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New York Fashion School – Parsons, get a new Dean; Burak Cakmak, and he is all about Sustainability

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Parsons School of Design at the New School is known the world over as the former academic home of Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, Anna Sui and Alexander Wang. This month, the New York-based design school is welcoming a major new addition to its faculty: Burak Cakmak, who joins as dean of fashion.

Burak Cakmak, Dean at Parsons

Selected from 200 applicants by the executive dean of Parsons, Joel Towers, this is Cakmak’s first foray into academia. Succeeding Simon Collins, who stepped down in December after a six year career, Cakmak will be responsible for overseeing a number of courses: the BFA in Fashion Design, AAS degree programs in Fashion Design and Fashion Marketing, and the MFA in Fashion Design and Society.

Cakmak’s career in the fashion industry began at Gap Inc. in 2000, where he served as the senior manager of social responsibility for eight years. Cakmak moved to London in 2008, where he was hired to spearhead sustainability strategies for Kering’s luxury brands, including Gucci, Stella McCartney and Bottega Veneta, as the first director of corporate sustainability. Most recently, Cakmak was vice president of corporate responsibility at the Swarovski Group, where he implemented best practice industry standards across the business.

Given Cakmak’s 15-year-strong background in sustainable design, one of the key initiatives he is bringing to the school is a focus on sustainability.

“When I was at Gap Inc., it was the largest specialty retailer in the world. Because of that, there was pressure from the rest of the world for us to act responsibly. We had to think about how we were managing suppliers and look beyond boundaries in design and production that we normally control,” says Cakmak. “Then, I was hired at Kering to implement the concept [of sustainability] in their businesses. I understood how sustainability worked for a global fast fashion retailer, but at Kering, I had to re-think about what it meant for the luxury business.”

Read More on Cakmak, HERE.

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SURPRISE! Craig Jacobs adds a Second Piece to the Edgars Piece Charity Auction for SOS Villages.

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No piece goes to waste! Craig Jacobs of Fundudzi creates a surprise second piece out of celebrities’ jeans as part of the #EdgarsPieceOfMe celebrity denim charity auction announcing that as an addition to their live Twitter auction that began yesterday, a denim brooch will also be auctioned off on the social network today, which ends at 4PM.

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Bidding for the brooch starts at R50 and goes up in R10 increments. The brooch is valued at R500.

This moving campaign began with a vision to integrate the personal stories of individuals with local fashion and the gift of giving. Five local celebrities donated a pair of jeans to the project and share a personal real-life story; a memory connected to that pair of ‘old faithful’s’.  All of the articles contributed were crafted into a single, one-of-a-kind, new denim masterpiece. Luthando Shosha, Poppy Ntshongwana, Janez Vermeiren, Aspasia Karras, Jimmy Nevis and Jessica Nkosi, each made their contribution.

Stay tuned to Twitter today by following the hashtag #EdgarsPieceofMe to bid for these two incredible items. The proceeds of the project will go to the SOS Children’s Villages South Africa and Edgars will match highest bid and donate a minimum of R5000.

Follow #EdgarsPieceofMe – make fashion history and get involved in this great cause.

Happy Giving!

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POP UP PLUS – an exclusive shopping experience for the curvy woman in Nigeria.

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Are you a curvy woman who has a hard time finding places to shop for trendy and sexy clothes? Do you wear a 41+ in shoes and shoe shopping is a nightmare? Is finding the right style and size of underwear, nightwear and sexy lingerie a hassle?

If the answer is YES to one or all of these questions, then we’ve got your needs covered.

Pop Up Plus Nigeria

Pop Up Plus is a one-day shopping and lifestyle event imagined and designed for the curvy woman! There will be different retailers, designers and stylists that stock plus sized clothes, lingerie, body shapers, bigger sized shoes and natural/healthy lifestyle consultants all in one spot and dedicated just for you.

Participating Vendors include Mabello Clothiers, Tosfa by Tobi Ogundipe, Ejiro Amos Tafiri, Designs by Rehabiah, Gbemisoke Shoes, Aimanosi Lingerie, Namaste Organics, Size Matters and many more.

It’s more than just a shopping event, you’ll network, talk to health, beauty and fashion consultants, enjoy healthy food & drinks, and most of all, leave satisfied and wanting more!

