Saturday, November 30, 2013

Bestow Elan Autumn/Winter 2013 Collection

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Ghanaian - London based designer Erzumah Ackerson is behind the label ’s unique flair for detail can be recognized in the way she fuses elements of her heritage with technical expertise, to create garments that are often described as timeless, feminine and chic.
See full collection after the jump.

Literati Clothing 2013-2014 Collection

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

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Botswanan Designer, Ashanti Chique new collection

Ashanti Chique is a fashion forward, fierce “afropolitan” clothing accessories label by qualified style and makeup consultant Jennifer Osei-Mensah of the Evolushon Images, Image Consultancy Brand. Ashanti Chique accessories are designed for the Urban Diva who is stylish yet proud of her African roots. The Ashanti Chique lady reflects this pride through her use of afro chic, “afropolitan” accessories in her everyday style choices.

See full collection after the jump.

JOON Clothing Presents Its “Empress-ion” Lookbook For 2014


JOON is a clothing label that sees creativity transferred to fabrics and tailor-made to appreciate the body.
The JOON woman of 2014 displays her confidence in her simplicity and easy going nature, which is seen in the pieces and silhouettes we have for our 2014 woman.
The JOON label is owned by Nigerian fashion designer, June Ebube

See more photos after the jump.

Adara Leigh of London Lookbook 13/14: Duchess of Eden, A Resort Collection:

November sees the official launch of Duchess of Eden, a resort collection comprising of luxury shoes, printed silks, belts and handbags. Wonderfully feminine, the collection combines the beauty of vivid green and fuchsia metallics, contrasted against monochrome and patent leathers.

2013 sees the official launch of Duchess of Eden, a resort collection comprising of luxury shoes, printed silks, belts and handbags. Wonderfully feminine, the collection, combines the beauty of vivid green and fuchsia metallics, contrasted against monochrome and patent leathers. Adara Leigh of London’s debut embodies the brand’s signature style, a fusion of both English and African allure. Discerning trendsetters will adore the collection’s charming play on whimsical British gardens and London’s geometric skyline.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Nigerian Label AIMAS launch Online store

Stylist turned designer Tayo Shonekan has launched the online retail store for her label Aimas. The designer is amongst one of the first designers in Nigeria to launch their own independent storefronts online. With the recent online fashion retail boom in the African fashion industry, it won’t be long before we see more designers embrace this medium.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Ladies Still In The Race For The Title Of Africa's Next Top Model

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20 Top African Fashion & Accessory Designers To Exhibit In Kenya

20 Top African Fashion & Accessory Designers To Exhibit In Kenya

The African Fashion Factory is a prestigious music and fashion festival Featuring 10 regional fashion designers and 10 African accessory exhibitors. The African Fashion Factory launch takes place on 30th November at the Galleria Shopping Mall (Main Atrium) on 30th November between from 10.00 a.m. and 11.00 p.m.

Founded by Angela Ola, The AFF is a unique platform that promotes a fusion of culture and creativity to support the African community. The initiative's objective is to create a contemporary feel for African runway shows for the Build Africa Foundation. There will also be live performances by various artistes, including the soulful Fena Gitu.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Swahili Fashion week 2013: Designer Schedule

Swahili Fashion Week is now THE platform for fashion and accessory designers from Swahili speaking countries and the African continent to showcase their talent, market their creativity and network with clientele and the international fashion industry. This is all aimed at emphasizing to the region that fashion is an income generating creative industry, meanwhile promoting a "Made in Africa" concept.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Cartier seeks EXCEPTIONAL ENTREPRENEURS! Apply for the 2014 Edition

The Cartier Awards is a business plan competition for start-ups led by women organized by Cartier in partnership with McKinsey, INSEAD business school and the Women’s Forum. It aims at supporting creative, financially sustainable and responsible women-led start-ups, in all countries and industries.
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TAP Designs “Style In Motion” Collection Lookbook


TAP Design is a comtemporary ready to wear brand founded by Adeosun Toluwalase, Thorpe Weyinmi and Patrick Ifie.

