Helen Jennings and Shingai Shoniwa of The Noisettes | Shalizee cupcakes as inspired by UK and USA covers of New African Fashion | Yasmin Warsame | Drinks by Belvedere | Armando Cabral | Deborah Johnson and I. Photography by Jackie King. New African Fashion by Helen Jennings London launch...

Nigerian-born designer Duro Olowu debuted his Fall 2011 collection as part of New York's Fashion Week. It was his first-ever show in the United States and featured contrasting colors and textures, as well as a mix of prints. The "Urban Gaucho" collection was inspired by Harlem's Renaissance...

Traditional African clothing brings out great prints that are used in purses, pants and even shoes. Some of the more popular materials used in jewelry are: copper, bronze, sea shells and beads. They have a huge tribal influence. The versatile nature of African fashion designs has made it a...

Duro Olowu collaborated with J. C. Penney for one of the most unique retail mashups this season. This one really caught my interest because Duro Olowu is a Nigerian-born, British fashion designer. His collections are known for bright, graphic prints and nods to his ethnic heritage. This an...

Like Prabal Gurung for Target, and Maison Martin Margiela for H&M, prints master Duro Olowu is jumping on the diffusion train, creating a lower priced line for mass market retailer, J.C. Penney: A look from Duro Olowu for J.C. Penney Forget about those $1,000 price tags! The...

In the whirlwind last week that was New York Fashion Week, we couldn't forget about a big celebration not only to lauded the tenth anniversary of The Daily Front Row, but also to celebration of a limited-edition partnership of jcpenney and designer Duro Olowu. Known for his print mixing...

You know I said in my report back from African Fashion Week, that the rest of the fashion world has started pillaging Africa for our prints, now that the Western World have run out of other ways to use and abuse us and take our things for themselves? Well, let's be honest, we can't let...

Photo Credit: Book Cover of New African Fashion by Helen Jennings. Published by Prestel Publishing, 31st October 2011, £19.99/$35.00. Africa has long served as inspiration for high fashion designers. In the sixties, designers like Paco Rabanne and Yves Saint Laurent referenced the continent...

For the last four years the debate has raged in my mind, what is South African fashion? What should it be? Does there need to be a SA fashion identity? If so, do we need to be able to define it? What and who does this identity serve and can we all unite under one identity? I mean this is big,...

multilayered histories of African countries, as well as influenced by other non-African, non-Western cultures. Fashion does not flow only one way, and it is "a key element of global visual culture" (p. 15). The reader emerges from the study with a firm understanding of how African fashion is...

 

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