EVENT DETAILS:

Date: August 30th 2015

Proposed Venue: Get Arena, Victoria Island Extension, Lagos

Time: 12pm- 7pm

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Edgars Reveals Craig Jacobs Design for Celebrity Designer Charity Auction Dress “Piece of Me” to raise money for the SOS Children’s Villages, Place your bid!

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The ‘Edgars Piece of Me’ project culminates to an exciting reveal of a one-of-a-kind garment created by local fashion designer, Craig Jacobs, all in support of a worthy cause – The SOS Children’s Villages South Africa.
This special piece which will be sold as part of a live Twitter auction this week, can be revealed as a patchwork dress. A stylish, must-have piece which is designed by Craig who was tasked with creating the garment from the donated denims of six prominent local celebrities including Luthando Shosha, Poppy Ntshongwana, Janez Vermeiren, Aspasia Karras, Jimmy Nevis and Jessica Nkosi.
Giving Craig complete creative freedom to take the celebrity denims and design a one-of-a-kind garment for the purpose of raising funds for charity, also meant putting a spotlight on Craig as the design partner on this project. In turn, this further emphasizes Edgars’ status as the fashion destination of choice and a retailer that has strong ties when it comes to supporting local design.
Clothing with a Conscience
Craig Jacobs’ label, Fundudzi pays considerable attention to being fashionably responsible. Repurposing and re-envisioning discarded fabrics and materials has become a pursuit of passion for Craig. “At Fundudzi we like to find ways of being environmentally conscious when creating our garments. For us, fashionability and creativity go hand-in-hand with having a positive influence on our environment.  A lot of people don’t realize how the footprint of our clothing affects the environment. I find some comfort in knowing I can play a part in lessening this footprint,” says Craig.
“I love recycling different fabrics and giving them a new life. I think the idea of the Edgars Piece of Me project speaks to my intention as a designer and transforming seemingly uninspiring pieces into striking couture” says Craig.
 
The Garment
The design process for this garment differed somewhat from Craig’s usual design ritual. Usually Craig would sketch first and find material and textiles to fit the story. This time however the material already existed. The biggest challenge he faced was crafting a design where the different styles, cuts and dyes of jeans could fit together.

“Our design process was quite organic. We started by segmenting the jeans into different shades and cuts. We then experimented on the mannequin for some time before we came up with the final garment. I spent very little time sketching – this acted as a sort of roadmap that helped paved the direction of the vestment,” says Craig.

“I can’t wait to see what people think of this garment – jeans are a multi-dimensional garment and universally loved so I think this piece will appeal to many people.”
Public Twitter Auction for Charity
This unique piece of fashion history will make it’s mark this week when it will be publicly auctioned for charity on Twitter with the hashtag #EdgarsPieceOfMe.  The opening bid will be shared on Twitter and bids will be taken throughout the auction with Rand values being shared by bidders using the hashtag, and bids being accepted by Edgars within the social network.
The auction will run over the two days, starting at 09:00am on 27 August and ending on 28 August at 16:00pm.  Edgars will donate a minimum of R5 000 or match the winning bid, should it be higher, and all proceeds from this auction will be donated to the project’s deserving beneficiary – The SOS Children’s Villages, South Africa.
Tune in to Twitter to see this social media auction unfold and make your bid to help The SOS Children’s Villages South Africa.  You never know, you could end up winning the bid in the first ever celebrity denim Twitter auction in South Africa!
For more information follow #EdgarsPieceOfMe on Twitter. To read the terms and conditions of the auction, and pre-register as a bidder click here.

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Introducing BoF Education, an online platform providing insights for Fashion Students and Entrepreneurs.

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BoF has long been a trusted resource for educators, students and entrepreneurs, but now, for the first time have created a destination on BoF specifically dedicated to this part of our global community.

Sunday unveiled BoF Education, an online platform providing fashion students and entrepreneurs with insight into how the fashion industry works, online tutorials on how to grow their businesses and advice on how to advance their careers in fashion with courses developed with the needs of fashion students and aspirants in mind, such as:

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Fashion Business Basics, supported by River Island
Online video tutorials taking students through a practical step-by-step journey of building a fashion business from scratch, from writing a business plan to raising financing and building brand awareness.

