AFWNigeria Pulls Record Breaking Model Casting Call (@AfricaFWNigeria)

Posted on: May 2nd, 2017 | by:

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The Model casting call for the Africa Fashion Week Nigeria 2017, would go down in history as one of the biggest of its kind in sub-saharan Africa. As early as 8 am on Friday 27 April, hundreds of aspiring models for the AFWN had already gathered in groups with their agents. It was a massive turnout which provoked discussions among those present at the Women Society Skill Centre, Lekki, venue of the casting.

Sola Olabisi, a fashion photographer, who attended the shows last year, said he was not surprised that the turnout of models jostling for Africa Fashion Week Nigeria platform is record breaking because the organizers have a way of putting up remarkable shows while promoting Africa fashion to the rest of the world.The models want identify with the growth and reputation of the brand.

AFWN casting team had on board, multiple award winning model talent scout and makeup artist, Bayo Hasstrup, AFWN Chief Operating Officer, Aiki Odiawa, Eke EKE Group Merchandising Officer Daviva, Mr Jide Adedeji the head stylist, Mr Zuby Enoma AFWN hair director and Mr Barrectt Akpokabayen the official photographer. The team went through rigorous session after session before final selection of 70 models.

The model casting is part of build up towards the AFWN 2017 that will come up between June 3 & 4 at the National Arts Theatre, Lagos. The organizers had two iconic shows in April as pre-events shows. The first one took place at the National Theater, while the second one was at the Tinubu Square, Lagos. The iconic shows held at historic veues, as a way of blending the creativity of designers with the richness of our cultural heritage of Lagos.

The Founder of Africa Fashion Week, Ronke Ademiluyi said she was overwhelmed by the large turn of models who aspire to join the fashion week every year. “The platform keeps growing every year with remarkable shows. We are not going to relent.That is why government and multinationals should support us. AFWN is more than entertainment. We add economic value to African designers on our platform with our creativity every year.”

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For info on becoming a showcasing designer at AFWNigeria 2017: info@africafashionweeknigeria.com

 


Meet The Ghanaian Fashion Power Player Who’s Just Made History (@Edward_Enninful)

Posted on: April 19th, 2017 | by:

 

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Meet 45-year-old Edward Kobina Enninful, a Ghanaian-born British-based fashion stylist who has recently made history by becoming the first male, first black, and first Ghanaian editor for British Vogue.

He took over from Alexandra Shulman who is the longest serving editor of British Vogue, having run the publication since 1992.

The chairman and chief executive of Condé Nast International, Jonathan Newhouse, announced Enninful’s appointment on April 10th, calling him “an influential figure in the communities of fashion, Hollywood and music which shape the cultural zeitgeist”, adding that “by virtue of his talent and experience, Edward is supremely prepared to assume the responsibility of British Vogue.”

At a very young age, the brilliant stylist moved to the UK where he got his big break at 16 when he was spotted on a train by fashion stylist, Simon Foxton. As a kid, he lived in Ladbroke Grove, London, where his mother worked as a seamstress. It was her use of bright patterned fabric in the clothing she made that helped inspire his style.

He earned a degree at Goldsmiths, University of London while simultaneously handling a career in fashion. This move paid off at the young age of 18 when he was appointed fashion director at i-D Magazine. The appointment made him the youngest ever fashion director for an international magazine. He has consulted for many fashion brands over the years, some of which include Christian Dior, Dolce and Gabbana, Mulberry, and Giorgio Armani.

Many within the industry see his appointment as a step in the right direction and are confident in his ability to bring an exciting new creative aesthetic to the magazine. His predecessor  had this to say about him, “Every Vogue editor arrives with their own range of talents and experience and Edward is very known, respected and liked within the fashion industry.” She then went on to pledge her cooperation in helping him smoothly transition into his new role.

By Benjamin J. Obeng
@1realbenjamin

 

 


These Illustrations of Solange Janelle Monáe & Malcolm X Will Brighten Your Day

Posted on: December 6th, 2016 | by:

On certain days you just need some bright colors in your life, and at times like that,
Prince Eric Nichols has got you.

