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Ataui-Deng Hopkins (Model Of The Week).



Deng was born in Khartoum in the Sudan. She escaped the Second Sudanese Civil War with her parents and immigrated to San Antonio, Texas. She arrived in San Antonio at age 12, four years later she signed to Trump modelling agency and moved to New York.

She debuted as a runway model in September 2008 for the spring Jeremy Laing, Kai Kuhne, L’Wren Scott, Proenza Schouler, and Zac Posen shows in New York. She was filmed by Jeremy Kost backstage at the Zac Posen show for New York magazine.

She skipped the fashion weeks in Europe in 2008 in order to finish high school in Texas. She appeared in Teen Vogue several times. She has also been photographed by Tibi Clenci. At age eighteen she became well known for having fallen on the runway for Z Spoke by Zac Posen.

Arts & Culture

DAILY PAPER/ Amsterdam-based Streetwear Brand Allies Ghanaian Artist, David Alabo, For New Collection



AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS, March 31, 2020/ – Amsterdam-based, African-owned streetwear brand, Daily Paper (men’s wear and women’s wear fashion brand established in 2012), has, in collaboration with Ghanaian visual artist David Alabo, premiered its limited edition capsule, “The Tarot Card” collection of high end t-shirts which is part of the brand’s Spring/Summer 2020 collection.

Categorically, the t-shirt features a unique design by Alabo “highlighting an Afro-Surrealism tarot card providing insight and guidance through symbolism and spiritual wisdom,” according to a press release from Daily Paper. The designs reflect Alabo’s artistic vision of using elements of fantasy and mysticism to critique African society.

Each item in the capsule collection features a unique tarot card design with a symbolic meaning. “The Magician” for instance, represents “spiritual development,” while “The High Priestess” design reflects “intuition, mystery, and sensuality.” The contemporary fashion brand is known for its ready-to-wear garments and accessories.

Daily Paper is inspired by the African heritage of its own founders, together with the passion for contemporary fashion, Daily Paper is known for its ready-to-wear garments and accessories, and is dedicated to promoting African culture by honoring the past and its influence on their vision of the future.

According to David Alabo, who lauded the efforts of the Amsterdam-based, African-owned streetwear brand, which is inspired by the African heritage of its own founders, for an marvellous collaboration revealed that, his aim in the art world is to push the boundaries and challenge the perception of Africa with fashion.

The company was founded by three friends, Hussein Suleiman, Jefferson Osei and Abderrahmane Trabsini. In the beginning the trio set up a blog whereby they occasionally sold T-shirts bearing their logo. The company subsequently grew and amplified into a major trendsetter. Although the blog was running in 2008, the company was founded in 2010 and established in 2012.

In 2015 they released a women’s clothing parallel. They particularly derived their design ideas from scenery in Kenya and other sub-Saharan African regions. In the same year, they branched out to diversify from casual wear to athletic and sportswear. In May 2015 they began releasing limited edition silhouette jackets.

Daily Paper has made it a point to collaborate with African artists and creatives. Last year, the brand linked with Nigerian superstar Wizkid for the limited edition STARBOY collection.

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Victoria Michaels Appointed To Co-Chair Africa Fashion International (AFI) Fashion Week 2020.



International Model and Founder of Fashion Connect Africa (FCA), Victoria Michaels have been announced as the co-chair of the prestigious Africa Fashion International (AFI) Fashion Week 2020 under the theme – Designing Africa’s Future.

Victoria was chosen based on her tremendous contribution towards the growth of the Fashion industry and the incredible work she continues to do in supporting the Youth, women and the girl child.

AFI Fashion Week is scheduled to take place from the 12th to the 14th of March 2020 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. At this year’s Fashion Week, AFI seeks to empower, educate and entertain its audience with a goal of promoting and retailing refined accessories and apparels during the event.

Victoria Michaels is a model, philanthropist, social change advocate and an entrepreneur. She is currently the CEO of VM Consult and Fashion Connect Africa and leads The African Literacy Development Initiative (ALDI) and the Victoria Michaels Foundation.

As a model, Victoria has been featured in major publications such as CANOE, Vogue, Italia, Cosmopolitan, Glitz Africa, ROOTS , Africa Fashion Week, London Magazine, Glam Africa, Destiny, Women & Home, Elle, Enjoy Magazine among others. She has also received numerous accolades and awards including Glitz Africa 2016 & 2018 Model of the year award, Eminence Awards Africa – Distinguished Eminent Model 2017, Ghana Fashion Awards best Classic Female Model 2018 and so on.

As a social change advocate, Victoria Michaels established the Victoria Michaels Foundation a non-profit organization seeking to empower women and less privileged children across Africa to discover their potentials and deploy it for greater society use. Victoria has also used the Africa Literacy Development Initiative (ALDI) as a mechanism geared towards helping underserved and marginalized communities in Africa have access to transformational education through a number of literacy projects.

