Creative collaborations, new boutiques, and emerging style stars – 2015 is shaping up to be the most innovative year to date for African fashion industries.
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Words Helen Jennings
Modern menswear is enjoying a global blossoming. The 1990s metrosexual is long gone, replaced by stylish guys who know it’s okay to be a dressed up peacock one day and dressed down hipster the next, as well as invest in good quality wardrobe staples. The menswear market is expected to exceed $400billion ...
Celebrated British designer Ozwald Boateng OBE is known for crafting exquisite suits. A master of dynamic details, he turns his attention to his biggest project yet, the Made In Africa Foundation.
Words Belinda Otas
Photography courtesy of Ozwald Boateng
On a crisp New York day in September 2013, Ozwald Boateng, his partner, Nigerian business magnate Kola Aluko, rapper and entrepreneur Jay Z and Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx stand alongside Africa’s leading philanthropists and ...
Adire silk dresses, ankara suits and directional sportswear — Lagos Fashion and Design Week 2013 dished up looks so lush they could last a lifetime (or at least until the next show)
Words Helen Jennings, Photography Kola Oshalusi for Insigna
Thanks to Nigeria’s growing economy and unstoppable creative class, Lagos is now one the world’s most emerging fashion markets. Promoting this exciting scene is Lagos Fashion & Design Week (LFDW), the third annual edition of which took place ...
Nigeria’s fashion industry is an important source of employment. Design house Kinabuti aims to contribute to the growth of it, and the nation's creative economy at community level.
Words Diane Lemieux Photography Adolphus Opara & Massimo Sciacca
“If any place can become the Milan of Africa it is Lagos.” Caterina Bortolussi, designer and founder of the fashion label Kinabuti, waves at the room of well-dressed people to prove her point.
We are standing in the living room of ...
Lagos Fashion and Design Week (LFDW), the event that’s positioning Nigeria on the world fashion map, is making us giddy for Las Gidi
Words Emma Woodhouse
“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only,” said the designer Coco Chanel. “Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”
If you love fashion you will be able to easily reel off the 'big four' - Paris, London, New York, and Milan. Buyers, editors and ...
In fashion speak, NY-LOS (New York—Lagos) is the new NY-LON (New York—London). There’s a Nigerian brand of boldness and entrepreneurial zest taking one of the world’s fashion capitals by storm. Wings meets three designers bringing West Africa to the USA’s East Coast.
Words Amber Croyle
In the fashion world, ‘African’ remains one of the hottest buzzwords. African Fashion Week is increasingly successful and now in its third year. Season after season, major American and ...