His vibrant illustrations of black public figures are uplifting and engaging; flashy enough to catch your eye, but full of detail to hold your attention. He may not actually be a prince, but he’s certainly familiar with the features of royalty.

While he creates images whenever he sees fit, some even get the blessings of his subjects once they’re done, like Janelle Monae, who reposted her portrait last year.  If you want to buy a print, just DM him on the Gram and he’ll hook you up.

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Janelle Monae black and white illustration

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2Chainz colorful digital illustration

Malcolm X

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Backstage at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg Spring/Summer 2016

Posted on: August 22nd, 2016 | by:

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg Spring/Summer wrapped up Saturday night after four days of runway action at Nelson Mandela Square. We teamed up with Botswana-based photographer Uyapo Ketogetswe to bring us behind the scenes. Here, he takes us backstage at MBFWJ SS16.Photo by Uyapo Ketogetswe.

 

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Photo by Uyapo Ketogetswe.

 

Photo by Uyapo Ketogetswe.

 

Photo by Uyapo Ketogetswe.

 

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Photo by Uyapo Ketogetswe.


Heres What Went Down When Kanye Wests The Life Of Pablo Pop-Up Shop Came to Cape Town

Posted on: August 22nd, 2016 | by:

By now you should know that Cape Town was the only city in Africa – out of 21 worldwide – where Kanye West brought his Pablo pop-up shop this weekend. The queue to the shop, which was on Bree Street, snaked all the way to Loop Street. On Friday, the first day of the store, hypebeasts, fashionistas and cool kids were there as early as 6am.

Only ten people were allowed in the shop at a time, which meant a longer queuing period. So, after every 30 minutes, people emerged with shopping bags full of Pablo merchandise.

Inside, there were a few rules: no fitting before purchase, no removing of clothes from display racks. And the security guards’ favorite – if you were only there to take pictures and not buy, then you must leave.

Items available included t-shirts, crew neck sweaters, caps and jackets, which all featured printed phrases from The Life Of Pablo album in gothic letters. The cheapest item was the Cape Town cap (R485). The most expensive, the military jacket, set you back R3654. The t-shirts, sweaters and caps were all inscribed Cape Town, just like they would be inscribed “New York” if the store was there.

Shoppers – who came in all ages, but were mostly young adults and teenagers – browsed around to tracks from TLOP. There wasn’t much variety in product, and some shoppers felt a bit letdown. “This is stuff from Season 1,” I heard someone scream as he left the shop.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

 

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

 

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Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

 

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

 

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Sabelo Mkhabela is a writer from Swaziland, currently based in Cape Town. He also drops award-winning tweets as @SabzaMK.


Jidenna Is a Chief, Cop, Worker & Victim in the New Video for Chief Dont Run

Posted on: August 22nd, 2016 | by:

Jidenna follows up the video for his afrobeats-influenced single “Little Bit More” with the somber visuals for “Chief Don’t Run.”

The new Alan Ferguson-directed video follows Jidenna from his humble beginnings, sleeping next to oven doors for heat, through his quick rise to fame.

The “emotion picture,” as Jidenna puts it, sees the singer/rapper showing off some acting chops as he cycles through roles as the ‘chief,’ police officer, construction worker and a victim of police harassment.

Still no formal word on when we can expect the drop of Jidenna’s debut album Long Live the Chief—but this should hold you over.


 

Watch the video for “Chief Don’t Run” above.


CAESAR COUTURE AND MEME BETE TO SHOWCASE AT AFRICA FASHION WEEK LONDON 2016

Posted on: August 17th, 2016 | by:

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Caesar Couture is known for its exquisite tailoring services and refined design silhouettes of tuxedos, patterned suits, single breasted and double-breasted suits as well as traditional clothing. It was established in the year 2000 by owner and designer, Esosa Ogedegbe. The label currently makes clothing for men, but has plans to diversify into female clothing in the near future.

