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Fashion/Portrait Photograhper, Toyosi Kekere – Ekun 1st Solo Exhibition ‘Induction’.

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Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see.” - Arthur Schopenhauer. This century-old quote is true of new-school breakthrough photographer and artist, Toyosi Faridah Kekere-Ekun who is making a roaring statement with her debut exhibition, a photography collection titled, ‘Induction’, which kicked off with an opening night on Saturday, February 22nd at Omenka Gallery, 24, Ikoyi Crescent.

Induction at Omenka Gallery

‘The Induction’ is a raw, impeccable, beautifully shot, visually powerful series inspired, drawn from a well of deep-seated, conflicting emotions. The collection chronicles a turbulent time in the life of the artist, having to deal with death, heartbreak, introspective explorations of faith and the world around her, growing pains; breaking from the chrysalis of innocence and transitioning to reality and adulthood.

The collection employs these past events, probing in profound depth, themes of loss, vulnerability and love.
Guests at the opening night were served an endless flow of Laurent Perrier champagne, a brand celebrated for its style and the consistency of its quality across the world.

The exhibition which is open to all, (and will open windows of reflection, for those who have made a similar emotional passage as the artist and perhaps a reluctant appreciation for those who haven’t) will be on exhibition till March 7th.

Opening times – Monday – Friday (10 – 7pm), Saturday & Sunday (12 – 6pm).

Geneva’s OURS Magazine makes its way to Nigeria.

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Last weekend, the Nigerian magazine industry got a new breath of culturally and socially conscious air with the berth of OURS, a bi-monthly publication of artistic and social expression, which will deliver an inventive and sophisticated experience to its audience- the enlightened and curious citizen.

The magazine, which is based in Geneva, and has launched in the city as well as in London, announced its arrival in Nigeria via an exclusive cocktail event, which held in the halls of the Lagoon, Ozumba Mbadiwe, Victoria Island.

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According to OURS’s editors, the magazine is a game-changer. “We don’t want to simply “feed” you information, rather we invite you to join us in sharing, exploring, and discovering various people, places, creations and ideas. The magazine is dedicated to accepting cultures, sharing talent, challenging ideas and encouraging social examination”.

Every two months, the magazine will continue to address a theme that sparks conversation, with a sharp and studied point of view.

Website: www.oursmagazine.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/oursmagazine Instagram: oursmagazineofficial

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African Fashion Designers showing at Paris Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2014 [FEB. 25 - MAR. 05]

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From New York to London, skipped Milan and now its time for Paris Fashion Week, the city of love truly, as it currently hosts the LVMH Prize competition, were 2 African Designers, both Nigerian – Adebayo Oke – Lawal of Orange Culture, and Amaka Osakwe of Maki Oh in competition for the 300,000 euros. They have made the Top 30, and will be presenting to Forty experts in the Fashion Industry on the 26th & 27th of February, 2014.

As butterflies tingle in their bellies, we know Fashion Week pros like Lanvin’s Creative Director – Alber Elbaz, Ethical luxury line – Maiyet, and new-to-Paris Fashion Week, from senegal – Sophie Zinga are prepared and looking forward to debuting their Autumn/Winter 2014 Collections in Paris. See the schedule below:

Lanvin: Thursday, 27th of February. Strictly by Invitation. 8pm:

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Sophie Zinga: Friday, 28th of February. Venue: 20 Rue de Richelieu 75001. Time: 9.30 – 17.00:

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Maiyet: Saturday, 1st of March. Venue: Grand Palais, galerie Sud Est, avenue Winston Churchill. Time: 8PM:

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If you know of any other African Fashion Designers showing during Paris Fashion Week, please send an email to Info@HauTeFashionAfrica.com so we follow them up.

