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 »
January 21, 2011 § 6 Comments
It was supposed to be the most significant and talked-about cultural event in Africa in 2010 after the World Cup. The 3rd World Festival of Black Arts and Culture had thousands from around Africa and the black Diaspora flocking to Dakar, Senegal last December, but for some reason it ended up receiving scant attention in the mainstream media. And it was certainly not for lack of celebrity attendance; heads of state like Ellen Sirleaf Johnson of Liberia and Libya’s Gaddafi, entertainers like Wyclef Jean, Angelique Kidjo, Youssou N’Dour, Dead Prez, Manu Di Bango, Busta Rhymes, to name a few, all took part in the various events. Senegalese-American artist Akon was the festival’s closing act at a free concert on New Year’s Day. In fact, all the concerts were free. There were arts and craft shows, cinema, design, « 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…
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 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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