Sunday 1st of October 2023

Nairobi, Kenya

Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Returns With Black Designers’ Designs On The Runway

After a five-year sabbatical, the Victoria’s Secret fashion show is making its eagerly awaited return and is now live on Amazon Prime.
The work of 20 exceptional creatives from thriving cities including Bogota, Lagos, London, and Tokyo will be featured in this year’s show, which spans a variety of industries including fashion, cinema, design, music, and the visual arts.
Bubu Ogisi, the creator of IAMSIGO and a fervent supporter of African fashion created by Africans in Africa, is one of the designers engaged. In addition to defying conventional notions of African companies, Ogisi’s collection for the event demonstrates her dedication to celebrating African ideologies, textiles, and manufacturing methods.

The show will prominently feature model Mayowa Nicholas, who went from being an accounting student to dazzling runways all over the world.
Mayowa, a native of Nigeria, never thought of making modeling her career.
Like many Black children in the nation, she was urged to prioritize her education and look for conventional employment. Mayowa, who was raised by a single mother, thought that studying accounting was a sensible way to ensure her financial security.
She was approached on the street to take part in a modeling competition with Elite Models, which caused her perspective to change.
She made the decision to compete despite feeling unqualified in comparison to experienced models, and she ultimately took first place.

This surprising triumph brought her a modeling contract in China, where she encountered prejudice and went through a culture shock. Nevertheless, Mayowa persisted, and she and 14 other girls were given contracts.
She made the painful decision to leave school and her family behind, traveled to Paris, and walked in Schiaparelli’s debut presentation during Couture Fashion Week.
After a while, Mayowa’s agency offered her the chance to try out for Victoria’s Secret while she was in New York. She initially declined out of fear, but the next year she jumped at the opportunity. She attempted to travel to China for the show but unfortunately ran into visa problems.

The next year, however, Mayowa had the pleasure of having her mother in New York to see her accomplishment in addition to getting the chance to walk the Victoria’s Secret show. It frequently happens that parents of people who work in creative industries can only fully appreciate their children’s work after seeing it for themselves.
Through group chats and social media, Mayowa’s mother happily informed loved ones about the accomplishments of her daughter.
At the beginning of her work, fashion designer Bubu Ogisi was passionate about studying fibers, materiality, and traditional methods.
She experienced growing up in several nations, including Nigeria, Ghana, and England, as well as going to school in Paris. She was particularly impressed by Nigerian weddings and festivals, which featured an abundance of textiles and materials.

Her exploration of fiber techniques, reading skills, and the real materiality of fabrics were all influenced by this encounter.
She was further exposed to the commonalities in these methods used in several nations, whether they are Anglophone, Francophone, or Portuguese-speaking, even though they go by different names while attending school in Ghana.
Ogisi found it fascinating to see how different weaving techniques are carried out, such as Asha key in Nigeria, kente in Ghana, and Heat kita in Ghana, in different ways and with individual variances.
Her work was shaped by her understanding of these parallels and differences, which allowed her to highlight the complex fiber research and the enchantment that can be made with one’s hands even in unnoticed locations.

Ancient, historical, and mythological tales are frequently the source of Bubu’s inspiration since she thinks that by recounting these tales, we may decolonize minds and introduce fresh perspectives. The world has frequently accepted some myths as true while ignoring others. Bubu uses language as a medium to fabricate stories that have not yet been spoken in order to shed light on them.
When contacted by Victoria’s Secret, Bubu initially chose not to reply but subsequently made up her mind to pick up the phone and speak with the entire team. When working with others, Bubu loves collaborative energies that are harmonious and in line with everyone engaged. Bubu was thrilled to have this opportunity to continue presenting a narrative to which she has been deeply devoted.

Bubu viewed this as an opportunity to tell Victoria’s Secret about her experiences, particularly in respect to the idea of Victoria and its association with legendary figures.
She wants to share the African myths and legends through her own culture, nation, and continent. Numerous studies have been done on the cosmological and mythical tales of Nigeria and other African nations.

The collection is influenced by Roman and Greek myths, with a special emphasis on the goddess Nike.
The purpose of Bubu is to present the tales of ten to eleven unisex deities, such as the God of War, the God of Space and Time, and the God of Water. The idea has been greatly influenced by the Nigerian-derived European Edo mythology.

The secret stone in the necklace serves as a representation of the goddess in the entire concept, which centers on exhibiting the feminine divine. Each deity is linked to particular substances, hues, and superpowers. locating and making the components needed to cross the continent.
Mayowa and Bubu have a history of collaboration; when she was 16 years old, Mayowa modeled for Bubu. For both of them, getting back in touch at age 25 was a pivotal and meaningful point in their professional relationship.
Hugging occurred occasionally throughout the process, demonstrating their close relationship.

