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Sarah Christian is a young Ghanaian fashion designer whose main is to create art that inspires your daily life. Sarah Christian believes that, one should be able to feel beautiful everyday and not just on special occasions.

Sarah Christian of Sarah Christian began designing when she was very young but had the opportunity to showcase her designs during a fashion week held in University a few years ago. Today, Sarah Christian can boast about being one of the representatives of Ghana during the Glitz African Fashion Week 2013.

Sarah Christian has had the pleasure of designing for artistes like Irene Logan, Efya and many others.

Sarah Christian’s Fall 2014 Collection named ‘Lujo’ (which means Luxury in Spanish) is depicted in the use of colours gold, silver, yellow and purple.

This collection stays true to the African prints but gives something to every kind of lady, the conservative, the classy, the sassy, the party girl and of course the official lady.

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Find out more about Sarah Christian:
Instagram – @sarahchristiangh
Facebook – Sarah Christian
Twitter – @SarahChristian_
Website – www.sarahchristianonline.com
Email – hello@sarahchristianonline.com

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Every so often you discover nice innovative ideas that blend what we already have in store with what is the concept of the future. When we talk about African Fashion it’s the latest trend taking over the global scene, and the demand grows daily, and with that has come the number of fashion entrepreneurs, innovators, and of course buyers. That’s how we discovered here when we came across Ankcara.com.

ANKCARA is an online market place that connects African Inspired fashion and accessories designers and retailers to exchange and trade in high quality, limited-edition, contemporary African lifestyle products. Simply put; Whether you sell or want to buy great looking fashion accessories, this is the place for you.

For buyers, they provide the reliability and curation that comes with an online retail store along with the luxury of buying directly from African designers from around the world. While for sellers, they promote fashion entrepreneurship by providing them a platform to brand and sell their products to a large global consumer base with minimal operational hassles.

Sounds pretty awesome right? Yes it does.

They are the ‘One stop shop’ to virtually buy and sell African inspired fashion, accessories and home decor. Through ANKCARA, the world will be introduces to the world beautiful products that gracefully combine African inspired fashion with a global sensibility.

In their words, “We believe – TOGETHER, we DISCOVER, EMPOWER & SUPPORT African Fashion!

So let’s not waste your time. Check them out on their website, www.ankcara.com.

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Celebrities, executives and bright young talents stood shoulder to shoulder with the people of New York, as Pikolinos celebrated the opening of their pop-up store in New York. The Pikolinos Pop up store for Maasai Project is a noble cause that sees a percentage of the goods sold go back to the development of schools and hospitals in the Maasai community in Kenya.

Hosted by celebrity activist Africa Engo, the launch was an amazing success seeing loads of guests engage and purchase the goods on display. The store will be open for 3 months and we implore our readers in New York to please visit the store and buy a couple of the amazing products they have on sale. The Pikolinos family came out looking beautiful and we have the pictures to prove it below.

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TayeTaylor is a Luxury clothing brand catering to the needs of individuals with love for the African culture in an “Africa meets West” definitive style.

Simplicity underlined by timeless African glamour defines TayeTaylor. Our beautiful hand-crafted and machine embroidery on masterfully selected fabrics offer an unparalleled combination of class and style – the core features of the TayeTaylor brand. The brand caters
to men and women with ready to wear and bespoke lines. Signature products include Tunics, blazers, cocktail and bridal attires.

Taye Taylor Ltd was established in February 2012 by London based fashion designer Taiwo Okunuga with a debut tunic collection which was showcased at the Africa Fashion Week London. The collection received ample media attention for its Olympics inspired
theme. Taiwo has also strutted runways at the Los Angeles African fashion Week (2012) and Mr Africa International Pageant, London (2012). The brand has also been spotted on international celebrities such as Estelle.

Taiwo’s intense passion for fashion and arts led her to cross-over from her original profession as a realtor into establishing her own fashion label. She studied Pattern making and sewing at Fashion and Art Academy, House of Henri, Nigeria and went to London College of Fashion,
UK to study fashion designing. She also holds a Masters degree in International Business & Entrepreneurship from Essex Business School, UK.

Taiwo envisions the brand “Taye Taylor” to be a globally renowned clothing label known for its affordable luxury, catering to both male and female individuals who love the African culture. She believes fashion is her own tool for promoting global cultural awareness and
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With the release of his newest video for his hit single ‘5 & 6‘, Naeto C proved that levels did indeed change. If you don’t know why, I’ll give you three reasons. One, his look! Two, his main squeeze! And three, the location! I first took notice of his style when he came out with his video for ‘Kini Big Deal‘.

Yup this popular shot of him in that gray suit, black tie and dark shades. He definitely had my attention so it’s only safe to say he had yours as well. [DON’T FRONT]

Now dark shades are a staple for the average Naija guy looking to achieve that BADT GUY look but I personally love the different shapes of glasses Naeto C experiments with. I feel guys should be more open to other styles of shades. Aviators are nice but one dimensional, try something new like the one photographed above.

