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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Ebun Oladoye X Yomi Casual Collaborates for Afrocalypso Collection

17th January 2019 BY checkoutafrica

Emerging fashion brand Ebun Oladoye and ace designer Yomi Casual have lifted the veil on their collection termed Afrocalypso, highlighting different designs made with the indigo-dyed fabric called Adire. Shot by Ayo Alasi, the cast of the brands collaborative includes Yomi Makun of Yomi Casual and Nollywood actress/TV host Bridget Chigbufue modeling the unisex pieces. The Adire fabric which is…

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The Rosa Collection By Zivanora Is A Must Have For Every Elegant Woman

19th November 2018 BY BellAfricana

I am not too big on jewelry, but it is very important to me that any piece of jewelry I have to put on, is elegant and has just the right amount of lustre. It is very important to understand how jewelry works with your outfits, as they can either overshadow your entire lool or may be covered by the…

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Emerge ALARA – An Award For Young African Creative.

20th July 2018 BY checkoutafrica

ALARA is committed to the discovery, support, growth, and exposure of young creatives in Africa and its diaspora through the Emerge ALARA platform. With a focus on Design, Art, Fashion, and Cuisine, Emerge ALARA aims to select the most promising talent in each discipline. The platform also recognizes the cohort of talent currently at ALÁRA through its fellowship program. Emerge…

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The Wild Is Within Me – Yemzi Summer 2018 Ready-to-Wear

30th May 2018 BY checkoutafrica

EMERGING BRITISH-NIGERIAN womenswear designer Elizabeth-Yemi Akingbade returns to bold, vibrant luxury fabrics for her third YEMZI collection. THE WILD IS WITHIN ME showcases the brands most vibrant prints to date, displayed on signature fine silk fabrics and a new second skin effect silk jersey. The EIGHT look collection with the late 80’s/early 90’s vibe (the era in which the designer…

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Is Fashion the latest economic driver in Africa?

9th May 2018 BY Frank Sedzorme-Sosu

It is now commonplace to see the Ankara, Bogolun, Kente and several other fashion fabrics of African origin won by women, men, and especially the youth unlike a decade ago when it was a bit of a challenge to accept it wholly as a fitting design for any occasion. What’s intriguing about these designs is that they are either symbolic…

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South African Fashion Blogger, Bobo, On A Mission To Put African Fashion On The Map

23rd January 2018 BY checkoutafrica

Los Angeles, CA – September 2015 – South African fashion blogger, Bobo, dedicated to bringing greater visibility to the African fashion industry, releases her first Ankara fashion editorial with Nigerian designer Mercy1932 in Los Angeles. This Fashion Fiend: A fashion blog ran by South African fashion blogger Bobo, is on a mission to make the fashion industry more inclusive. With…

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Cultural Appropriation of African Style: Compliment or Insult?

21st November 2017 BY Mariam Tijani

Cultural Appropriation of Style has always been an issue within the Global Fashion Industry to the extent that the United Nations are debating if its adoption should be made Illegal. I first addressed the issue in a recent post on MariamTijani.com in relation to British Fashion Designer Stella McCartney Spring 2018 Ready-to-Wear Collection which was showcased at Paris Fashion Week, 2017. Stella…

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