The Political Rhetoric Of Our Fabric

6th July 2018 BY Mutinta Nanchengwa

The Political Rhetoric of Our Fabric. For most African aunties, the chitenge (also known as kitenge, Ankara or for some cultures, simply a ‘wrapper cloth”) has a more functional use than glamorous. Baby toting, dust protection, kitchen party outfit, that was the general use of the chitenge. No one would have suspected that the humble fabric, would become a widely…

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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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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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There is something about Gracia

1st August 2017 BY checkoutafrica

Meet Gracia Senga, a Congolese fashion and style blogger currently living in Johannesburg, South Africa. Gracia shares her personal style and remarkable insights about life on her site, moregrace.com. I chose to interview Gracia because her kindness, creativity and sincerity leap off the pages of her blog. There are times that I feel alienated by fashion and clothes that look out of reach…

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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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Nomalanga Shozi, Blazing Through SA’s Media Industry

22nd June 2017 BY checkoutafrica

Of late, I’ve been solely narrating stories from Afrillennials who inspire me, inspire others, and especially those who seem as though they are from the future, with their ambitious thinking and the guts to dive deep in and bring the future back to today and from my perspective, Nomalanga Shozi a.k.a. The Flame is one of them. She is a force…

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Craig Zoowie, Luxury Event Designer And Fashion Maven

8th June 2017 BY checkoutafrica

‘I do struggle because I’m attracted to beautiful things, yet at the same time I am very aware, in some sense, their lack of value and that the most important things in life are your connections to other people.’ – Tom Ford. A favorite quote to one of Zimbabwe’s most sought after Luxury Event Designer and Fashion Maven. Craig Zoowie…

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Asanda Sizani, An Astounding Creative And Fashion Curator

29th May 2017 BY checkoutafrica

“But, when your dream comes true, it’s time to dream bigger.” – Asanda Sizani My love for beauty, art, the poetry in visuals and the need to communicate a strong narrative through fashion. That’s the first thing that came out of Asanda’s mouth when we started speaking, and from there I knew that I’d entered the realm of an incredibly…

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South Africa’s 5 Underrated & Emerging Fashion Creatives

17th March 2017 BY checkoutafrica

The fashion scene in Johannesburg and South Africa (SA) as a whole is growing radically and exponentially. In fact, it’s one of the biggest contributors to the country’s economy in the retail trade sector. I bet you have noticed time and time again the same reputable brands, designers and creatives flashing down your social media timelines. I would like to…

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