I personally love any guy that can mix and match colors in his wardrobe. I applaud Naeto C [and if he had one, his stylist] for this look. The blue blazer, orange corduroy pants dressed down with a plain white V-Neck shirt is the way forward for guys. Especially my African men! If you didn’t know, I’ll tell you now, your brown skin tones look hella good against brighter colors like white, mustard yellow or blue. The round frames & brooch is a nice touch as well!

This guy understands the concept of BRANDING! I don’t care what industry you’re in just know that, branding is KEY. Mr Super C has taken the traditional cap and has made it his own. I literally do think of him when I see someone wearing this particular cap [well him and my Uncle B in Ibadan lol]. And it helps that he has them in probably every color.

This was my favorite red carpet look for him. I wrote about it in a previous post and I’ll still rave about it. I’m beginning to think that he likes the color gray. I love the different shades or gray but especially the cut of the jacket and the black trimming. That jacket spoke to me but I digress…

Naeto C has definitely made his statement in the music department but he’s making plenty more in fashion as every artist should. So massive shout out to him for giving us a complete package and also for the first guy to be featured in out Celebrity Style Profile. [wink wink]

Till next time…

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Jewel by Lisa is one of my favorite designers, the amazing pieces she creates in each and every collection fascinates me every time and i fall in love with her designs all over again. At the arise magazine fashion show, she showcased a collection “Vintage Love” which consisted of vibrant prints and floral mix.

 

 

 

 

 

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IMAGE CREDITS – Ciaafrique and thefancyhub

 

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Once again, Lanre Da-Silva Ajayi delivers a mind blowing collection via her presentation at ‘Arise’s Made in Africa’show @ NYFW. She manages to maintain the essence of LDA while proving unmistakably that the brand has evolved beyond being just another ‘nice’ label.

 

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We love the infusion of satin, lace and the melody of colours that proceed from dark nudes to bright and vibrant colours.

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Good job. *Thumbs Up*

 

IMAGE CREDITS- thefancyhub

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Kaleidoscope is a six piece, limited edition capsule collection celebrating the vibrant colours and prints in traditional African outerwear.

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Focusing on reflectional and rotational symmetry and feminine shapes, it is the definitive range for the woman after chic contemporary pieces with an ethnic twist.

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The collection offers flirty and fun styles each intricately made, featuring an array of colourful and vibrant African prints.The central focal point of the both the collection and the brand is to create everyday pieces with tribal print, encouraging a unique and inspiring wardrobe.

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The overall vibe of the trend is young, cheeky and flirtascious.

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The look is for women who are confident and appreciate well placed accents of colour and detail and are keen to explore these possibilities through contemporary outerwear.

 

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The Kaleidoscope collection dares you to stand out from the crowd and live life in colour.

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You can find out more about Chenai by visiting their facebook page(https://www.facebook.com/ChenaiOnline) or follow them on twitter at @ChenaiOnline.

CREDITS – CIAAFRIQUE

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Two designers Malcolm Kluk and Christian Gabriel du Toit decided to become a design duo in 2005.

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The well known KLUK label became locally and internationally recognized as KLUK CGDT. Known for their impeccable style, graceful designs, and their perfect understanding of the female form and demur.

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KLUK CGDT has taken African fashion to another level with an international flare of clean lines and attention to detail. We love the new Club Tropicana collection shot for the label’s magalogue; tribal elegance meets tropical colours.

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CREDITS- thefancyhub

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Kenyan Born Wanyika Mshila is based in Australia and her label which is an accessory line is called FROQ AFRIC.

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Its classic, sophisticated and exquisite. Meshing African and Western style together using ankara fabrics.

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Her envelople clutches are a must have infusing the ankara fabrics with leather. We certainly can’t wait to see more from her!

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Credits: TheFancyHub

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Tiffany Amber is out with her Autumn/Winter 2011/12 collection. This collection which features silk in its various forms, sumptuous velvets and rich coral and gunmetal embellishments, in shades of orange, hues of blue, gold and nude tones create an effect that is the true definition of “Fearless Luxury”; luxe beyond any luxury lover’s imagination.
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Tiffany Amber collections are incredibly opulent affairs. Never one to follow trends, the A/W 2011/12 collection stayed very true to the brand’s aesthetic.
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In the designer’s bid to continue to push the boundaries for her prints, four images of beads taken from the archives of award winning photographer Vitor Politis were ethically produced for the collection.
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“This is my favourite collection so far. It embodies a multitude of women; classic yet youthful, sexy yet demure, vibrant yet sophisticated.” – Folake Folarin Coker (Creative Designer)
Image Credits: TheFancyHub

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KemKemStudio is out with its Autumn/Winter 2011/2012 collection lookbook Showcasing gorgeous and dazzling aso oke pieces.
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Kemmy Solomon, the creative director of the label says “The inspiration for the collection comes from my love for the aso oke (hand woven fabric from the Yoruba culture).”
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“We make our aso oke so its exclusive but this time around I also collected and brought vintage aso oke from my clients, friends and families. We have infused the ancient fabric with new age fabrics here like silk, cotton jersey and lace. I decided to make a wearable aso oke collection that suited a fun and playful lifestyle. Lots of looks that can be carried from day to evening, multi purpose clothing. A BIT OF THE OLD AND NEW YET CONTEMPORARY”.
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The first installment of the Africa Fashion Week London was held on the 5th and 6th of August 2011 at the Bishops Hall in the east end of London.

