Ingrid Sischy (March 2, 1952 – July 24, 2015) was a South African-born writer and art critic who focused on art, photography, and fashion, and was most well known as the editor of Andy Warhol‘s Interview Magazine from 1989 until 2008 as well as her powerful connections and friendships with many in the art community. Until her death in 2015, she and her girlfriend and partner, Sandra Brant, worked together as the international editors of the Italian, Spanish, and German versions of Vanity Fair.
” Ingrid Sischy, the writer and critic, died today in New York. It was sudden, but also not so sudden. She had been under the care of the legendary oncologist Dr. Larry Norton at a New York hospital for some years. Her health was up and down, but her spirit and her work ethic remained heroically steady. Not once did I ever hear her complain about the fate she had been dealt. Or even talk about it much. She just got on with things. There were so many aspects of her character to admire, but I found her saucy, cheerful stoicism to be highly attractive” – Graydon Carter (Editor-In-Chief, Vanity Fair); Read more of Graydon’s very touching tribute, HERE.
Fashion retailer, Edgars, has recently announced the launch of the ‘Edgars Piece of Me’ project. This moving campaign began with a vision to integrate the personal stories of individuals with local fashion and the gift of giving.The love of fashion meets the heart and soul of the wearer in this charity-driven project with a high dose of inspiration.
This August 2015, six local celebrities will donate 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 will be crafted into a single, one-of-a-kind, new denim masterpiece. Luthando Shosha, Poppy Ntshongwana, Janez Vermeiren, Aspasia Karras, Jimmy Nevis and Jessica Nkosi will each make their contribution.
“SOS Children’s Villages South Africa, is so thrilled to have been selected as the beneficiary of the Edgars Piece of Me project. Edgars previously partnered with us on a denim exchange promotion and helped us collect thousands of denims for that initiative,” says Mandy Spies, corporate fundraiser at SOS Children’s Villages.
SOS have been involved with denim recycling since 2011, when their SOS Denim Drive project began as an income-generating project. Mandy adds, “Waste is swallowing up our beautiful country and many of the items landing up in landfill sites, could be reused or recycled. We all have a responsibility to reduce our carbon footprint. We put out an appeal to members of the public to donate their unwanted denims, we recycle them into pretty and practical fashion and household items, generating an income for our sewing group.”
Tune into Twitter on the 27th and 28th of August 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 for the first ever celeb denim haute couture.
The Fashion and design business event comes back this year, packed with exciting business activities themed “FASHION RE:STATED”, with a Trade Exhibition showcase curated under the name “CONTEMPORARY AFRICA” it will run alongside designers catwalk presentations, as well as Fashion business and Knowledge transfer seminars featuring a line up of industry experts.
This Edition, it’s third introduces us to 3 initiatives:
The ETHIKHA platform will highlight ethical fashion and social impact designers’ collections and products driving sustainability through fashion in Africa.
The anticipated event will turn the world’s focus on Accra, as an emerging and growing fashion business capital. The objective this year is to Re-State fashion as a business in Ghana, and bring to the fore the importance of creativity and design innovation as an essential element for Ghana’s creative industry development.
GFDW NEW TALENT SPOT™ initiative space focused on developing nascent new graduates in fashion, design and creative led entrepreneurs will welcome to the space 3 new best fashion design graduates of (2015) from Radford University College. Head of Fashion Department of RUC, Yvonne Ntiamoah, said “ We are encouraged to be in partnership with GFDW business platform, creating the essential link for best new graduates to continue their creative journey into becoming entrepreneurs. We are excited, and can not wait to see the previous 2014 selected RUC Graduate – Afua Biney’s premier collection at the fashion week this October!.”
STYLE & STEEL as part of the event activities this year, turning its focus on MEN behind the wheels, as they welcome Mercedes-Benz to the event as a sponsor, in partnership with Silver Star Auto Ltd., Ghana. Synonymous with fashion and design excellence around the globe, Mercedes-Benz owners in Ghana will have the opportunity to be rewarded by GFDW for a special well-being treatment exclusively at the luxury XMen Grooming Bar through the Fashion Hospitality Lounge at GFDW, whilst, Mercedes-Benz Ladies of STYLE will enjoy a special fashion treat by studio1981, Ghanaian designer at the fashion week.
GFDW event this year will be packed with something for everyone. Event TICKETS for
the “must-attend” event, that has placed Ghana on the global fashion landscape, can be purchased on the GFDW website for anyone wishing to attend the event this October (23rd – 25th, 2015).
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Menswear took a completely different direction this season, especially at the just concluded SA menswear fashion week; where designers were a lot more darker, edgier and really rock and roll, almost like an ode to the goth impresario: Jean Paul Gaultier. From designers such as Kim Gush, with her very severe take on black leather, to Rich Mnisi’s bold statement collection in navy blue and Palse Homme’s super sophisticated and minimalist collection that was majorly anchored on white.
Across board –from London to SA; the rebel gang meet rock and roll vibe seemed to have been the order of the day — with Magent and Agi & Sam’s face mask and body painting and Saint Laurent’s 70’s rock and roll retro throwback, the next season’s man is definitely a rebel, non-conformist and some may say an outlier.
