Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Meet Angolan Model Maria Borges : Forbes Africa Magazine’s List for African Models

Maria Borges Tops Forbes Africa Magazine’s List for African Models.

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Name: Maria Borges
Country: Angola
Hair: Black / Eyes: Black
Measurements: 32 - 24 - 34
Height: 5'11" / Dress Size: 4

Photo credit: dressme-models

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Loza Maléombho’s SS13 Collection

New York based Ivorian designer Loza Maléombho collection was inspired by different ethnic groups in Côte d’Ivoire. (Flali, Djela etc).

See full collection after the jump.

Monday, July 29, 2013

List of Designers to Showcase at Kenya Fashion Week 2013

In no particular order, below are the designers showing in Kenya Fashion week, 2013.

1. Kushweet Barhij – Kush B (Kenya)
2. Dave (Kenya)
3. DEVrNIL (India)
4. Yvonne Nwosu (Nigeria)
5. Hakeem Balogun – Kimono Collection (Nigeria)
6. Tina Ndidi Ugo – Didi Creations (Nigeria)
7. Estella Ogbonna – Estella Couture (Nigeria)
8. Shahida Zia – Zenia Couture Designs (Pakistan)
9. Majakgomo Abel Maserumule (South Africa)
10. Suzaan Heyns (South Africa)
11. Ruald Rheeder (South Africa)
12. Kapasa Musonda – Mangishi Love (Zambia)
13. Nadir Tati - (Angola)
14. Yvonne Odhiambo & Gloria Baraza (Afrostreet Kollections) - (Kenya)
15. Chauvin-Buthaud Laurence & Christina Schatzeden (Laurenceairline) - Ivory Coast/France

The event will hold on Saturday 24th August 2013.
Models can apply HERE

Shakara Couture’s 2013 Ad Campaign (Photos)

The Nigerian brand, owned by creative director Ewemade Erhabor Emokpae, draws its inspiration from from the 1950′s, a decade which has heavily influenced the brand and its signature cuts and shapes, for its 2013 ad campaign.

See more photos after the jump.

MAFI " The Last Resort" : Zen Magazine Fashion Editorial

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The Ethiopian Designer - MAFI Summer collection is titled “The Last Resort”. See the full editorial after the jump.

Friday, July 26, 2013

RTF COVERS: Oluchi Orlandi cover ELLE's August Issue


The issue is on newsstands now.

RTF Designer Update: Ozwald Boateng explains his new passion for infrastructure projects in Africa

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Besides dressing some of the world’s most well-known celebrities, UK-based fashion designer Ozwald Boateng is now also focusing on developing power plants and railway lines in Africa.

Speaking at the recent New York Forum Africa in Gabon, Boateng said that being in fashion has given him an “instinct for timing” and that he believes Africa’s time has come.

“I could be very happy in London, designing my clothes and opening my shops around the world, but as a designer one of the things we learn is to understand the timing of things, because we don’t actually live in the present as designers, we design collections for the future… And I genuinely believe it is the time for Africa right now,”.
Boateng, whose parents were born in Ghana, is the youngest and first black tailor to open a shop on Savile Row, a famous London street known for its traditional bespoke tailoring. He is well-known for giving the British art of tailoring his own modern twist.

RTF FOCUS: Afro. Mod. Trends

Afro Mod Trends is a high end Ghanaian fashion label. The pieces are colourful and easy to wear. See more after the jump.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

RTF LOOK BOOK: New Capsule Collection by Ama Genfi

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Founded in 2010 Ama Genfi collections embrace the idea of modern and classic, with a chic edge.
2013 Capsule Collection :From the Strength of the leather to the romance of the lace, this collection speaks to a strong,classy and sophisticated woman.

Check out the full collection after the jump.

Niapsou Design Resort Collection

Niapsou Design is an up and coming Street Couture Label with an obsession for edgy cuts and
av-ant gardism making pieces for Men & Women.

See more photos after the jump.

RTF FOCUS: Soares Anthony Clothing

See more designs after the jump.

Duro Spring/Summer 2013 Collection

Duro Olowu is a london-based Nigerian Designer. Since arriving on the London fashion scene in 2004, Nigerian-born Duro Olowu has impressed the right people with his vibrant mix of African prints, seventies tailoring, and unlikely color combos. A high-waisted patchwork boho dress—known as the “Duro”—put the brand on the fashion map, and became a cult item in 2005 after being discovered by American Vogue editor Sally Singer and Julie Gilhart of Barneys.

See the full collection after the jump.

British Council Nigeria Young Creative Entrepreneur (YCE) & Young Designer (YD) Awards 2013 in Nigeria

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Lagos Fashion and Design Week is a multi day fashion event platform which aims to drive the Nigerian fashion economy and lift its profile within the industry by bringing together buyers, consumers and the media to view the current collections of designers in the fashion capital of Lagos, Nigeria. Beyond the event, Lagos Fashion and Design Week is a platform that has since 2011, succeeded in repositioning fashion as a useful tool for commerce and creativity in Nigeria.

