Nkechi

  As an Africa inspired designer, I am always on a quest to find a balance between modern designs and African heritage. I believe it safe to say that I have a thing for corporate wears as most of my designs are geared towards direction. I came up with a design that embodies the powerful…

My Ruminations of AMVCA 2017

Fashion is on the rise in Africa and red carpets have always been the platform to showcase our individual but collective fashion sense as a people. I see style as what you make of fashion. Personal style does not necessarily have to be expensive to be fashionable. You can turn a $50 outfit into the most…

Paul Poiret

Today’s history monday is about 19th century trend setter who set the blueprints for todays’s fashion…enjoys.

The Role Of African Style on Western Fashion

HISTORY AND SIGNIFICANCE OF AFRICAN TEXTILE African textile industry dates back to early 500,000 BC when ancient Egyptians began cultivated flax and linen for clothing purposes. The oldest form form of textile which is the woven fabric is also the most time consuming type of fabric and comes in aso-oke, mudcloth, kuba cloth, kente cloth…

Female Body Types

As women, we are conscious of what we eat and in what proportions, how much exercise we get and improving our appearance which all come naturally to us. However, knowing your body shape and type is basic in achieving better appearance. The human body according to its anatomy is generally categorised into three body structures:…

Gladiator Sandals As A Fashion Accessory

Historically, gladiators were Roman fighters who entertained Roman audience by engaging in barbaric fights. Gladiators were perceived as strong, bold, powerful and sometimes heroic. Gladiators were usually suited up with helmet, sword, body amour, ocrea (metal leg guard) manicae (wraps of leather and cloth for arm and wrist protection), the cingulum (protection for waist), galerus (metal…

Victorian Era Fashion

Clothing in the Victorian era epitomized your personality, profession and how wealthy you were. The Victorian era was the period of Queen Alexandrina Victoria’s rule in Britain, which spanned from 1837s to 1901.

Islamic Fashion

Islam is the second largest religion in the world, with followers across the seven continents of the world. Islam is believed to have over one billion followers. Islam promotes modesty in dressing and The Muslim Ummah affirm their identity through their mode of dressing. Women adorn themselves with Burqa, Kaftan, Hijab, burkinis, Abaya, or Jellabiya.

Going Natural As An African Fashionista

The African hair is a beauty to behold. It is luscious, resilient, fluffy, bouncy, springy and defies gravity. The texture of the African hair varies from kinky, curly, to wavy which are generally grouped under 3a, 3b, 3c, 4a, 4b and 4c hair types. Going natural means wearing your hair in its natural state without…

Tips For Starting A Fashion Business

Starting up a fashion line is no picnic at all, there is a lot to be put into consideration before embarking on this journey. But not to worry, major fashion brands dominating the fashion industry all started as smaller brands before becoming what they are today and so below are my tips for budding fashion…

Schooled Fashion Designers vs Self Taught Fashion Designers

Reaching back to the 20th century, we see that most of the key players who helped mold the face of the fashion industry were all self taught. Designers like Lucy Lady Duff-Gordon, John Redfern, Mariano Fortuny, Jean Patou, Jacques Fath, Christian Lacroix, Rei Kawakubo, Cristobel Belenciaga, Christian Dior, Maria Ricci, Oscar De La Renta, Karl…