Thursday 15th of April 2021

Nairobi, Kenya

World Fashion is Embracing New Kente Fabric Trend from Africa

World Fashion is Embracing New Kente Fabric Trend from Africa

We love it and we are proud when a high-profile non-Ghanaian personality wears kente. But we are ambivalent about the cloth printed with kente designs being manufactured in China, which has enabled the growth in its popularity. Is it really kente if it is printed and not handwoven? Dare I say, is it kente when it is a cheap cloth? Should it be worn as everyday clothing rather than for a special occasion? We struggle with these questions but still ...

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Fabric and Flux, What’s next for Thebe Magugu?

Fabric and Flux, What’s next for Thebe Magugu?

The Thebe Magugu brand now gets to show at Paris Fashion Week on the official schedule, and his collections are sold at stockists around the world including China, Nigeria, Japan, New York, Italy, Spain, London, and France. However, even as his business grows, Magugu says he is particularly proud to find that when it comes to online sales, the brand has significantly grown its South African following: “The wholesale side of my business is more international facing, but my online ...

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LVMH Prize Semifinalists Herald New Era of ‘Expansive Expression’

LVMH Prize Semifinalists Herald New Era of ‘Expansive Expression’

Adeju Thompson, the Nigeria-born founder of the Lagos Space Programme, similarly wants to challenge the image of African fashion. A nonbinary, queer, Yoruba, and Black designer, who goes by the pronouns they/them, their multilayered creations stand out in a city known for its status dressing.  “Even though a lot of what I do is informed by my identity as an African, I’m more than that. I’m a global designer,” said Thompson, who cites designers like Yohji Yamamoto ...

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Hollywood’s Afrofuturism Role of African Heritage Fashion in Film 

Hollywood’s Afrofuturism Role of African Heritage Fashion in Film 

While African filmmakers are confidently venturing into genres like science fiction, they can often only dream of having the kinds of budgets that Hollywood productions do. "The only film funding an African filmmaker can get usually comes from Europe, and European producers usually choose the kind of material that they think will do well at film festivals. That is content that deals with supposedly African issues like AIDS, genocide, the climate crisis and famine," author and filmmaker Dilman Dila wrote ...

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Nike and MSCHF Settle 2-Week-Old Lawsuit Over Allegedly Infringing “Satan Shoes”

Nike and MSCHF Settle 2-Week-Old Lawsuit Over Allegedly Infringing “Satan Shoes”

Nike settled a lawsuit with MSCHF, the company behind the Lil Nas X branded shoe that features satanic symbols and a red liquid in the sole that supposedly contains human blood. Now, MSCHF will buy back customers' shoes for a full refund. Nike confirmed the settlement on Thursday, as first reported by Yahoo, and set the record straight in a statement, asserting that “MSCHF altered these shoes without Nike’s authorization, [and] Nike had nothing to do with” the controversial ...

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