Monday, September 30, 2013

Lagos fashion and Design week 2013: Casting call for Models



Casting takes place on the 2nd of October, 2013 at Eko Hotel's Ocean View. Adetokunbo Ademola Street, Lagos by 9am.

Good Luck Models!!

Lagos Fashion and Design announces Guaranty Trust Bank as Headline Sponsor.

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Nigerian fashion has metamorphosed from being merely cultural to a way of life. A whole new generation of fashion designers, music artistes, fashion creatives and fashion’s taste makers have made it desirable to be seen wearing clothes made by Nigerian designers. This influence has gradually seeped out and is being represented on runways around the world.

The Guaranty Trust Bank Lagos Fashion and Design Week 2013 scheduled to take place on the 23rd of October to the 26th October 2013 at Eko Hotel’s Ocean View in Lagos, Nigeria is a multi day premiere fashion event platform that aims to drive the Nigerian fashion industry and lift its profile by bringing together buyers, consumers and the media to view the current collections of designers in the fashion capital of Lagos, Nigeria. It will feature both local and international designers and showcase the best of African talents.

Oliberté manufactures the world's first fair trade certified footwear





“Becoming the world’s first Fair Trade Certified footwear manufacturing factory was a rigorous process, but we did it because we believe this partnership will make us better as a company and employer,” says Tal Dehtiar, founder ofOliberté. “Our goal is to be a voice for ethical manufacturing so that factory workers around the world can provide a better life for themselves and their families.”

Fair Trade USA certifies Oliberté factory in Ethiopia

Oliberté, maker of sustainable leather shoes and bags handmade in Africa, is the first footwear manufacturing facility in the world to be Fair Trade Certified™ by Fair Trade USA. Oliberté opened its factory in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 2012 to produce high-quality products in a work environment that values workers’ rights and fair wages. Passing Fair Trade USA’s audit process means that Oliberté is now shipping the world’s first Fair Trade Certified shoes to its retailers worldwide.

See some of the designs after the jump.

RTF LOOK BOOK: Eponymous Spring/Summer 2013 Collection

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Eponymous is owned by Titilayo Shotile-Belo, this collection is called Envy- the collection brings forth designs that is perfect for the modern woman. The Titi Belo woman has iconic strength and beauty, versatility and is not intimidated by adventure.

According to the designer, the collection is made up of several pieces which reveal areas of the body that most women do not feel confident enough to flaunt thus making the wearer a subject of envy.

See the full collection after the jump.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Nigerian Blog awards.

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please take a minute to nominate Realtimefix blog for the blog awards in the fashion and lifestyle category.  We need your Love and support.

Lights, Camera, Africa!!! Film Festival 2013

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The countdown has begun for the third edition of The Life House’s Lights, Camera, Africa!!! Film Festival 2013 set to uplift Lagosians’ spirits using film and other forms of art over the Independence Day holiday, from September 28 to October 1.

4th ANNUAL ANKARA FESTIVAL & AFRICAN FASHION SHOW 2013: AFRICAN ARTISTS & DESIGNERS

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The Ankara Festival was designed to showcase upcoming and established designers who specialize in using traditional African fabrics and prints to create contemporary clothing in a fashion show.

The show Event Hosts are Duain Richmond (FELA! On Broadway) and Yvonne Orji (Actress and Comedienne), plus the Featured Headlining Fashion Designer is Korto Momolu (Liberia & Project Runway, Season 5 & All Stars)Featured Fashion Designers: Afriq Expression (Nigeria); Dewan Apparel (Nigeria); Nice Trads (Nigeria); Nsaa House of Designs (Ghana); OYATO Designs (Nigeria); Solome Katongole (Uganda); Sumahrie Collections (Sierra Leone); Tee Designs (Nigeria)

Continue reading for venue and date.

KATTILA GROUP: Ankara Bags

Kattila Group is an Art & design label. see some of their work HERE . Check out more Ankara bag designs after the jump and find out how you can get yours!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Designer Update: Top African Fashion Designers Raise Awareness Of Alzheimer's


AWARENESS: Top designer Adebayo Jones wants the black community to start talking about Alzheimer’s
This Article is culled from http://voice-online.co.uk

THERE ARE many African Caribbeans who feel uncomfortable talking about dementia.
However, recent statistics show that it is an issue that needs to be tackled.
According to the charity, the Alzheimer’s Society, there are currently 12,000 people with dementia from black and minority ethnic communities in the UK. It is estimated that this could rise to 3.8 million by 2051.

