Keem Harun does stunning details for ‘The Great Gatsby’ Fall 2017 Collection

Womenswear brand Keem Harun goes all out pretty and glittering with new Fall 2017 Collection tagged ‘The Great Gatsby‘.

The Nigeria based brand takes on flirty details like fringe and embellishments on vibrant African prints.

The collection is “an eye catching combination of sleek African prints with dramatic American flapper details. The attempt was to blend two extraordinary but very diverse cultures and strike a stunning balance between old world glamour and present day charm with our ‘Great Gatsby’ style pieces that pulls inspiration from both cultures.

The 1920s, the year of the Great Gatsby is known for unprecedented economic prosperity, the evolution of jazz music, flapper culture, and forging of a genuine mass culture. Africa is currently witnessing its own cultural renaissance in music, dance, fashion and the arts generally.

Characterised by bold, vibrant prints, laces, fringes, mesh and ornate details; these looks mixes classic flapper ideas with bright contemporary pieces for a look that hints at old world but is full of life as it is today. We went for a 1920s American aesthetic mixed with new age African ideas for the entire collection” the brand revealed about the collection in a side note.

For Creative Director of the eponymous brand Keem Harun-Adeleye,” style is eternal and old fashion trends repeat themselves after some years the only difference in this fashion tendencies is their modernization and innovative thinking incorporated into the production and presentation”  which is evident in the pieces presented in the new Fall collection.

Mr Garbe unveils new Gidifest Collection

Mr Garbe unveils new collection just in time for 2017 Gidiculture Festival (Gidifest).

The brand taps Timini Egbuson, Oluwatoyin Jolapamo and Aisha Bello for the limited edition collection inspired by “music, culture and style that the average Lagos youth exudes” and the bubbly, youthful spirit of Lagos the offerings include tees and basketball inspired jersey.

This pizzaz is undetermined by likes but impressions and reach uninfluenced by peer pressure or the will to fit in“. The collection is made up of 2 tees and a relaxed basketball inspired Jersey design in black and white the brand noted in an email.

The collection will be available at the festival via the pop up shop.

1st look at Lisa Folawiyo’s A/W 17 Collection

Lisa Folawiyo does the chicest embellishments on prints with new Autumn/Winter 2017 collection.

Pieces off the ready-to-wear collection was recently presented at the LFDW X Red Door ‘Identity’ exhibition held for the first time in Lagos from Friday March 31st to April 2nd 2017 showing a peek at the collection showing off the Lisa Folawiyo signature.

Lisa Folawiyo A/W 17 CollectionLisa Folawiyo A/W 17 Collection

Hand beaded flirty dresses with de constructed hemlines, midi mixed print embellished pieces paired with print jacket, cape detailed unconventional dresses, blouses and pants featuring a juxtaposition of vibrant prints on feminine styles were all featured in the collection.

Abrantie The Gentleman debuts ADEHYIE ‘ABT ’17 Collection

Ghanaian menswear brand Abrantie The Gentleman does modern fit with new 2017 collection; ‘ADEHYIE ‘ABT’.

The collection featuring a fine blend of colours, geometry and patterns are constructed for the  gentleman who loves his simple and flattering styles.

  

Parading a collection filled with sets as offerings with contrasting details on top over pants, matching sets, mismatched set featuring geometric patterns and more done in solid colours with the modern trad looks are played up with pocket squares and piping details.

 Describing the pieces in the collection as ones for “that noble and dignified Prince or King fit for a monarch” the brand’s creative director Oheneba Yaw Boamah also reveals “The collection describes the regal man who aims for success and believes in new age change, ready to work and serve even though he’s a royal“.

 

  

The Ghana based designer also revealed the choice of fabrics and process employed in each piece as “made from fine suitings fabric of simple tone colours from light to dark, clean pattern cut to match and blend. I believe the geometry shape infused in designing and simplicity of each piece define how powerful an African man can command authority and respect with his real identity“.

Check out the offerings from the collection.

Newcomer X-flair does chic details for ‘Kaleidoscope’ R-T-W Collection

The collection tagged ‘Kaleidoscope‘ shows off details on colourful modern styles for the chic muse.

lx-flair unveils the kaleidoscope collection

Featuring bold hues dresses with high necks and bubble sleeve details, print cold shoulder flared midis, trapese dresses with ruffle details, hoodie bodycon, cold shoulder jumspuits, wrap dresses, military styled dresses and more were offerings up in the 9- piece collection.

The Nigeria based brand does an array of bright “colours, changing patterns, curves and comfortable femininity aimed at helping women exude their innate originality in comfortable garments” a rep for the brand noted in an email.

What do you think about the designs?

 

Tiskies’ R-T-W 17 Collection is print perfection

Tiskies Global releases stunning mix of print for new Ready-To-Wear Collection tagged ‘Chic’.

Tiskies Global, a Nigerian fashion & fabric manufacturing brand whose niche is the use of Ankara fabrics designed and produced exclusively by the brand, for the brand in Nigeria; in creating contemporary and trend conscious designs for the modern woman who loves fashion.

The collection appeals to various styles a woman needs for work, social events and everyday look.

P.O.C. (People of Colour) Presents ‘P.O.C. CASUALS’

Following its efforts to rebrand and be more accessible, P.O.C. presents the first arm of its brand, P.O.C. Casuals. Throwing on traditional wear because of a lack of outfits will not longer be the norm, as the brand brings everyday clothing at affordable prices.