The brand is based in Nigeria and their African heritage is evident in each one of the collections. TAP Designs piece are made in Nigeria and they are very serious about makingan impact in the Nigerian fashion industry.

Check out the full collection after the jump.

Mozambican designer Taibo Bacar presents his Spring/Summer 2014 Collection


 “Be mesmerized by the daylight, our exquisite sunset and the beautiful darkness of the night. Our latest collection will be an array of our beautiful continent inspired by nature. The calming whites represent peace and harmony. The luscious greens of our trees and breathtaking nature give hope to our continent. The sunset filled with passion...and we end off with the dark mysterious night filled with the glitzy stars”. - Taibo Bacar

I am lost for words, this collection is so exquisite, it speaks for itself.  I love them all.
See the full collection after the jump.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

RTF Update: An Insight into the Ethiopian Garment Industry


Walsall Regional Coordinator for Labour Behind the Labour, Leandra Gebrakedan, has written about her knowledge of the Ethiopian garment industry and given us the permission to republish on such an interesting growing fashion story in Africa’s historical country – Ethiopia.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Congolese Fashion Brand, Modahnik Unveils Autumn/Winter 2013 Collection


The MODAHNIK woman is a global nomad who views fashion as a creative expression of her individuality. She is classically feminine with an edge and dares to be bold.
See the full collection after the jump.

RTF LOOKBOOK: Ugandan Achea Mpong’s Ready-To-Wear 2013 Collection


She is“The African Fashion designer that Conquered Australian Fashion”. Check out her latest Ready-to-wear collection after the jump. 

D’Banj & Alexandra Burke On The Cover Of Complete Fashion Magazine November Issue, Global Edition

Complete African Fabulousity! D’Banj & Alexandra Burke On The Cover Of Complete Fashion Magazine
The magazine’s note- This month, our cover features are two people who have taken the music industry by storm. D’banj popularly known as the Koko master and British recording artist who gained popularity after she won the fifth season of the British Television series ‘The X Factor’- Alexandra Burke. She recently collaborated with Dr Sid on the remix of his single ‘Baby Tornado’.

See more photos from the shoot after the jump.

The MENA interior design awards open for registration

Registration for the Middle East and North Africa Interior Design Awards is now open, dmg events announced yesterday. The organizers of INDEX and workspace at INDEX, the region’s largest and longest running residential and commercial design and interiors exhibitions, revealed requirements and deadlines of the competition, now in its second year. Winners will be announced at the Awards. Awards Ceremony to take place during INDEX International Design Exhibition and workspace at INDEX exhibitions on 19th May, 2014.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Eku Edewor on the Cover of SIDEVIEW Magazine's November 2013 Issue

The Studio 53 Extra co-host dishes on her career, childhood, and her style must haves.

SideView Magazine will be holding a celebratory dinner on Friday 22nd Novemver 2013 at Bistro 7, Lagos to mark its 5th anniversary. The event is strictly by invitation. 

To attend, send an e-mail to

Lui Clothing: 2013 Collection – E.N.C.O.R.E

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Lui Clothing is a contemporary, African inspired female label. The collection is aimed at showing the different characteristics of an African woman – the Energetic, the Natural, the Creative, the Outstanding and the Raw.

See full collection after the jump.


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The Creative Director for the label, Francisca De-Souza, had this to say about her latest collection.
The collection is inspired by a never ending fear of failure, holding one back from reaching full potential. It is inspired by a commotion of voices clouding one’s thoughts. The collection’s colorful pieces embellished with faux chain-detailing, tell the story of a woman’s escape from her inhibitions. Each look embraces her courage. The colours and combative prints help explain the exact that this collection embodies and how one woman’s inhibitions can become her very own strengths“.

