Posted in Autumn Winter 2010, creative thinkers, diy, Events, shorts, Spotted
Tagged africa, African artisans, African designers, Chichia, Edun, Emerging designers, Fashion, Louis Vuitton, Online shopping, Spring Summer 2011
If you’ve got the ‘ca-ching’ and find great joy in shopping from your laptop or want to invest in a statement label than this may be the thing for you, mixing all you pleasures together and giving you a huge grin.
SUNO – the label which use Kenyan vintage fabrics and Kenyan artisans to produce the majority of the collections launched an online store in early April, the date has no significance, but what does is that concepts like SUNO are expanding as into the e-commerce arena which in its self has its own huge investment. Now a day’s top -notch designers from DVF to Miu Miu have also jumped into the virtual world and launched online store making their ready to wear (after a steam) collections tangibly available to use mere mortals.
South Africa Fashion staged 8th – 10th April 2011 exists to promote local South African brands and designers which in turn allows for easier integration into the retail market as well as moving onto the International fashion stage by instilling professionalism with in the South Africa designer hub
If their mission statement is anything to go by “the Business of Fashion” Than the South African fashion industry could see a boom.
I feel their marketing overseas could have been a lot stronger as I must admit that I did find it hard to even find the official website for the show, or any official runway photos. (By the way if you’re interested its www.safashionweek.co.za) . Their blog for was not reflective of what was currently happening on the days and surprisingly no mention of the up and coming show, current photos or designers. Maybe they might have some lessons to learn from sites such as London Fashion week, which is like a feast for any fashionista and the ARISE Fashion week for example, who take the multimedia approach to keep global watchers up to date with news via affiliate blogs, newspaper and twitter, (unless I’ve been hiding under a rock than my opinion won’t count). But I hope that next year they will take a much more of an enhanched social media approach to the event. All in all I believe that the designers and production team done a Stella job.
Credit: Simon Deiner/SDR Photo
Joel Vanse van Vuuren
Posted in clothing, Designer love, fashion, Runway Africa, Style focus, summer fashion
Tagged African designers, African inspired designs, Arise Magazine Fashion week, Fashion show, London fashion week, South Africa, South Africa Fashion week 2011
Stumbled across this mag (like a massive rock in the middle of the road) some time ago, I enjoyed the first few editions and then thought, ‘I wonder if they will last’ and yes they have taken the eternity pill and now in 2011 Fashizblack (Fash-iz-black) magazine – “French Online Fashion Magazine, based in Paris. About African related Fashion, Beauty, Gossip and culture” is back this month with their Afro-luxury edition.
This online magazine of all things editorially wonderful and greatly informative has pushed its head above the parapet and against all the online noise has managed to get noticed by thousands.
Now I read my fair share of commercial fashion and off the shelf magazines but this one just helps with my inner diversity policy (like the one in your work place) wink. Fashizblack cool as it is takes an outter look at the outside world by incorporating all things global, mixes and matches copywrite for those of African decent who have a vested interest in western culture. They state that “our magazine contents transcend every skin colors, because we want to be GLOBAL. Just as much as fashion” and I guess that’s all we have to know as their visually stunning editorials really do speak for themselves.
Credits: Fashizblack Magazine
I can’t seem to keep up with Solange Knowles who has been on an upwards climb towards style icon territory. Here is her latest spring 2011 ensemble as seen at . There’s nothing not to love about Solange’s ease of wearable style, with a fresh organic vibe . The mix of a maxi pleat skirt in sunkissed yellow and the obliqutory batik ‘boxing kitten’ bra top really sums up what we here at Africa Batik – the blog portray – Fresh African ‘inspired’ contemporary design that is absolutely wearble for all and that will make you stand out in a crowd.
