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HauTe Thanksgiving to Christmas Giveaway: Chichia London

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London-raised, Tanzanian-born Christine Mhando’s  fashion career began at the London College of Fashion where she studied BTEC and higher national diplomas in Fashion design and then went on to complete her BA in Fashion Design at Kent University. Christine is Head Designer at Chichia London and has done a brilliant job in finding direction for the brand in that her collections gorgeously reflect how she marries traditional African and contemporary designs. Chichia London is one brand that can unwaveringly tell  trendy tales with African prints.

First print piece up for grabs for 1 lucky winner.

Butterfly Print Shirt Dress

Courtesy of the designer (Christine Mhando)!

To be the lucky winner of these items, please send the CORRECT answers of the questions below to as well as a short bio data about yourself that includes your address and why you Love/Should have the Chichia London piece.


– Chichia London in collaboration with a certain organisation were involved in a Charity Project earlier in the year, what was the organisation and what group of people was the charity targeted at?

– What is Chichia’s signature fabric she’s generally known for?


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Marni for H&M S/S 2012 is African-Inspired!

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Uber excited doesn’t hit the nail on the head when trying to coin an adjective for the way we are feeling at the moment from getting the news about this collaboration. H&M always have had exciting collaborations, the most recent one with Versace blew everyone out of the park! In readiness for next year March, H&M has taken Italian label, Marni on board to partner with  in their high-street collaborate. Where do we come in? This collection (we’ve heard) mixes Tribal Prints and Graphics, it doesn’t get more African-Inspired than this.

I wanted to create a true Marni wardrobe by revisiting all our favorite pieces in signature fabrics and prints. As always, I love juxtaposing prints and colors, mixing modern tribal with Bauhaus graphic adding sporty utilitarian elements,” –  Consuelo Consiglioni of Marni

Marni for H&M is set to hit the stores in March 2012! We sure can’t wait for this print-astic experience!


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HauTe Thanksgiving to Christmas Giveaway: Alali Boutique

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Alali Boutique has definitely come a long way since launching the brand, with unmissable chic and modern aesthetics the brand evokes, one wouldn’t say No to it’s affordable prices either. With Alali Boutique set out to be a household name in a few years, we trust the brand is right on track for this mission as the pieces ticks all the boxes for any trendy woman’s ”Daily Wardrobe”. See her complete collection range HERE , Interview with the designer HERE.

Alali Boutique has a full outfit for 1 HauTe reader,

Multi-coloured Satin Blouse

Pink Nude draped skirt.

Courtesy of The Designer (Oroma Cookey-Gam)!

To be the lucky winner of these items, please send the CORRECT answers of the questions below to as well as a short bio data about yourself that includes your address and why you Love/Should have the Alali Boutique pieces.


– Tell us, does the head designer (Oroma Cookey-Gam) have any Fashion Degree/Training of any sort? If Yes, where did she achieve this?

– The brand/The designer were recently listed as one of the 12 finalists for a competition recently, what competition was it?

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Who’s HauTe: Marie Chance Gallimoni of Chancie Style House Design

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The Congolese fashion designer Marie-Chance Gallimoni is the founder and head designer of Chancie-Style. She has successfully completed two collections that has had the opportunity to grace the catwalk across various shows in the UK since 2009. This includes Fashion4Africa in the March 2010 and Nigeria’s 50th independent day celebration at Alexandra Palace in Oct 2010. Marie-Chance aims to take her clothing line global, by creating a style of uniqueness which conveys her own culture inspirations of African prints into modern styles of young vibrant and elegant, ready to wear clothing, worn by all not just Africans.

HauteFashionAfrica: Who is Marie- Chance Gallimoni? Where do you hail from and where did fashion begin for you?        

Marie G: Marie-Chance Gallimoni is the CEO of Chancie Style design house. Born in congo Brazzaville and has resided in London since the age of 9. I have always been influenced by the creative arts and for that is where fashion started for me.

HFA:  Did you receive training  in the fashion and design field or was it more of a passion which managed to leadits own way?