The collections are perfect for the sophisticated gentleman that wants a classic look for black-tie events, weddings and business meetings. The suits are timeless, yet incorporate some bold colours like shades of red, yellow, orange and green and can even be dressed down (when worn as a jacket) to a more casual look with sneakers and/or jeans.

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Même Bête is a St. Lucian design company by Taribba do Nascimento who began designing bags 5 years ago while working in Ethiopia.

The company specializes in leather handbags. Its signature look is African Print mixed with leather, however many other materials are used to create unique designs such as burlap, madras and Indian saris.

A lover of life and an avid traveller, do Nascimento marries eclectic style with her ethnocentric eye to create unique pieces. The concept behind her bags is to make simple styles that are offset by vibrant colour. Her bags infuse style and fashion into practicality, introducing every woman to the vibrant chic life.

 

 

Venue – West Hall Olympia London Earls Court W14 8UX

AFWL 2016 Will Include 5 Catwalk Shows | 60 Designers | AFWL Expo & Entertainment.

  • FRIDAY THE 9TH OF SEPTEMBER – Fashion Show and Exhibition
  • SATURDAY THE 10TH OF SEPTEMBER – Fashion Show and Exhibition

 


Africax5 Covers Black Lives Matter Protest in the UK

Posted on: August 7th, 2016 | by:

 

Despite heat levels reaching 25 degrees in London, The black lives matter protests are still  going strong.
Although there was a shaky start,  hundreds of young people marched from Southwark  Park to parliament.  Twitter played a significant part in directing lost protestors to the bigger group which not only rose awareness to the #black lives matter protest but  proved there’s strength in numbers when it comes to issues regarding black communities.

 

 

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Today’s protest was pleasantly positive and powerful as drivers, and foreigners throughout the city showed support by beeping there cars or chanting along to show that #blacklivematter is open to all races from all walks of life.

Currently  #blacklivesmatter is still dominating social media  and communities not only in the US but also the UK. The issues regarding equality and racial discrimination is still well and truly active  but the question is, will change be on the horizon ?

 

 

By Natalie Da Silva


The First Airline Founded By A Black Woman Is Going International This Month

Posted on: August 7th, 2016 | by:

Last year, Air Zimbabwe and Ethiopian Airlines made major strides towards the inclusion of women in the aviation world with the launch of their all-women flight crews. Women continue to be at the forefront of African-based air travel with the establishment of South Africa’s Fly Blue Crane, the first airline to be founded by a black woman.

fly-blue-crane-airline-south-africaFly Blue Crane, which has been operating domestically within South Africa since its inception last September, will be conducting its very first international flight when it launches its service from Cape Town to Windhoek on May 13. The airline is under the leadership of CEO, Sizakele Mzimela, who’s also the first black executive vice president of South African Airways and the first woman to be selected to the Board of the International Air Transport AssociationAFKInsider reports.

Mzimela has previously been vocal about her desire to expand the airline outside of South African borders, with specific mention of Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and the DRC.

The airline exec, who has over 20 years of experience in the industry, shared some words of wisdom for female aviators in an interview with Runway Girl Network:

“You have to accept up front that your road will be more difficult than the pale white male sitting next to you,” she mentions. “It’s your job to say ‘nothing will stop me. I’m going to make it.’”

by Damola Durosomo


Africax5 Lifestyle: Sexy! Pearls boobs on full display in saucy snap

Posted on: April 28th, 2016 | by:

It’s not like we haven’t seen them before with all of her previous bikini snaps‚ but fans of Pearl Thusi were treated to a fresh look at her cleavage on Tuesday afternoon.

The radio presenter shared an image of herself in black lingerie with the caption “When you can’t decide to wear. And then you decide to take pics. Lol. Shout out to @woolworths_sa for this beauty.”

 

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While you take a minute to catch your breath‚ we’ll take the opportunity to send a shout-out to Woolworths too.

Image credit: ENTERTAINMENT-ONLINE