Cinnamon&Pearl summer 13 collection during the African Fashion Week in New York last month is another favorite of mine. I love the vibrant colors and fabrics she used to create bold, sexy and feminine silhouettes that accentuate a woman’s body and give her confidence. Catch a few of my favorite pieces below and feel free to tell us how you feel about this collection in the comment box.
I recently did a post on fashion designer Farai Simoyi but seeing her collection up close was the icing on the cake for me. I love Simoyi’s vision when it comes to dressing women.
Her pieces are feminine, African inspired in homage to her Zimbabwean heritage but also from all of the places she lived and visited. They are very stylish with very modern cuts that will please women, especially those looking for a little sass to add to their wardrobe.
Cut outs have been huge for a couple of seasons (as seen above) and it seems that Simoyi is having fun experimenting with this trend for her summer and fall 13 collection. Many of her pieces are sexy but not trashy. See more looks in the video below and don’t forget to check out her webpage here.
I was completely surprised by Admas summer and fall 13 collection. The Cayman Island based designer who has no formal training started designing dresses for herself and family members for weddings and special occasions until she realized that she could turn her passion into a business. I love some of her pieces like this beautifully braided gown below.
Admas is about celebrating and representing parts of Eritrean and Ethiopian (East Africa) rich culture with a modern twist that are intriguing, beautiful and fun. In 2012, she decided to launch a fashion styling and consulting company named Bella Moda (Italian for “beautiful fashion”) that offers a variety of styling services that range from wardrobe revival to special occasions.
Isn’t that dress below gorgeous!
How about this sexy dress below perfect for a night on the town with friends attending a cocktail event or wedding.
One of the highlights of the African Fashion Week New York 2013 edition was the collection of African-Canadian designer Catherine Addai. Launched in January 2012, her line Kaela Kay is on the path to become a fashion brand that I expect to garner quite a following not only in Toronto, Canada where the brand is based but also in the US.
What I like about Addai’s latest collection is how eclectic and creative it was. One of my favorite pieces which I think was the star of the show was a print dress with sheer lace detailing below.
I wanted to see the collection centered more around it but at the end, I was not disappointed because Addai knows how to turn beautiful African prints into avant-garde, classy and modern beautiful silhouettes.
I see celebrities like Solange and Beyoncé Knowles in some of Addai’s pieces because these two siblings, especially Solange know how to rock prints. See the rest of the collection below?
At any rate, what do you guys think of her collection?
Our coverage of Africa Fashion Week continues with Brooklyn based, Virginia Beach born designer Reuben Reuel and his Fall 2013 collection for De-Mes’Tiks. I have to say, his presentation was my favorite for the evening and a highlight of AFW. As I watched the models float by in his creations, I couldn’t help but admire the feminine lines and impeccable construction of his garments. I loved the fabrics and prints that he used which make his clothes so beautiful and wearable! After speaking with him backstage, my jaw dropped to the floor when he told me he had only been designing for a year after moving on from a non-fashion job. He was also very gracious and visibly humbled by the constant flow of compliments and downright praise for the line. Here are some of my favorites from the show….
This skirt was so sweet, love this whole look.
I wouldn’t think to put a cotton white button down dress against just luxurious fabric, but somehow it works.
This dress (below) was everything, the picture does not do it justice. I would love to have it in my life!
Please excuse the blurriness from the last pic, but had to put a face with the name! We will be featuring Reuben on the blog very soon so please look out for that interview. What do you guys think? Leave a comment below..
Liz Ogumbo collection was one of my favorites during the AFWNY 2013 edition. Just in case, you haven’t read my review of her collection, feel free to check it out here .
At any rate, what do you think of her collection?
Some of my favorites pieces in the Sarfo In Styles runway show have to be the gowns that were reflecting of Sarfo’s native Ghana rich color garments and patterns that have been a part of this West African country heritage. Some of my favorites looks are below.
At any rate, what do you think of Sarfo House Of Style collection?
Bill Witherspoon took me back to Africa with his colorful, vibrant and energizing spring/fall 13 collection.
