The Designers Studio

KAPOETA by Ambica Shah “Eco brand that recycles feathers into very alternative accessories”
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It all began with the fascination of the feather that brought Kapoeta into existence in 2010. After having travelled in India, studying in Spain, and living in Europe, Ambica Shah was introduced to fashion and trends especially the movement with...
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Trends in Kenya…or the lack thereof [Part II]
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Previously… Essentially, this is a challenge to designers. Distinguish yourself and create create create. This is also to encourage designers to step out of their comfort zones (i.e Ankara/Kitenge everything) and be adventurous in their designs. If you are committed...
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Trends in Kenya…or the lack thereof [Part I]
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It would seem that the fashion industry in Kenya is booming. But is it really making an impact. Its one thing to have events right left and center but is there a change in the way Kenyans are dressing? Are...
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Mvoo the Jeweller “The dreams are crazy but that is who I am”
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Meeting Mvoo Wanje was an absolute pleasure. At 24, he is passionate, a visionary, a dreamer, a go-getter, a jeweller and extremely zen. He started his business in 2012, as a result of his frustrations in the design world. Trained...
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Ozwald Boateng on Africa on BBC HARDTalk
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Ozwald Boateng, fashion designer and co-founder of Made in Africa Foundation to support and fund master plans and feasibility studies for transformational and large scale developments and infrastructure projects across the African continent. Take a look at his work below. Ozwald...
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Alexander McQueen (17 March 1969 – 11 February 2010)
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An absolute favorite designer has to be Lee Alexander McQueen. From his early beginnings, to his unfortunate demise, to his resulting present legacy, his designs are truly inspirational, creative and highly emotive. Any piece coming from his collection always portrays...
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Favourite Fashion Editorials
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To begin with, fashion editorials, compared to commercial adverts, tell a vivid story. They capture a feeling, an image, a moment created to portray the perfect situation/venue for the clothes and accessories. It makes you travel to a far distant...
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Wambui Kibue Angelsmile House of Design: Touched by an Angel, made with love and worn with a smile
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“As a good designer you have to be able to constantly recreate whilst still staying true to your brand.” To begin with, its important to let people know what a joy Wambui Kibue is. A ball of laughs and jokes,...
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Chico Leco Presents Glamourai by Sheila Amolo
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Sheila Amolo's Fall/Winter 2013 collection - Glamourai - which marked her design comeback this season. With Glamourai, Sheila explores the reinvented femme fatale heavily inspired by Japanese heroines Captain Soifon from Bleach and Sakura Haruno from Naruto.
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Disability and Fashion
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Now this is something I have never really thought about and by the looks of things, it’s becoming a real issue. I met a lady once who, after the usual casual introductions and telling her what The Designers Studio was...
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Ebony by Rinda: Pan Africanism through Fashion
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EBONY BY RINDA RIN (Rina) DA (Dayan) = RINDA Dayan Masinde (pictured above right), the Creative Director of Ebony by Rinda is an all round artist: fashion designer, poet, painter, sketch artist, media enthusiast and innovator. Any creative venture, you...
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Johanna Blakley: Lessons from fashion’s free culture
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Fashion and copyright? Johanna Blakley spends much of her time exploring how our entertainment interacts with our political, commercial and social habits. In this talk, she talks about what all creative industries can learn from fashion's free culture.
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Chico Leco Presents Sunseeker by Sunny Dolat
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Chico Leco presents his Fall/Winter 2013 collection - Sunseeker - which draws from his heritage to spawn a fluidly stylized collection turned out as a smooth journey through fabric, colour and print.
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Naivasha Fashion Weekend Enashipai – What can we say?
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Described as the “signature fashion event of the year,” Naivasha Fashion Weekend marked itself once again in its second edition at Enashipai Spa and Resort in Naivasha on Saturday 19 October 2013. Congratulations to Enashipai on recently being awarded the...
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