Day one of the Creative Africa Exchange WKND ended with a VIP gala and runway show. The CAX WKND Fashion Show and dinner took place in the Kilimanjaro Ballroom. Located within the 5-Star Kigali Marriott Hotel located in Avenue, Nyarugenge District. Guests enjoyed an impeccable a-la-carte dinner and catwalk show curated by Malawian designer Lilly Alfonso. VIP guests at the dinner party included Prof. Benedict Oramah, President of Afreximbank, Dr, Ransome Owan, Nollywood actor Richard Mofe-Damijo, Rita Dominic and Enyinna Nwigwe. Not to mention the presence of Harvard Business School alumnus Chris Oshiafi Group CEO of PanAfrican Capital Holdings Limited.
The head of communications at Afreximbank welcomed the over 200 dinners, including sponsors, actors, producers, bloggers, media houses.
In 2019, Ayman El Zoghby, said at a press conference, that the CAX programme would involve a series of cultural events including a fashion show.
The CAX WKND FASHION SHOW & VIP DINNER PARTY
After her success at the IFA Award in Cairo, Egypt, Miss Alfonso teamed with the CAX team. Chiefly, to bring together five contemporary African Designers from across the continent on the runway. In line with the CAX WKND Fashion show, the event aims to transform the African creative economy. For the purpose of setting up a vendor showcase. Whereby buyers and sellers of goods can showcase and sell their products.
The designer presentations were the highlight of the dinner party. Not to mention electric performances by the African Cabaret arts and dance club as they entertained guest between runway episodes.
TOP AFRICAN FASHION DESIGNERS AT CAX WKND DINNER PARTY
In essence, five of the best creatives from across the continent came together. Individually, they showcased their Haute, contemporary pieces and the diverse and growing fashion industry in Africa. Designers Peggy’O, from Kenya, Chizo Designs representing Zambia, Rwandese designer Karen Uwera brought in her (Karssh Collections). Maryland based Nigerian designer Uche Ibezue presented her O’Mak Designs likewise, Malawian designer Lilly Alfonso with her eponymous label.
Significantly, the designers presented their distinctive haute couture collection during the gala. From effortless evening dresses, playful details, sheer elegance, each designer showcased uniqueness and individuality. Their dresses were fun and eccentric with trademark silhouettes, plenty of drapes, capes, texturised fabrics and ball gowns.
Rwandese models from WeBest Models Management took over the runway. Sarah, talent manager, headed runway queens with top model Sissi Ngamije leading the catwalk.
Not only do we agree that the African fashion scene is thriving. But Also, Africa fashion is bold, vibrant and rich with culture. In effect, here are designs from the top five inspiring African fashion designers who have truly changed the course of the aesthetic world. Not to mention, these are the African designers who are the proud flag bearers of African Fashion.
Ghanaian Brand, Selina Beb, Listed On Beyonce’s Black Parade Directory
Selina Beb, the multi award – winning Ghanaian fashion brand, has been listed on Beyonce’s “Black Parade” directory on beyonce.com.
The directory, which is an initiative aimed at supporting black owned businesses worldwide , was created and curated by Ms Beyonce Knowles’ stylist, Zerina Akers for Black Owned Everything.
This recognition comes as an honor for the brand which has been listed among few selected designers in Ghana.
Prior to this recognition, Selina Beb has participate on global recognition platforms such as Africa Fashion Week (London 2015), New Orleans Fashion Week (2018) and Glitz Africa Fashion Week 2013, 2016, 2018 and 2019. The brand was also named as the fourth Most Influential Fashion Brand on Social Media for 2016.
In March 2019, Selina was honored by the Fashion Industry Awards for her immense contribution to the fashion industry.
A Grateful Dead Bears x Nike SB Dunk Low Surfaces In Orange And Green
The Nike SB Dunk Low is having one hell of a year. Whether you’re an SB collector from its early days or you’re a new age reseller skateboarder, the SB revival is here, and it can’t be ignored.
One of the silhouettes’ most interesting collabs is the Grateful Dead Bears x Nike SB Dunk Low. The collab stems from the band’s fuzzy caricatures featured in the 1973 album History of the Grateful Dead, Volume One (Bear’s Choice) illustrated by Bob Thomas. The collab first emerged in a green and blue iteration that raised a lot of eyebrows and questions. Will they make a colorway for each bear? While that’s yet to be confirmed, it seems possible as a yellow pair surfaces as well.
