February 17, 2017 § 1 Comment
She “broke the internet” with an Instagram photo of her African print prom dress in 2015; now 19 year-old Kyemah McEntyre is the featured designer at Harlem Fashion Week’s runway show in her debut collection at New York Fashion Week. Afrofusion TV was there as Harlem Fashion Week Founders Tandra Birkett and Yvonne Jewnell put together a radical, magical show that featured emerging and established designers, with part of the proceeds going to the rebuilding of the Slave Museum at Senegal’s Goree Island. Check out the video we put together, with interviews from Kyemah McEntyre, Yvonne Jewnell, Tandra Birkett, and celebrity stylists Brandon Hood and Jonathan Boderick. Tandra and Yvonne are also organizing a symposium on “The Business of Fashion” next month, March 25th in Harlem, to help educate new and established designers on ways to build their business. Be sure to check it out! You can also watch our highlight video on our Facebook page.
July 14, 2011 § 2 Comments
Africa Fashion Week New York started it’s runway shows July 14, featuring a who’s who of African fashion designers. Project Runway‘s Korto Momolu from Liberia, Rouch, Jo Black Craze and Blackbird designs are all on schedule for day one. One of the newest designers is a young Sierra Leonean designer who just established her brand two years ago. Madam Wokie’s Couture is the brainchild « Read the rest of this entry »
March 16, 2011 § 4 Comments
The closing day of Arise Magazine Fashion Week featured an awards night with a fashion show and two exciting acts, Nigeria’s Mo Cheddah and Britain’s Tinie Tempah, performing in Nigeria for the first time. Tinie ripped up the place with renditions of several of his hits including “Written in the Stars” and “Invincible,” then closed out with his Brit Award-winning smash “Pass Out”. Tinie expressed his joy at coming home to his native Nigeria for the first time in several years, and produced a rousing performance that saw virtually the whole crowd on their feet. South Africans Kluk CGDT won designer of the year, and Tanzanian model Cjika was model of the year. Veteran Nigerian designer Deola Sagoe won the first Lifetime Achievement award. Among the award presenters was Nigerian business mogul Alhaji Aliko Dangote, ranked as the « Read the rest of this entry »
March 14, 2011 § Leave a comment
As Arise Magazine Fashion Week 2011 strutted toward a finale in Lagos, Nigeria, it became clear that African designers have indeed staked their claim to the top runways of world fashion. And Afrofusion is keeping tabs on those developments. Here’s a brief report on Day 3 from our correspondent on the scene…
Grammy Award-winning British singer Estelle brought the curtains down at Day 3 of the Arise Magazine Fashion Week in Lagos, rounding out a day of exciting designs by several African designers. Dressed in a Korto Momolu piece and coming on after Deola Sagoe’s impressive collection which was dedicated to the Japanese people, Estelle rocked the crowd with a rendition of several early recordings, culminating in a rousing performance of her 2008 smash hit, “American Boy.” But the highlight of her performance came when she broke into a version of the popular Nigerian track “Sweet Mother”, which saw several elder members of the audience get up off their seats and get down, some even joining her on stage. Estelle, who has Sierra Leone heritage (last name, Swaray), even paused to show solidarity and take photos with Sierra Leone’s Madam Wokie entourage! As the closing act on the last day, Tinie Tempah reportedly tore up the place! Stay tuned… You can see photos from AMFW day 3 below. Bless…
- Sierra Leone designer invited to Arise Magazine Fashion Week 2011 (afrofusionlounge.wordpress.com)
December 21, 2010 § 5 Comments
It was an exciting fusion of African fashion and music Saturday night December 18, as BCBG Productions put on a great show for the African Diaspora at their 5th Anniversary party. It all went down at Cafe Asia in downtown Washington, DC, featuring hot young design duo Côté Minou and Zouk recording artist Kaysha. Côté Minou kicked off the party with 12 models showing off part of their winter collection, then Kaysha took the stage performing a few songs from his latest album “Works of Art,” as well as his popular hits like “On Dit Quoi.” Maryanne Mokoko and Stephanie Mouapi, the ladies behind Côté Minou, have « Read the rest of this entry »
December 18, 2010 § Leave a comment
The Fashionistas at Côté Minou are all set to bring you a dazzling showcase of African fashion tonight at Cafe Asia in downtown Washington, DC. It’s a show that celebrates the 5th anniversary of BCBG Productions, an event planning and promotions company that has brought Zouk/Kizomba star Kaysha over from France to perform at the show. Côté Minou was started in 2006 by two ladies from Cameroun, Stephanie Mouapi and Maryanne Mokoko, with the idea of establishing Africa’s place on the world’s fashion map. And they’ve grown steadily since, with several fashion shows and other events in the DC area that have made them a household name in African fashion. Kaysha is a French/Zairean musician whose latest album, “Works of Art” was just released this past week. Kaysha’s breakout hit, Bounce Baby, featured a sample of “Oulé” by Martinique super group Kassav‘ back in 1998. Since then he has branched out into producing, and has started his own record label, Sushiraw. Kaysha will be performing Saturday December 18 in Washington, DC at Cafe Asia, 1720 I Street, and next week will be in New York. For more details on the event, click here. An exciting night of African Fashion and music awaits! Bless…
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)
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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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