MG: I would say it was passion that  started my love for fashion and training what lead me on this road. Studying Fashion and Clothing for two years and after my studies in 2008, I dedicated  the next year to perfect my craft,concerntrating on pattern cutting in  particular. I was then driven to create my own clothing label and embarked on a  journey to fulfil my goal as an established designer, which is smoothly coming together.    

HFA: Do you come from a family of creatives? And was this always your “career to be”?

MG: Yes, my family does have a strong creative background, amongst my three siblings we have a film director, a patissier and a hairstylist. It seems that the Gallimoni creativity lies in  our hands! As you can understand, I’ve heavily been influenced by the creative arts and from a young age I would play dress up or pretend I was an amazing actress in a movie, drawing was my distraction and I love doing just that. At the age of 16 fashion become a realistic career choice for me.

HFA: What is your take on current African designers already in the game?

MG: Currently I feel designers such as Black Coffee, Bunmi Koko, Deola Sagoe, to name a few, are helping to present a new wave of designers,who not only use African print but web the our cultures lifestyle into western silhouettes. They’ve helped to make our unique style very much apart of western fashion trends.

HFA: We all stand on the shoulders of giants when it comes to  something we love; is there a designer you most admire?          

MG: At the moment I have my eyes on Kosibah, his designs are elegant and polished. Quite detailed and fine, which is exactly what I look for. Deola Sagoe another designer, her use of fabrics is playful and amazing! I admire Karl Largerfield’s professionalism and class and Oscar De La Renta’s elegance and smooth lines.

HFA: Where did you draw your inspiration from for this collection and who were you trying to target when creating this recent range?

MG: For this collection I was inspired by the silhouette of a woman and its variety in shape. I aimed to keep things simple but maintain sophistication. A mixture of fabrics, creating something fun and playful.

HFA: Are you more of a fabric technique/detail lover when creating garments.  Or do you prefer ‘simple, sassy and smooth sailing’?

MG: I love detail and the manipulation of fabrics, which is something I’m looking forward to work with. For this collection I started simple, using tribal fabrics to emphasize my love for African culture and inspiration and from western influences.  

HFA: In this recent collection we noticed a lot of merging of East and West fabrics. Is there a particular fabric you prefer to work with, and why?

MG: Hmm, there’s not a particular type of fabric I prefer to work with, I enjoy exploring them all however I do love texture or an intricate print, simply because it inspires me

HFA: Do you think as an African designer its important to merge the traditions and styles of the East (in this case Africa) with that of the West- to appeal to a wider audience?

MG: I feel its important to remain relevant and true to the audience you design for. If that means incorporating western
styles/silhouettes/trends then yes it is partly important. The focus should be how you want your audience to grow style wise. Staying true to your audience and brand are the most important things, everthing else is secondary. It depends on the individual, as I am a versatile designer, who is inspired by everything, different cultures and traditions. I want it to be seem in my designs. 

 HFA: Every designer collection speaks something to the audience or the public about the wearer. What is your collection trying to communicate?

MG: It communicates sophisticated , youth and vibrance. The woman who knows she’s beautiful. in all of my garments I want the quality in my designs to be recognised and the its signature style, which is “ready to wear, sophisticated tailored pieces with character”

HFA: What else is on the Marie- Chance Gallimoni  fashion menu, what should we look out for next?

MG: I have a long list and at the top of my menu is simply to strive for creative excellence and stretch my boundaries

HFA: Thanks for your time Marie and good luck with the future!

~Amy Iheakanwa 

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HauTe Thanksgiving to Christmas Giveaway: ‘New African Fashion’ Book by Helen Jennings.

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Helen Jennings, editor at one of  Africa’s foremost fashion magazines ARISE, recently ventured on a journey to bring forth  a brief  history of African fashion, beauty and style. Jennings manages to follow the influence of African fashion on modern designers such as Burberry Prorsum, Louis Vuitton, and Calvin Klein alongside the best designers, photographers and models from across the continent and African diaspora in the book.

To findout how to purchase the book. Please visit

New African Fashion is every Afro-Fashionista’s coffee table encyclopedia meet google. Fresh on the book market, a copy of ‘New African Fashion’ is up for grabs for 1 Lucky Reader, courtesy of Helen Jennings herself!