Intricate styles that were genuinely one-of-a-kind and unlike anything Victoria’s Secret had done before were the outcome of Bubu’s concept for the project, which included hairstyles that paid reverence to the ancestors.

Content courtesy of Ebony & NFH 

African Fashion Spaces Introduces The Mother City To A New Era Of Fashion.

African Fashion Space entertained Capetonians at a fashion display on September 16.
In addition to magnificent surroundings, African Fashion Spaces Cape Town showed a blend of high fashion and culture as Sinchui and Fuata Moyo displayed their exquisite designs.

“The 16th September 2023 was an exciting prelude to what’s yet to happen over the next couple weeks as we rollout the few exhibition collaborations we have with some of the most exciting designers, brands, and platforms associated,” said Jay Kayembe, creative director and co-found of African Fashion Spaces (AFS).

It’s not a typical fashion show; it’s more like strolling through an outstanding art exhibition showcasing Africa’s incredible ability and creativity via its many varied cultural lenses. It’s never been about maintaining the status quo.
Both Sinchui and Fuata Moyo presented their collections in front of a crowd of fashion aficionados, designers, trendsetters, clients, partners, friends, and family while the stars twinkled above Table Mountain.

Sinchui opened the presentation by showcasing their “Everything in the Divine Time” collection, which was hip-hop-inspired.
Like Pharrell did when he turned his music into fashion, the urban cool ensembles with trendy jackets took the stage and revived the golden age of hip-hop.
The collection “ROOTS/ROUTES” by Fuata Moyo was all about commemorating South African ancestry.

Each piece of clothing served as a brushstroke, creating a clear picture of the harmony between our past and our present.
The exhibit demonstrated that we can be both proud of our past and enthusiastic about the future.

The day-night exhibition had the atmosphere of a New York Rooftop mixer but was held in Cape Town, South Africa, where Table Mountain served as a backdrop for the starry nighttime event. Fashion aficionados, designers, trendsetters, clients, partners, and friends and family of the two fashion collectives Sinchui & Fuata Moyo attended the fashion exhibition.
Everyone was anticipating two amazing fashion presentations that would completely change how the fashion world is presented today. It was like a gigantic fashion party.

Mixing street style and old-school hip-hop in the showcase (Show 1)
The first brand was Sinchui, which is renowned for its daring street flair and a hint of hip-hop nostalgia. Cool urban clothes were showcased on the runway, fusing current fashion trends with the essence of street style. In a similar way to how Pharrell incorporated his music into fashion, the models strutted down the rooftop runway while in a groove, reviving the golden age of hip-hop.
The music perfectly complemented the collection, making it an unreal experience.

The runway’s rooftop and mountain backdrop came to life with the music, heightening the excitement of the entire experience. Each ensemble seems to overflow with joy.

Show 2 of the Fuata Moyo Showcase: Celebrating Our History and Dreams
Fuata Moyo presented a compilation titled “ROOTS/ROUTES” after that. It seemed as though we were staring into a history that was still present. ‘ROOTS’ was all about paying homage to our roots and honoring our family, home, and origins, but ‘ROUTES’ was about forging ahead and chasing huge dreams.

The runway resembled a wonderful scene from a Harry Potter novel from Wakanda, yet it was set in Cape Town and told stories of African culture and aspirations.
Each piece of clothing served as a brushstroke, illuminating the harmony between our past and our voyage into the future.
The exhibit demonstrated that we can be both proud of our past and enthusiastic about the future.

Content courtesy of IOL, Urban Lifestyle SA & NFH


Thebe Magugu, A South African Fashion Designer, Is Honored During The 11th Annual First Ladies Luncheon

Thebe Magugu is one of South Africa’s top emerging stars in the field of fashion design.
The Johannesburg-based, 30-year-old designer made history in 2019 when he became the first South African to ever win the renowned LVMH Young Fashion Designer Prize.

This week in New York City, Fashion 4 Development honored him for his first visit to the country. He received the Franca Sozzani Award for 2023 at the First Ladies Luncheon, which was held in conjunction with the 78th General Assembly of the United Nations.

The “Mother & Child” series, which consists of eight costumes dedicated to celebrating South African tribes and traditions, is the name of the collection he displayed during the luncheon held at 583 Park Avenue.
The design of each outfit features a mother carrying her kid while dressed in the traditional attire of a different South African ethnic group.
The Venda Mother & Child Dress honors the Southern African Bantu people who are primarily found close to the South African-Zimbabwean border and the Swati Mother & Child Dress is a Bohemian-style moss crepe dress with a shirt collar, plunging neckline, and balloon sleeves.

The Zulu Mother & Child Dress, which is a rich maroon color, and the Tsonga Mother & Child Dress, which is red and blue, are also included in the collection.

