10 Exciting South African Fashion Brands You Need to Know

10 Exciting South African Fashion Brands You Need to Know

The South African fashion industry is no doubt one of the leading fashion industries on the African continent as a result of the creative sense of fashion each stylist from the nation possesses. Each of the South African fashion brands one way or the other finds a special way to insert a piece of detail which relates to their heritage or culture into their collections. These South African fashion brands have showcased their collections with a mix of contemporary and urban detail both at home and at international fashion runway shows which in turn has resulted in them bringing home awards and also having their work at some of the best stores abroad. The Mercedes Benz fashion week in South Africa always brings freshest lifestyle beyond fashion and style. From MaXhosa by Laduma, to David Tlale to Pichulik – here are some of South African fashion brands you need to know about.

MaXhosa by Laduma

Exciting South African Fashion Brands: MaXhosa by Laduma
The monochrome world of MaXhosa. © MAXHOSA BY LADUMA/Instagram

This is one of the leading fashion brands in South Africa launched in 2011 by Laduma Ngxokolo, Who since the unveiling of the brand has been soaring high in the fashion business. Known to produce the finest collection of knitwear on the African continent, MaXhosa celebrates the rich culture of the Xhosa people and at the same time providing traditional clothing for Xhosa initiation rituals. MaXhosa pieces are stocked in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Tokyo and London.

Pichulik

Exciting South African Fashion Brands: PICHULIK
PICHULIK limited edition earrings + choker with a pineapple flava. © PICHULIK/Instagram

This is one of the most sorted accessory brand in South Africa known to produce an array of bespoke necklaces, bracelets and earrings. The brand which is inspired by a team of women led by Katherine-Mary Pichulik uses some of the best locally manufactured rope and other materials used in producing some of finest jewelries from South Africa and others are being sourced from other parts of Africa such as Wood beads, semi precious stones and metals. Pichulik has been seen on runways across the world and on Solange Knowles as well as the Williams sister.

David Tlale

Exciting South African Fashion Brands: David Tlale
David Tlale runway display at the New York Fashion Week. © David Tlale/Instagram

Laughed in 2003, the brand ‘David Tlale’ has won the heart of both fashion lovers and that of influencers within South Africa and beyond as a result of the brand’s mastery in creating some of the finest pieces of Couture with excellent sculptural detailing. David Tlale has showcased his collections of fine Couture both across South Africa, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Show New York back 2012 and other shows abroad.

Lukhanyo Mdingi

Exciting South African Fashion Brands: Lukhanyo Mdingi
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Lukhanyo Mdingi is known to have created his first two collections while completing his degree in fashion at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. The young creative director believes in making powerful impact on the African landscape through his finely sourced and cut pieces with a style of insightful storytelling on the African heritage in each prevention and collection.

Laird Cherry

Exciting South African Fashion Brands: Amanda Laird Cherry Apparel
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This bespoke fashion line founded by Amanda Laird Cherry is known to produce some fine work of Couture from ladies wear, to men’s bespoke outfits as well shoes for the fashionable women. Amanda who studied Clothing Design and graduated in 1983, is known to tell her own personal stories through cloth and thread has been featured on some of the reputable media publications across South Africa and abroad such as Time Magazine, Y-Mag, British Vogue and others. She has also showcased her designs at the London Fashion Week Expo as well as others.

Thula Sindi

Exciting South African Fashion Brands: Thula Sindi
Off the shoulder Thula Sindi Batik dress. © thulasindi/instagram

Thula Sindi, sometimes called the King of fashion in South Africa produces the most sophisticated yet contemporary women’s Couture which are elegantly timeless and goes along with current fashion trends. Thula who happens to be a graduate of the National School of Arts, Johannesburg and also studied at the London International School of fashion has exhibited various collections of elegant women’s clothing at runway shows in South Africa, Lagos, New York as well as Paris in 2007.

Selfi

Exciting South African Fashion Brands: Selfi
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Selfi is contemporary fashion line based in Capetown which reinvents traditional apparels and pays attention to every single detail on each wears produced. The brand which consists of a team 4 skilled women with expertise in the line of women’s couture and founded by Celeste Arendse, had exhibited it’s fine piece at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week both at Capetown and Johannesburg and they are also stocked in local and international stores.

Isabel de Villiers

Exciting South African Fashion Brands: Isabel de Villiers
Isabel de Villiers multi-tie dress. © Isabel de Villiers/Instagram

Isabel de Villiers is inspired by the African woman shape with an eye for quality garments and attention to plus size women, Isabel is known to produce some of the most beautiful ready to wear outfits. In other to ensure the exquisite quality of each her pieces, Isabel and her team women on produce small quantities for each collection.