Fashion Marketing & Communications, supported by The Communications Store
A series of articles about strategies at the cutting edge of fashion communications, including influencer marketing, experiential marketing and digital marketing, illustrated through real-life examples from leading brands.

Fashion History by Colin McDowell
Written by BoF columnist and fashion historian Colin McDowell, this series delves into the careers of the most important couturiers and designers — from Jeanne Lanvin to Yves Saint Laurent — that laid the foundations of the modern fashion industry we know today.

There is also a course on Fashion Entrepreneurship with practical advice from seasoned fashion entrepreneurs and Fashion A-Z, a comprehensive dictionary with definitions of key fashion vocabulary, written by Camilla Morton.

Read More about it, HERE.

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Summer Giveaway: N10,000 from Nigerian Label “Grey” as they prepare for their Annual Sale.

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We are offering a 10,000 Naira voucher to a reader and Grey fan who is able to answer the following questions;

1. What is the name of our spring/summer 2015 collection that was shown at Lagos fashion and design week in November 2014?

ANS: Identity

2. What are the names of the founders of Grey?

ANS: Joke Ladoja, Obida Obi & Tola Ayanwale

Send your answers to info@hautefashionafrica.com

Winners must be able to come to the sale to get their voucher.

The offer is only on the 29th and 30th of august at the Sale Venue, with the Voucher being non-transferable.

UPDATE:

Congratulations to Winner, Tito Bez-Idakula

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The Foschini Group (TFG) is launching a slew of fashion lines and rolling out stores beyond the South African market.

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Fashion retailer The Foschini Group (TFG) is aggressively building a defensive business, launching a slew of fashion lines and rolling out stores beyond the South African market.

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After acquiring an 85% stake in UK ladies fashion group Phase Eight in January, TFG is in the process of bedding down the retailer, as it looks to build scale within the group.

Phase Eight, which has 107 standalone stores and 203 outlets in department stores such as John Lewis, Debenhams and House of Fraser in the region, is looking at store openings internationally.

TFG will grow Phase Eight’s store footprint in Italy, America, China and Mexico adding to the retailer’s 331 stores in 16 countries including Sweden, Hong Kong, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Australia, Malaysia and more.

TFG CEO Doug Murray says the group will look at markets around the world instead of targeting one jurisdiction for Phase Eight’s fortunes.

Despite the influx of foreign retail brands in recent years such as Topshop, Zara,  Forever 21, River Island and soon Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) looking to set up shop, Phase Eight is not bullish on the South African market.

“We didn’t buy Phase Eight with a view of bringing it to South Africa. We will look at the possibility of bringing a couple of stores into South Africa, more for people to understand the brand than to have significant store roll out potential,” Murray says.

This, he says, is because Phase Eight is a niche brand targeting consumers in the upper end of the market and to export clothing from the UK to South Africa will be expensive.

The acquisition of Phase Eight will also boost TFG’s earnings. The company’s financial director Anthony Thunstrom says it has taken a conservative view on the annual retail sales it is factoring in from the Phase Eight acquisition of “between 12% to 14% of turnover”. This translates to a contribution of about R2 billion to R3 billion to TFG’s annual retail sales of over R14 billion.

TFG, which operates retailers such as Total Sports, @home Living Space, Markham, American Swiss, Sterns and more, says its brands are building a defensive business with a diverse product categories focusing from the lower to upper consumers.

As part of its diversification, TFG will look at heavily investing in the children’s wear market through acquisitions and start-up companies. The company is starting a new brand Soda Block – signalling its significant venture in the children’s wear segment.

“We are not heavily invested in the children’s market. We have exposure to this market through Foschini and Exact, but Soda Block will make us more involved in children’s wear category,” Murray says.

TFG is planning for Soda Block to have about 11 stores before December and up to 13 stores before the end of March.

Murray adds that the company will announce further deals in this segment, as the younger population in South Africa becomes more fashion conscious. As Murray puts it: “The market [children’s wear] has always been there. It has always been strong.”

Thunstrom says the group is being approached once a week in terms of acquisition opportunities in the children’s wear segment. “We have strong infrastructure, merchandising and information technology systems that would enable us to add other brands. If we find the right acquisitions or start-ups, it’s about what is attractive to the group,” he says.