Born in North Carolina, Harlem based Witherspoon is not your typical designer and does not make clothes for the fashionably timid. Based on the pieces I saw during his runway show, I would have to agree with him on that statement. It does take a certain type of man to wear his clothes. I was able to capture a few stills of his collection but you can also watch the clothes on the runway in the video below.
At any rate, what do you guys think of his collection?
Sara Karay is a young fashion company with a young designer at its helm that loves to make clothes and that would describe her designs as young and urban that can go straight from the runway to the street. Debuting during the AAFWNY 2013 was for Sara Karay an immense honor that I hope will help her keep on working on her dreams to bring her vision from her native Kenya to the international stages of Paris, Milan and London. It is just the beginning! My favorite looks were:
Liz Ogumbo is certainly a designer that Ioves to have fun with her clothes. From flirty and more casual looks to beautiful evening gowns, this young designer from Kenya is on mission to accentuate the beauty of women and give them confidence.
For Ogumbo, a stylist, author and performing artist & lyricist that turned fashion designer, fashion is all about creating a clothing line that is beautiful, practical and tasteful for the day-to-day activities of the fashion-savvy urban woman.
Since creating her label back in 2007, Ogumbe has been able to create bold pieces that are elegant, timeless and endless that invite women to embrace self-definition through sleek cuts, simple-yet-provocative designs and attitude that comes from the inside.
Born in Toronto, Canada from a Ghanaian background, Eaden Myles is on mission to showcase his talent as an African designer to the world and to present the beauty of African textiles through his work.
Eaden Myles is a menswear label known for providing customers fashion forward products with a European tailored look. This brand is for a man that wants to feel and look good in his s clothes. From casual wear above to business and and evening looks, Myles was able to show his range as a menswear designer that will most likely help him get a following in Canada but also in the US.
I have to say that I love a man in a suit so it was no surprise to me that some of my favorite looks of the evening were the impeccably made tailored suits shown below.
Born in London, England from Zimbabwean parents Farai Simoyi (above) developed at a very young age a passion for making clothes for herself and her dolls once her family moved back to Zimbabwe. After a summer internship in Italy, graduating from school and working for other designers. She knew that she wanted to be in charge of her career.
She dabbed into the TV arena by appearing in TLC’s “I’ve Got Nothing To Wear” and was invited to participate in, “Style Wars,” a style competition that presents young designers and their Avant Garde designs to the public… and eventually realized that it was time for her to start her own label.
In September 2010, she debuted her spring/summer 2011 collection FARAI during New York Fashion Week. Her concept is avant garde but also a representation of Soft/Steel/Bohemian, a symbiotic juxtaposition of the styles and experiences gained in Africa, Europe and the streets of NYC. She will be showing her fall 13 collection during the African Fashion Week NY, and I honestly have to say that I cannot wait to see it. Any thoughts on Farai SS 13 collection below?
This week, I decided to showcase a few talents from Africa in the black diaspora in homage to the AAFW 2013 (Adiree African Fashion Week NY) that is currently taking place in New York City.
From Toronto, Canada comes Kaela Kay Designs, a fashion line started in January 2012 by Catherine Addai which mission is to turn African fabrics into avant-garde, classy and chic silhouettes and bring a fresh perspective to traditional African clothing. The grass roots of Kaela Kay’s longevity are to offer a powerhouse of style without definition and to keep all the clothes modern with a touch of culture.
I am looking forward Catherine Addai collection this Saturday, July 20. What do you guys think of this up-and-coming fashion house?
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Leah and I will be attending the AAFW (Adirée African Fashion Week) in New York City this week.
Africa is a continent that is rich and diverse and we see it when fashion companies like Burberry Prosurm, Mara Hoffman, Donna Karan etc… pay homage to the continent and its rich heritage in some of their past collections and ad campaigns.
From it has emerged many talented designers that deserve to tell their own stories and get the media recognition and the shine they deserve on a bigger scale.
For that matter, we are delighted and excited to be a part of this event that will take place right in the heart of New York City, the fashion capital of the US. Join us as we will be reporting on some of these designers.