African designers are really working hard, standing out with their designing talents and getting noticed by the international media. *Thumbs to them!
The September issue of British Vogue welcomes the international collections of African designers, in it we have the profiles two very talented Nigerian designers- Ella and Gabby and Kiki Kamanu and Ghanaian fashion label Kofidence Fashion.
According to the magazine, “Ella and Gabby is a luxury international fashion brand from Nigeria who focus on the beauty of the female form reflected through their beautiful fabrics and cut. They are one of the leading brands in the African market and you can see why! With collections boasting vivid colours, bold prints and intricate designs they really will provide you with a stand out wardrobe this Autumn.”
For Kiki Kamanu, Vogue says, “Designing for every-woman everywhere, this Lagos based American deftly masters the art of imbibing inspiration wherever her flights of fancy lands. Her flowing Balkan Rhapsody Collection sprang from admiring the Roma people. She just returned from Ethopia collecting woven traditional fabrics. From London or Lagos runways to American, African or European media, Kiki Kamanu Designs promise never to fit into the box”.
According to British Vogue, “Ghanaian designer/entrepreneur Confidence Haugen designs sophisticated shoes, bags and accessories to meet the needs of modern, global women. Whether it is rocking a tote bag to the office or a clutch bag for dinner, there is something for the Konfidence woman. The first collection boasts vibrant bold colours and touches of African prints paying homemage to the designer’s cultural roots.”
South African ELLE chats to Nigerian-born Lisa Folawiyo, the designer behind global womenswear label Jewel by Lisa – a fashion house that has ramped the runways in New York, Paris, Milan, Florence, London and South Africa. Read full chat Here
Both magazines are now selling on news stands!
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