What has made African Fashion a phenomenon?

4th July 2019 BY Ivis

From my previous blog posts, I’m pretty sure that we can all tell that Africa has influenced western fashion for as long as it has existed. A multitude of African traditions have been used as a rich source of inspiration; Yves Saint Laurent, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Jean Paul Gaultier, Comme des Garcons and many others have been inspired by the…

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Akon Wants African Actors to be Cast in Coming to America 2

16th April 2019 BY Ivis

Can you believe the fact that it has been over three decades since Coming to America first hit our screens in 1988? An entire 13 years before I was even born. I feel like I’m a little too young to appreciate films like this but these are my favourite, black films from the ’90s, late ’80s and early 2000s will…

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LVMH Prize Finalists Include Two African Designers

4th April 2019 BY Ivis

“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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African Fashion NEEDS more customers!

25th March 2019 BY Ivis

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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Industrie Africa: The Digital Answer to a Traditional Showroom

1st March 2019 BY Ivis

Industrie Africa is the answer to all of our problems. For years I have struggled to find good quality, talented African fashion brands that were more than just wax print motifs. Everyone knows that there is more to African Fashion than just Ankara print designs which is what Industrie Africa is trying to show the world. Named the “Wikipedia of African…

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The Bellafricana Verified Tribe | Joseph O. Ike & Olamide E. Akindeinde

27th August 2018 BY BellAfricana

JZO Fashion’s  founding duo – Joseph O. Ike, and Olamide E. Akindeinde are true fashion enthusiasts with a unique perspective on African Fashion, particularly the menswear genre. At JZO, the belief is that African Fashion is not confined to “traditional” definitions, but can also be considered “contemporary”. The brand’s vision is that of a simple, unique, elegant and contemporary style of menswear influenced heavily by…

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Q&A with Revolutionary Artist; Lady Skollie

27th August 2017 BY Lerato Chiyangwa

Lady Skollie in studio. Image by; Simiato Matik Laura Windvogel, who is well known by the moniker Lady Skollie caught my creative eye earlier in 2017, when while checking out online art, I came across her early 2017 art exhibition named Lust Politics which presents her work in desire, power and sex. Her pieces are still currently online at the Tyburn Gallery…

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The Sp_ce: Lifestyle, Fashion and Design Concept Store

14th August 2017 BY Lerato Chiyangwa

The Sp_ce is a lifestyle, fashion and design concept store with an extension to a Turkish inspired shisha lounge that has a range of international tapas on the menu. Their boutique carries various products with a strong theme of contemporary Africa, with items ranging from clothing, beauty products, furniture, jewelry and other lifestyle items. By simply looking, you already feel…

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VADA, True South African Fashion Slayage

28th July 2017 BY Lerato Chiyangwa

“There’s a huge market here especially for African millennial women who are buying more into brands and companies that are supporting the growth of our continent.” – Kamara Sivada. Social media is playing a major part in a lot of brands being well known and their presence across different countries, and the brand I recently became acquainted with proves that.…

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