We’ve been fans of Christie Brown even before our 2012 collaboration for Arise Magazine Fashion Week. Ghanaian designer Aisha Oboubi never ceases to amaze us with her unique reinterpretations of Africa for the modern woman!
The Christie Brown SS15 collection is a fantastic melange of spring colors and African-inspired accents, complete with flowy silhouettes and stunning prints. There’s nothing quite like this combination of pink and yellow to make you think of ice cream cones, is there? Our favorite piece has to be the above pink dress, with the bejeweled collar and marked waist, a real spring delight. And while we’re team heels all the way, we appreciate the comfortable flat shoes the models are wearing on the catwalk.
The secret is out!. The style and quality of the MO SAÏQUE brand has steadily built a reputation that has people talking all over the globe. The latest buzz: designer Afua Dabanka has been profiled by Bloomberg TV in the fashion installation of their “African Women to Watch” series.
Major international brands are seeking to cash in on Africa’s rapidly expanding consumer class. Attention is now diverted towards rising stars within the African fashion space and western labels are increasingly referencing the continent. Uche Okoronkwo talks to African designers and experts about new developments within the industry.
Dabanka appears in an episode that highlights some of the continent’s best loved designers – including Lisa Folawiya of Jewel by Lisa and Jennifer Ewah of Eden Diodati. View the whole video to be thrilled and inspired by the stories and opinions of these wonderful ladies… or click here to skip right to Afua at 18:42.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. A time when wanton shopping isn’t just allowed, it’s encouraged! Spice up your Christmas shopping schedule with a visit to a veritable Winter Wonderland of luxury shopping – trunkshow style!
Come to the Westbury Hotel’s Mount Vernon room for up to 60% off MO SAÏQUE shoes – priced for gift buying and picking up a little something for yourself, too. When your footwear needs are filled, stick around to browse the goodies from our friends, who’ll be there with the finest in womenswear, jewellery, and handbags. And because we know how much you love shoes, we’ve added a few extra dates to the calendar for you to come and shop. See the full schedule below.
• Monday, 9th 11am to 5pm
• Friday, 13th 11am to 5pm
• Monday, 16th 11am to 5pm
• Tuesday, 17th 11am to 7pm
You may have thought that fashion month wrapped up in October, but if your style palette has a more global bend then you know catwalks around the world are still on fire with the latest collections from international designers. Last week, as part of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in South Africa, Africa Fashion International held it’s 5th annual award ceremony to honor the best in African fashion.
According to Bellanaija.com, the event included a musical performance from Vusi Nova and collection showcase from Nigerian designer Ituen Basi. Supermodel Alek Wek made an appearance, but was seen on the judging panel, rather than the runway.
Our friend and recent collaborator Anita Quansah was honored as Accessories Designer of the Year – an award well deserved for her stunning bespoke jewelry. Mo Saique recently showed a mini collection of shoes to accompany an range of neck and headpieces by the designer at Lagos Fashion and Design Week 2013.
For this season,decorative textiles and pure handicraft are in abundance. Array of materials such as colorful beads of varying sizes, sourced from Africa and India, semi precious stones, faceted crystals, shells, reclaimed parts, chains and feathers go into the creation of each statement neck pieces.
Seen below is our “Hero” – a sexy strappy sandal featuring fringe, feathers, and the finest leather, finished wtih beautiful jewelry bits from the Anita Quansah London repertoire.
London Fashion Week SS14 is in full swing, and the world has its aesthetic eye turned toward British fashion. In recent years, LFW has experienced a resurgence in popularity and high regard amongst the public and industry insiders alike. Of the international fashion capitals, LFW has emerged as the place to view avante garde – the future of fashion.
From new Central Saint Martins grads to established fashion houses, brands and designers in the UK capitalize on the fusing long standing traditions of English tailoring and bespoke fashion with the innovative opportunities of a new global community.
With the likes of Savile Row building the foundations of British fashion tradition, the current zeal for shirting & suiting in women’s fashion is well framed in London and is a taughtly curated collection like 1205.
But it’s not just the austere side being British that’s fueling the interest in UK style. London is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world – a penultimate represation of the new global community. The city fosters a unique blend of cultural references that make up a modern style palette. This notion of globalism was cheekily displayed in the playful collection from Ashish.
Beyond the aesthetic influence of London Fashion Week, there’s a renewed interest in fashion that’s made in the UK. For a growing number of savvy shoppers, quality is trumping quanitity, allowing room for small run or made-to-order garments. It’s counter to the fast-fasthion philosophy, but still grabbing the attention of big business. An article in Financial times reports that customers in the UK and in America regard a Made in Britain label as reflecting the values of integrity, quality, and heritage:
“There is now an awareness of UK-based production that appeals to our customers as a mark of integrity and quality,” says Julie Deane, founder of the Cambridge Satchel Company.
“The main selling points are that well made British clothes are the real thing. They come with a rich history and tradition and a confidence [in the quality],” says Joe Dixon, vice-president of production at Brooks Brothers.
As the summer of 2013 rages on, the design-minded are already looking ahead to the sunny days of 2014. Miami Swim Week wrapped up this week, having shown a curated list of designer swimwear collections. The ranges included everything from standard swim staples to high-concept sunshine couture. A few stood out, as having that perfect balace of wearable, but style forward.
While I spotted several favorites (including the above), the true standout was Mara Hoffman’s collection of perfect prints, accessories, and ready to wear separates. The looks capture a modern, but playful and progressive take on global fusion fashion, which is very near the essence of the Mo Saique mission. Enjoy the full show view below!