Jenni Button

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in South Africa: Jenni Button

This is one of the most respected fashion brand in South Africa which caters to fashion needs of each of it’s clients with the most unique pieces of fabric which are cut and sewn with extreme care so as to bring out an exquisite end result. The brand which was founded by Jenni Button, operates from Capetown and only caters to the needs of women with the desire to wear something totally stunning and different from what could be found at stores with mass produced clothing. Her collections has been on the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Show in South Africa, while she has stores in Paris, New York and London respectively.

Simon and Mary

Exciting South African Fashion Brands: Simon and Mary
Simon and Mary Hats. © simonandmary/instagram

This line of head wear which has been passed from generation to generation for over 70 years is known to produce some of the best works of fine millinery both for men and women. According to the makers of this fine works of craftsmanship, the hats are much more than a piece of clothing item, but rather a way of life. Each piece pays tribute to the family traditions and values of the earliest makers of this brand dated back to 1935.

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In The Style Nigeria: What They’re Wearing in Lagos

In The Style Nigeria: What They're Wearing in Lagos

Lagos has fast become a trend setting and fashion-conscious city, being home to fashion lovers and local fashion brands in Nigeria and Africa. A lot of olden days trends have also made reappearances over the years – from the most traditional legacy to social media fashion influencers pushing the craftsmanship in Lagos fashion and style. Some of the trends that have fast become a constant and most especially amongst the residents of Lagos. We take a look at the most influential fashion trend in Lagos, Nigeria. In the style Nigeria – whether it’s Gucci gang or ankara inspired outerwear, there’s sure to be something to spark your style, creativity and taste when it comes to Lagos style.

Ankara

Ankara fashion – © Oprah Dubie/flickr

Ankara has become very popular in this part of the world going from representing the unique African culture, to being a run way style, to becoming an interior designers tool, to a Thanksgiving Sunday uniform, to an office Friday uniform, to being part of a fashionistas style story. It is one authentic article of African clothing that has set a permanent spot for itself in fashion as well as culture.

Cold Shoulder

Cold Shoulder – © kamdora

With its air of sophistication, the cold shoulder is a fashion trend that evolved from the 1950s and 60s, proving to be a trend that stands the test of time by remaining despite the evolution of fashion that every year brings. The cold shoulder trend found its way to being installed in every piece or fabric of clothing ranging from the Ankara to the English wear and it is one style which is compatible with every kind of bottoms.

Block Heels

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This is the go-to footwear for comfort and style in every woman’s guilty pleasure. Being comfortable with its chunky heel and leveled platforms, the block heel still gives off the fashionista, sophisticated and mature aura even compared to the pencil heel. It is every beginners initiation into the art of wearing heels, taking the spotlight from wedges. The block heel styling is not complex as it can accentuate every piece of clothing and give off a level of confidence.

Statement Sleeves

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Statement Sleeves made its way into fashion in the 1830s in Europe and America and with its over exaggerated designs, it is one that is hard to miss and is compatible with every piece or clothing. The statement sleeve is one design that has been installed into fashionable pieces like the wrap top, cold shoulder dresses and blouses, the Ankara amongst others. Despite its lack of subtlety, it is not restricted to being a celebration costume but can be worn regularly and officially.

Fringe

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Fringes – © asoebibella/instagram

Fringe’s first appearance in fashion came with the flapper look in the 1920s. Its spontaneous flattering style always makes a statement. Its style overtime has become incorporated in almost every piece of clothing and the most ludicrous yet is the denim.

Denim

Style: Lagos Fashion Influencers
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Denim appears to be a never ending trend and it has revolutionized from a runway style to a daily fashion attire. The denim has instilled itself both as a singularly worn brand to a pair style.

Bright Colors

In The Style Nigeria: What They're Wearing in Lagos
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Bright Colors have always and will always be a daring fashion trend because of the difficulty in pulling it off with regards to skin tone, accessories and even pairing but that hasn’t been a barrier as we see people pull it off on a daily basis in color blocking mode, monochrome, matching, among others.