Monday, September 23, 2013

RTF LOOK BOOK: Wisdom Anaba for WEIZ DHURM FRANKLYNPre-Spring/Summer 2014

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The collection represents high fashion, feminine and a very sensual physical being with a lot of sexual power. The silhouette is a great combination of sexy and simple.

See full collection after the jump.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

RTF FOCUS: Moran Apparel

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Moran Apparel is a Kenyan clothing line whose inception was early September of 2012. A fresh take on wardrobe staples, Moran Apparel incorporates African print into traditionally monochrome canvas shoes and t-shirts.

See more designs after the jump.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Music Meets Runway 2013: Casting Call

Music Meets Runway 2013
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Male and female models
Date: Saturday, 21st Of September 2013
Venue: Eko Hotel & Suites
Time: 10am – 1pm

See more details after the jump.

Eki Orleans 2013 Swimwear Collection

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Hazel Eki Aggrey-Orleans, creative force behind the high-end London-based fashion-label Eki Orleans is encouraging everyone to hit their local pool or the beach with her new 2013 swimwear collection.

Check out the full collection after the jump.

RTF LOOK BOOK: iamISIGO Autumn/Winter 2013/14 “11 Voltaire” Collection

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After taking a 2 year break, Paris based design label iamISIGO debuts its Autumn/Winter 2013/14 collection – 11 Voltaire.

See full collection after the jump.

BSOF Symposium 2013: theme -Taking Fashion to a new Level of growth and Innovation.



Business side of fashion Symposium

Theme: Taking fashion to new levels of growth and innovation
For Whom: Fashion& accessory designers, Fashion enthusiasts, fashion entrepreneurs and investors, stylists, fashion students and fashion geniuses. This is the grand gathering of today and tomorrow’s fashion industry leaders, a must attend for everyone who wants to be at the cutting edge in the industry.

Guest speakers & Hot Topics:
Tunde Kehinde, Co-MD Jumia- innovation as a key driver to the growth of Nigeria fashion& retail industries.
Lisa Folawiyo- Creative Director, Jewel by Lisa- finding your niche and staying relevant in the fashion industry

Continue reading for details on how to register and attend

RTF COVERS: Oluchi graces New African Woman Magazine’s October 2013 Issue

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Oluchi is set to launch her TV Show “Africa’s Next Top Model” which is currently being filmed and produced. 
This edition focuses on amazing African women breaking barriers and calling the shots.
See more photos from the shoot after the jump.

RTF LOOK BOOK: Doru Olowu Spring 2014 Ready-To-Wear Collection.

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The Nigerian-British Designer stuns with another collection for Spring 2014
See full collection after the jump.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

RTF Fashion Update: African fashion debuts in Auckland, New Zealand

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On Saturday 12 October, 2013.  KFM, Auckland will host the first ever African inspired fashion and art exhibition. This spectacular event will acknowledge and celebrate the very best of African fashion and art in New Zealand.

Event founder Makanaka Tuwe realized the lack of visibility of African art and fashion in New Zealand. “Its time to raise awareness about African inspired fashion and art in New Zealand" .International designers and fashion houses such as Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Gucci and Burberry have embraced Africa in their designs.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Lanre Da Silva Ajayi Releases Autumn/Winter 2013 “Pictorial Expression” Collection For Dolce & Gabbana Spiga Concept Store

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This lookbook shows Lanre Da Silva's Autumn/Winter 2013 collection made specially for the Dolce & Gabbana Spiga Concept Store In Milan, Italy where the brand has been stocking her pieces since the beginning of this year.

See full collection after the jump.

RTF LOOK BOOK: Vans Kere “Signore Fusion” 2013 Collection

For The Highly Discerning Man: Vans Kere Presents Its “Signore Fusion” 2013 Collection
Vans Kere is a ready-to-wear clothing brand, which was established in 2004. The aim of the establishment is to manufacture stylish and good quality clothes, using the finest quality fabrics to make exciting, beautifully designed and excellent clothes.

The Vans Kere label is primarily targeted towards the stylish adult man, and the “Signore Fusion” collection is further defined for the refined man as evident in the title of respect -Signore.

