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What to Expect! Swahili Fashion Week 2013- The biggest fashion annual event in East and Central Africa
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Swahili Fashion Week is upon us once again for its 6th event taking place from the 5th to the 8th of December 2013 in Golden Tulip Hotel Dar es Salaam Tanzania. Swahili Fashion Week is a platform founded and created...
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IQUIRA- Wangari Kariuki- Environmental Health Officer on a fashion journey
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Wangari Kariuki, the Designer behind the brand Iquira, began her designing journey with one client; herself. Dissatisfied with what she saw in the market, she decided to make earrings for herself, bought the necessary supplies and began designing. After a...
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Lack of racial diversity in the fashion industry
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“There is a time where silence is not acceptable at all…If the conversation cannot be had publicly in our industry -- then inherently there is something wrong with the industry." Iman Abdulmajid Activist and former model Bethann Hardison, formed the...
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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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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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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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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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ZAMBARAU Accessories | Lover of Life and Art
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Maria Nyambura, the designer behind Zambarau is a lover of life (in a hippie kind of way) a tree hugger and a lover of beauty finding it everywhere she can around her.  A foodie, an artist and an architectural enthusiast...
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Betty Vanetti: Motivated for Change
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BV- “I have been a designer since I was born, I think I designed before I could talk. All my life it was about fashion.” BV has been in the fashion business for ten years on and off. BV worked...
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