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#ThinkPink: Vane Style Showrooms Veronica Odeka puts her polish; Vane, to better use of spreading Breast Cancer Awarenes.

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Statistics state that one in eight women will battle with breast cancer in their lifetime, unfortunately we’ve yet to find a cure. That is why during this month of October, Nigerian nail polish brand Vane, owned by founder of Vane Style Showroom, Veronica Odeka are doing their part to keep the focus on finding the cure through the use of pink polish.

Vane Polish for Breast Cancer

Every pot of pink nail polish purchase this month will come with a pink cancer awareness ribbon and a portion of the proceeds will go towards battling breast cancer. You can purchase yours, HERE.

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#ThinkPink: South Africa’s Foschini gets creative for Breast Cancer Awareness, buy a Bracelet or Bra to donate for a cure!

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Watch the Making of the Campaign:

For More Information on how to get involved, click HERE.

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Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016 [Day 7] : Saint Laurent

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Saint Laurent

Celebrating the Rock n Roll Royalty in you.


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Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016 [Day 3] : Lanvin

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Alber Elbaz

With separates to skousers, black, grey, white & work chic, this seasons Lanvin woman is growing up from just being a party girl.


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The International Textile Fair partners with the Ethical Fashion Forum’s sustainable fashion business platform, SOURCE for its October trade show in Dubai.

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Held over two days, the International Textile Fair welcomes over 6000 visitors to the UAE, which is now the fourth largest trading centre for fashion and apparel.

International Textile Fair partners with Ethical Fashion's SOURCE

Mallory Giardino, SOURCE Membership Director, will present a seminar on both days of the tradeshow looking at the business case for sustainability in today’s fashion industry. With over 50% of global online consumers now willing to pay more for products and services from companies that are committed to positive social and environmental impact*, sustainability is no longer about philanthropy; it is a huge business opportunity for fashion businesses to tap into.

The SOURCE platform was launched in 2011 by the Ethical Fashion Forum (EFF), the industry body for sustainable fashion, representing over 10,000 members in more than 100 countries. SOURCE provides an online network, a sourcing and business database, business intelligence, and a global programme of events that enable fashion businesses to succeed commercially, socially, and environmentally.

The International Textile Fair Dubai is now onto its third event and has already grown immensely. It is estimated that by 2016, the UAE will become the world’s leading high-end textile and garment re-export centre. With this massive growth in fashion businesses in the UAE, the opportunity really is now to integrate sustainability and gain a competitive advantage as they make their mark on the global fashion stage.

For more details about how to attend ITF Dubai and the SOURCE Seminar on Sustainability in Fashion and Textiles, visit their website:

For more details about the SOURCE platform, visit

About International Textile Fair Dubai

International Textile Fair- Dubai, is UAE’s premier platform for FASHION and FABRICS. INTERNATIONAL TEXTILE FAIR, Dubai will showcase Pre-collection Autumn/Winter 2016 & Spring/Summer 2017 highlights. Exhibitors from around the world will get together on one platform to influence the UAE fashion scene.

Show Highlights
Conferences from renowned speakers of the fashion industry
Fashion workshops
Modest Fashion Forecast
Trend Forecasts
Internship opportunities
Meet Buyers from all over the Middle East
Fabric sourcing

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African Designers Showing at Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016: [29 Sept – 7 Oct, 2015]

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Even though there were no designers of African Descent on the Milan Fashion Week schedule, there was no denying they gave Paris a run for their money as Fashion Capital, which gets us really excited about about Paris, as we look forward to what Spring/Summer 2016 Collections from Alber Elbaz, Creative Director of Lanvin & (Yves) Saint Laurent:

Lanvin Girls

Lanvin: Thursday, 1st of October. 8PM. Invitation Only

Saint Laurent Crew

Saint Laurent: Monday, 5th of October. 8PM. Invitation Only

Next Stop: Ghana Fashion & Design Week! If you know of any African Fashion Designers showing during Paris Fashion Week, you’d like to see on this list, please send an email to


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1 Tunisian & 2 Nigerians. The Folawiyo’s & Paola Russo join 3rd Generation of the Business of Fashion, 2015.

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The $1 trillion fashion industry is animated by the ideas, emotions and actions of a core community of influential global insiders. No other sector has a cast of characters as passionate, diverse and interesting, from blue-chip business titans to daring creative upstarts. The BoF 500 is a professional index of the people shaping the global fashion industry, based on hundreds of nominations received from current members of the BoF 500, data analysis and months of research to unearth names from all corners of the globe.

For it’s 3rd year, and a total of 19 Africans ranging from Egypt (Susan Sabet) to South Africa (Adrian Joffe), the BOF has successfully built a comprehensive list of the movers and shakers of the Fashion Industry worldwide. Meet the 2015 Inductees:

Lisa Folawiyo:

Lisa Folawiyo

Nigerian fashion designer Lisa Folawiyo is celebrated for her colourful collections that fuse traditional West African fabrics with modern tailoring and beaded embellishments. Since starting her label in 2005, Folawiyo has spearheaded the movement of Nigerian designers achieving international recognition for their work. She has a knack for elevating traditional African prints above the status quo, making them relevant for a global audience. She has showrooms in both Nigeria and New York and her collections are stocked in the UK, the US, South Africa and Nigeria itself.