‘Sun silk and Batik’
Posted in clothing, fashion, Mixology, Style focus, summer fashion
Tagged africa, African inspired designs, Ankara, Boxing Kitten, Creative designers, Solange Knowles, Spring Summer 2011, Style IKON
When Africa Batik – the blog was set up we never imagined that African inspired designe would capture the fashion the world the way it has, with its growing acceptance and commercialism it has found its way. Here at Africa Batik we are massive fans of the ASOS Africa brand (see previous ASOS Africa entries) and its contiued growing sucess. The labels exsistance literally keeps the underprivalaged in Fatuma, an Eastern township in Kenya employed . ASOS new season spring|summer 2011 has been relesed.
This collection has a fresh youthful, feminine feel, with soft light pinks hues, shorts and chilled out printed tops with a loose cut for all those UK summer days (fingers crossed).
Here are some of the pieces that inspire Africa Batik
Posted in clothing, fashion, High Street Style, summer fashion
Tagged africa, African designers, African inspired designs, ASOS, ASOS Africa, clothing, Kenya, London Style, SOKO Kenya
So ARISE Magazine fashion week (AMFW), one of Africas prominate fashion showcases has come to an end but the buzz that surrounded this event was amazing. Twitter was ablaze with real time photos from Backsatge to the runway.
I believe that this relatively new fashion show will grow to make its ‘stilletto shaped’ mark in the fashion season calender as the excitment of discovering newly emerging, as well as established African design talent is far to enticing to miss out on.
On many fashionistas schedules there will probably be New York, London, Milan, Paris and Lagos fashion week.
The backstage photos really bring to life this week and how much work goes into producing such a viberant, true fashion show.
More about AMFW to come.
One Nigerian Boy
Chichia – london
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Posted in Designer love, London Fashion Week 2010, Spotted, summer fashion
Tagged africa, African designers, African inspired designs, AMFW, ARISE Magazine, ARISE Magazine fashion week 2011, Creative designers, Emerging designers, Fashion, Fashion week, Lagos, Runway Africa
Fashion weeks are upon us and before I get my teeth into this years batch of Fashion weeks I thought that I would mention one that has been on the rise since 2009. ARISE Magazine Fashion Week (AMFW) is back on March 10th 2011 in Lagos, Nigeria. ARISE Magazine initially collaborated with New York fashion week in 2009, the success of that week left a thirst for African design talent on show. Than followed New York fashion week Feb 2010 where ARISE shone the spotlight once again on Africa and Fashion in a feature so coolly named ‘ARISE magazine African collective part three Autumn/Winter 2010/11
ARISE Magazine have set the precedent in that they have created highly produced fashion shows based on showcasing african inspired designs. Now Feeding into the fact that the African fashion is on a growth curve and is set to become a staple diet for the Spring/summer session globally this is an excellent time to grow such a fashion show that is like no other.
The latest show will see 50 of the top designers from around Africa. From Chichia, NKWO, Jewel by Lisa, Christie Brown, Samantha Cole, Ituen Basi, Tiffany Amber, Mimi Plange, Bestow Elan and of course more with an added bonus of Estelle, D’Banu and Tine Tempah.
The count down begins.
arise fashion week 2011
Posted in chichia london, christine mhando, clothing, design & create, Designer love, Events, fashion
Tagged African inspired designs, ARISE Magazine, ARISE Magazine fashion week 2011, Bestow Elan, Chichia, Chichia london, Christie Brown, clothing, D'Banu, Estelle, Ituen Basi, Jewel by Lisa, Mimi Plange, NKWO, Samantha Cole, Tiffany Amber, Tine Tempah
Very exciting news, more exciting than finding out that the sale top your about to purchase that was reduced by 50% before you hit the till’s has a further 20% off. Yes EVEN more exciting then that.
This is a follow up from the post made earlier this week Chichia and the collaboration with ‘Made by Africa’. The collection inspired by ‘Made by Africa’ will be avalible outside of Africa. Stockist to follow…
But in the mean time here are a few more shoots from the A/W 2011 collection