Day 13: Let me freely speak about African Fashion

Day 13: Let me freely speak about African Fashion

Let me freely speak about African Fashion Today,
Because chances are, no one, is speaking for us,
Not the mainstream media, be it the exclusive print ones you know, or the small scale media, be it the many blogs or sites you visit.
So let me freely speak about African Fashion Today,
Because chances are, no one is speaking to us,
By us, I am referring to daughters and even sons,
of that great continent that some have falsely  described as “the heart of darkness.”
Africa, the place I call home, is more than that,
And our fashion has no match, not in Paris or New York, Milan or London
African Fashion is as individual as it is collective with the plethora of aso-ebis you see worn by women and men, particularly those in Nigeria-my frame of reference. Continue reading

Don’t throw your African fashion idea away. It can bring you fortune in 2016

Don’t throw your African fashion idea away. It can bring you fortune in 2016

Happy Monday. I am sure that if you are like me you have probably dreamed of starting that African fashion business idea of yours that you know will thrive in due time. You may have also dreamed that it can bring you fortune as well. Well if you are like me and you started but are not yet successful, in 2016, I am here to share that you should not throw that idea away just yet. Believe me, it can still bring you that fortune you have dreamed about. If you don’t believe me, what do Amazon, Dell Computer, Home Depot, Airbnb, and Uber have in common? They all started with a “dumb” idea or an idea that people never expected will be as successful as they are today. Continue reading

Model Olivia Anakwe is a modern muse to know, plus she is Nigerian

Model Olivia Anakwe is a modern muse to know, plus she is Nigerian

I love when I come across new models. I especially love when I recognize that they maybe from a continent I love. So, allow me to introduce New York Model, Olivia Anakwe, who is also a modern muse to know. The featured image of her described her look as taking minimal dressing to the next level with monochromatic looks that channel beauty inside and out. I would add that this description aptly describes Oliva herself inside and out. With the bulk of the fashion industry’s attention often focused on international fashion hubs like London or Paris, for the next trending model, it is always great to see representation from unlikely places, like Nigeria and it’s never ending wealth of talent. Olivia looks unearths the very best that Africa in general and Nigeria to be specific has to offer to the modeling industry. With the sky being only the limit for Olivia, I am sure that her potential will soon be known by the world. See stellar images on why I hope she becomes a future star of the globe fashion industry. Continue reading

Fall’s New Mood: Unapologetic Regal African Fashion

Fall’s New Mood: Unapologetic Regal African Fashion

Happy Monday and I wish anyone who reads this a blessed day. This fall is the season to standout and indulge in colorful unapologetic regal African fashion. Yes African fashion. Imagine that perfect midi dress dripping in our colorful fabrics, or that evening gown you are looking for, as regal as can be and in colors that will make you standout whatever the occasion. Whatever you choose, understand that fall has never looked so royal and of course, colorful. So over the weekend, the popular social media site, All things Ankara, hosted an event that was as decadent and colorful as can be. One thing that stood out for the night, was it’s woman of style, model Jesscia Chibueze. Continue reading

Weiz Dhrum Franklyn is one African Fashion Designer to Know: It’s all in his precise details.

Weiz Dhrum Franklyn is one African Fashion Designer to Know: It’s all in his precise details.

One of the defining characteristics of a designer is precision. Precision in drawing a particular style, precision in cutting and measuring every detail of that style, precision in productivity and accuracy as your roll out the style to everyone, and precision in the final finished product seen and loved by everyone. Whatever you do, in the end people will judge only if they find what you make as something that precisely fits their taste. Enter Weiz Dhrum Franklyn, the Nigerian fashion designer whose style middle name in my opinion is precision. Continue reading

Is NYFW becoming more diverse?

Is NYFW becoming more diverse?

There are more black models on NYFW this season which begs the question posed: Is NYFW becoming more diverse? Janelle Okwodu of Vogue thinks so and has the follow to say: “Industry activists have been lobbying for the inclusion of catwalkers from varied backgrounds, and it would seem that’s increasingly becoming the case: This season has found several designers and casting directors utilizing established models of color or introducing their audiences to promising new faces, Continue reading

Leila Nda at New York Fashion Week

Leila Nda at New York Fashion Week

I am sure that you know that New York Fashion Week is in full force and there are so many African models making Africa proud. My favorite, Leila Nda. She is so beautiful and brilliant too (a future lawyer in the making). Here are some photos of her during the on-going fashion week that are stunning and worthy of a post all by itself. This woman always looks like a tower of strength and beauty. See for yourself when you Continue reading

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