The VM Foundation and ALDI, has been able to donate libraries, book boxes, refurbished 1st and 2nd Cycle schools (built classroom blocks, libraries stocked with books, administration areas and teachers common rooms) to schools and communities who lack the basic amenities to ensure a child has access to basic education.

Finally, within the Fashion and the advocacy space, Victoria continues to be a beacon of light to so many people around the world and particularly in Africa where the impact of her work is felt on the lives that she is changing through her initiatives. She most recently started Fashion Connect Africa (FCA), an organization that seeks to promote African peace, unity and creative spirit and whose platform is designed to give global exposure and opportunity to the African Fashion creative regardless of where they are in Africa or its diaspora.

African Fashion International was founded by Dr Precious Moloi Motsepe and is one of the biggest showcase platforms for designers of African origin.

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Awards and Ceremoinies

Enhle Mlotshwa Wins Her First International Award For Her Apparel



CALIFORNIA, USA, Wednesday March 11, 2020/ – Celebrity fashion designer and actor Enhle Mbali Mlotshwa is on top of her game after her newly founded fashion label Essie Apparel that launched in October was awarded Best Designer Collection at the weekend by Fashion Community Week in San Francisco, US.

In 2019, actress launched her fashion line which debuted at the South African Fashion Week (SAFW) Autumn/Winter and her fashion line made quite a stir. The collection featured faux leather dresses, catsuits, skirts, puffy jackets and faux fur coats. Earlier this year, her collection was featured in Vogue Italia and now Essie Apparel has collected its first international award.

Mlotshwa told Sowetan that, the win gives her the stamp of approval that she has been waiting for as a fashion designer. According to her, she had put a lot of work and heart into the collection that would be appreciated by fashion lovers, especially the local fashion community, who would go on to consider it as a formidable emerging brand onto the scene. However, the actor confirmed that she will debut her second collection at SA Fashion Week at the end of April

Fashion Community Week is being held in conjunction with retailers, designers, buyers, artists, small businesses and non-profit organizations. The intention of Fashion Con is to bring the Fashion Community together while utilizing this opportunity to give back and make a difference in the community we live in. This week is bringing together everyone from our Fashion industry, creating most exciting week of Fashion.

Fashion Community Week is a fabulous force for good. Twice a year, the nonprofit hosts events typical of an international fashion week. There are fashion shows and fancy cocktail parties and industry conferences — all at high-profile venues like The Clift Hotel and the Fairmont San Francisco. But the difference lies in who is putting the shows on and who is benefitting.

Instead of established marketing machines, FCW is organized by students of Hult International Business School in San Francisco. And instead of well-known fashion labels and supermodels strutting the cat walks, the student coordinators recruit emerging fashion designers and models, providing them a platform to shine.

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MAISON HARDMAN/ The Designer Responsible For Despite’s Son Wedding Apparel



Ghanaian stylist and designer, with an IT and graphic design background by name Michael Kumi, CEO of Maison Hardman is the brain behind the apparel of Despite’s son and some dignitaries who were at the event. The media went agog this weekend over one of the most luxurious weddings in recent times, which displayed indigenous Ghanaian fashion, style and culture.

The designer confidently deserves the credit for Kennedy Osei’s luxury suit, that of Dr Osei Kwame Despite, his brother, Mr Sarpong, the page boy, and his four brothers whom some ladies cannot stop ”crushing” on. Kwame Despite and his brother Mr Sarpong wore blue suits to the most talked-about wedding

In a statement when contacted, Mr Kumi revealed, “for the past five years my passion for fabrics and styles have led me to do strictly men’s wear, mainly suits and caftans. “I have dedicated my time, energy and have invested a lot of time into fine-tuning my craft. What you see today is a testament of hard work and dedication.”

The brand Maison Hardman was born out of his love for cutting fabrics and stitching them together to make exciting clothes with fit-for-purpose designs that gave it relevance and emit light at any gathering. The daughter of Despite’s wedding in 2017 was one of the families events where his designs were on display, left-right-centre with class.

Asked why one of the richest families in Ghana will choose him, he stated that, ”Ken chose me because currently, I’m one of the best designers doing bespoke suites, styling grooms both locally and internationally.

Though in recent times consumers themselves are increasingly selective about what’s worth buying and what will have longevity in their wardrobes, Kumi’s works have won the hearts of many due to his craft and flamboyant finishing. His works have delivered value and satisfaction to reputable personalities and a couple of celebrities including Stonebwoy, Sarkodie, Bola Ray, Trigmatic, Van Vicker, and George Britton among others.

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