On the 30th of November, Helen Jennings will be hosting a Free New York release event  for the book and will be joined by the African Fashion community,designers Mataano and Mimi Plange, model campaigner Bethann Hardison and Enyinne Owunwanne of Heritage1960, who will MC the round table discussion.

Venue: The New York Public Library, 5th Avenue and 42nd St., Berger Forum (2nd Floor)

Time:  6 p.m. – 8 p.m. (doors open at 5:30)

You could snag up this book and have it autographed by her by answering the Questions below:

– List four other editorial jobs Helen Jennings (The Author) has been involved with.

– When did Helen join Arise Magazine as editor?

– What publishing company is in charge of printing ‘New African Fashion’?

To be the lucky winner of this book, please send the CORRECT answers of the questions above to as well as a short bio data about yourself that includes your address and why you Should have the book.

Friday’s HauTe Thanksgiving to Christmas Jewel By Lisa Giveway Winner’s winning email is:

“Hello HauTe!

Great competition! Jewel by Lisa is easily one of Africa’s finest, and it would be a real joy to add a few of her pieces to my growing collection of ‘African Fashion’. The attention to detail and the modernization of intricate beading and innovate textiles have made her pieces more than cool clothes – they are celebrations of art, culture and a continent. It’s difficult to talk about African Fashion without mentioning Jewel by Lisa and it would be a real privilege to own pieces from a fashion house that has grown in leaps and bounds in six short, memorable years.

Name: Loretta George
Address: NGR

What was the most recent award won by the brand Jewel by Lisa? Designer of the Year (Africa) 2011, at Africa Fashion Awards in Johannesburg
What and When was the last show Jewel by Lisa was on the runway? MTN Lagos Fashion and Design Week, October 28, 2011
The Jewel by Lisa Spring/Summer 2012 Collections was inspired by which Historian/Photographer? J.D. Okhai Ojeikere

Look forward to winning.


L. George”.

Congratulations Loretta!

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HauTe Thanksgiving to Christmas Giveaway: Jewel by Lisa

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The Jewel by Lisa brand is undoubtedly one of the fastest growing brands in Africa, known for it’s unique aesthetic of beading and prints, the brand takes it’s talent and creativity a step higher with each emerging collection. Having recently unveiled it’s S/S 2012 collection (Vintage Love)  on the ramps of NY, the JBL team have recently released a video and an official lookbook for the collection. See HERE

And with all that glam-itude and embellishments that ensue from this brand, HauTe is happy to launch this special thanksgiving giveaway season with 4 Jewel by Lisa items for 1 lucky winner.

Jewel by Lisa Scented Candles.

– Jewel by Lisa Beaded Clutch

– J-Label by Jewel by Lisa Blouse

– Gift bag containing the recently released ‘Jewel by Lisa Global Diary’

All courtesy of the designer!

L-R [ Jewel by Lisa Beaded Clutch, J-Label by Jewel by Lisa Baby Pink Blouse]

Jewel by Lisa Scented Candle

To be the lucky winner of these items, please send the CORRECT answers of the questions below to as well as a short bio data about yourself that includes your address and why you Love/Should have Jewel By Lisa.

– What was the most recent award won by the brand Jewel by Lisa?
– What and When was the last show Jewel by Lisa was on the runway?
– The Jewel By Lisa Spring/Summer 2012 Collection was inspired by which Historian/Photographer?

Watch Team JBL talk us through their time New-York Pre & Post – Arise ‘Made in Africa’ Show. See Video Below: 

Goodluck and Remember, there are lots of prizes to come; keep checking the site daily for your chance to add a HauTe item to your wardrobe!

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It has undeniably been a GREAT African Fashion Year for you, us, and the very fabulous designers; who have worked tirelessly showing breathtaking world-class designs from runways at home to runways abroad, inspired and graced editorials home and abroad and most importantly clothed and styled not just you but some of the worlds top celebrities and that does not even include The First Lady of America!