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Who’s HauTe: Interview with Senegalese Womenswear Designer, Sophie Zinga Sy of Sophie Zinga

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Self-confessed minimalist and our current design crush because we live for minimalism, Sophie Zinga is a Senegalese Parsons-trained fashion designer and creative designer of her eponymous label. She considers herself a citizen of the world and her designs are a distinctive blend of her artistic experiences, which are an eclectic cocktail of her voyages. Of course we collated random questions to ask the designer, not just about the label but about herself

HFA: Who is Sophie Zinga?
SZ: I am a 27 year old fashion designer born in Senegal, raised between the United States, Kenya and Senegal. I have a background in development and economics and studied Fashion Design at Parsons. I currently split my time between Dakar and New York.
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HFA: Has fashion designing always been in the plan for you?
SZ: Honestly, not really. Well actually in my head it was, but I always said in another world that I’d be a fashion designer. As a youngster I was a bit of a nerd and strived to always be first or second of my class. I read any book I could get my hands on and was generally studious. I wanted to save the world, which led me to be profoundly be interested in politics, public health and economics. However I always found myself magnetically attracted to beauty and fashion. In 2005, I started blogging about all things fashion and sometime in 2009 I decided to apply to Parsons. For me it wasn’t worth going into fashion if I did not get into the best design school.

HFA: What was it like schooling in Parsons and how did it help in honing your design skills?
SZ: I think schooling in Parsons has really thought me discipline and also gave me the opportunity to really immerse myself fully in the world of fashion, which is a highly competitive environment. As a design student at Parsons you’re thought how to make a garment from beginning to end. From concept, research, sketching to making the actual garments. As a fashion design student you could walk into a class at 2am and find students working on projects. That rigorous routine is what I have kept with me until today: Hard work and perseverance.

HFA: We take that you are a lover of art and culture having described yourself as a ‘citizen of the world’. Has this impacted your outlook on life and approach to design?
SZ: Yes, I really mean it when I say I consider myself a citizen of the world and I try to truly immerse myself in different countries every time I travel. I’ve been in and out of planes since I was 10 months old and moved every 3 years to a different city. I identify as Senegalese but I picked up bits and pieces of culture and experiences from all the different cities I’ve lived in and I feel at home both in New York and Dakar.
My approach to design is embracing all cultures while still infusing my African roots in the design process. It all starts with an idea or inspiration and I let it come on its own in the most natural way. As an African designer people like to usually put us in boxes automatically and I refuse to be put in. I am fashion designer, no more, no less.

HFA: What is your personal mantra, if you have one?
SZ: Whatever in life you choose to be, be the best at it. Be good to everyone, even those who haven’t been good to you. The universe works in amazing ways. I strongly believe in Karma and the power of being positive.

HFA: Sophie Zinga is your eponymous fashion brand. What did you take into consideration before naming the brand?
SZ: My full name is Sophie Nzinga Sy but while naming the brand I wanted my customer to identify herself with it whether she’s be European or African or from Latin America. I think Sophie and Zinga is a beautiful juxtaposition. I am Senegalese but my parents who are Pan-Africanists named me after Queen Nzinga from Angola who fought against Portuguese invasion.

HFA: Who is the ‘Sophie Zinga’ woman?
SZ: The Sophie Zinga customer embodies a strong beautiful woman who understands her body and knows how to dress depending on her event. She dresses tastefully dressed whether she’s in gala, a board meeting or just jet setting in between her travels. She’s socially conscious, well travelled and likes to be a step ahead of trends while adding her own touch to her wardrobe with accessories. She’s that best dressed woman in understated luxury.

HFA: We can’t help but fall in love with the aesthetic of your brand; how you are able to keep you designs minimalist and still infuse rich culture and travel experiences into you work. How do you do that?
SZ: Thank you, it comes naturally to me quite honestly. I myself am avid supporter of the “less is more” mantra so it naturally reflects my design aesthetic. I also proudly infuse my African roots because it is part of who I am. I think the brand’s aesthetic is a reflection of myself.

