Valentino Spring/Summer 2016

Now this is one rendition of an “Out of Africa” photoshoot that we love! And that’s because everything fits in this Spring/Summer 2016 lookbook. Valentino expertly merges these intricate details together – the beautiful motifs and designs on each piece (acknowledged to be inspired by Africa); the authentic backgrounds curtesy of Amboseli National Park, Kenya;…

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Water Carry Me Go Exhibition

These Afro-pop Designers were featured in in Toronto’s Largest Alternative Design Event earlier in February. The exhibition took place at the Royal Ontario Museum and the Harbourfront Centre earlier and was a huge success! We wanted to share photos with you. “The seven designers wove in mythologies from their cultures, incorporated materials from their environment,…

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Africa Rising by Model.Com

The rise of African fashion has been slow but steady. And this latest photoshoot by Model.Com has gone a long way to making people aware of the amazing things African fashion designers are doing. Model.Com was represented in LFDW, and their experience inspired this shoot, Africa Rising. Photographer, Ed Singleton, teams up with stylist, Solange…

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Afrofest + African-Americans appropriating African culture

A while ago, Zipporah Gene wrote a controversial article on Those People about how she thinks African-Americans appropriate African culture in their dress, particularly during Afropunk’s Festival. Her argument was that African-Americans wear African outfits and accessories lightly, without knowing what they mean and thus de-meaning them. She ends by urging African-Americans to stop, as Africans (such…

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Dapper Nigerians in the 1940s

Whether in traditional attire or western suits, Nigerians have always considered themselves to be stylish. As evidenced in these portrait images by photographer, Solomon Osagie Alonge, in Benin, 1945. Alonge was a famed photographer for the Benin court. His works there have been exhibited globally, and we’ve even featured him here (the Smithsonian is still running this exhibition…

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