From Youtube Clips To Celebrity Designs: The story of Eugene d’wise

8th April 2019 BY Bobby

Who is Eugene d’wise, fashion designer? People today have a chance to self-make and change their situation, taking with them those around them.  There is a revolution of innovation and self-invention like no other time in history. To keep the revolution going and to inspire, stories of those who take a leap of faith need to be shared. Eugene d’Wise…

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LVMH Prize Finalists Include Two African Designers

4th April 2019 BY Ivis Ngwenya

“The diversity and richness of the collections presented for the sixth edition of the LVMH Prize this year is a testament to these talented designers, making the decision of our 63 experts incredibly difficult,” noted Delphine Arnault on the LVMH Prize. Last week on Wednesday the 27th of March history was made yet again, LVMH announced the names of the…

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The Bellafricana Verified Tribe – Gbemmy Johnson

3rd April 2019 BY BellAfricana

Hi there amazing reader! I know it has been a loooong time since we talked about the fabulous members of the Bellafricana verified family, so I decided to bring you some amazing insight on the delectable Gbemmy Johnson of Oeclat today. Gbemmy Johnson is the brain behind OEclat Designs – a dynamic brand creating beautiful and affordable handcrafted totes, clutches,…

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African Fashion NEEDS more customers!

25th March 2019 BY Ivis Ngwenya

Naomi Campbell wants an African Vogue yet some people would disagree and say that that is the last thing Africa needs (Check out my opinion on this on IVISTODAY), fashion weeks are popping up in every African city that wants to be taken seriously; we have Dakar fashion week now, Lagos and South Africa, the list goes on. We even have African…

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Maison Loulabelle Debuts It’s Metamorphosis Collection At The London Kids Fashion Week 2019

4th March 2019 BY BellAfricana

Maison loulabelle always has something up their sleeves to keep us wanting more! The amazing Afrocentric kids fashion brand just launched it’s newest collection at the London Kids Fashion Week, hosted by Mini Mode. The new collection tagged METAMORPHOSIS! Was literally curated to change EVERYTHING you thought you knew about Afrocentric kid’s fashion. – This collection is designed with no detail spared,…

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The Breakdown: Where Does The African Fabric Really Come From?

18th February 2019 BY Ivis Ngwenya

Many Africans would only wear the fabric for special occasions but as times are changing the print is becoming a part of everyday fashion and seeing as the African wax print is becoming more and more mainstream I thought it’d be a good idea to give you guys a little history lesson on the fabric! We all love the African…

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Cultural Appropriation: Should Western Brands Use African Prints?

11th February 2019 BY Ivis Ngwenya

What is Cultural Appropriation?  According to the Cambridge dictionary, it is ‘the act of taking or using things from a culture that is not your own, especially without showing that you understand or respect this culture’ So my question to you guys is, is it appropriate for western brands such as the Stella McCartney to use Ankara/ African Wax prints in their designs or is it cultural appropriation? Where do we draw the line between appreciation…

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The African Fashion Brands You Need to Know!

3rd February 2019 BY Ivis Ngwenya

I’m going to be completely honest with you, before 2015 I knew NOTHING about African fashion. I was completely oblivious. I think my love for African fashion was initially an accident (I know it sounds crazy right). I remember I was on Instagram and I came across an influencer in one of the first brands I ever discovered – Grass…

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Tracee Eliss Ross; Why more people need to be like her

30th January 2019 BY Ivis Ngwenya

Tracee Ellis Ross is one hell of an incredible woman and one who never ceases to amaze me! Last year, the fashionista hosted the AMAs and she used this as an opportunity to bring attention to 11 amazing black designers. The Black-ish actress made it a point to wear black designers throughout the entire show – even during the promotion of the event, now that…

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