These pieces have been carefully designed and tailored, providing fashionable closet staples for men at the highest quality.

P.O.C. continues its efforts to make menswear more accessible in Nigeria, providing clothing that every man can and would wear. Formerly known as Papa Omisore Clothing, the brand has evolved, embracing its love for masculinity, fluidity and most importantly, colour.

Papa Omisore Clothing is now People Of Color.

P.O.C. (People of Colour) Presents 'P.O.C. CASUALS'

P.O.C. (People of Colour) Presents 'P.O.C. CASUALS'

P.O.C. (People of Colour) Presents 'P.O.C. CASUALS'

P.O.C. (People of Colour) Presents 'P.O.C. CASUALS'

P.O.C. (People of Colour) Presents 'P.O.C. CASUALS'

P.O.C. (People of Colour) Presents 'P.O.C. CASUALS'

P.O.C. (People of Colour) Presents 'P.O.C. CASUALS'

 

 

 

 

Hijab-Wearing Model Halima Aden Debuts at Milan Fashion Week

The model, who inked a contract with IMG earlier this month, walked alongside Gigi and Bella Hadid for Alberta Ferretti on Wednesday.

Muslim model Halima Aden, 19, who made history for wearing a hijab and burkini to the Miss Minnesota USA pageant, is now making waves at Milan Fashion Week.

The model, who inked a contract with IMG earlier this month, walked alongside Gigi and Bella Hadid for Alberta Ferretti on Wednesday. “Embracing culture and diversity to break norms and change the thinking of modern-day fashion,” the Instagram account for Alberta Ferretti captioned a photo of Aden in the show.

MILAN, ITALY – FEBRUARY 22: Model Halima Aden walks the runway at the Alberta Ferretti show during Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2017/18 on February 22, 2017 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Pietro D’aprano/Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY – FEBRUARY 23: Halima Aden walks the runway at the Max Mara show during Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2017/18 on February 23, 2017 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Victor Boyko/Getty Images)

You’ll Feel Invincible After Watching This Body Positive Lane Bryant Campaign

Lane Bryant tapped singer Lizzo, poet Ashlee Haze and the dancers behind the Pretty Big Movement for an inspiring body-positive message.

There’s really only one way to describe Lane Bryant’s newest #ThisBody campaign — fabulous!

The brand tapped inspirational women including singer Lizzo, poet Ashlee Haze and the dancers behind the Pretty Big Movement for an inspiring body-positive message that encourages women to live out loud and embrace their flawless curves.

 

The ladies are all trailblazers in their own right. Lizzo is a singer and activist who’s all about body positive jams like her hit “Good As Hell” and makes it her mission to uplift women of all sizes.

Ashlee Haze is a profound poet based in Atlanta whose words have traveled way beyond her hometown and caught the attention of powerhouses like Missy Elliot.

The dancers behind The Pretty Big Movement stepped up when they saw a void in the dance community when it came to curvy women and now they’re sharing their moves with the world.

These forces teamed up for a video to show women how they use their voice, their words and their moves to celebrate and express who they are. Perhaps what’s most inspiring is seeing this group of beautiful black women show us what it looks like when you do, say, and wear what you want.

You can learn more about the campaign’s stars by heading to thisbody.com.

And if you’re in the mood to shop you can snag the pieces that inspired the campaign below or head straight to LaneBryant.com.

Gucci Debuts Campaign Featuring All-Black Models and We’re Here for It

Gucci did it for the culture.

Slowly (very slowly) but surely diversity is starting to have its day in the fashion industry.

Gucci is the latest high-end brand to make that direction clear with the release of their newest campaign.

The Italian fashion house has debuted their pre-fall 2017 campaign and to say that the melanin is flourishing in these images would be an understatement.

Drawing much influence from Black youth in the 60s, including England’s Northern Soul movement, the campaign (appropriately titled “Soul Scene”) is also a nod to “Made You Look,” an exhibition that zeroed in on “black masculinity” and “dandyism” at London’s Photographer’s Gallery, according to a release.

Perhaps what’s most refreshing about this move is the flawless use of Black models to celebrate Black culture — and while that seems like an obvious move, we know all too well that seeing Black faces as representatives of Black culture us not always a given. In fact, it’s a notion thats overlooked far too often.

And although representation when it comes to fashion is extremely necessary, we can’t forget that making sure that we stick to the truth is just as instrumental. On top of needing to be seen in the industry, we need to be clear and not blur the lines on where certain styles stem from. We need to be clear about the fact that things like Bantu knots, “Boxer braids,” doorknocker earrings and other expressions unique to the Black community already have a home. This campaign does that by drawing a straight line between inspiration and the people that sparked it.

Aside from the overall cultural wins of this campaign we’d be remiss if we didn’t comment on just how gorgeous it is. The flawless skin, the bold, expressive designs, the models who exemplify Black joy, it’s just all so good.

We think a collective slow clap is in order for photographer and director Glen Luchford and the brand’s creative director Alessandro Michele for a job well done.

Gucci Pre-Fall 2017

Gucci Pre-Fall 2017

 

Gucci Pre-Fall 2017

Gucci Pre-Fall 2017

Gucci Pre-Fall 2017