Model Mania – Model for www.africabatik.com

Do you think you have what it takes to be the next Africa Batik model? If the answer is yes than what you waiting for, were waiting to hear from you.

We are looking for all types of model to feature on the online store http://www.africabatik.com – from Black, White, Asian, Oriental but must be London based.

Requirments:

Height between between 165cm(5’4) – 175cm(5’8), Clothing size: XS(UK 6) or S(UK 10). No experience is necessary.

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Drop us an email with the following details:

A/ Your Name:
B/ Your Age:
C/ Your Height:
D/ Your Colour of Hair:
E/ Your Hair Style:
F/ Your Clothing Sizes: tops & bottoms:
G/ Your Shoe Size:
H/ Your Email Address:
I/ Your Mobile Number:
J/ 3 photographs in the attachment of yourself showing the full length of your hair:
1/ Front (Full body),
2/ Side
3/ Back.

Email: africabatik@hotmail.com

*LONDON BASED MODELS PLS* 

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Vogue Italia – Next stop Africa

Vogue Italia’s Editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani and Roberto Cavalli make a New Years journey to Accra and lagos to take a sartorial peek at some of Africas well established designers Kofi Ansah, Tiffany Amber, Lanre De Silver and young designers at the WEB-Young Designers Hub in Ghana. With its rich and diverse culture as well as design talent exploding on to the global stage its no wander one the worlds most influential fashion  magazine has now turned its compass directly to Africa.

Franca imparted words of encouragement and advice to the young designers of the WEB-Young Designers Hub,

In designing your creations, make sure that they feature not only references to Ghanaian culture but also have an international appeal so that your garments can also be successful also abroad.

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Wow – The blog you are reading has been nominated for a BEFFTA award

Such a prevalage to be nominated for The BEFFTA Awards

I first started Africa Batik – the blog in 2010. I was so intrigued by what was happening in the Global African Fashion arena that I couldn’t help but take to my laptop and start writing about all the magnificent contemporary, fashion forward African inspired designs.

I wanted to offer readers a down to Earth view of the greatly talented African designers based globally as well as in Africa and the ways in which mainstream fashion has been gripped and inspired by the explosion of these designers and their brand.

Now you know whats coming next – I would love for you all to place a little vote

Votes can be placed here: www.beffta.com/voting

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ARISE MAGAZINE – MADE IN AFRICA collective at NEW YORK FASHION WEEK 2011: What happened next ?

In what is turning out to be a regular fixture at New York Fashion week, ARISE magazine pulled off  a spectacular gathering of some of the best talent from the African Continent. Aptly titled ‘MADE IN AFRICA’ there was no denial of the impact it made at the Lincon center NY.

Verdict: Another resounding success. I absolutely commend Arise magazine for constantly striving to put the creative talents of those who stem from Africa at the forefront of global fashion design. Take note – There is a new wave of design creativity coming from Africa.

In February 2011 ARISE magazine held a mammoth fashion show in Lagos, where 50 greatly talented African designers based globally as well as in Africa took to the Arise catwalk.

Out of the 50 designers 6 became the chosen ones:

[Snippet from Arise Magazine as featured in Vogue UK Oct 11]

Talked about: Lanre Da Silva Ajaye; ALRIGHT she did take a tumble but the global press like the Daily Mail couldn’t wait to get their chops around this. At the same time they couldn’t help but to delve into her fashion house giving Lanre more press than anyone could even imagine. Now don’t get me wrong I wouldn’t want to take a tumble myself, but if you can make it into a publicity diamond then why not. I guess no one will be asking who Lanre Da Silva Ajaye is again.

The other ‘chosen ones’ also managed to produce same jaw droppers of their own as was expected. From JBL with an assortment of colours and new textural designs to Kluk CGDT’s ethereal ball gowns contrasted against barely there blouse’s.

 A collective designed, inspired and ‘MADE IN AFRICA’

 Photo Credits: Mark Von Holden/Getty Images North America

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Africa Fashion Week London 2011

I love to share good news and I have to share my excitement of the very first African Fashion week London (AFWL) happening in a few days time.

With a growing market in African Inspired design and African Fashion weeks springing up all over the world From New York, Lagos, Cape town, AFWL is well called for.

45 African Designers/Brands

2 fashion packed days – Friday 5th & Saturday 6th August

1 Great Hall – Gibson Hall 13 Bishopsgate London EC2N 3BA

Free tickets – On registration (smiles all round :))

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Congratulations Chichia.

One of our favourite designers we support, Chichia has won The Ethical Fashion Forum Award 2011. Chichia is in good company, with previous winning African designers Sika – Ghana and Lalesso – Kenya.