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5 Reasons For Wearing Rubber Footwear Every Season

5 Reasons For Wearing Rubber Footwear Every Season

The rainy season is upon us and there is the need to dress appropriately, else one experiences the unfortunate re-occurrence of getting drenched by the rain. This is the time to constantly carry about an umbrella and to wear the appropriate footwear so as avoid the unnecessary spoils that occur with leather sandals/shoes, especially after been soaked by the rain. Apart from regularly moving about with an umbrella, one must consider the importance of always having rubber footwear. Rubber shoes aren’t just suitable for rainy seasons; they can serve as the best footwear investment for all seasons. Rubber footwear have been in use for ages but recently became trendy by its widespread use among college female students. It was the fashion era of what became known as “color blocking”; this period was termed color blocking because of how females could wear clothes with more than three sharp colors as long as it matched their bags and shoes. It was a color wheel period as every color on the color scheme was comfortably worn without anyone raising an eyebrow.

Then suddenly, there was a mass production of brightly colored rubber sandals, they flooded the market and every female wanted to have them. These sandals came in different styles and brilliant colors, and some sold for exorbitant prices in boutiques and retail shops.

It became some sort of identity for recognizing females; anyone who had those footwear on was definitely in the know about fashion and considered a Fashionista.
Then came the evolution and change of the current fashion trend, color blocking became a thing of the past and a majority of people moved on to the new trend, abandoning their colorful penciled trousers and rubber footwear. Currently people only consider rubber footwears during the raining season. Here are 5 Reasons Why Rubber Footwear Are Appropriate For Every Season:

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Rubber Footwear Can Withstand Any Weather

Unlike their leather counterparts, these footwear are the lilies of all seasons. They remain relevant and useful irrespective of the weather change. They are the perfect dolls for the rainy season considering the fact that they can’t get damaged by the rain, they were specially made to flourish during the rainy seasons. They can also withstand the hot dry seasons; they do not gather dust or suddenly look dull from exposure to dust.

Affordable And Available

These footwear are also readily available and very affordable. You can get a pair of rubber slippers for as low as N300 and sandals or sneakers for as low as a N1000. The pricing clearly depends on the market where purchased, bigger markets in Port Harcourt like the popular Mile I market or Creek Road market in Town always sells at very cheap rates and you have larger varieties to choose from.

Rubber Shoes: 5 Reasons For Wearing Rubber Footwear Every Season

Easy To Clean

Rubber footwear are easy to clean and this takes no time at all. All you need to get the work done is a soft foam, any detergent of your choice and some water. After some scrubbing and rinsing with clean water, your footwear instantly becomes good as new. The above cleaning routine comes in handy especially with white rubber footwear, scrub until your shoe is sparkling white; rinse out and dry in the sun.

Durable And Low Level Maintenance

A pair of rubber footwear can last up to three years or more depending on the level of usage and maintenance. Regular scrubbing with a soft foam and drying out in the sun does all the work. It’s also easier and cheaper to repair than its leather counterpart.

Appropriate Footwear season

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New styles pour into the market every time which means they are always available in more trendy styles than the last time. They keep updating with innovative and more chic pieces, there’s always something new to pick. It’s hard resisting such fashion goodness.
Rubber footwear are never going to go out of fashion or usage. Especially as it seems to have more advantage over any invisible disadvantage. The market keeps getting flooded with modern designs. Go get a rubber footwear today.

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Ugo Mozie: The Stylist and Young Leader of Style

Ugo Mozie: Stylist & Young Leader in Style & Fashion

Ugo Mozie is a young stylist who has worked hard to establish himself in the fashion world and urban culture. Born on November 16, 1991 in Enugu State Nigeria, at the age of 3 Ugo Mozie moved to Los Angeles California with his family. In 2005 he got his first modelling gig with the help of mega hip hop mogul Jay-Z at age 14 modelling at an Urban Modelling tour where he worked with the likes of G-unit and Sean John. The popularly known young iconic fashion legend has taken the international fashion scene by storm. Ugo is an advanced stylist with strong passion for tailored suits and high-end menswear. A risk-taker that always positively push his clients to shine – which has gained him immense respect and report that makes him a young leader in style and fashion.

In 2009 his love for fashion took him to New York City at a very young age of about 16, he was instating the concept of his unique style all around the city. In 2011 at age 18 Ugo Mozie collaborated with Quinn Aston his best friend and business partner debuting his first fashion line “Aston Mozie” expressing his style in each piece. In 2014 he was appointed the United States P.R Director to the Fashion House of the iconic Vivienne Westwood. A year later in 2015, Ugo Mozie released his luxury hat line which has graced the heads of many A-listers including Justin Bieber, Celine Dione, Travis Scott, Beyoncé, and so many more.