With all this, it is indeed the season to be jolly! And what perfect time to show gratitude if not during Thanksgiving all through to Christmas! That’s right, has come together with African Fashion Leaders such as Adama Paris, Akpos Okudu, Alali Boutique, Anita Quansah, Bridget Awosika, Chichia London, Eki Orleans, Funlayo Deri, Grey, Helen Jennings, Jewel By Lisa, Kemkemstudio, Maatano, Marayah O, Mimi Plange, Obsidian, Osei Duro, Samantha Cole London, Tiffany Amber, Washington Roberts, Zebra, Zedeye and many more to give you THE BEST line up of super fabulous giveaways daily from the 25th of November to the 23rd of December, 2011.

Everyone, Anywhere can participate and get the chance to snap up some of the most coveted items through the year and undeniably the perfect wish list  . So whether you’re planning your Black Friday Shopping/Bargain strategy, or putting finishing touches to your Christmas list, be sure not to miss visiting the site daily so as to be abreast of the giveaways available.

It all starts tomorrow with a daily competition, so make sure you are registered to the website, subscribed to our newsletter, have LIKEd us on Facebook and are following us on Twitter! We are just saying.

It’s starts tomorrow with the very fabulous Jewel By Lisa who has had an Amazing Fashion Year, so read up on all you can about the label!

Have a very HauTe Thanksgiving!

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Your Fashionable Guide to Thanksgiving 2011.

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With Thanksgiving 2011 just a few days away, HauTe has rounded up a list of fashionable things we suggest should keep us occupied and shall we say… Thankful this thanksgiving. Thinking from giving to charity to thinking about you, yourself and you and splurging on pieces [Let’s not forget to wear African], we go even as far as North Africa to show you one of the stylish spots in Marrakesh to visit with a loved one this thanksgiving. Max out on the list below and do have a fantastic Thanksgiving!

Give to a good cause:

Iman’s Beautiful Friends Forever Bracelets by nOir jewellery – nOir Jewelry for MODELINIA special-edition Somalia bracelet to raise awareness about the devastating famine occurring in Somalia. All of the proceeds from the sale of Somalia bracelets will be donated to Save The Children, the world’s leading independent organization for children. Their efforts have distributed life-saving water and treated malnourished children affected by the drought and famine in East Africa. New York is a melting pot and it’s never more evident than when the most gorgeous delegates from around the globe convene at New York Fashion Week. This year MODELINIA, the only website about, by and for supermodels, celebrates these international MVP’s (Most Valuable Posers) by partnering with us nOir Jewelry to create the MODELINIA Beautiful Friends Forever (BFF) Bracelets by nOir Jewelry. The limited-edition bracelets will come in different color combinations with a flag charm symbolizing some of the most adored models’ home countries. Fashion Week enthusiasts can show their shared pride and patriotism for their favorite fashionista and her home nation, while mixing and matching the accessory to display unity within the fashion community. MODELINIA Beautiful Friends Forever bracelets by nOir Jewelry

Bracelets can be purchased HERE

Experience Luxury + Shopping in Lagos,Nigeria:

Temple Muse: Having established itself as one of Africa’s top luxury retailers, Nigeria’s best-kept secret, Temple Muse, makes the leap to becoming a world-renowned boutique department store, and will soon sit alongside the very best, by opening its new, iconic flagship store catering to fashionistas, celebrities and cognoscenti of all things wonderful.

Get Your Dream Job/Follow Your Career Path in Fashion:

FEDISA is recruiting [Lecturing Position] and applications are still open for students for 2012 : FEDISA is widely regarded, as South Africa’s premier institution at which to pursue a highly acclaimed career in the world of Fashion, be it as designer, editor, buyer, stylist or any of the other myriad of professional design careers that follow from a superior education at FEDISA.