What makes a trend, you ask? Well, firstly, for a particular style to become a trend, such a style must have singularly reoccurred a number of times across catwalks in that season, which makes it very likely to become a wardrobe staple across the globe. And these trends mentioned below have this and so much more in common.
Shorts was singularly the biggest trend across catwalks in South Africa and London. Designers such as Martin Kadinda made a strong case for the short pant suit, Rich Mnisi went super short and Maxhosa’s intricate take on textured shorts. Other designers who incorporated this trend across the catwalks include: Magents, Kola Kuddus, Kim Gush, Taf The Taylor, Martin Kadinda, Palse Homme, Terrence Bray, Imprints, Jagadi and Shirt & Co.
Whether it was faux or real leather, this trend was a bang on the runway. Saint Laurent went biker jacket with his leather while Kim Gush’s entire collection was reverent of it. Other designers that incorporated leather include; Merwe, Julia M’poko, Agi & Sam, Rich Mnisi.
3. Vests and Sleeveless waist coats
Summer is symbolic for the heat wave and hot burning sun, hence, these designers that have made this a must have sartorial staple for spring summer 16. Kola Kuddus’ neon green vest and the white native vest with the Hausa inspired traditional embroidery were the stand out pieces for the designer’s collection. Other designers that incorporated the sleeveless trend into their collection include; Kim Gush, Nguni Shades, Lukhanyo Mdingi and Taf TheTaylor.
Camo has been here for a long time, if these indications are anything to go by, then it is here to stay. It was a full fledged war zone on the Taf The Taylor’s catwalk and hints of army green were splashed across Merwe Mode’s collection.
5. Longline shirts
Longline was such a formidable force at the Taf The Taylor, Merwe Mode and Palse Homme’s catwalks. Other designers that incorporated this trend into their collection include; Jenevieve Lyons, Augustine, Casely Hayford, Shirt & Co, Terrence Bray and Jagadi.
Black was such a huge palette for designers: Kim Gush, Merwe Mode and Taf the Taylor, while white was of equal standing at Palse Homme’s minimalist presentation, Jagadi, Casely Hayford and Lukhanyo Mdingi all favoured white. Designers Rich Mnisi, Lukhanyo Mdingi, Julia M’poko, Agi & Sam and Casely Hayford all took the navy blue route.
Layering was major at the Saint Laurent catwalk, just as it was at , Agi & Sam and Casely Hayford.
This trend will indeed be the defining factor for spring summer 16, as it continues to challenge the preconceived notion of gender and masculinity ( Hey, Caitlin Jenner!), and designers at the SA menswear week caught on with this trend like a wildfire. Kukhanyo Mdingi’s collection was characteristically sheer, Palse Homme’s lacy sheer longline shirt absolutely blurred the lines of gender for me. Kim Gush, Merwe Mode, Rich Mnisi and Jagadi were all on board the sheer trend.
What will be a mens fashion month without the jackets? Saint Laurent went biker and bomber, while Simon Deporres, Palse Homme, and Nguni Shades took the varsity jacket route, with a refreshing twist, might I add!
Taking a cue from Spring Summer 15 womenswear, the next season’s man is bold enough to try his hands on the very hard to ace trend. And designers such as Merwe Mode, Kola Kuddus, Palse Homme, Rich Mnisi, Agi & Sam, Casely Hayford and Shirt & Co all resoundingly echoed this trend in both bold and pin stripes as was the case at Rich Mnisi’s collection.
We are delighted to share Laura Eboa Songue’s vision as a co-founder & managing director of FASHIZBLACK Media & now also president of the Fashion Cluster of the AFRICAFRANCE Foundation for growth.
In February, French president François Hollande, along with presidents from Gabon (Ali Bongo), Ivory Coast (Alassane Ouattara), Nigeria’s Finance minister (Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala) – to name a few, launched the AfricaFrance Foundation to create a cooperative business outlet for a “shared growth” between France & Africa. AfricaFrance brings together governments, companies, local authorities, non-profit organisations, education and research institutions. In this spirit, several programs & clusters were created.
The Fashion cluster is in charge of working on substantial changes in the field on a Panafrican level.
Here is the first interview with Laura for the foundation (in French) >> http://t.co/4Rjzl6cEOT
While SA Menswear Week took the shine all through the weekend, the Nigerian Fashion Retail space saw a boost with leading Multi-Brand Retail Store, Grey Velvet launching it’s 3rd store in Port Harcourt, 1st outside of Lagos, and leading with the most Retail Chains in the Nigerian Fashion Space.
Existing Grey Velvet stores in Lagos specialize in all things African fashion, and the Port Harcourt boutique will be no different. The new chain features a carefully curated, yet extensive selection of clothing and accessories from Nigerian Fashion Designers such as; Ituen by Ituen Basi, Ejiro Amos Tafiri, Ada by Alter Ego, Iamisigo, Xclamations, Wana Sambo
The Port Harcourt fashion pack are encouraged to stay tuned to the radio all week and keep an eye out for offers and competitions courtesy of Grey Velvet, in celebration of the grand-opening this weekend.
Congratulations to the Grey Velvet Team!