Check out the full collection after the jump.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

RTF Fashion News Update: The Nigerian fashion Industry


The Federal Capital Territory Administration and the Nigeria China Business Council (NCBC) are to collaborate in the provision of skills acquisition and development of entrepreneurs in the fashion industry in the FCT.

The Honourable Minister of State for FCT, Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide, stated this at the weekend during a meeting with the National Director of Public Affairs of NCBC, Dr. Chukwu Tony Chime and Chief Executive Officer of Asakeoge Couture Limited, Miss Asake Agoro.

The minister explained that the partnership between the Administration and NCBC would empower young men and women with business skills towards bringing positive growth and development to the Nigerian fashion industry.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

RTF ART: KATTILA GROUP

     
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Kattila is an Art and Design Label owned by Lee Udofot, a Nigerian Artist. Kattila began in 2009 born out of the passion for African art and design and has already received great reviews.
Kattila aims to promote African art with a modern twist.

See more sketches from the Artist after the jump.

RTF COVERS: Mo Abudu on the cover of 'Today's Woman September Isssue

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The September edition cover girl is none other than Mo’ Abudu, a lady who has proven that passion and a clear-headed focus can get you anything you want. From HR practitioner to Media mogul, Mo’ is indeed an inspiration to all African women
" I just feel that you must be able to dream and dream big..."

Find more here http://twmagazine.net/
Photo Credit:
Photography: Moussa Moussa
Hair: Ola Garuba
Makeup: Bimpe Onakoya

RTF LOOK BOOK: Andrea Iyamah Fall/Winter 2013 Collection

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Andrea Iyamah, the creative director and founder of the brand was inspired by her passion for painting. In 2011 at the age of 17, she released her first collection 'Dinma' which showcased her flare for vibrancy and rich textures.

Every piece can be defined as elegant with an edge. Through the choice of fabric, cuts, colours and tailoring techniques, Andrea Iyamah pieces appeal to a wide range of females. Specializing in custom couture every client has the ability to tailor their dream wedding, prom or birthday dress to their personality.

See full collection after the jump.

RTF LOOK BOOK: ‘Rhobes Clothing Co. Debut Collection- 'Roots Of Redemption'

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Since the inception of the company in 2007, Rhobes clothing company has been in the business of creating extraordinary looks for the stylish, the classy and the successful.
The Rhodes Clothing Co. team is led by Adetunji Ife-Adebiyi and Seun Abiodun-Lisk.

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Inspired by the genesis of black civilization, which portrays the African man as having risen from the rows, ridges and rigours of the sugarcane plantations to the realms and corridors of power. Rhobes Clothing Co presents its debut collection 'Roots of Redemption' that will ultimately appeal to the highly developed senses of the fashionable man & satisfy his ever-evolving taste.

Check out the full collection after the jump.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

African Fashion Goes Global: Original African design at the click of a mouse

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The new African aesthetic is here, led by KISUA. Launching in October 2013 it is set to become the go-to commercial platform for African fashion talent. Its aim, as the first African e-commerce site of its kind, is to showcase both established and emerging designers from across the African continent.

RTF EVENT: BUSINESS OF FASHION CONFERENCE ABUJA



Following the success of the Lagos edition, the Business of Fashion Conference hosted by award winning London brand, Asake Oge and supported by the Fashion Designers Association of Nigeria is set to be held in the city of Abuja 14-15 September 2013. 
Endorsed by the FCT Minister Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide who will be opening the event with other special guests like Evelyn Oputu MD Bank of Industry, Dr C Chime, MD Nigeria-China Business Council, Hajia Aisha Abubakar, Abuja Enterprise Agency, Alhaji Bature masari, MD SMEDAN (Small Medium Enterprise Agency Nigeria) and other government stakeholders. 

Continue reading for registration details.

Nigerias Next Top Designer: Call for Entries

                                NIGERIA'S NEXT TOP DESIGNER

The organizers of Africa Fashion Week London in partnership with Ebonyworths and Mahogany productions are delighted to announce the launch of a designers’ competition reality show; Nigeria’s Next Top Designer otherwise known as NNTD.