Please email CVs with subject title (Lecturer) or Enquiries to

Buy African-Inspired:

A Peace TreatyAdire is an ode to the almost extinct resist dye processes of the Yoruba Adire textiles – Indigo Dyed cloths popular in Nigeria and Western parts of Africa. Challenged by the disappearance of these masterpieces, A PEACE TREATY commissions artisans to carve special wood blocks used for printing the negative form intrinsic to resist dye techniques. The result is a collection of West African Inspired vibrant designs in luscious silks and cottons dyed on with natural eco-friendly inks and dyes exhibiting varied techniques like dabu, indigo dyeing, wood-block printing and hand weaving


Help Solve a Fashion Crime & Get Rewarded!

Samples of Marc Jacobs S/S 2012 Collection Stolen: Marc Jacobs are offering a mystery reward for anyone with information about spring/summer 2012 samples that went missing last week “See any chic truck drivers cruising around Europe dressed in #SS12 collection? Get pic & call 212-343-0222. Reward”

 Look Forward to a Fashion Event:

Book signing for ‘New African Fashion’ by Helen JenningsFrom Africa-inspired to African-made, New African Fashion is the first book to celebrate a new wave of fashion designers who are emerging on the global stage. Hundreds of vibrant, full-color images showcase the innovative work of emerging designers, photographers and models. Writer, editor and fashion expert Helen Jennings presents the history and future of African fashion, sharing a selection of images from the book.  She is accompanied by illustrious members of the African fashion community, including the duo who make up womenswear brand Mataano, designer Mimi Plange and former model turned model campaigner, Bethann Hardison.Enyinne Owunwanne of African fashion Heritage 1960 moderates the discussion.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 6 – 8 p.m. [ The New York Public Library, 5th Avenue and 42nd St., Berger Forum (2nd Floor)]

Snap-Up a Bargain:

Free Worldwide delivery on if you spend £35.00 or more : My Asho (derived from the Yoruba word “aso” meaning cloth and pronounced “ash-awe”) is an online fashion concept, developed in 2008 and launched in June 2009 to celebrate and promote the talent of African designers based throughout the world. We aspire to become a one-stop-shop for the best in authentic African inspired designs. 
We work closely with all our designers and stylists, choosing beautiful pieces from their collections to offer to a savvy fashion-forward international audience. In addition, we work with local markets throughout Africa to bring you distinctive, one-off pieces which you can check out daily in the My Asho Market.
Most of the products on are ethically handcrafted and produced in limited quantities, which means our customer can always be assured to find high-quality, inspired boutique style pieces at very affordable prices.

Visit a HauTe Spot in Africa:

Riad Anayela Hotel in MoroccoAnaYela is a small, 300-year-old city palace in the heart of the Medina, the historic city of Marrakesh. 
“Ana Yela” translates literally as “I am Yela” and the architecture tells the story of a girl called Yela who once lived in this house.
The restoration of the building took months and was carried out using only traditional Moroccan craftsmanship, for which Marrakesh is famous throughout the world. All of the work was carried out by hand, without the use of electric tools, by more than 100 artisans. 
One of the most renowned calligraphers of Morocco, hammered the story in silver on the vast doors in chronological order through the house, like pages in a book. Every single piece of furniture, every lamp, all the decorations, even the tableware, were all designed by Bernd Kolb and Yannick Hervy, and finished individually by Moroccan artisans. As a result the house as a whole is a spectacular piece of art in itself. Here all one’s senses are beguiled and inspirational energies and emotions are awoken and set free in this unique atmosphere.

-Romola Sadiq

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Spotted: Mary Birdsong & Kristin Cavallari in Mimi Plange

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Who: Actress, Kristin Cavallari

Where: At the Premiere of Immortals 3D

Wearing: Mimi Plange Fall 2011 dress.


Who: Mary Birdsong

Where: At ‘The Descendants’ LA Premiere

Wearing: Mimi Plange Fall 2011 dome shoulder capelet green gown

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Spotted in SUNO: Chloe Moretz & Coco Rocha at The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards

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Who: Teen Actress, Chloe Moretz

Where: At the 8th Annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards

Wearing: Custard Yellow Printed Midi-Length SUNO NY S/S 2012 dress.

SUNO S/S 2012

Who: Canadian Model, Coco Rocha

Where: At the 8th Annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards

Wearing: SUNO NY Fall 2011 floral printed dress.

Suno Fall 2011

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