According to him, South Africa has eight important tribes, and he wanted to honor them all. “I reinterpreted each culture by considering how mothers and children relate to one another. Depending on the culture, each outfit depicts a Madonna or mother figure cradling a kid.
It’s wonderful to see South African’ culture represented.
Coming from South Africa, a nation defined by indigenous customs, colonialism, apartheid, and its post-apartheid age, the fashion we see leaving the country, especially to Magugu, is being influenced by the country’s past, present, and future.

Being there is incredibly validating, he added. The Franca Sozzani Award feels very appropriate for me because I created my business with the intention of sharing history, cultures, and tales that may otherwise be lost to time.
I make capsules to preserve that for each one. Aside from being attractive, the fashion industry is also informative and educational.

Magugu’s ethical, eco-friendly clothing line is renowned for its recycled materials and storytelling as well as for its ethics. African Studies, the name of his spring/summer 2019 collection, was a commentary on the effects of colonialism on African culture.
It featured fabrics from Africa, such as kente and shweshwe, and patterns inspired by old African postcards.

Additionally, the designer has recently worked with community organizations to support African voices in the fashion business and train aspiring fashion designers as a way of giving back.

“When I started my brand in 2016, it was to pay homage, create an encyclopedia to the people and cultures that I don’t want to be forgotten,” the man added. These histories don’t lead to anything.
Fashion serves as a communication tool to inspire and transform, which is what makes it so brilliant.
The lunch was given in honor of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the one-year anniversary of her funeral in collaboration with the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust.

The VIP luncheon honored honorees like Hugo Boss CEO Daniel Grieder, artist Vuslat Sabanchi, Martina Cheung, president of S&P Global Market Intelligence, and Jean Shafiroff, who received the International Philanthropy Award from New York Assembly member Rebecca Seawright, who dubbed her “New York’s First Lady of Philanthropy.”
The event had a green carpet to honor sustainability in fashion.

As the goodwill ambassador for F4D, Naila Chowdhury, director of social impact and innovation at UC San Diego, was announced. The luncheon has previously recognized Victoria Beckham, Naomi Campbell, Donna Karan, Iman, and other influential figures in fashion.

Evie Evangelou, the founder of Fashion 4 Development, and Princess Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein served as the event’s co-hosts.
The Queen’s preferred bread-and-butter pudding recipe, created by her personal chef Anton Mosimann, was presented this year. With a reputation for dressing Jay-Z and Missy Elliott, costume designer June Ambrose, Twin Peaks actress Amy Shiels, Laine Siklos, Marcelo Carvalho de Andrade, Dr. Ines Hernandez, Chaz Dean, Sofie Mahlkvist, Janna Bullock, Daniel Stock, Park Magazine publisher Christopher Pape, and artist Bonnie Lautenberg, the widow of the late Senator Frank Lautenberg were among the notable attendees.
Magugu remarked, “I think that Franca Sozzani was such a trailblazer, look at all the things she has done. The All Black issue of Vogue Italy from 2008 included over 100 pages of black models on the cover.

He recalled that at the time, representation was practically nonexistent. I am privileged to be compared to her as a changemaker. She influenced fashion in a variety of ways, particularly when it came to diversity.

The lunch was held in conjunction with The 3rd Annual Sustainable Goals Banquet on Monday evening, which honored Lazarus Chakwera, the president of Malawi, Joseph Hernandez, the founder of Bluewater Biotech, Jasmina Bojic, the founder of UNAFF, the United Nations Association Film Festival, Dr. Ramon Tallaj, the founder and chairman of SOMOS Community Care, and Ingmar Rentzhog, the CEO and founder of WDHT.
An emotional address by Italian model Bianca Balti served as part of the event’s tribute to the late Franca Sozzani, Editor in Chief of Italian Vogue.

The prize, according to Dr. Tallaj, serves as a reminder of the significance of solving urgent social concerns of our time. He remarked this during the event. “We have the power to weave together threads of compassion, innovation, sustainable development, and equitable healthcare for all,” he declared.

In 2016, Magugu launched the high-end South African fashion label bearing his name.
The vibrant ready-to-wear collections are constructed from recycled materials and frequently feature motifs that are inspired by the history of Africa, but with a modern twist to make them relevant.
When the designer’s debut line, Geology, was highlighted in Vogue Italia in 2017, it was definitely a significant break.

Sara Sozzani Maino, the founder of Vogue Talents, the creative director of the Sozzani Foundation, and a creative advisor to Conde Nast, gave Magugu the Franca Sozzani Award.