The ETHICAL FASHION FORUM (EFF) is the industry body dedicated to a sustainable future for fashion. A not for profit organisation, EFF aims to make it easy for fashion professionals to integrate sustainability at the heart of what they do.

Chichia’s innovative winning collection is the A|W 2011 in collaboration with Made by Africa stretches organic fair trade cotton and hints of Tanzanian Khanga print to a new design high.

A maturing collection, an insight into the future of fashion Africa Chichia (see previous post on Chichia) has grasped the importance of african inspired design and has fully understood the importance of adapting to the seasons as well as adapting the vibrancy of the East African fabric.

To have the creative skill and ability include elements for a winter collection is not easily aquired due to the African fabric known mainly for its bold colours but has been fully excicuted with this new collection.
This collabo brings East African designes of Chichia London, Khanga material,and the East African cotton of Made by Africa’

This collaberation is even more emotive as 1 USD of all sales goes to SOS childrens village in Tanzania. The driving force behind ‘Made by Africa’ is their use of local talent which inturn produces unique fashion pieces with an added UPS (unique selling point..if your wondering) that it was sourced locally in Africa.  Africa Batik Febuary 2011

Made by Africa of which I absolutly love the concept is based in Oyster bay, Tanzania incorporates high quality knitted garments manufactured at Kibotrade Textiles Ltd, the first Fair-trade registered textile factory in East Africa. The brand’s design ethos focuses on manufacturing in Africa, incorporating local materials in a good working environment.

As well as the positive publicity gained from the the EFF award and the massive boost, Chichia will also be exhibiting at Pure London – The UK’s leading fashion buying event. and fingers crossed that Chichia will be seen by larger outlets with very large buying budgets.

                                                              Chichia A|W 2011

Chichia A|W 2011 at ARISE Fashion week London

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POP down to the POP UP Fashion Market.

This is for all the people who are looking for something to do in London next Sunday – 3rd July and for those of you who want a chance to buy African Inspired designs.
Pop down to Brick Lane and experience this unique fashion POP UP for 1 day only.

‘A trendy bazaar connecting emerging fashion designers and creative businesses with new markets’ Votre Avant Garde (VAG) PR Company

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Burberry Resort 2012

Fast forward to 2012 and we have the new resort collection from Burberry. A bold move, to give their statement trench coat an injection of African Ankara (printed batik material). Not what you would expect from such an iconic British brand, replacing (momentarily) its instantaneously recognisable checked print with the equally recognisable, bold, vibrant, versatile, original African material. This proves that if you want to get ahead in the fashion stakes you need to be innovative and inspirational.

This twist in material is proving to give the newest collection its boldness balanced with quintessential British style – Burberry Heritage fused with a global Artisanal feel.

Creative Director, Christopher Bailey “This collection started with our iconic heritage as the foundation,” he said. “We really wanted to emphasize this feeling of artisanal and decorative pieces that had been touched by hand, celebrating craftsmanship but always with this playful element.”

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And the winner is………

So 1 lucky winner will have the chance to attend ‘Designer pages’ @ the Earls court festival at Gallery 286 on 22nd June to celebrate women in Fashion, publishing and styling.

The Editor of the award winning ARISE magazine, Helen Jennings will be there to talk about all things ARISE and her new book ‘New African Fashion’ to be published in September 2011.

Helen will also be joined by special guest Tolula Adeyemi – Model, Dj and Actress.

Anita Quansah, Ah-mazing British Ghanaian jewellery designer to the likes Keisha (sugababes) and Estelle will have her designs on display and Maia Adams fashion journalist talks about her up and comming book ‘Fashion Jewellery’.

With goody bags by Black up make-up and cup cakes. Could you ask for any more on a Wednesday night…..well you could ask for an all expense paid trip to Dubai but here at Africa Batik we like to keep things real.

To Win:
All you have to do is subscribe to the blog (in the top right hand corner) with your email and that’s it. All you have to do is sit back and wait.

If your in london then why not enter and be in with a chance. This is an event not to miss if your interested in the rise of African Fashion.

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SUNO brought to life!

So the tune may not be up your street (although I think it has a youthful vibe about it) but Nicola Roberts strut’s her stuff in her music video draped in a SUNO print jacket from the resort 2011 collection as well as SUNO print bikini bottoms. You know SUNO, the design house who in 2 years has risen to become one of the ‘IT’ labels while supporting artisans in Kenya through providing employment in the garment industry. As well as this aspect they diligently take steps ethically to produce their collections without compromising on design and quality.

SUNO Resort 2011 – worn by Nicola Roberts (in beat of my drum 2011)

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