Ugo Mozie: Stylist & Young Leader in Style & Fashion
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He is multi-talented as he has worked in Television Series previously such as Sex and the City, Dateline News, 51st Grammy Awards and Tribeca Film Festival, and his contribution to WAD, Ghubar and 360 Magazine where he was popularly recognized for his contributions as a Fashion Editor. Apart from being one of America’s hottest stylists, he is also a fashion designer, hat designer, jewelry designer and creative director. He styles shoots and editorials for celebrities such as Wale and brands all around the world.

Ugo Mozie: Stylist & Young Leader in Style & Fashion
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Ugo Mozie envisaged himself being at the forefronts of the fashion world today. He is a trend setter through his styling and creative direction. He travels all over the world discovering new cultures which he incorporates into himself and his life. He loves and gets inspiration from Paris France. He believes in making his own way in the fashion industry with his clothes and styling choices. To him, expressing yourself is more important that going according to the rules of the fashion week’s do’s and don’ts. His Nigerian heritage influences him as you can see from his name Ugo which means “Eagle”. He soars high like an eagle, he loves Michael Jackson and has said in an interview that his ideal style will be a balance and mix between the iconic Michael Jackson and Fela Kuti.

Ugo Mozie: Stylist & Young Leader in Style & Fashion
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He balances all his responsibilities so well which gives him icon status, he has styled so many celebrities including the much loved Chris Brown, Larry King and his hat line has graced the heads of A-listers such as Gabrielle Union Wade, Floyd Mayweather, Mary J Blige, and the list goes on. No wonder he has been featured in many international and local magazines for his contributions to the fashion and style industry all around the world. He also writes music and loves public speaking. Ugo Mozie wants to be remembered as a creative fashionist who left a legacy of inspiration and broke barriers in fashion. At the age of 26 Ugo Mozie is an inspiration to all.

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5 of the Best Nigerian Fashion Influencers on Instagram

Nigerian Fashion Influencers on Instagram

The Nigerian Fashion industry has grown and garnered a lot of attention of fashion and style lovers from within the country and also abroad. This couldn’t have been possible without the effort, creativity and sense of style at which Nigerian fashion influencers style and curate fashion pieces through their social media platforms and appearances. Most brands today depend on influencers to use and review their products and services so as to help create massive awareness to the general public in other to attract consumers to purchase their products and items. From Steven Onoja to Noble Igwe, here’s a selection of 5 of the best Nigerian fashion influencers on instagram to follow.

Noble Igwe

Nigerian Fashion Influencers on Instagram: Noble Igwe
Noble Igwe – © noble_igwe/instagram

Noble is no doubt one of the most influential fashion and lifestyle blogger Nigeria has ever produced. He’s been seen styling both African and western outfits to taste with extreme and total class. He recently launched his very own fashion brand “Tribes by Nobs” where he produces ready to wear male African inspired outfits from Ankara pants to dashiki long sleeved and sleeveless tops. He has worked with A list fashion brands within Nigeria such as Mai Atafo, Yomi casual, Reves clothing, Lolu, orange culture amongst many other notable brands.

Zina Anumudu

Nigerian Fashion Influencers on Instagram: Zina Anumudu
Zina Anumudu – © ozinna/instagram

Ozinna as she is popularly known as by her social media handle is a fashion goddess on her own who styles everything from African inspired dresses to western clothing such as jumpsuits, shift dresses and many others which sometimes come in African inspired fabrics. She happens to be many female Nigerian fashion lovers’ go to person for style and fashion inspiration as a result of her exquisite taste of fashion and combination of accessories and colors. Ozinna is also the founder of popular Nigerian creative brand consulting company “The Style Concierge” which caters to the needs of brands and their development.

Sharon Ojong

Nigerian Fashion Influencers on Instagram: Sharon Ojong
Sharon Ojong – © sharonojong/instagram

Sharon is one of the best multi talented fashion blogger and influencer within Nigeria who specializes in personal styling and creative direction for fashion brands. Her exquisite taste and love for fashion is one that we admire so much and can’t get enough of her. Asides from her being an influencer, Sharon also offers her services to brands that needs business and personal brand assessments which she does effortlessly.

Steven Onoja

Nigerian Fashion Influencers on Instagram: Steven Onoja
Steven Onoja – © stevenonoja/instagram

Exquisite style and fashion connoisseur, Steven Onoja has claimed a spot in the list of the best dressed and most influential fashion curators within Nigeria and abroad. He’s been spotted multiple times styling African inspired outfits and fabrics to taste into suits and other creative styles. His passion and love for fashion can be seen through his social feeds as he spotlessly nails down his every outfit to full details. He is also a creative consultant and also a professional photographer.