Sozzani remarked at the occasion that Magugu “has a great vision for his creativity,” “empowers women, and brings the cultural traditions of Africa to the world.”
Magugu asserted live on stage that “People only need to feel seen once.”
The designer revealed that he was raised in a rural village and that his early exposure to the world of fashion came from watching MTV programs and music videos.

“I was rejected by a prestigious fashion school at a young age, and I studied fashion in South Africa,” he explained. “In hindsight, it was a blessing in disguise because being close to the visual cues to symbols I grew up with made me privy to such beautiful inspiration.”

Content courtesy of Forbes Africa & NFH



Fée Uhssi Presents: The African Fashion & Textiles Experience

A Series Of Workshops Exploring The Rich And Diverse History Of African Fashion.
By Tara Robinson.
The African Fashion & Textiles Experience will be presented by Wandsworth-based artist Fée Uhssi as a part of Wandsworth Council’s Black History 365. A six-monthly series of informative and engaging creative workshops examining African art and textile history will begin in September 2023.

French-Nigerian fashion and textile designer Fée Uhssi also practices art color therapy. Her workshops were developed, hosted, and delivered by Fée as a passion project.
They will delve into African history, artistic methods, the significance of textiles in Afro-Caribbean and African cultures, as well as the development of traditional to contemporary African attire.
They will also look at how modern European fashions were influenced by African textiles and clothing, as well as how fashion and history interact.

The first session, which will focus exclusively on fashion history and include an African fashion creation workshop in honor of Fashion Week, will be held on Saturday, September 23.
In honor of National Black History Month, the second session will examine the unique evolution of African textiles over time.
The third session will be devoted to the symbolism found in African textiles as well as the entwined history of textiles and communication stretching from ancient Africa to the Americas and the Caribbean.
Fée will be teaching the traditional African wrapping methods as well as Furoshiki, the traditional Japanese gift-wrapping technique, in the fourth session.

In the fifth workshop, Fée will lead a discussion on color therapy and its African roots, leading attendees on a journey to understand the significance of color and acquire fresh color styling advice.
The last session will be devoted to fashion photography, recognizing the historical contributions of African and Black photographers to the fashion business.

With the encouragement of a small payment, all workshops are free.
You can purchase tickets by visiting the Eventbrite website HERE

Content courtesy Time and Leisure & NFH

Demi Moore at Milan Fashion Week Dons Tight-fitting Two-piece Set With Star-studded Fendi Front Row

The actress sat with A-listers Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Christina Ricci, and Gwendoline Christie.
At Milan Fashion Week, Demi Moore dazzled in an all-Fendi ensemble.

The 60-year-old actress sat in the first row during the premium fashion house’s Spring Summer 2024 show wearing a matching ribbed coral outfit, a tight midi skirt, and a high-neck top.

Moore wore a floor-length, billowing blue-gray coat, black heels with gold accents, and a matching black handbag to complete the look, which was styled by Brad Goreski.
Moore wore her long, dark hair down in a chic middle part, and she accessorized with little, glowy makeup. She accessorized with wire-rimmed glasses, a gold cuff bracelet, and long, delicate drop earrings.

She also donned light green gloves while cheering and blowing kisses at the event on Wednesday, according to a video posted by Vogue on Instagram.
The actress from Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle was seated in the front row of the Fendi show alongside a star-studded group.

Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, and Amber Valletta, in addition to Christina Ricci, Gwendoline Christie, Naomi Watts, Cara Delevingne, and Suki Waterhouse, were present with her.
In pictures obtained by Daily Mail, Moore can be seen grinning, posing for pictures, and chatting with Christie, 44, at the concert. Moore then posed for a picture behind the scenes with Valletta, Ricci, Christie, and Kim Jones, the artistic director of Fendi.

Moore spoke with PEOPLE about her relationship with fashion last year.
She added at the time, “I do like fashion, and I have relationships with designers who I respect and admire. “However, I still feel like a young child who gets to dress up, and who I am at heart is a dirty 12-year-old boy who really likes to just be comfortable and wear baggy clothes,” the speaker said.

The celebrity revealed that her go-to pandemic outfit was a pair of overalls.
Moore told PEOPLE that when she is in Idaho, she typically wears overalls all day, every day. “That’s as much me as sitting front row at Fashion Week in a chic designer outfit or a stunning red carpet gown.”

Tallulah, 29, Rumer, 35, and Scout, 32, are Moore’s “biggest teachers,” and she looks to them for fashion advice, she added.
She stated of her girls, “It is a mutual interchange of style inspiration. “I find people to be most inspiring when they are just being themselves.”

“I saw my youngest daughter out wearing this vintage Japanese silk robe, and I looked at it and said, ‘Is that from my storage?'” she added. And she responded, “Yes, I freed it.” Since they will ultimately receive everything, why not allow them to participate?

