modern African Fashion At Afropunk 2015 in New York

It was a breathtakingly beautiful August weekend, the sort where you can’t imagine wearing anything else but fashion and style from Africa. You know me, I am 100% biased anytime and anywhere African fashion in on display. The images all over social media from the recently concluded Afropunk 2015 festival in Brooklyn New York made me smile, as of course, modern African fashion was on full display. The familiar emotion of feeling that our black is beautiful or that our sense of African fashion and style is equally important was on full force at Afropunk, 2015. There were colors everywhere in cuts that were pleasing to the eye (case in point our feature image). Continue reading

What do African Fashion Customers Value?

What do African Fashion Customers Value?

What do African Fashion Customers value? I would like to know. In a world where there are so many African fashion designers or likewise so many African fashion shows or events that purport to take us one step closer to fashion and style from the continent, I am really curious to know if any of these designers or organizers consider the needs of the customer or even what the value first. See the identification of a customer’s value should be the starting point for anyone interested in African fashion. Why should you care that I am making clothes which I intend to describe as clothes from Africa? Why should you care about where I got the materials I used to make the clothes or who made the clothes in the first place? Personally, without a robust understanding of what a typical African fashion customer values, then I am not sure that our industry will ever be able to move forward. Continue reading

Dissecting the “so-called” $31 Billion Business of African Fashion

Dissecting the “so-called” $31 Billion Business of African Fashion

Early this year, using data modeled by the Euromonitor, the very savvy fashion site The Business of Fashion suggested that African Fashion was worth an estimated $31 billion. If you translate that into naira, that is close to 6.2 zillion naria (if ever there was such a thing). Honestly, the idea of fashion in Africa worth even $1 million is astounding let alone $1 billion. But before we all jump at these figures and run wild with them, sometimes, it is important to really dissect the business of African fashion. Continue reading

How to wear a head-wrap for fall

How to wear a head-wrap for fall

The head-wrap or turban is a must-have accessory for the fall. Besides bestowing a strikingly beautiful look to every outfit, it is also the perfect ally against cool fall weather. How to wear it? Let’s get inspired by Isioma, who loves to wear it both with casual looks and more stylish African dresses. Personally it’s all about the twisting and you can twist it anyway you like to get that perfect look that would hit the right note for fall. Also know that nobody is born with super human head wrap tying skills. Simply try your best by starting and twisting and twisting until you get the right shape and form you like. Continue reading

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