HFA: Do you have muse(s)? Can you tell us who they are?
SZ: I have several muses. This season my girl is a globetrotter; she’s socially conscious and is aware of international trends. She loves being best dressed at all her events and adds her unique touch to her outfits. I find inspiration from the women who are close to me whether they are artists, entertainers or just friends.

HFA: Can you remember your first fashion show? What was it like?
SZ: Yes, it was in 2012 at the Pierre Hotel in Manhattan. It was during the 1st Ladies luncheon in New York and I remember being super stressed. I am a perfectionist so I wanted everything to look pristine. In the end it went very well and Senegal’s First Lady who was attending the event came to congratulate me.

HFA: What inspired your most recent collection?
SZ: The rose and its texture inspired my Spring/Summer 2014 collection. I was also inspired by Malian tie-dye techniques, which I infused my own way onto French Alencon lace.

HFA: What is your favourite piece/ensemble from the collection?
SZ: The alencon tye dye lace gown and the one shoulder Jumpsuit.
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HFA: Where do you see the African fashion industry and Sophie Zinga in the next five years?
SZ: In the next five years, I see African fashion in a much more mature stage. I think right now everyone is watching African fashion evolve and the rest of the world is starting to see the tremendous potential that African fashion has. Investors are gaining more interest but have a lot more work to do to collectively to create a real industry with more magazines, editors etc..

At Sophie Zinga, we hope to be stocking in big name department stores worldwide. We would also like develop our accessories section starting Spring/Summer 2015 and eventually start a diffusion line in a couple of years for a more price friendly choice for customers who’d like to wear our pieces. We would also love to design a capsule collection with Zara, H&M or Topshop.

HFA: What can we look forward to from Sophie Zinga in the near future?
SZ: We are currently getting ready for our Fall/Winter presentation and will be presenting it during Paris Fashion Week on February 28th. We are excited because it is the brand’s first fall/winter collection yet to date. We are also working on revamping our website and creating an online store. Keep up with us at www.facebook.com/sophiezinga

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Spring/Summer 2014 Collection: House of Nwocha.

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Collection:

A Special presentation called the Cocoon:

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Photo Credit: Insigna Media

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JUMIA: Trends from New York & London Fashion Week’s Spring/Summer 2014 to look out for.

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After a lot of speculation into what trends will follow through 2014, we saw some old fashion trends coming back to rock runways and people picked up the trends fast. Some of the trends included red carpets favorite Great Gatsby from the 60’s movie, Monochrome, Color blocking, Pastels and more 60’s twist trends high wait skirts.

This year, from New York to London Fashion Week, trends we spotted are different and refreshing. It will be about the colors, which have been flocking the runways during this Fashion Week season.

In Nigeria, we have also seen familiar trends as the rest of the world. Nigerians are very trendy; from rocking best fashion trends on red carpets to buying the latest gadgets (Mobile phones).

JUMIA has highlighted the trends that we should look out for this year, following the recent Trend rave on Fashion:

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South African Designer, Black Coffee collaborates with African Dance Show ‘Full Moon’ in Celebration of Vuyani’s 15th Anniversary.

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The show which is intended to evoke emotions and stimulate the senses, so a collaboration with the conceptual style of Jacques van der Watt of Black Coffee seemed a great match. “Jacques is a phenomenally creative mind who uses his designs to extend the themes of my work. He is a multi-dimensional thinker who speaks to notions of form, ecology and beauty. Full Moon will tap into environmental issues and will also touch on notions of the divine.”

For their fifth production together, Van der Watt is aiming high with the costumes.

The clothes are integral to the story, says Magoma.

“We work well together – his dance is vibrant, modern and edgy. The costumes set the mood for the production,” says Van der Watt. ”They’re designed specifically for movement and flexibility. They become part of the landscape of the narrative.”

Magoma met the designer at a fashion show more than a decade ago. “I was taken by Jacques’ versatility and his bold designs. Like me, he isn’t afraid to push the envelope. We both defy rules to create our own forms and aesthetics while remaining current and unique,” says Magoma.