In the same interview, the G.I. Jane actor also said she wants to remove the “idea that women become less desirable as we get older” and claimed that accepting her age had been “liberating.”
When questioned about her 60th birthday plans, she responded, “Not being defined by a number and instead being defined by my experience.”

“When you reach 59, you start to consider the fact that you will soon turn 60. It feels really freeing,” Moore said. “When I think of my grandma at 60, she seemed to be somewhat content with her advanced age. However, I feel more present and alive than ever in so many ways.

Content courtesy of PEOPLE & NFH

Plumbridge Based Fashion Designer Madge to Showcase Collection at One World Festival

This weekend’s One World Festival, which will take place in and around Derry’s Guildhall, will include a fashion collection that was created and manufactured in Tyrone but was inspired by the brilliant colors of Africa.
Madge Kelly was raised in Nairobi, Kenya, but since 2018, she and her husband have made Ligford, which is near Plumbridge, their home.

During the 2020 lockdown limitations, she fell in love with sewing and has since created a collection that includes tote bags, waist jackets, circle skirts, scrunchies, and aprons.
She continues, “I learned the art of sewing when I lost my cherished mother during the 2020 lockdown. “I trained myself to sew as a coping mechanism for my sadness, and I started producing masks for my loved ones.

I eventually began producing headbands, tote bags, and scrunchies in my home studio.
“The vibrant colors of African patterns and the way they highlight the energy of the continent and the diversity of its inhabitants inspired me.

“I wanted to honor cultural diversity through my handmade designs,” the designer said.
Madge gave her collection the Swahili name RAFIKI, which translates to “friend,” and at first began to share her possessions with family and friends.

She now feels confident enough to present her work to a larger audience thanks to their favorable response.
This weekend, I will display some of the ideas I have been working on at the Guildhall, she added. “My motivation is to introduce and raise awareness of the African spirit in our community by encouraging them to wear clothing with African motifs.

In order to foster a spirit of inclusiveness and diversity, I hope that by sharing my collection, people will fall in love with the colors and appreciate African culture. Future plans include training in fashion design and learning about the industry. My ultimate objective is to present my African print creations on the catwalks of Paris and London during Fashion Week.

Derry City and Strabane District Council will host the North West Multicultural Festival – One World, which will begin at noon on Saturday, September 23, and will take place in and around the Guildhall. It will highlight the rich tapestry of international cultures that are present in the area.

The comprehensive program is a colorful celebration of worldwide music, song, dance, and cuisine and includes performances, workshops, arts and crafts, storytelling, enlightening exhibitions, and engaging dialogues.
A performance space will be created in Guildhall Square along with food stalls and arts and crafts including Beijing Mask Making and Thai Fan Making.

The space will feature dance and music performances from a wide range of genres including Hip Hop, Indian, and Ghana from midday until 4.30 pm.
Inside the Guildhall, the Main Hall will feature the World of Workshops initiative where people can try India Saree tying, Polish and Latvian crafts, and Chinese Dragon making.

The Whittaker Suite will have dance performances from Africa, India, and Asia while the Guildhall foyer will feature a variety of exhibitions of traditional clothing from throughout the world.
The Main Hall will host a Mukesh Chugh picture show.
The lovely Obon Fest lanterns and an exhibition of Indian culture will be on show next door in Harbour House, and visitors can stop by a variety of discussion events regarding the experiences that individuals from all over the world have had when relocating to the city and region.

Visit www.derrystrabane.com/oneworldfestival to obtain the complete One World Festival schedule.
The Good Relations Program of the Council has provided funding for this festival.

Content courtesy of Derry Strabane & NFH

The Top 10 Worst Dressed Celebrities At the MTV Video Music Awards VMAs 2023 Red Carpet

The MTV Video Music Awards 2023, was another important night for the music business. A-profile celebrities including Taylor Swift, Bad Bunny, Olivia Rodrigo, Doja Cat, Sam Smith, Beyoncé, and many others are included on this year’s list of nominations. Also scheduled to play at the awards ceremony are Fall Out Boy, Stray Kids, Karol G, Maneskin, and others. Of course, the red carpet is where most of the excitement for many VMAs viewers occurs before the show even starts.

Every year, the VMAs feature a plethora of fashion failures and hits, and 2023 is no exception. While some attendees are killing the night, others are falling flat with the audience.

The MTV Video Music Awards arrived at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, just as fashion fatigue was starting to set in on Day Five of New York Fashion Week.
The red carpet at the VMAs is known for being the wildest and most daring, with a few stylish moments sandwiched in amongst all the mayhem.