TFG’s competitor Truworths has been active in the segment and over past year it acquired children’s wear brand Naartjie and Earthchild Clothing.

Another diversification play for the group is its exposure to the African continent. It currently has about 160 stores in Kenya, Ghana, Zambia, Botswana and Swaziland, and the next stop is growing its African stores to 375 by 2020.

“This depends on the availability of sites. The growth of stores in the region is stronger than in South Africa, but it is not something we see as a big driver for the group in the next five years. It’s a long-term story,” Murray says.

Culled from Money Web.

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Textile Workers’ Union in Nigeria holds 27th Annual National Education Conference

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The Textile Workers’ Union  has  said  arrangement is being concluded to hold the 27th Annual National Education Conference of the union in collaboration with the Nigeria Textile Garment and Tailoring Employers Association (NTGTEA).

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A statement signed by Oladele Hunsu ,president  and Issa Aremu, general secretary of the textile workers’ union said  the Conference is scheduled to hold from Tuesday 25th to Thursday 27th August 2015. The venue is National Teachers Institute (NTI) KM 6 Kaduna-Zaria Expressway Rigachukwu, Kaduna. The Opening Ceremony holds Tuesday 25th August 2015 at 10.00 a.m.

The theme of this year’s National Education Conference is Buhari Administration: Revival Of Textile Industry And Employment Creation.

According to the leaders,the main objective of the 27th Annual Residential Conference is to critically examine all the possible immediate implementation strategies for the revival of textile industry as desired by the current administration.

“This year’s Education Conference assumes a special importance. The Conference holds against the historic background of the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari as the 4th President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the current democratic dispensation.

“We are inspired by the fact that President Buhari has commendably made revival of the Textile Industry in the country a cardinal point of the current administration’s efforts to reindustrialize Nigeria and provide employment for millions of unemployed youths. Textile industry in the 70s and 80s employed as many as 450,000 workers mostly drawn from Kaduna, Kano, Lagos, Funtua, Jos, Guzau, Port Harcourt, Asaba and Aba among others where the industries are located.

They said further that “The Conference brings together all stakeholders notably organized labour from the remaining textile mills in Nigeria, captains of industry and government officials among others to discuss the ways and means to help the new government fulfill its electoral promise of reviving the textile industry and creation of jobs within the shortest possible period.

More than 1000 participants are drawn from the remaining textile and garment factories as well as organized members in the informal sector (self employed tailors and garment makers) across the country.

The invited guests include, Professor Yemi Osinbajo ,vice president of Nigeria  who is expected to declare the ceremony open as Special Guest of Honour.

The chief hosts are the President of the Union, Comrade Oladele Hunsu and General Secretary of the Union, Comrade Issa Aremu, mni.

The statement also said the hosts Governors are Mallam Nasir El Rufai, Executive Governor of Kaduna State and Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, of Edo State.

Mallam Mamman Daura who is the Chairman of the Board of Funtua textile mill in Katsina state is expected to be the Chairman of the occasion.

Other invited guests include Presidents and General Secretaries of Industrial Unions, Nigeria Textile Garment and Tailoring Employers’ Association, President Dangote Group of Companies, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, President of the Senate, Senator (Dr.) Bukola Saraki, Honourable Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara and other Members of the National Assembly, State Governors, Heads of relevant Government Agencies and Parastatals, captains of industry, international guests, the academia and members of the press among others.

There will be an interactive Session on Pension Reform Act 2014: Modalities For The Registration Of Self Employed Tailors And Garment Makers (Informal Sector Workers) immediately after the opening ceremony on Tuesday August 25th, 2015.

The second day of the programme Wednesday August 26, 2015 will discuss the following sub-themes; National Industrial Revolution Plan: from Policy to Action for Textile Revival; Critical Institutional Support for Textile Revival: Curtailing Smuggling, Faking and Counterfeiting of Textile; Electricity Tariff and Supply to Industries after Privatisation; Issues and Challenges among others.

Also the officials said  the  Conference will end  on Thursday August 27, 2015 with discussions on Labour and National Development and panel discussion on Addressing Skills and Financial Needs of Self-Employed Tailors.

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Nigeria’s Bank of Industry (BoI) Launched N1Billion Naira Fashion Fund.

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The Bank of Industry (BoI), on Tuesday in Lagos launched N1billion for the fast-growing fashion industry in the country.