In 2012, Folawiyo won the African Fashion Awards, nominated alongside Maki Oh and Kofi Ansah, two more prolific designers from the Nigerian fashion scene. Championed by Vogue Italia, Folawiyo has also partnered with L’Oreal and done a trunk show on Moda Operandi. Her line is currently stocked in Selfridges.

Having originally trained as a lawyer, Folawiyo came to fashion with no formal training. She founded her own line, Lisa Folawiyo – previously known as Jewel by Lisa – in 2005. Her collections are exclusively crafted from Ankara textiles; vibrant wax-resistant dyed fabrics characteristic of West Africa. “Our mothers, grandmothers and probably great-grandmothers have worn this fabric.” Folawiyo has told the BBC. Her garments are embellished with beads, sequins and crystals all sewn by hand in local workshops in Nigeria. She attributes her success to finding and sticking to this unusual aesthetic.

Reni Folawiyo:

Reni Folawiyo

Nigerian businesswoman Reni Folawiyo is the founder of ‘Alara’, a concept store in the heart of Victoria Island, Lagos that seeks to redefine luxury fashion for Nigerians. Meaning ‘wondrous performer’ in Yoruba, Alara is rapidly becoming a fashion destination for Nigerians and westerners alike. It offers a mix of fashion, art and design in a similar style to famous concept stores like Paris’ Colette, London’s Dover Street Market and Milan’s 10 Corso Como. It stocks a range of western designers including Stella McCartney, Dries Van Noten, Marni and Valentino. Alongside this, Folawiyo looks to champion Nigerian design, stocking the work of Maki Oh, Lanre de Silva Ajayi and Tiffany Amber. Alara has the potential to be a beacon for other fashion retailers and a centre for gravity for global luxury brands already beginning to cluster around a nascent fashion district in Lagos.

Prior to the store opening Nigerians had tended to shop abroad for luxury purchases, “I felt that we needed something iconic that would change our city, change the way we see ourselves and also change the way the world sees us.” Folawiyo told the Wall Street Journal. Folawiyo sees the ‘Alara Woman’ as someone who is a high-powered global citizen. With the store, she aims to establish a contemporary visual language for African luxury.

The store was designed and built by the internationally renowned Ghanian-British architect David Adjaye, whose design for the National Museum of African American History broke ground in 2012. Folawiyo was Born in London, and raised in Western Nigeria, she initially studied law, returning to Lagos to work for her father’s law firm. Alongside this, she opened an interior design business producing custom furniture.

Paola Russo:

Paola Russo

Having made her name as fashion director of Los Angeles’ famed concept store Maxfield, Paolo Russo has set up her own store in the city, establishing a reputation in West Coast fashion circles and beyond for her shrewd curation of high fashion, as well as artwork, jewellery and home décor. A boutique-cum-showroom-cum-art gallery, Just One Eye began life online but now has a brick and mortar space in downtown LA.

Located outside of the city’s traditional retail destination of Rodeo Drive, Russo’s boutique is housed in a grand art-deco building that was once home to the headquarters of Howard Hughes’ aviation empire. It is part of the growing fashion movement in the city, which is quickly becoming an industry destination — this year iconic Parisian boutique L’Eclarieur will also open its first stateside flagship in the city, while both Tom Ford and Louis Vuitton have staged fashion shows there.

Just One Eye is admired for Russo’s eclectic edit, which blends ultra-luxe fashion with emerging cult designers, like Parisian newcomer Aurélie Demel, alongside her careful curation of accessories and home furnishings. The boutique’s impressive selection of artwork includes pieces by Takashi Murakami and Marilyn Minter, as well as exclusive collaborations, including Nate Lowman’s $25,000 sneakers for Converse and Damien Hirst’s $55,000 leather backpack, in partnership with The Row.

With no overt signage, window displays or front door — customers enter through a secretive side entrance, where they are met by a smartly dressed attendant who leads them down a long corridor and into Russo’s 5,000-square-foot space. Very quickly, Just One Eye has become a go-to destination for well-informed fashion insiders.

Fun Fact: Lisa & Reni are Sister-In-Laws, married to Brothers. Read a recap of Last Years’ inductees, HERE.

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London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016 [Day 2] : Duro Olowu

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Duro Olowu

Where’s the signature print clash? This time inspired by the artist Amrita Sher-Gil, the “Frida Kahlo of India,” as Olowu described her, who managed to establish both an impressive body of work and an equally impressive reputation as a freethinking sexual experimenter before she died suddenly at the age of 28, explain the youthfulness of this Spring/Summer 2016 collection which was mostly filled with Polka Dots & Stripes.


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London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016 [Day 1] : PPQ

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Black. Blue. White.


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Nigerian Designer, Deola Sagoe gets intimate with Aljazeera sharing her Family, Workshop & Country in a very Candid Interview.

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For the 1st time of many interviews, Deola Sagoe takes us into her Workshop & home, whilst sharing intimate moments with her Daughter & Father, and sharing with the audience how she stays so fit & fab by jogging & dancing!

It’s a great feature which gives you a better understanding of all House of Deola Sagoe is about, “My Nigeria is filled with beautiful things as well as things that may be perceived as ugly. It is a land with potential.” She couldn’t have said it better, watch the Aljazeera feature titled ‘My Nigeria, a documentary of Nigerians at the Top of their field:

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