These included Saweetie and Lil Nas X wearing just-off-the-runway Palomo Spain and Area, respectively; Dove Cameron in a black slinky Coach dress; Shakira in a golden Versace; Annita in a major Schiaparelli; Karol G in Ashi Studio; Selena Gomez in Oscar de la Renta; and Olivia Rodrigo in Ludovic de Saint Sernin.

They can’t all be winners, though, and as is typical with the VMAs, some looks went awry. Chase Stokes wins points for being the dashing number-one fan of his girlfriend Kelsea Ballerini, but his red long suit jacket number left us wanting more. NSYNC showed up looking like various shades of blueberry sherbet in their coordinating suits.
Emily Ratajkowski, Yung Miami, Rita Ora, and Doja Cat also found themselves on the worst-dressed list.

Shakira was the night’s big honoree, taking home the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Ice Spice won Best New Artist, while it was a big night for her seatmate, Swift, who won Video of the Year, song of the Year, and Best Pop Video, among others, bringing home a total of nine wins. And of course, the reunion of NSYNC was one of the most talked about moments of the night. But best dressed, they were not.

1. Nicki Minaj
2. Justina Valentine
3. Bebe Rexha
4. Selena Gomez
5. Saweetie
6. Ice Spice
7. GloRilla
8. Shenseea
9. Doechii
10. Tinashè
11. Hugo Gloss
12. Amelia Dimoldenberg
13. Bebe Rexha
14. Ts Madison
15. NLE Choppa
16. The Warning
17. Offset
18. Jimbo
19. Pretty Vee
20. Young Prince
21. Ashanti
22. Kelsea Ballerini
23. French Montana
24. Kaliii
25. Stray Kids
26. Rita Ora
27. Sasha Colby
28. Anitta
29. Cardi B
30. Reneé Rapp
31. Tomorrow X Together
32. Megan Thee Stallion
33. Shakira
34. Coco Jones
35. Sabrina Carpenter
36. Olivia Rodrigo
37. Karol G
38. Kathy Hilton
39. Måneskin
40. Tayshia Adams
41. Madelyn Cline
42. Demi Lovato

The 2023 VMAs red carpet has arrived to satisfy your urge to critique celebrity clothes, just in case New York Fashion Week wasn’t enough for you.
There isn’t really a better way to spend Fashion Month than sitting in front of your computer browsing through the “lewks,” as this red carpet is infamous for producing some of the best (and, ahem, worst) red carpet looks of the year.

Olivia Rodrigo and Doja Cat were early arrivals to the VMAs red carpet, strutting their stuff over two and a half hours before showtime (we love prompt stars! ), and taking fans by surprise with their outfit selections. Do you consider them winners as well? Make up your own mind by scrolling through every piece of 2023 VMAs apparel.

Content courtesy of NFH Digital Team



The Top 10 Best Dressed Stars at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards

The VMAs have produced some of the most memorable red-carpet events ever. Celebrities are inspired to let their guard down and have a lot of fun by the award show’s lack of seriousness, which is hosted by MTV. It differs noticeably from events like the Oscars or Cannes, when Saweetie definitely wouldn’t be decked up in a just-walked-the-runway style from Area accentuated with gigantic, Flintstones-like bones.
Get dressed, bitch, damn, she said to us on the red carpet.

The days of Sofia Coppola in a translucent nightgown draped over tiny black underwear, Madonna in a white lace bustier dress with a “Boy Toy” belt, or Rose McGowan in the nude dress that puts all other naked costumes to shame are long gone.
The VMAs red carpet attire in 2023 seemed a little more online and popular than ever before, despite all the discussion about personal style, while there were still some excellent custom runway designs from fashion ladies like Anitta and Cardi B.

1. Cardi B in Custom Dilara Findikoglu
What most people don’t realize is that Cardi B isn’t just that girl, she’s that fashion girl. Her look for tonight was a custom Dilara Findikoglu, altered slightly from the mini version last seen on the London Fashion Week runway in February. It’s beautiful armor, like if someone tailored the Iron Throne.

2. Emily Ratajkowski in Vintage Jean Paul Gaultier
The VMAs already make people nostalgic for the award ceremonies of decades ago, and it would be fun to see more celebrities lean into that with archival looks from that era. Emily Ratajkowski understood the assignment in a colorful vintage Jean Paul Gaultier dress that felt of another time but was still totally her.

3. Anitta in Schiaparelli
Celebrities need to be wearing more of Daniel Roseberry’s surrealist Schiaparelli on the red carpet! And if they’re not sure why, all they need to do is look at Anitta. With a keyhole cutout exposing her midriff and mismatched earrings that look like clunky painted rocks, her outfit is the perfect mix of sexy and weird. It’s the kind of look you don’t forget; the kind of look that makes you think.

