November 14, 2010 § 3 Comments
Perhaps Jimmy Cliff‘s performance of his hit song “I Can See Clearly Now” at the end of the Ms. ECOWAS Peace Pageant should have given the audience an indication of the slant his closing remarks would take. The reggae superstar took on a serious tone as he delivered a call to Sierra Leoneans to “never let foreigners come in and take what is yours.” He had made similar comments on
November 13, 2010 § 1 Comment
It’s official (at the last minute, as it can often be in Sierra Leone): Jimmy Cliff has already arrived at Freetown’s Lungi Airport for the 2010 ECOWAS Peace Pageant, where he is scheduled to perform in just a few hours. Senegalese star Youssou N’Dour was already confirmed, but only rumors surrounded whether Jimmy Cliff would actually be brought over. Thirty beauties from the 15 ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) nations will compete for the honor of becoming the Peace Ambassador for the sub-region. It promises to be an exciting night showcasing the best of West African fashion, art and music. For more information on the pageant, you can visit their website. Afrofusion Lounge will keep you updated on results! Photo Courtesy Aram Kilimli. Bless…
October 19, 2010 § 1 Comment
Who is Ozwald Boateng? You can soon find out thanks to a documentary film coming out about his life and work, scheduled to debut worldwide at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival on October 20. Born in London to Ghanaian parents, the Savile Row bespoke couturier’s suits have been sported by the likes of Jamie Foxx, Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Don Cheadle, et al. Read more and watch a 4 1/2 minute trailer below, courtesy of Shadow and Act.
- Ozwald Boateng Spring/Summer 2011 (thisheartsonfire.com)
September 29, 2010 § Leave a comment
Ok, I promised to bring you video of the DC Fashion Week event finale. Belatedly though I do, here is the quick preview! One of the things I really appreciate about DC Fashion Week is the effort made by Executive Director Ean Williams to include and promote regional designers in this international event. At the International Couture Collections show at the French Embassy, local designers, like Heydari, were front and center along with designers from the Ukraine, Colombia, Yemen (Top Rank – DC based), Guyana (DonJ’ Moda), and the Ivory Coast. Afrofusion TV got a chance to speak with the young 17 year-old Ivorian designer (whom I wrote about in the earlier post) and a couple of others. The consensus was that African fashion’s acceptance into the mainstream is on a steady rise. Keep your eye out for these fantastic fashion designers! Bless…
- Sonya LaRae added a discussion (fashionindustrynetwork.com)
- New York Fashion Week: Luis Valenzuela Crafts Romantic Eco-Couture from Lampshades and Chandeliers (Slideshow) (treehugger.com)
September 27, 2010 § 2 Comments
A bridal dress made up entirely of cake (YES!) was making its way from the
kitchen to the hallway at the French Embassy in Georgetown, Washington, DC, and the chefs were doing their best to make sure it didn’t tip over. Which provided a throng of photographers and cameramen enough time to take multiple shots of this almost 5-foot plus creation. But for fashionistas attending DC Fashion Week‘s International Couture Collection, it was the runway that mattered most. One of the first collections featured creations from a 17 year-old designer from the Ivory Coast.
September 26, 2010 § Leave a comment
Wolf versus Goat!?? What the deuce is that, I wondered? Turned out to be the name of the Spring/Summer 2011 collection from designer Mauro Farinelli… the theme being “contemporary prep meets ‘Oliver Twist!'” I didn’t quite know what to expect when DC Fashion Week held a fashion industry networking party at the trendy Tabaq Bistro on historic U Street in Washington, DC. It was a chance for fashion designers, stylists, models, makeup artists and other fashionistas to get together, reconnect, and network with each other. So they held a short fashion show featuring “Wolf Vs. Goat,” (still cracks me up) whose focus, according to the designer, is “simplicity, wearability and attention toeven the smallest of details.” Afrofusion TV’s Khadia chatted with DC Fashion Week Founder and Executive Director Ean Williams, and a young designer from Yemen, about the upcoming International Couture Collections show. Check out the video clip below, and the Photo Gallery for great pictures from the networking party. More from the DC Fashion Week finale at the French Embassy later on. Stay tuned!
September 20, 2010 § 1 Comment
DC Fashion Week 2010 kicks off again September 20 and goes on until the 26th, culminating in a grand affair at L’Ambassade de France with the International Couture Collections. And once again it will feature a number of African designers, and others with African fabrics or African inspired designs. From their website:
DC Fashion Week is considered one of the fastest growing international fashion week exhibits in the world and is held twice a year in February and September. DC Fashion Week now reaches an audience of more than 10 million per fashion week.
To kick it off, like they’ve done before, their founder Ean Williams organized a Pre-Fashion show at the H Street Festival in Northeast Washington, DC. Yes, it was SMOKING HOT!!! It was a preview of sorts for the exciting events coming up, and also a showcase of earlier collections that have been featured at DC Fashion Week. Designs worn by the lovely models at the event came from PhillyGurl, Little Flowers, Renee France Designs, Heydari, Corjor International, and Stella Bonds. AFROfusion was present (of course) to bring you pictures and video from the event. (Had a great time there…) Watch out for AFROfusion TV, because we’ll be bringing you the best of African Diaspora fashion design from the International Couture Collection! For more information on DC Fashion Week, and the upcoming events, go to their website http://www.dcfashionweek.org DC Fashion week is sponsored by Shy Magazine, amongst others. Many more photos in the Gallery. Ok, I did put together yet another preview clip of what we saw out there at the H Street Festival.
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August 25, 2010 § Leave a comment
Welcome, cool people!! In the Afrofusion Lounge, here’s what you’re going to find: The latest info on tours by the hottest African and West Indian musicians. The most current trends in African fashion, from the most progressive designers on the continent and in the Diaspora. Cutting edge developments in art from Africa’s most promising and established artists. The most intriguing cultural and social trends amongst Africans in the Diaspora and on the Continent. Exciting news in the world of African and Caribbean sports and entertainment. All this will also be part of Afro Fusion TV, a new web television series whose episodes will be streamed on this blog. So stay tuned, we’re going to roll it all out… soon!