- Renowned Ethiopian designer Fikirte Addis
- London-based Liberian Accessory brand | Sareptha Rose
- Zimbabwean label | Shangani Fashions
- Gambian Accessory label | Tegaa
- Togolese fashion label | Tiagbe of Kososhi
Read more about the night’s events here.
Nigerian design Label Wanger Ayu unveils their AW 16/17 collection titled EPOCH. Epoch merges past influences with a modernistic approach to offer fashion enthusiasts a fresh take on otherwise traditional clothing. The new collection is a retro-futuristic celebration of an era, drawing inspiration from current economic shifts, in which we find individuals and society reminiscing and desiring past glories with the hope for the future and all the possibilities it holds.
The collection is an ode to 70s fashion infused with both delicate feminine details like florals, ruffles, and laces and edgy cuts and styling. See below for contact and order details.
Order Line: +2348170757060
Wanger Ayu Studios: 35, 4th Avenue, Gwarinpa, Abuja.
Photography: Somto Maduka – @imagio
Hair Styling: Khenye Gager – @khenye @enigma.art Makeup Artist: Mmeka Ronald Chinedu – @Ronaldthe7th Model: Ruth Waziri – @Ruddiye
Location: The Cube Cafe – @thecubecafe
It’s almost the end of summer and it just seems to get hotter and hotter! The 2016 heat wave has been a serious force to be reckoned with. Just when you think your outfit will do right by you, it never seems to cool you down enough. Fortunately we got you covered from the hottest swimwear brands to the hottest designer of the summer Mimmy Yeboah.
Self taught Ghanian designer Mimmy Yeboah founded her brand in New York. With a focus on the female frame, she creates statement pieces that exude the confidence in every woman. All fabrics are hand chosen, cut, and constructed for perfect fit and flair. The designs show off skin in all the right places allowing you to escape the heat with dignity! Keep your cool with the Ital-na peplum tops or His doll dresses.
Finally, there is hope you will make it to September! Shop more of Mimmy Yeboah here.
Cameroon is making a comeback like never before. Dubbed by BCC as one of the most stylish groups at the 2016 Olympics Opening Ceremony in Rio many others followed suit to crown Cameroon as best dressed at the ceremony. Decorated with bold, bright colors and symbolic motifs unique to the culture Cameroon’s ensemble signified great joy and unity. The traditional attire and embroidery so emanate to Cameroon spurred up true Cameroon pride re-introducing the powerful status of Cameroon fashion.
Cameroon continues to be a source of inspiration for its top designers. With influential creatives from the country like Nyorh Agwe, Kibonen NY, Maison D’afie, Uzuri Couture, and Liiber London Cameroon will surely no longer be sitting on the sidelines but standing right at the top with the big dogs of African fashion.
Nigeria’s leading fashion retail chain ,Grey Velvet, has launched the new line BLU by Frankie & Co. – An affordable and equally fashionable addition under the in house brand – Frankie & Co. Targeted at the fun loving younger generation of Nigerian women, the BLU Girl is fun, fearless and effortlessly cool! “She is on her way to being everything she’s ever dreamt of and we just want her to look good while doing so!”
The pocket friendly pieces retail between N6,000 and N15,000 and below, without compromising on quality or style.
The label will be sold exclusively at the Grey Velvet Lekki Store- Centro Lekki Mall, Lagos. and will be made available at the Ikeja, Abuja and Port Harcourt stores over coming weeks.
Online Store: www.greyvelvetstores.com Order Line +234 8022900376 Instagram: @greyvelvetstores
Creative Direction & Styling: Adebayo Okelawal – @theorangenerd Photography: Emmanuel Oyeleke – @emmanueloyeleke
Make Up: Desmond Marcauley –deydeysoso_
Hair Styling: Eze Fabulous – @fabulousking1
Model: Makida Moka – @themakidamoka
As the African fashion industry grows immensely it can get a little crowded. Designers from all over the continent are striving to showcase their talents to the world and push for their voices to be heard. One rising African designer whose clothes speak for themselves is Kenyan designer Kepha Maina.
Kepha Maina just released his Spring/Summer 2016 Collection and it is unlike anything seen before. There is a heavy presence of geometric influence throughout the collection inspired by African art over time. Kepha Maina design process is comparable to the art of collaging. It allows him to work freely and experiment with texture and technique as he is creating. This results in a number of exciting combinations and takes into consideration the entirety of the look in 360. Seems weave in and out of one another creating a pattern within itself and triangular shapes repeat either in silhouette or construction. The back may not be the same as the front and the front may not be the same as the side. The asymmetric value of the collection brings excitement to the eyes and a playful element to the clothes. Check out his SS16 collection below.
If you are on the continent you can shop the new Kepha Maina SS16 collection at retail store Republi.k
1st Floor, Garden City Mall
Thika Super Highway, Exit 7
Choolips is an amazing textile and garment brand working intimately with artisans from around the world. Choolips released their core collection called “Golden Coast”, named after its production base by the Gold Coast in Ghana, West Africa. The textiles are hand printed with Ghanaian Batik techniques in an array of soft palette pinks and greens bursting with yellow panels and ombre blues. Some of the textiles are sewn into garments by local seamstresses in Kenya and presented in Choolips capsule collections. The versatility and immense quality of the textiles are also quite fabulous for home decor, accessories, or to create your own design.
Shop here for their Golden Coast Collection.
“To Catch a Dream” is a short film created by Kenyan art collective The Nest. The film, written and directed by Niorobi artist Jim Chuchu, ‘To Catch a Dream” tells the story of Ajuma (embodied by iconic Kenyan model Ajuma Nasenyana), a widow whose sleep is disturbed by a recurring nightmare. As medicine is no help, Ajuma follows a friend’s magical remedy and finds herself in the Land of Dreams. There she attempts to get rid of the nightmare, guided by a set of ethereal characters along the way. However, her plans take a different turn when she discovers that it is her lost love who has been the cause of her nightmares. She then has to choose to either return to reality or stay in this surreal land with her dearly departed.
If this description was not exquisite and dramatic enough wait until you see the costume design! The Nest featured indescribably stunning designs from eight local fashion houses including their in house brand, Chico Leco. Unforgettable brass gold pieces by Kenyan Jeweler Adele Dejak glistened and decorated Ajuma’s beautiful coco skin.
Local Kenyan creative Odupoy Charity Namnyakova designs were also featured in the film climbing off the shoulders and full hips of some of the ethereal characters. The costumes portrayed a side of African fashion rarely seen. Architectural construction and texture replaced prints giving a refreshing new light into the many layers that is African fashion.
The film won Best Original Music in Berlin International Fashion Film Festival 2015 and showcased at Guggenheim Bilbao 2016 Fashion Film in Africa presentation. We give the Nest Collective Best Costume Award on top of all of that for transporting us into a space and time unimaginable.
Click here to watch the film.