Saturday, 28 August 2010

Casely Hayford 2010 Spring Summer Collection

The father and son duo Joe and Charlie Casely-Hayford, latest collection is directly inspired by the Dalston neighborhood of East London. Casely-Hayford HQ is on Kingsland Road, right at the very heart of Dalston, so it only makes sense that they christened the new collection Kings of King’s Land. There’s everything from English Wedgwood flourishes to Ottoman prints to African stylings for spring 2010, and this pick-a-mix of references comes together in a way that we can only describe as stylistically invigorating and damn near flawless.

Ituen Basi celebrates “Independence” with a classic Nigerian Collection

Nigerian fashion designer Ituen Basi presents her Independence collection. An eclectic mix of styles, colors, and inspiration drawn from the Nigerian market, the collection is arguably best summed up by the simplicity of the lines and starkness of print. Key pieces include Capri pants, structured à la Jackie O cropped jackets, mini buba & iro and body skimming evening dresses. Belts play an important role in this clever collection. Accessories to complement the delicate silhouette of the collection are light and whimsical. For all the Ituen Basi fans, the new lineup will be sold through the brand’s store at TerraKulture in Victoria Island, Lagos

Viv La Resistance (VLR)

Viv La Resistance (VLR) is a fresh talent, highlighting the arrival of new labels onto the African fashion scene. VLR is certainly a bold and unapologetic label, with a debut collection predominantly featuring cocktail dresses targeted at the younger fashion forward woman. VLR brand is about the freedom of self expression,channelled through unique, funky, quirky, contemporary clothing and accessories,employing the use of unique novelty fabrics for the fun loving fashion forward young woman. The debut collection – ‘The Art of Fashion in War’ - is inspired by the medieval body armour, structure and shape , texture was created wit the use of  damask, lace, Liquid Lycra and denim.

View the full collection below:
Credits: Models: Toni Tones, Isio Wanogho, Annette Begg, Moni Gbobaniyi; 
Make up: Jerry Jide Obi;Hair: Ola; 
Photography: Toni Tones.

Sunony Spells

After collecting textiles from trips to Kenya, Sunony was born. Max Osterweis inspiration for his autumn/winter 2010 collection came from the late 1960s African interiors and traditional East African textiles. The prints are bold, colourful and wearable. The stripy yellow and blue blazer can be teamed up with a pair of jeans and you’re ready to go and perfect for those winter days.

Image credits goes to SunoNY

Just Parfait

If you’re looking for an outfit for your wardrobe, look no further than Parfait. Meaning perfect in French, this contemporary Afro-centric clothing line owned by Esosa Imasuen is ready to take the fashion world by storm. Her designs are daring and colourful and it describes the “Parfait” woman as someone who appreciates the African culture and is not confined by the rules of the fashion world. Their latest collection features all things bows from skirts to headbands made with warm colours and prints. 

Photo credits goes to Parfait

America’s Funky Sweetheart

NaKIMuli is your new crazy cool brand to watch out for.  This Brooklyn based brand created by Tennielle McMillan brings clothing both classical and innovative and goes beyond the traditions of women’s fashion and explores more of the imagination. NaKIMuli meaning flower in Ugandan, features a number of ready-to-wear African inspired pieces that are fun, quirky and unique with vibrant African prints plastered on funky silhouettes from leggings to bodycon dresses. Her 2010 collection called “Lock U up in Love for Days” was inspired by summer love in Brooklyn.  In a recent interview with Fashion Bomb Daily, she explains she wanted to “capture the feeling of spring fling; meeting that special someone in Fort Greene Park and spending the spring days and evenings with him. Enjoying the weather, and wearing outfits that would make you feel young and flirty.” 

photo credits goes to NakiMuli
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Friday, 27 August 2010

Love from Africa

Feel the love from Africa with Akabi’s 2010 summer collection. Inspired by the strengths and attitudes of contemporary female urbanite, this collection is a fusion street wear in bright colour palettes of blues, greens and whites on organic cotton tops, harem trousers and parachutes.  This Ghana based collection founded and designed by J’Quita  brings ethnical intelligence and knowledge to the style of females  worldwide. “Our intention is to be sustainable, desirable and ethnically made in Africa fashion and lifestyle brand.”  Many items from the collection are made from Hemp/Organic cotton twills.  Akabi (meaning love in Greek) is eco friendly and promotes Africa as a continent with a great future. 

Image credit goes to Akabi