Lagos Fashion and Design Week International Young Fashion Entrepreneur & Young Designer of the year Awards 2013.

Continue reading for full details

Urban Christian T-Shirts by Monarki


Inspired by the Bible & pop culture, get your Monarki T-shirt today and rule the streets for Christ.
"Our new 'GOD' design incorporates the mythical Sankofa bird and simply reminds us to go back to our Father for He truly loves us. We pray this design brings some comfort to the many broken souls in our city. Know that you haven't been abandoned and that all God wants is to have you return to Him. He waits with wide open arms."

See the inspiring designs after the jump.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013


Courses include:
- Bag & Shoe Making
- Soap Making
- Graphics Design
- Ankara Accessories
- Makeup
- Catering (Pastries & Cocktails)
- Web design
- Bead and wire work

To sign up, send your FULL NAMES, PHONE NUMBER, and COURSE of interest to or click ARIZEAFRICA 

Sunday, July 21, 2013

RTF LOOK BOOK: Ozwald Boateng Spring/Summer 2013

Ozwald Boateng began working towards his goal in a studio on Portobello Road, which he opened in 1991 at the age of 23. Over the next few years he developed his design philosophy. In 1994, he was the first tailor to present a collection on the Paris catwalk. At the end of 1994, Ozwald Boateng has opened his first store on Vigo Street, just off Savile Row, and became the youngest and first black tailor to have a store on the row.
See full collection after the jump.

Friday, July 19, 2013

RTF BEAUTY:The Different Oils and what they do for your hair

OK, I think its important to know what the different oils do for your hair, some can also be used for skin care.

Olive Oil:
- Penetrates the skin and provides a shield of moisture, keeping the skin smooth and supple.
- Soaks into the skin without making it feel greasy.
- Great moisturizer especially during the dry cold winter months.
- Contains free radicals that help fight aging and skin damage.
- Good deep conditioner for dry or damaged hair.
- When used lightly can help combat frizz.
- Acts as an anti dandruff.
- Strengthens the hair.

RTF BEAUTY: 3 Easy-To-Make Homemade Deep Conditioners for Natural Hair

I recently started my Natural hair journey( I'm about 3 months in). So, I have been doing some research on what products to use, and how best to keep natural hair soft and health without breaking the bank. Here are 3 easy-to-make homemade deep conditioners for natural hair.
See tips after the jump.

Thursday, July 18, 2013


You stood for what was right.
Fought for the freedom of many.
You have given us the voice we once lost.
Your life is worth thousands of innocent lives you so much loved and stood up for.
Thank you for not backing down or giving up.

We have learned to Love and forgive those who hurt us, to speak up for what is right and to never relent in our efforts to seek for and fight for the truth.

We owe this now to our children, to teach them and to keep your legacy alive forever.

We Love you Mandela... And we are praying for your speedy recovery.

Sophie Zinga Spring 2013 Collection


Senegalese designer Sophie Nzinga Sy, whose natural talent was developed while attending the prestigious design school, Parsons, has always been an avid art enthusiast. Senegalese born, she is constantly growing inspiration from the wealth of African fabric making combined with her travels and the fusion of the multiple cultures that have shaped hem from her African roots to her New York City education and entrepreneurial mindset.

See the full collection after the jump.

Congolese designer Kahindo Mateene, Selected To Compete On 'Project Runway' Season 12 (PHOTOS)

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The Chicago-based fashion designer is poised to take the fashion world by storm as one of the 16 contestants appearing on the new season of "Project Runway."

"It feels really really amazing and I'm excited," Mateene told The Huffington Post. "A lot of people don't know that this was actually my fourth time applying."

 This evening (July 18) marks the premiere of the 12th season of Lifetime Network's popular reality series and we can't wait to see the fabric fly between all the designers.

See some of Kahindo's designs after the jump.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Photo of the day.

Thinking of going natural? Here is a great look to get you going. :)

Revamp By Peaceful Owoghiri Presents Spring/Summer 2013 “Classic illusion” Collection

Princess Peaceful Owoghiri comes to you as a muse with an ever flowing aura of creativity and a deep passion for quality, elegance and style.
Her artistic skills were discovered early as a child, though her parents would insist that she studies law which is a professional course. Art was never an option as a career choice for young Miss Peaceful. She was an “A” student in art and design, throughout her years in school and sketching has always been a hobby.

See the full "Classic Illusion" collection after the jump.

RTF Covers: Tara Durotoye graces the cover of TW Magazine, July Edition

Totally Whole magazine can be found on news stands nation wide.