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Iman’s moved to the Hall of Fame, the Amusan are in! See who else made the 2nd annual Business of Fashion 500 2014 List.

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Last year came about the launch of the BoF 500, by Business of Fashion. A comprehensive list of the movers and shakers of the Fashion Industry worldwide, a complete network profile of the most accomplished professionals working in Fashion, which included top African Fashion stake holders such as Iman, Alber Elbaz, Omoyemi Akerele, Azzedine Alaia, Edward Enniful, Liya Kebede & Hanneli Rupert.

To compile this years list, for the 2nd edition ‘Polymaths & Multitaskers’ the Business of Fashion team reached out to last year’s BoF 500 themselves and asked them who they thought was worthy of inclusion. “We received hundreds of new names, which we added to our existing database of more than 2,000 people. And after months of additional research and analysis, we whittled it down to this year’s BoF 500, representing 55 nationalities in 40 countries, across eight distinct categories: Designers, Executives, Retailers, Models & Muses, Fashion 2.0, The Creative Class, Media and Catalysts.”

Last Years list, pretty much remained the same, with Iman moved to the Hall of Fame, and new inductees, the Amusan joined the BOF 500.

Meet the Amusan’s:

Tayo & Ayo Amusan

“Tayo and Ayo Amusan are a couple with a vision to grow the Nigerian retail sector at a steady pace,” said Omoyemi Akerele. “Persianas [their development company] built the first mall of international standards in Nigeria and currently own five spread across Nigeria in Lagos, Ibadan, Kwara, Enugu and soon to be launched Abuja. The company’s retail arm has successfully launched franchises such as Hugo Boss and Lacoste.”

An early entrant into the burgeoning Nigerian retail scene, Tayo used his 25-year property experience to build The Palms, a 45,000 square metre property. Situated on Lagos’ Lekki Peninsula, the mall-complex has 69 retail stores, among other facilities.

While Tayo is focused on the property aspect of Persianas, Ayo oversees its retailers. Appointed director of retail in 2011, Ayo has been involved in the retail industry since 1998. She holds an MSc in Risk Management from Cass Business School, City University, London, the city in which she began her career working in strategy and budgeting. It was Ayo who led Persianas’ negotiations to secure the Hugo Boss, Puma and Lacoste franchises.

See the African who made last year’s BOF 500 List, HERE.

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GBEMi Spring/Summer 2015, Lookbook.

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GBEMi

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Nigerian Retail Concept Store, Stranger; home to IAmIsigo, Kenneth Ize & Orange Culture turns One!

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On Saturday, 13th September 2014, Stranger Lagos, retail concept store – home to IAmIsigo, Kenneth Ize, Orange Culture to name a few, celebrated its 1st year anniversary with valued customers and friends.

Stranger Lagos

Guests enjoyed an endless flow of Laurent-Perrier champagne and nibbled on tasty canapés.

Wadami Amolegbe & Lekan Akinjide

The famous Magenta Room was transformed with red lights which made for a merrier atmosphere through out the night.

Afam, Toyosi Kekere Ekun & Mode Adenirokun

More HauTe Friends spotted in this haus were:

Uju Nwobodoh

Uju Nwobodoh

Fade Ogunro

Fade Ogunro

Nkechi Bakare

Nkechi Bakare

Ejiro Amos - Tafiri

Ejiro Amos – Tafiri

Samantha Dimka

Samantha Dimka

Amaka Osakwe

Amaka Osakwe

Osione Itegboje

Osione Itegboje

Uzoma Anumudu & Yegwa Ukpo

Uzoma Anumudu & Yegwa Ukpo

Toyin

Toyin

* Stranger is open by appointment from Monday-Wednesday and from 3pm (Thursday-Sunday). * Email: info@strangerlagos.com

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Duro Olowu Spring/Summer 2015, Lookbook.