NNTD is about establishing and encouraging the best emerging fashion designers from Nigeria and promoting and showcasing them on a world stage platform Africa Fashion Week London, a Fashion Week that celebrates the work of African and African inspired designers in the UK. The annual event debuted in 2011 and has welcomed over 200 African designers.

Continue reading for details on how to register.

Monday, September 09, 2013

Designer Update: Meet The 3 African Designers showing at the New York Fashion Week 2013

The New York Fashion Week is fashion’s biggest week in North America, and one of the most glamorous and exclusive fashion-related events in the world.

The ceremony, which kicked off Thursday evening, will be showcasing 2014 spring/summer collections. Among the many fabulous designers who were invited to illustrate their collections, there are 3 Africans.

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Kahindo Mateene, who’s based in Chicago, but originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, is the creator behind MODHANIK, a clothing line well-known for its mix of vibrant colors and bold prints. Mateene, who’s well-traveled, gets her inspiration from the European culture and “Avant Garde” spirit of the Congolese culture.
The Congolese designer, who appeared on Season 12 of the Project Runway, has been featured on runways in Los Angeles, Chicago, Johannesburg and New York.

Nigeria's Freshest Streetwear Brand set to release its new Collection Fresh Life +


All is set for Nigeria’s freshest street wear brand, Always fresh Gear (AFG) to launch its newest collection – The Fresh Life+ collection. The collection is an eclectic display of modern style and groovy design in celebration of the trendy youth and it is an extension of their debut collection of 2012-Fresh Life collection. AFG a product of ONUK INKTERACTIVE-a visual communications outfit ran by creative twin brothers, Tony & Francis Onuk.

Read full press release after the jump.

Friday, September 06, 2013

RTF LOOK BOOK: Iconic Invanity presents its Fall/Winter 2013 Collection – “Screen Siren”

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Iconic Invanity is by Nigerian fashion designer Nancy Nwadire. She won an award for Best brand at the Mediterranean Design and Fashion Week in Noto (Sicily) Italy, following a fashion show where the label showcased its Autumn/Winter 2013 Collection. See the runway show HERE

According to the label “She knows who she is from the inside and this reflects in the clothes she wears. She flaunts her curves with muted shine and lustrous textures. With heavily embellished pieces, she dresses like an ornament in public, and she probably runs the show at home. Nails polished, hair fixed, she hits the boardroom….this lady sure knows how to work it no matter the occasion. Think Michelle Obama in fitted leather pants, or a Lagos fashionista in a sultry floor length gown on the red carpet.”

Check out the complete look book after the jump.

Thursday, September 05, 2013

RTF LOOk BOOK: Washington Roberts Unveils Autumn/Winter 2013 Collection

 
As a young child, the Nigerian-born designer learned to sew from his grandmother. Check out the full collection after the jump.

Africa Fashion Week Los Angeles 2013: Schedule, Venue



AFWLA's runway shows will feature an array of diverse talent from several established and emerging designers coming from countries all over the world. The 2013 designer line up will include Maryzo Designs, 2 African Girls, Josefa Dasilva, Yasika Mode, David Giampiccalo, Thriftqueened, Bongolicious, Bella Dhiya, Menogu Designs, Tina Summers, and Nile Goddess Designers. In showcasing these amazing designers, AFWLA will connect with local stylists, buyers, and boutique stores as a means to open the door to more opportunities for the talent that will be featured. A limited amount of tickets will be available to the public for purchase on eventbrite.com beginning September 9, 2013.

If you would like to be considered for participation please email us at registration@afwla.org

For further information visit: afwla.org

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

RTF LOOK BOOK: The New Autumn/Winter 2013 Collection Jewel By Lisa

                               
Jewel By Lisa is a luxury womenswear fashion brand by designer Lisa Folawiyo. Jewel By Lisa’s trademark style consists of jewels embellished on Ankara print pieces.

According to the designer, “The collection was inspired by Lagos city landscapes, in particular Makoko, a popular Lagos city slum, located on water and built on stilts. Through print and design, the collection examines the idea of luxury and power, high and low, rich and poor and mirrors this through a woman on stilts. This season it’s about power, resilience, and strength. It’s about the Jewel by Lisa woman standing firm albeit with femininity and charm. Thus the clothes represent a darkness that is empowering but play on soft florals in light hues. The silhouettes, bold and exaggerated, reflect this toughness.”

see full collection after the jump.