Denola Grey

Nigerian Fashion Influencers on Instagram: Denola Grey
Denola Grey – © denolagrey/instagram

Known for his clean cuts and suits and ties, Denola Grey has gained the love and affection of most fashion lovers within Nigeria from male to female. He is mostly seen wearing pieces of well tailored suits and pants as well as well cut shirts and combination of shorts to fit. His creativity in the art of styling and knocking off each piece of clothing he wears both African inspired and western has got him to work with the best people and brands within Nigeria such as Jumia fashion, orange culture, magic of Lagos and Uber Nigeria. Did we forget to mention that he’s also a media presenter and a fashion consultant.

Slide in our comments section to tell us your favorite Nigerian Fashion icon as we always love to hear from you. 

African Fashion: Styling Ankara Dungarees

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Styling Ankara Dungarees: African fabrics has gained so much attention in the fashion world lately both within Africa as well as beyond. We’ve been able to see various glamorous and stylish designs of which they’re being made into which are extremely eye-catching. We find African prints being designed into crop-tops, jumpsuits, jackets, kimonos, shorts and many other trendy looks which always seems to call out the attention of by standers. Styling the African prints has seemed to take a new turn as lots of fearless African fashion trendsetters have now started styling their prints into dungarees.

The dungarees which consists of trousers with a bib held up by straps used to be a 90s fashion trend which mostly comes in denim. Now, it has been adapted into one of the ways at which African inspired fabrics and prints can be styled.

Chica Styling Dungarees (women)

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When styling dungarees for a sporty look, we suggest you best go for a bold and colorful print which is best styled by having the pants a little bit above the ankle. You can then go for a white T-shirt which can either be plain or with a few texts on it and then knock it off with a white pair of sneakers. We suggested going for a colorful print because the more colorful the print is, the more bold the style comes out.

Styling Dungarees (men)

Ankara Clothing
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For men, the dungarees are best styled by also having the pants above the ankle as well just like that of the sporty chic, but one of the bibs should be left unbuttoned for a killer stylish appearance. It can be knocked of a pair of white sneakers and face cap or hat for the finish.

African inspired dungarees can also be styled for classy ladies by having the pants styled like that of a flare pants which opens more breathing space to the legs. This look can be fired up with a pair of heels and a touch of light jewelries which mustn’t be too much. Styling the African inspired dungarees are best for the bold and daring fashionista and not for the fainthearted ones.

4 Indigenous African Hairstyles Making A Comeback

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Indigenous African Hairstyles Making A Comeback: It is often said that nothing new ever happens under the sun, and this saying is very popular amongst the older generation. That is the reason why whenever anything that appears ‘strange’ or ‘weird’ happens; they just look at it and tell you almost everything you are seeing now has happened before.

These things cut across behavior, dressing, food, makeup, vices and even hairstyles! Did you know that some of these hairstyles that people are now embracing today were very trendy amongst our grannies and great grannies? We present you with some of those indigenous hairstyles that are now making a comeback.

Afro

Natural Hairstyles
Natural Afro hairstyle. © MusesUniform/Instagram

If you didn’t see any black and white or sepia pictures of your parents with their afros and some weird flared jeans, then you are probably looking in the wrong place. The afro was the ‘main thing’ that time and now, it’s gradually coming back. With almost all ladies joining the natural gang, they always strive to achieve that afro look whether it’s picked out or not.

Cornrows

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Cornrows hairstyle © I.pj/Instagram

Although, now there are different things attached to the hair to achieve that look like wool and other attachments, the cornrow hairstyle is something that we Africans pride ourselves in. There is just something about it that makes you feel like a true African, especially when you do styles like “shuku” or “patewo” it literally brings out the natural beauty in you. Gone are the days when people shy away from doing cornrows because it makes them look younger than their age, now everybody wants to look younger-and our weather here doesn’t even help at all, cornrows are perfect for the hot weather because there is free passage of breeze. No wonder people are now embracing it more.

Natural Bun

African Women Hairstyles
Curly natural bun © Micheallantionette/Instagram

The advent of the natural hair movement has caused so many ladies to experiment with their hair, and part of these experiments is the natural bun, little did they know that it is a comeback hairstyle. To show the extent to which ladies love this hairstyle, there is a natural bun wig for those whose natural hair is not able to form the bun or those who are skeptical about the movement but want to fit in anyway. It is a highly sought after wig because it looks so real. Before now, our mothers and grandmothers whose wore their natural hair usually packed it up to form the bun especially after they just loosed their cornrows. The natural bun indeed has a beauty to it when it is worn. It gives the wearer a look of youth and innocence. As a matter of fact, men now love this new trend because nobody is disturbing them for outrageous amounts just to buy a weave. Solid point guys!