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Duro Olowu

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Model: Kinee Diouf

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African Designers Showing at London Fashion Week Spring/ Summer 2015: [12 - 16 Sept 2014]

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New York Fashion Week ended just hours ago after a week-long of Spring/ Summer 2015 collections. And before we catch a breather, we quickly move on to London Fashion Week for the next round of the S/S 15 season. The line-up might not be as strong as that of New York in terms of African designers showing, but we are keeping our eyes peeled nonetheless. PPQ is first on schedule with an evening showcase set for 20:00 – 20:30 London time.

PPQ Catwalk - London Fashion Week 2013

The presentation will take place at the W1 later today (Friday 12 September).

If you know of  any other African Designers showcasing at London Fashion Week this season, please send an email to Info@HauTeFashionAfrica.com so we can add them.

Next Stop!: 

Milan

Innocent Ndlovu is Menswear Fashion Editor of HauTe Fashion Africa. Follow him on Twitter @IamInnocentN and Instagram @Innoegram. 

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New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015 [Day 6, Duo 1] : Deola | Clan

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Deola Sagoe / Clan - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015

Elegant with unmissable structured silhouettes was the theme for Deola (previously Deola Sagoe) latest collection. The looks came in lush, shiny fabrics, papaya inspired prints, structured neck-lines and pops of print detailing. The clothes were kept simple yet still very noticeable. A hint of mesh and cut outs here and there was seen in some of the looks. It was all kept easy and clean, much like Spring if you ask me. Understated but with a strong mature vibe.

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Clan:

Deola Sagoe / Clan - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015

Much like their mothers collection above, Clan also made use of the silky fabric for Spring/Summer 2015. A sporty aesthetic was cultivated and tweaked into casual wear. Basket-Ball inspired t-shirt-like dresses with words like ri-laks and kair free splashed across the chest area. Sweat-pant cuffs and waistlines on shiny pants, fish net looks, five of them in total, all worn in different ways, first over a cropped white t-shirt and in another instance worn as a dress and so forth. In some instances though, the fabrics looked a bit heavy and thick for Spring/Summer.

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Photo Credit: Bella Naija.

Innocent Ndlovu is Menswear Fashion Editor at HauTe Fashion Africa. Follow him on Twitter @IamInnocentN and Instagram @innoegram. 

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New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015 [Day 4] : Edun

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Danielle Sherman

Black and white seemed to be the focal point of this season at Edun. The clothes came in either of the two colours with black and white dot details. Pleats were seen on the upper body with some of the looks accessorized by a ring belt. Same texture and colour layering,  suede-like textures which l thought were a bit thick for Spring. Lose fits, in most cases came in unflattering styles. Both The tunic inspired and long sleeved tops paired with those belts created a martial arts (karate) vibe. Strips of different materials and patterns were added on sleeves and hem lines. There were yeses and nos at the same time. In perfect simplicity l wasn’t all impressed. If anything l’m still wondering.  

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Photo Credit: Vogue

Innocent Ndlovu is Menswear Fashion Editor at HauTe Fashion Africa. Follow him on Twitter @IamInnocentN and Instagram @Innoegram. 

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New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015 [Day 4] : David Tlale

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New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015 [Day 3] : Josh & Nicol

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Josh & Nicol

Light colours in their purest form always catch my attention. And being a simple dresser myself, l tend to appreciate clothes on the simple end of the stick, with the right construction and tailoring that is.

Minimalist shapes with catchy detailing which came in then form striking patterns and details such as an eye button, two faces made from sewn fabrics starring at each other,  drop waist ruffled dress, what seemed like randomly placed  stitched fabrics, face-shaped ruffles which added  volume worn over a string top and paired with ankle length pants, and big roses placed right on the shoulder.  The colours, shoes, fabrics and construction all created a vintage vibe and somewhat an iconic era of a previous age or time that l can’t quite put my finger on.

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New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015 [Day 3] : Telfar

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Telfar Clemens

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Photo Credit: Style/

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