See the complete collection after the jump.

April Rust Spring/Summer 2014 Collection

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April Rust is a Ghanaian label,its is a ready-to-wear line for women. The idea behind the creation of the line is to bring out a woman's chic, feminine and playful side. Check out the full collection after the jump.

Duaba Serwa,Joyce Ababio, Wana Sambo win at the GAFW 2013

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At the recently concluded Glitz Africa Fashion Week 2013, Nigerian design labels like Mai Atafo Inspired, Wana Sambo, Vonne Couture and Toju Foyeh to Ghanaian design labels like Duaba Serwa, Elikem, Ameyo, all showcased their collection.

To crown the fashion event, GAFW awarded certain individuals for their fashion contributions throughout the year 2013, especially during the fashion week.

Check out the winners after the jump.

RTF Updates: WOOLWORTHS pulls the plug on Nigeria


Recently the South African retailer Woolworths pulled the plug on its Nigerian business, citing high rents and duties as well as the difficulties of marketing to consumers in Africa’s most populous country.

Monday, November 11, 2013

International Trade Centre Ethical Fashion Initiative: Call for African fashion Designers

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Organised by the Ethical Fashion Initiative a segment of the International Trade Centre; The “Ethical Fashion Initiative connects the fashion business with artisans in Africa and Haiti…provide work for marginalized people who have a strong desire to change their lives…make it possible for the fashion world to embrace the skills of artisans in the developing world.” And ultimately declare that “We are not a charity.”

See details on how to to take part after the jump.

Ituen Bassey Spring/Summer 2013 Collection

Ituen Bassey is a renowned Nigerian designer who's work speaks for itself; the detailing on every piece is outstanding. See the full collection after the jump.

David Tlale and Vlisco partner on new African inspired collection

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of his bold and daring fashion brand, David Tlale will work with Vlisco to create a limited edition collection. Entitled: “A Celebration of Heritage” the collection was launched on October 30, 2013 at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week AFRICA in South Africa.

All Africa Leather Fair 2014 Ethiopia

The Ethiopian Leather Industries Association (ELIA) is organizing the All-African Leather Fair (AALF) 2008 which will take place in Addis Ababa from February 20-22, 2014.

Ethiopian Leather Industries Association (ELIA) is a nonprofit trade association of the leather industries businesses and works to enhance and improve the leather industries business climate by promoting export of leather, shoes and leather goods and garment, protecting the rights of members, and assisting businesses to improve. ELIA was first founded in 1994 as the Ethiopian Tanners Association included footwear and leather garments and articles in 2004 and became the Ethiopian Leather Industries Association (ELIA) in 2007. They aim to spearhead the emergence of the Ethiopian leather industry as a key global player representative of its members who are producing and exporting first choice leather and leather products. ELIA Incorporates Footwear, Leather Garments & Goods and Tanners operating in the country.

Okun Spring/Summer 2013 'Independence' Collection

ÒKUN is an Africa-inspired luxury beachwear brand, forged out of the desire to communicate a positive vibe through the bold colours and language of African print.
ÒKUN is an excitingly fresh African-inspired luxury beachwear brand committed to communicating a positive vibe through the use of bold colours and the language of African print.

Kuba Men's Tailored Yellow Men's Boardshorts

ÒKUN, Yoruba for ‘The Ocean’ is born out of a pioneering concept in men’s designer swimwear to convey a pan-African spirit and embody the journeys we make to different destinations and across continents and seas.

See the full collection after the jump.

Aya Morrison’s Swimwear collection from the just concluded Glitz Africa Fashion Week

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Ghanaian Design label Aya Morrison displayed its new swimwear collection.
I like the mix and match of each design, check out the full collection after the jump.

Friday, November 08, 2013

Orange Culture Spring/Summer 2014 Collection

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Menswear has taken an interesting turn in recent times, this collection is one that is clearly outside the box.
See the full collection after the jump.