Mr Rasheed Olaoluwa, Managing Director of the bank, said the fund was to support Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), and added that Nigerian fashion designers were one of the most creative in the world, having trained in most of the best fashion schools across the globe.

He said the fund was an initiative under the Gender Unit of the bank, and also targeted toward women-owned businesses only. “There has been a lot of talk about SME funding, but with less actions. This is why BoI has decided to increase its funding initiatives to cluster creations.

“BoI has so far recognised 34 cluster creations nationwide to drive our funding initiatives. So, we are able to tailor each cluster based on its peculiarities. “We are excited about this fund because of the impact it is going to make in promoting job creation, especially among the youths because fashion business globally is worth about $1trillion.

“And with the growing population of over 170 million, increasing purchasing power of the middle class, it is obvious that fashion business is, and will be a money spinner for Nigeria’s economy in the next few years”, Olaoluwa said.

He decried the state of the textile industry, saying that it had not benefited enough from the African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA), due to poor competitiveness. This, he contended, had forced fashion designers to rely heavily on the use of imported fabrics.

“It is a pity that in a last study I did on our ailing textile industry, Nigeria is like 20 years behind in global competitiveness. “This is because about 150 companies have shut down in the last 10 years.
“We are just ensuring that we provide support for the stakeholders and see how we can contribute our quota to the sector’s revival’’, he said.

Joseph said the criteria for the loan would be a five per cent deposit of the loan sum, two reputable guarantors, a bank guarantee, and most importantly, a business with a consistent cash flow, a referral from standard, relevant association would also be needed to facilitate the loans, and a maximum of five million naira only would be given out to individuals.

Mrs Funmi Ajila-Ladipo, President, Fashion Designers Association of Nigeria (FADAN), lauded BoI for the initiative. She said the loan would encourage more fashion entrepreneurs to expand their businesses, and urged the bank to provide training, build capacity and guidance for budding entrepreneurs in the industry “as funding is not the only challenge facing the industry.’’ She said there was a need for BoI to encourage the creation of more production hubs and vocational centres and not focus on the end products only.

Mrs Stella Awoh, representative of Yaba College of Technology Fashion School, appealed to BoI and the government to provide support for fashion interns and graduates to set up their businesses as the college churns out about 450 graduates annually, who mostly end up roaming the streets because they had no funds to establish businesses. (NAN)

Watch CNBC Africa’s Interview with MD/CEO of Bank of Industry, Rasheed Olaoluwa discuss about the 1 Billion Naira Fashion Fund:

For More Information, visit www.BOINigeria.com

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Fashion Beauty Report: Cape Town Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016

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Fresh makeup, bold hair, straight from the Spring/Summer 2016 Cape Town Fashion Week runways. Our friendly Beauty Professional, Lousia Kinoshi of BeautyREVNG.com has curated the top Beauty Trends from the season to keep you just not in style, but beautiful.

Bright Hues

While most designers kept the tresses very simple. We couldn’t help but fall in love with Kluk CGDT’s pink wigs on stage. Colored hair is all the rage and the structured bob is extra chic.  Kluk CGDT’s was all about the modern cosmopolitan woman and this look was perfect.

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 Get the Look:

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Want to recreate the pink tresses from the runway? Try Adore Hair Color in Fiesta Fuchsia available on BeautySupplyNG on Konga

Glitter Highlighters

Highlighters are all the rage in beauty right now. Award winning designer, David Tlale in collaboration with the MAC Cosmetics took it to the extreme by using bright glitter to highlight half of the faces.

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Get the Look:

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Want a more everyday appropriate highlight? Try NARS Multiple in Copacabana from BeautyRevNG.

Extreme Lashes

Bold lashes were the final touch for the Davd Tlale show. These flowered lashes created by makeup artist Michelle Lee Collins and the MAC Cosmetics team were striking and intense.

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Get the Look:

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Get your lash game on with Liz Yemoja lashes on BeautyRevNG.

The Modern Tribal Marks

Marianne Fassler is know for being unique and original and this season’s show was not an exception. We love the asymmetrical lines on the models faces.

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Get the look:

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Draw lines with a lip liner or eye liner from MAC Cosmetics.

Image Credit: MAC Cosmetics and Aubrey Jonsson

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