The groundbreaking event was organised by the CEO and founder Ms Ronke Ademiluyi to showcase African fabrics,fashion,designers and their collections for the first time like never before in the UK. The two day event witnessed 54 designers from all over Africa showcasing their collections on the runway and Factory78TV was on hand to bring you some of the what went on .

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Yummi Kouture is a label that was established in 2010 by Afi Boateng with the aim to design jewellery and clothes for today’s modern young woman who is Sassy, Bold and Stylish and is not afraid to make a bold fashion statement to stand out from the crowd and be different.
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The design is dashing and has a strong African allure, it showcases the beauty of African culture, fashion and heritage to the rest of the world whiles at the same time meeting the demands of today’s Fashionista.
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The concept for the label was created when she envisaged that people loved the things she designed for herself as a hobby.
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Afi says,”My designs are influenced by me,not just by my personal style alone but also by my African heritage “
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Pictures: Thefancyhub

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Republic of Foreigner is a Nigerian apparel brand which was founded in 2010. It was established with the aim of bringing out the spirit of freedom in all the ladies out there.The creative forces behind Republic Of Foreigner are the sisters Carmen and Selina Sutherland.  Their spectacular designs are inspired by Afrobeat culture, vintage relics and folklore. These designs emanate a mutual love of film, art, and design. This bohemian inspired fashion duo Operating from their hometown in Lagos, Nigeria, produce eclectic designs for the modern hippie and they’re out with their new Resort  Collection “Echizen.”

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The Echizen Collection is a dynamic fusion of chic Bohemianism and the natural world. The result is refreshingly soft, feminine, and whimsical – with sharply tailored jumpsuits and confidence-assured dresses, alongside playful tops, shorts, and trousers.
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The name of the collection was literally inspired by a beautiful yet invasive species of jellyfish called echizen found in the Pacific Ocean.

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The collection represents a mix of gauche and glamour—staying true to the designers’ tradition of mixing their easy boho-inspired aesthetic with contemporary African and world culture.
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Ideas for the collection were derived from vintage photographs of Italian Gondoliers in boater hats, and characters observed in films such as The Chicken Ranch (1970s), West World (1973), Dune (1984), and Giacomo Pucini’s opera, La Bohème.


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Coupled with these influences, movement, shape, and colour all play a big role in the collection, as do graphic prints, textures, and trimming—all working together to celebrate women, beauty, simplicity, aggression, everyday life, and change.

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Virgos Lounge, an African vintage label, is out with another fabulous collection! They say this collection was inspired by the tropics..

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The collection is breathtaking! it features bright colored maxi and flowy floral print dresses as well as colorful beaded statement party dresses.

 

“This collection combines the simplicity of classic pieces from past eras armed with exotic yet playful colors, prints and embellishments.”

 

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“This collection pushes the boundaries of vintage inspired clothing by developing fashion forward statement pieces that would add excitement to any wardrobe”

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Make sure to check out their website for the Collection which launched at 6pm today,Virgos Lounge 2011/2012 Resort Collection athttp://www.virgoslounge.com/

 

PHOTO CREDITS

Photography – Sophie Pycroft

Model – Omowunmi Gbadamosi and Fatima Babagana

Hair and Makeup – Leanne Wright

Styling – Oye Wemi-Akinsola

Leave your Comments, tell me what you think about the collection.

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The African Fashion Week New York might be over but the good folks at Asakeoge Couture share their moments and runway pictures from the event.

In addition to Asakeoge Couture, AFWNY featured Bill Witherspoon, Daniel Washington, and Danielle Martin.

About Asakeoge

AsakeOge Couture was founded by Asake Agoro from Nigeria. The Label was launched February 2009 at the London Metropolitan Fashion and Dance Charity Show when she was invited to come up with a collection for the fundraiser. A 3rd generation seamstress, growing up around the creative energy in a couture household enabled her to design and make garments for herself from the age of 15. she honed an innate skill by producing one-off pieces that soon drew the attention of those around her who requested to have garments made for themselves. The Asakeoge label has since styled artists and personalities for events and went on to be runner up for the African Tourism Awards. Asake was also nominated and subsequently won the Best Female Fashion Designer for the BEFFTA Awards 2010.

The inspiration behind the designs come from her roots and the 2010 couture collection features exotic African animals and scenery hand painted with jewel embellishments. The ready to wear collection features cutting edge designs in bold prints and tailored silhouettes with the ethnic influence apparent. First seen on catwalks in 2009; the reappearance of wild animal prints and colorful African graphics in the London Fashion week and Paris Fashion week 2010 shows us that tribal prints are here to stay. The Asakeoge label offers made to measure services for occasion and everyday wear.

Here are some pictures and video from the event.

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