Vivienne Westwood x Asos

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It seems like “all things African” is still on trend in the fashion world. And Vivienne Westwood is not lost on this trend, over the weekend the London based label launched it’s Ethical Africa line on Asos

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The line consists of a range of ethical bags handcrafted in the Kenyan capital Nairobi. This range includes hyper-bright unisex shoppers, holdalls as well as duffle bags, which are manufactured from recycled canvas, unused leather cutoffs, and reused
roadside banners.

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The collection is officially on sale at a Asos with prices starting at £58

Photo credit: Asos

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On Trend: All White Everything

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When you think of spring or summer, the immediate fashion trends that pop in
mind are bright colors, pretty pastels, prints- floral prints in particular,yuk!!!- and lightweight fabrics. However,both local and international runways have successfully introduced the all white trend and so it’s only natural that one would expect to see said runway trends on the streets for spring/summer ’13.

Nothing says luxe summer like an all white outfit. I will admit that some may find it a bit too understated but the trick to pulling off the all white trend is in paying attention to detail. Incorporate different shades of white while adding some lace, frill, or mesh detail into your outfit. Statement accessories can also take your outfit from bland to striking. Done correctly, the all white trend can be tres chic in a graceful and demure way.

Take a look below at some of the all white trends spotted at this years Mercedes-Benz Cape Town Fashion week:

Goat Clothing

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Lazuli

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Adriaan Kuiters

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Images SDR Photo

LaurenceAirline A/W 13

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While print is a highly contested concept in menswear and thought of as a preserve of the fairer sex, Laurence-Chauvin Buthaud has proven to be a one-of-a-kind creative who knows how to showcase the African dynamic in a contemporary way through the use of print and incorporating it into menswear. It’s no secret that African print has become globally accepted and has been used in many creative ways by top designers, but what I love most about this particular brand is that there isn’t the expected – done to death- use of Ankara prints.

Enjoy the LaurenceAirline’s A/W 13 lookbook below – See more at :

www.laurenceairline.com

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Photographer: Philippe Galowich

Models: Romeo & Ismael

New finds: Savannah Chic

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I’ve alway felt that an outfit is never fully complete without the perfect accessories, whether you opt for statement or subtle accessories, choosing the right pieces can help spruce up any outfit.

During one of my recent “accessory hunts” I came across a Nairobi based fair trade jewelry line called Savannah Chic.

Set up in 2009, Savannah Chic aims in “…creating distinctive Afro-inspired jewelry that can easily be worn on the style-savvy streets of London as it can whilst on safari in Africa.”

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From the collections I saw, I especially liked these kikoy bracelets (the pretty pastels have my heart) & necklaces. The use of mixed materials are a welcome change from the over the top “blinged-out” accessories we’ve had.

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These beauties are now available online at stlyed by Africa

Images Savannah-chic.com

Urban Princess: Thula Sindi MBFWCT SS14

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Thula Sindi is well known for his simple yet sophisticated womenswear designs. However his SS14 collection – “Urban Princess”- took a very welcome turn from his usual offerings, the collection somewhat paid homage to the girl that displays true grit, is street savvy and yet maintains her sophisticated fashion sense.

When asked about the inspiration behind the collection Thula said, “ it’s about a girl that lives in hard circumstances but loves to dress up and look good. She’s got a very tough edge about her. She’s very hard-core but she likes pretty things, so there’s a lot of denim mixed with lace. This Thula Sindi woman is basically a Street Princess who is fashionable, glamorous, hard core as well as soft and feminine.”

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The styling for the show was nothing short of amazing. I personally loved the constant feature of peaked caps, it stayed true to the theme of the sophisticated woman with brazen fashion choices. In it’s entirety, the collection was playful, sexy, sophisticated and stylish. It truly speaks to women of sharp fashion sense.

Photos © Simon Deiner/   http://ramp.sdr.co.za/1308MBFWCT/ThulaSindi

Michael Agwunobi parodies Jimmy Choo

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London based designer Michael Agwunobi’s self titled brand is in no doubt one of the best street wear brands making the best fashion logo parodies right now.

The brand is best known for its “Ce Line Up the Bitches” t-shirts. Following the success of it’s “Ce Line Up the Bitches” t-shirts, Michael Agwunobi has released it’s “Gimmy more Choos” t-shirts which parodies Jimmy Choo.

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Visit michaelagwunobi.com to purchase the t-shirts

*note: beware of imitations floating around

The Ease of Luxury: Òkun.Africa.Beach.Wear

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Ókun, a Yoruba term for “The Ocean”, is hatched out of an original concept in men’s design swimwear to express a pan-African spirit and personify the journeys made to different destinations and across continents and seas. The premium beachwear illustrates traditional African aesthetics in an innovative and contemporary way.

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The debut SS13 collection titled : ” independence” , has ushered in a new era in men’s swimwear through the skillful use of micro-print, botanical hothouse blooms and ethnic motifs. The collection challenges traditional ideologies of masculinity by convincing more men to incorporate print and pattern into their dressing regime. Therefore making it evident that print and pattern is no longer just the preserve of the fairer sex.

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“Independence” affords it’s wearers the ease of smart and practical garments that translates smoothly from beach to bar. It’s elegant shorts sport a touch of bold and bright attractiveness that is distinctly African. Created from a specifically engineered quick-dry fabric, these shorts are an exact illustration of class in ethnic cool and luxury.

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Founder Bola Marquis has drawn inspiration from the traditional patterns and colors of his Nigerian heritage, this collection credits native Congolese Kuba and Ghanaian Adrinka motifs, infused with a retro 1960s -1970s edge.

The collection is now available online at okunbeachwear.com , but for those who prefer the physical experience of shopping the merchandise is available at Wolf and Badger, Notting Hill; Goods, Copenhagen; Temple Muse, Lagos and the Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Puerto-Rico

Sindiso Khumalo for Labo Ethnik fashion weekend

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This past weekend saw the seventh edition of Labo Ethnik Fashion Weekend in Paris.
Labo Ethnik Fashion Weekend is an initiative designed to introduce new designers worldwide and aid the designers with the capability to rival with the big fashion powerhouses.

Labo Ethnik works to bring designers to the front of the French and international scenes and offers them a place of expression to present their collections not only to buyers, but fashion journalists and a diversified wide public receptive to creativity and aestheticism.

This past weekend Sindiso Khumalo showcased her A/W 13/14 collection along with Thula Sindi and Laduma Ngxolo.
Sindiso has kept her simplicity of silhouettes and remains true to her self described “Afro Bauhaus gone pop” aesthetic. There’s a minimalist approach to the construction of the garments and her signature geometric shapes and bold colors remain a feature.

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I’m beside myself and I can not wait for the collection to hit stores. I’ve got my eye on the black maxi dress as well as the midi skirts.

The collection will be available online in August. And officially hits stores in South Africa in 2014