A Grateful Dead Bears x Nike SB Dunk Low surfaces in orange and green. A white midsole and gum bottom come together for a clean look. The shoe still features the stash pocket that appeared on the first colorway.
The Grateful Dead Bears x Nike SB Dunk Low “Orange” will exclusively drop at FTC San Francisco on July 18. The Grateful Dead Bears x Nike SB Dunk Low in “Green” and “Yellow” are also coming soon.
Shalom Jawhari’s Quest To Empower Woman Through Arts Establishes Fashion Entity [SEE PHOTOS]
It was an evening full of entertainment loads of surprises as one of Africa’s top Fashion designer and businesswoman, Shalom Laurine Jawhary, had a grand opening ceremony for her newest fashion establishment aptly christened Jawhari located right in the capital city, Accra (East Legon – adjacent Melcom Mall)
Jawhari fashion brand will craft and sew mainly to meet the demand for contemporary and authentic African apparels for men and women of all ages and sizes on the continent and elsewhere in the world.
Speaking during the grand opening of the showroom, Shalom said, her ultimate motive for establishing such state of the art fashion brand is to be a pillar of hope for women, to empower them to become whoever they want in life. She is using fashion to send that message because that’s what drives her.
‘’There are a lot of young girls out there that suffer from low self-esteem, and they need to build themselves up, in order of building themselves up, I felt I could stand for those people.’’ she explained
‘’And using the platform as a fashion designer is going to help me impact knowledge into those people, and that has been my motive in turning pain into beauty,’’ she concluded
Stonebwoy, Kalybos, Efia Odo, Bismark the Joke and Article Wan used the moment to rally their support for women-owned brands in Ghana to encourage more female entrepreneurs to start businesses that can employ others as Jawhari has done.
See photos from the event below;
Photo Credit: Rob Photography
Kanye West Appoints Nigerian Designer, Mowalola Ogunlesi, As The Director For The New “YEEZY Gap” Collection
Kanye West is not new to the Gap family. As a teen growing up in South Side Chicago, West worked at his neighborhood Gap store, all while making beats in a small basement studio on the side. Flash-forward to 2020, where the two have officially joined forces again, under a new project that’s sure to withstand the test of time. The new YEEZY Gap collaboration (or ‘YZY,’ readapting the mall store’s three-lettered logo) was announced on Jun. 26, and cult followers are rejoicing.
Starting this month, the two brands are entering a 10-year creative partnership, a source told the New York Times, with first pieces from the line scheduled to drop in 2021. The collection will feature mens, women’s and kids styles, all for the accessible price point that Gap is famed for. Eventually, West’s “design vision” will infiltrate other parts of the brand, taking shape both physically (through concepts at Gap’s storefronts) and digitally (on its online platforms).
Mark Breitbard, Global Head of Gap Brand, waxed poetic on the partnership in an official statement: “We are excited to welcome Kanye back to the Gap family as a creative visionary, building on the aesthetic and success of his YEEZY brand and together defining a next-level retail partnership,” he said.
Though West has not yet commented on the collaboration, his desire to create clothes for the masses has long been a dream of his. In 2015, T Magazine reported that West was looking to create “high fast fashion: clothes that are truly avant-garde in their design… [that] could be bought by the public at affordable price.” In the interview, West said “The jacket that no one could get… I wanted to give that to the world.” With that, Gap is the ultimate destination for his vision to materialize with.
Though Gap has partnered with high-fashion giants before (Balmain; Stella McCartney), fans are actively contemplating how YEEZY’s demure streetwear aesthetic will carry over to Gap’s hallmark familial style. Imagery is not yet available, save for a blurred image featuring a duffle bag that YEEZY teased through a post on its official Instagram.
West has also tapped female Nigerian-British designer, Mowalola Ogunlesi, as his design director for the line, whose bullet hole dress (as donned by Naomi Campbell) sparked public controversy last year, starting a commentary on racial injustice. Mowalola fans are hoping to see her bold, disruptive design codes infused through the new project. As Mr. West always surrounds himself with the brightest and most talented, the best is sure to come.
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