4. Olivia Rodrigo in Custom Ludovic de Saint Sernin
Olivia Rodrigo’s custom Ludovic de Saint Sernin gown features over 150,000 Swarovski crystals. The singer, whose second album, Guts, came out last Friday, frequently references the ’90s and early ’00s with her style, And her consistently low-key but glam looks on the red carpet nail the ease of that era in a way that feels far more authentic than the louder takes of some of her peers.

5. Måneskin in Rick Owens
Rick Owens is freaky sexiness at its finest, and finally, a band has realized how well that translates to the red carpet. Måneskin looks intimidatingly hot in Rick and collectively proves a good pair of platform boots can be even better than your standard pump. It’s a little surprising to see his looks in this context because they’re so otherworldly. But whatever planet he’s designing for does look like it would have far better award shows.

6. Megan Thee Stallion in Brandon Blackwood
A strapless sheer dress is a red carpet staple, but Meghan Thee Stallion’s Brandon Blackwood number feels fresh thanks to the lines that mimic the boning of a corset.

7. Rita Ora in Rodarte
Rita Ora wore a black off-the-shoulder Rodarte dress from the brand’s Fall 2023 collection. The look has flowing long sleeves that droop like a dead lily, but the overall effect feels like bat wings. The Mulleavy sisters said the collection was inspired by “fairies,” and Ora is certainly serving a dark emo fey fantasy that’s a little weird and witchy in the best way. Plus her glitter Marc Jacobs Kiki boots add some nice spunk.

8. Madelyn Cline in Custom Givenchy
Madelyn Cline’s nude custom Givenchy dress oozes a special kind of sex appeal. The fabric on top ruches and falls to her belly button, revealing a corseted top underneath, with her legs peeking through the opaque skirt on the bottom. It has all the impact of a naked dress without showing much skin at all.

9. Selena Gomez in Oscar de la Renta
Florals on the red carpet can sometimes skew too casual, but Selena Gomez’s Oscar de la Renta feels less like a dress and more like red vines wrapping around her.

10. Taylor Swift in Versace
Taylor Swift went viral on Twitter—sorry, on X—for her fan-girl behavior in the audience at the VMAs. She appeared to be having more fun than anyone (the night’s *NYSNC reunion nearly brought her to tears), and a large part of that was how comfortable she seemed in her look. This slinky Versace gown had a long leg-baring slit, but it still felt very Swift, and her confidence radiates through every retweeted GIF.

11. Doja Cat
Doja Cat wore a naked, white Monse dress that closely resembled spider webs strewn across her body. The look featured white web-like fabric that might’ve caused a stir for the flashing cameras but was cleverly disguised with a pair of nude underwear beneath. She paired her OOTD with see-through heels, diamond drop earrings, and silver bracelets. Her buzz cut, Y2K-inspired metallic eye-shadow, and hard-to-miss lashes upped the ante and left us down with envy.

12. Nicki Minaj
Hosting the ceremony for the second consecutive year, Nicki was ready to take her VMAs commitment to the next level in a bridal-esque ensemble. She arrived on the red carpet in a pastel pink corseted lace dress by Dolce & Gabbana, complete with a veil and a mermaid silhouette. With Nicki, there’s no denying her nails matched to perfection and kept long, blingy, and unmissable — helped pull the whole look together. Her purple-pink eyeshadow and silver accessories might’ve been ancillary additions but were a quiet nod to Barbiecore.

13. Sofia Carson
For the Purple Hearts actress, blue was the state of mind for the VMAs 2023 red carpet. To pick up her award, Sofia opted for head-to-toe sparkle in a cobalt ensemble from Alexandre Vauthier’s Fall 2022 couture collection.
The shimmery outfit took the form of a long-sleeved dress with exaggerated shoulders, embellished with increasingly larger paillettes, and intentionally matching her pair of pointy sock boots. For the hair and makeup, the singer kept her short bob side swept and punched it in with dark, kohl-lined eyes for a riveting, on-camera gaze.

14. Sabrina Carpenter
If Doja Cat brought the webs to the red carpet, then Sabrina Carpenter put a spin on it. The 24-year-old singer impressed with a corseted Vera Wang dress that draped her waistline but also brought in a much-needed train moment.
While we loved the minimal styling, the interplay of sheer and rhinestones, and the voluminous astray locks, we did wish her strappy heels matched her silvery undertones, rather than the muted gold that she finally went for.

10. Saweetie
Saweetie had a bone to pick (or two) at the VMAs this year with her Stone Age-cum-Flintsones-inspired gown. Mixing cavewoman with Barbiecore, the rapper arrived in a bejeweled dress with two prominent bony installations, designed by AREA for their Fall-Winter 2023 collection.
Saweetie even gave bystanders something to remember when she caressed the bone mid-red carpet. Her monolithic nails, perfectly gelled ponytail, and cherry blossom makeup ensured the world was watching… and taking notes!