Costume design is not new to Van der Watt. ”It’s my little secret that I started in productions,” he says. ”Nobody knows that my first job was at Egoli – doing wardrobe. I worked on more than 100 episodes. It gave me a very broad learning curve in terms of different kinds of clothes, but, as anyone who’s worked in television before will understand, it nearly killed me.”

  • Full Moon premieres at the Joburg Theatre on April 30

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DHL Exported – A Designers chance to show at New York, London, Milan or Tokyo Fashion Week. Applications end on the 2nd of April, 2014.

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DHL, along with IMG Fashion, is launching a new program, DHL Exported, to support the fashion industry worldwide. This unprecedented program was created to help designers who are already established in their local market to further their global footprint via the world’s most powerful fashion week platforms. Designers from around the globe are invited to submit an application package and select a foreign event of their choice: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York, London Fashion Week, Milan Fashion Week or Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo. A committee of regional experts will review applicants and decide which designer demonstrates the most promise to benefit from debuting their collections at the event.

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DHL will sponsor a chosen designer for two consecutive seasons at each of the four Fashion Weeks. Designers will receive a guaranteed spot on the schedule along with a funded and produced runway show or presentation. DHL will also underwrite all logistic costs of producing the collection (i.e. international shipping and exporting of hard goods) as well as exporting the collection to New York, London, Milan or Tokyo for the designers’ runway debut.

The application process will be open from February 17 – April 2, 2014 and winners announced at exclusive press events in New York, London, Milan and Tokyo in May.

DHL will support the designers’ journey from the outset of transporting fabrics and supplies for the collection to shipping the completed collection to the runway. DHL Exported is supported by IMG Fashion, the British Fashion Council, Camera Nazionale Della Moda, and Japan Fashion Week.

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To be considered for the program, the designer must fulfill the criteria below and fill out the following application:

  1. Has been in the business of fashion design for a minimum of 7 years
  2. Has demonstrated the ability to produce collections to a high level of consistent production
  3. Can demonstrate international sales growth
  4. Has a business strategy for international growth

To findout more about the program, and fill out the registration form, please click HERE.

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Ghanaian Produced Fashion Label Della, Collaborates with Vans on New Shoe Collection

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In exciting collaboration news, LA based, Ghanaian produced fashion label Della has collaborated with shoe manufacturer Vans. The collection consists of six vibrant designs with the fabrics handmade by artisans from Hohoe, Ghana. The shoes come in low and high cut, styled in colourful Batik designs.

Della is a socially responsible fashion line that helps provide jobs, skills training as well education in Ghana. Their products are handcrafted using authentic textiles sourced in the Volta region of the West African country.

Innocent Ndlovu is the Men’s Fashion Editor of HauTe Fashion Africa. Follow him on Twitter @IamInnocentN and Instagram @innoegram. 

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Taibo Bacar, MaXhosa by Laduma, Thula Sindi get Eco-Friendly for the Earth Matters, Fashion Matters Fashion Show at The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art on the 22ND of February, 2014.

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The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art will host some of Africa’s hottest designers at “Earth Matters, Fashion Matters” a fashion show and concert at the museum Saturday, Feb. 22, from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Katie Rost, a Vogue 100 model, will emcee the already sold-out event.

Global Fashion New York Inc. is producing the provocative show, which will feature eco-friendly fashions inspired by the exhibition, “Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa.” 10 Designers from across the African Continent such as Thula Sindi from South Africa, Taibo Bacar from Mozambique, KibonenNY from Cameroon, Chouchou Lazare from Gabon, MaXhosa by Laduma from South Africa, Patience Torlowei from Nigeria, Mushana from Uganda, Kenema from Sierra Leone, Abai Schulze from Ethiopia and Sindiso Khumalo from South Africa will interpret with eco-friendly fashions inspired by the “Earth Matters” exhibition.

The exhibition is on view at the museum through Sunday, Feb 23:

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