Kiko (Irun Kiko)

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Nigerian singer Chidinma rocking the Kiko hairstyle. © Chidinmaekile/Instagram

Originally done with rubber thread, “kiko” is a Yoruba word that means to pick and this is in line with how the hair is done; picked and then the thread is used to make the hair. However nowadays, people have substituted the rubber thread for the likes of Brazilian wool while still trying to achieve that same beautiful and natural look. It used to be very popular amongst young school girls and older women, but it seems that the aunties too are presently feeling this hairstyle and it is fast becoming a trend again.

Lagos Fashion Design Week 2017

Lagos Fashion Week 2017: The Heineken Lagos Fashion and Design week is upon us and this is no news for most Lagosians as the event has garnered the attention of loyal fashion lovers from within Nigeria and beyond. This year’s edition of LFDW is produced by one of Nigeria’s best fashion business development agency “Style House Files”, which focuses on the advancement of the Nigerian and African fashion industry – a platform that showcases Lagos fashion designers, as well as local talents across Africa.

Kente is a type of silk and cotton fabric made of interwoven cloth strips and is native to the Akan ethnic group of South Ghana. Credit: Lfdw_ng/Instagram

LFDW is known as the leading fashion event on the African fashion Calender, which leads the way with exceptional initiatives that strengthens and develops the fashion industry. It also provides physical platform which is known to have positioned fashion as a useful tool for commerce and creativity in Nigeria.

The event which has been scheduled for the 25th – 28th of October 2017 at Eko Atlantic will be graced by the most sorted and best fashion brands, models, style influencers amongst many others.

Maasai beaders from Ngong Hill, Kenya who specialize in the bead craft. Credit: Lfdw_ng/Instagram

We’re looking forward to seeing jaw dropping collections on the runways of LFDW by Nigerian Fashion houses like Lanre Dasilva Ajayi (LDA), Mai Atafo, Orange culture, Lisa  Folawiyo, Grey Velvet, JZO, and many others.

Lagos Fashion Design Week
Akwete is a unique hand woven textile produced in the Akwete and Ndoki community, Abia State, Nigeria. Credit: Lfdw_ng/Instagram

The Lagos Fashion Week Show is known to always bring a massive buzz into the city of Lagos and we just can’t wait to see all the newest eye-catching fashion collections and presentations on the runway as well as some lagos street style appearances from the best fashionistas and trend setters at the event’s grounds.

The Best-dressed Africans at GQ Men of the Year 2017

Africans GQ Men of the Year

For two decades, GQ have invited the biggest names from music, film, fashion, sport, art and politics to spend a superb evening with at the annual GQ Men of The Year Awards. From Adwoa Aboah, to Tinie Tempah, Stormzy to Skepta, see the most stylish Africans in the room at GQ Men of the Year 2017.

Stormzy

Africans GQ Men of the Year
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Skepta

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Adwoa Aboah

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Anthony Joshua

Tinie Tempah

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Idris Elba

Africans Win Big at GQ Men of the Year Awards 2017

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See the African-British winners of the 20th annual GQ Men of the Year Awards 2017 in association with Hugo Boss.

Copper Dog Whisky Solo Artist of the Year: Stormzy

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Stormzy, is an Ghanian-English grime and hip hop artiste who has single-handedly ushered in a new age for grime music. His debut album Gang Signs & Prayer, was grime’s first No1 album – doing it independent under his own label, #Merky. He more than just a rapper, he’s remained one of London’s most inspiring young men, encouraging his listeners to vote, pray and speak openly about mental health.

Sportsman of the Year: Anthony Joshua

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In May, Joshua heroically defeated Wladimir Klitschko in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley, cementing his status not just as the heavyweight champion of the world, but a national treasure in waiting for both Nigeria and Britain.

Hugo Boss Woman of the Year: Adwoa Aboah

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The Ghanaian-British fashion model and feminist activist is less Woman Of The Year and more Woman Of A Generation. Aboah has suffered from depression and drug addiction and is now sober, now she’s inspired young women with her willingness to discuss mental health. The 25-year-old has created Gurls Talk: an online platform to empower young women with a safe, supportive community.