Content courtesy of Harpers Bazaar, & NFH

African Fashion: Ghana Must Go Bags Are Used by a Nigerian Fashion Designer to Produce Memorable Garments.

One thing is certain: this bag is well-liked among Africans. Some refer to it as a “Ghana Must Go” bag, while others refer to it as a “Mashangaan bag,” and others who disagree with the first two refer to it as a “Khonz’ekhaya. In Kenya, the bag is commonly known as Osuofia Bag ”

Strong plastic bags, or ukhonz’ekhanya as they are known in Zulu, are frequently used by Africans who travel great distances. When returning to their homelands after spending time in the city, where they work to support their families, they frequently use this bag to transport heavy luggage.

The exhibition “Anyi N’aga – We Are Going” was curated by Nigerian multidisciplinary artist Chioma Obiegbu in partnership with bnnà bomà. She provides more information about the bag that is popular on our continent.

“In West Africa, the blue and white or occasionally red, black, and white checkered bags known as Ghana Must Go earned not only appeal but also a connection to migration during the 1980s in Nigeria when millions of undocumented Ghanaians were evicted from that country.

The bags got their moniker because many of them used them to bundle and send their possessions back to Ghana, according to Obiegbu.

Obiegbu uses fashion to convey the stories of West African immigration while collaborating with a large group of brilliant African creatives.

“The movement of individuals across nearby boundaries and distant continents has recently been a reoccurring issue, especially with the advent of globalization.

“Many people migrate in search of better economic opportunities, employment, educational opportunities, and marriage opportunities—bringing their possessions, cultures, and beliefs with them,” she said.

“Anyi N’aga – We Are Going explores migration and heritage as they relate to the aforementioned points through the lens of fashion, while artistically drawing on the symbolism of the Ghana Must Go bags as they have been associated with travel and migration.”

South African designer Wanda Lephoto uses the bags’ prints in some of his works, while Obiegbu uses the actual bags to create fashion items.

He incorporated the Ghana Must Go prints, for instance, in his “PEOPLE” Spring/Summer ’24 collection. He incorporated the Ghana Must Go prints in a line he named “Me Fie” for this collection.

In the Ghanaian language of Akan, “Me Fie” means “My Place of Origin. The late Virgil Abloh’s 3% design philosophy, which held that you might create something new by altering a procedure, a product, or a perspective by 3%, was the inspiration for the collection, according to Lephoto.

Content courtesy of  IOL & NFH

ESSENCE Fashion House: The Ecosystem Of African Fashion

African designers and industry professionals discuss the influence of Africa on fashion globally.

Journalist Nana Agyemang, who is also the CEO of EveryStylishGirl, put together a diverse panel of African designers, industry professionals, and business owners for an ESSENCE Fashion House conversation.
Amira Rasool, the CEO of the wholesale marketplace The Folklore, Barkue Tubman, the Chief of Staff and Diasporic Engagement at Essence Ventures, and Kwaku Bediako, the creator and creative director of the fashion label Chocolate, were all part of the Ecosystem of African Fashion.

They each emphasized the interconnectivity of Africa with the international fashion business during their conversation.

“I feel like it’s so important that we connect,” Tubman said. “That’s part of my responsibility at ESSENCE Ventures, and just really in my life. I think that’s why this all works for me.” “For everything, with each other.
I believe we are aware of our effect on the fashion industry, and connecting the disconnected is what Essence Ventures wants to continue doing.
We’re going to accomplish it via a number of pillars, including economic inclusion, fashion, entertainment, and diaspora. Because I believe that Africa is luxurious, I am a major fan of African luxury.

Bediako emphasized how important it is to link African traditions with those of other continents as well as with those of other civilizations within Africa.
During the discussion, Caroline Wanga, the moderator of We’ve Been Here Before 50 Years of Hip-Hop Fashion, was actually sporting a bespoke Chocolate.
Bright colors and a variety of textures were used throughout the composition.
Rasool is commemorating The Folklore’s fifth anniversary, while Bediako is also marking Chocolate’s tenth anniversary.

Rasool is essential in helping different products gain exposure by securing placements with stores like Nordstrom, Saks, and Bloomingdale’s.

No insult intended, but working with the brands is the most challenging aspect of running our firm, Rasool added. “Because you are creative, your business is sensitive. It’s also the most satisfying aspect, and my journey to South Africa is what actually gave me the idea to found The Folklore.
While I was an undergrad, I had never been there before, and I instantly fell in love with the community.
I’ve worked in the fashion business for some time. I used to work in the media and was familiar with all of the European and American brands, but I was completely ignorant of the South African names at the time.

Content Courtesy of ESSENCE Fashion House & NFH

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