Design

Artistic Disposition: Who Are Creative & Art Directors?
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If you’ve taken a keen interest in the workings of the fashion industry, you’ve probably heard the term creative or art director come up. You may be most familiar with the creative directors associated with fashion houses such as Karl...
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RAYA: Nigerian Jewellery Brand Making A Statement
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It starts with a signature yellow box. An indication that this Lagos-based brand is the furthest thing from a wallflower. Ivie Omenai started Raya in 2014 when she noticed the lack of indigenous jewellery brands in Nigeria. Since then, she...
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What DOES Contemporary Jewellery Mean Anyway?
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‘How would you describe your style?’ As a designer, you’re probably going to hear that question throughout your career. Thankfully there are terms in jewellery lingo that can help summarize what category your work falls into. Some of these terms,...
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ELEMENTS OF JEWELLERY DESIGN: The Basic Units you need to Know
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The principles of jewellery design provided the rules that should essentially get your pieces noticed (and hopefully bought at full price). But now we’ll look at the ingredients you’d actually need to apply these rules to. Elements of design are...
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YaCHAIKA: Yasuyuki Yamada Literally Putting The Spring Into Your Step
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We all known the saying, “keep your heels, head and standards high”. Their perennial appeal is aptly captured by Christian Louboutin, “they transform your body language and attitude. They lift you up physically and emotionally.” It doesn’t hurt that it...
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Editor’s Note – Design Trends Series
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Editor's Note_____________ From opening our flagship store at Two Rivers to wrapping up the Designer focus series, we want to bring some inspiration and style to your homes with our Design Trends Series.  A lot has been happening these two...
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TDS CREATIVES: Cheick Diallo Turning Furniture into Inimitable Art Expression  
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  [Image: Design Newtwork Africa / Cheick Diallo]   “I don’t have an interest in design if it is only to remake that which already exists.” The powerful quote by Malian designer, Cheick Diallo, best describes the impeccable furniture and objects...
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Let’s talk about Adidas and Eco-friendly shoes, shall we?
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If you’re looking for anything second hand but struck out in the likes of Toi market, you’re most likely going to end up in Gikomba market. And if you’re visiting it for the first time, no one can really prepare...
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Technology Fashion and Design Series
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Editor's Note_____________ For the next two months, September to October, we take a look into how technology plays into the fashion and design world and how we can take part of it. It is known that technology has literally changed our lives in...
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Polka Boka: Rebranded
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The urge to call them the comeback kids is strong within us. For a brand that started in 2013, it quickly garnered the support from the local scene and was in the public domain up until the end of 2014....
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Jasleen Matharu: The Fashion Design Student to Watch
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We’ve featured a lot of established designers in the past, and emerging designers that seem to have it all together. But that doesn’t mean that everyone knows just where the fashion road will take them. Or that everyone has to...
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Zuvaa- Connecting your skills with your passion [Africa Feature: Nigeria/USA]
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Necessity. The mother of invention led Nigerian-American entrepreneur Kelechi Anyadiegwu to create the online platform ‘Zuvaa’ which means “sunshine” in the Shona language from Zimbabwe. The online marketplace is devoted to modern African design that embraces figure-flattering shapes, with sizes up...
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The Brand Formerly known as Zeebaan Designs: Honey from the Moon
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[Image: Courtesy of Honey from the Moon/Poppy Miyonga Photography] Last we left off you were talking about issues with the leather industry… how the supply demand was making the leather more expensive…. You were working with what you could find...
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Iquira: adding the flavour to the Ready-to-wear scene
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“We are not sure how you came across our creative space but we are ecstatic you found us!” is how this fashion brand begins its introduction to any newcomer that happens upon their site. The brand’s defining attribute is its...
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