Saturday Exclusive: Weekly Fashion News Roundup!

What a lovely Saturday, are you chilling at home or attending a wedding or some other function? Whatever it is, take time out to read through your Saturday breakdown of fashion news making rounds from Africa Fashion Week London 2012, the Swarovski Elements workshop in Ghana to the verdict from court case between high street giant Zara and premier designer Christian Louboutin over the red-sole trademark.


This is where you get all the latest updates in fashion.


Model Casting – Africa Fashion Week London 2012

In about two months, London Spitalfields Market Halls will play host to Africa Fashion Week London 2012 (AFWL) where on 3rd and 4th August 2012, African and African inspired designers from all corners of the world will showcase their finest work to a 10,000 strong audience in London’s hip Shoreditch district. With back-to-back catwalk shows and exhibitions showcasing clothes, accessories, homeware and jewellery.




AFWL has been making a lot of waves in the media lately, first was with the partnership with FAB Magazine, then the announcement of fashion creative team Suby and Sinem on board as advisers and the official AFWL PR. Also, the partnership with OH TV to support as a TV channel to air and showcase the diverse culture, vibrant and dynamic designs AFWL will bring to its viewers.


Following on the above AFWL is holding a one day model casting tomorrow Sunday June 17th 2012.

This is an open casting call to male and female models

Time: 1pm

Venue: Distillers Bar (Red Room), 64 Fulham Palace Road. Hammersmith, London W6 9PH

Tel: +44 (0) 2087482834



Fashion Designers & Craft Makers Young Designer Awards Welcomes The World, With A Showcase Of International Fashion, Beautiful Models And Of British Cutting Edge Fashion

This summer marks one of the most memorable seasons in London’s history the diamond Jubilee celebration honouring her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the arrival of the greatest show on earth the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.



With the country on such a high fashion Designers’ and Craft makers’ Young Designer Awards, which is the brainchild of KnitwearDesigner Joanna Marcella is inviting International fashion & accessory designers along side our British fashion designers to London on the 27 October 2012 to show their collection in a gala show to an audience of fashionistas and media at the Novotel London Hotel St. Pancras 100 -110 Euston Road London England NW1 2AJ.


The FDC Young Designer Awards promises to be an event not to be missed, not only will attendees be privileged to witness the collections of new up and coming designers of the future, winners will be selected for a chance to showcase in “Fashion Designer Expo Florida” and New Jersey Fashion Week.


Designers who wish to participate, sponsors who wish to support or press who want to attend please email: Joanna Marcella on email:


Anyone who would like to make a small donation and support the work we do with our young designers or wish to help us provide trophies and prizes for our winners can do so online here



Swarovski Elements Workshop In Ghana

On the 10th, 16th and 17th of May, Da Viva held a Swarovski Elements workshop for the fashion and textile students at the Kumasi polytechnic and the University of Science and Technology.


For this workshop two representatives from Swarovski Elements, Mr. Michael Renzler; head of market development Africa and Mr. Martin Doujak; head of technical support with assistance from Miss Gisela E. Gagakuma; head of Swarovski Elements dept in Da Viva Ghana were present as facilitators.


The agenda for this workshop was to create more awareness about the Swarovski Elements brand, train the fashion students on how to apply and maintain Swarovski crystals and importantly to introduce a brand that will enhance and transform their garments from regular clothing to elegant, chic, stylish and evidently, value for money garments.



There were discussions on the different types of elements, its durability, maintenance, and crystal application methods and how upcoming designers will have a competitive advantage over other designers if they use Swarovski Elements to embellish their garments.


To acquire Swarovski crystals, visit our shops at; DA VIVA Ghana: Brimah Hse 17th Lane, Off Osu Oxford St. Accra- Ghana

DA VIVA Nigeria: 1 Davies Street Off Marina, Untp Hse 1st Floor, Lagos.



High Street Giant Zara Beats Christian Louboutin Red-Sole Court Case

The battle of the red sole, between the world famous Christian Louboutin (CL) and another world renowned fashion label- Zara has been decided. CL had gone to court seeking to stop Zara from infringing on his trademark (the use of the red sole) on some of their shoes.

But the court has come out to say- that Zara&#39s cut-price shoe could not be confused with that made by the high-end designer. This was the initial verdict of the court in 2008. The world renowned shoe designer, not satisfied with the outcome then took the case to a higher court- Cour de Cassation, which is the final court of appeal. The higher court just last week upheld the lower court&#39s decision and even awarded a compensation of 2,000 Pounds to Zara!


A pair of Zara Red Sole peep-toe pumps

Louboutin said that he came up with the idea for his red sole heels, which are favoured by celebrities including Sarah Jessica Parker and Victoria Beckham, nearly 20 years ago, when he painted red nail polish on the black soles of a pair of women&#39s shoes.


Share your views, drop a comment below

Share this

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Saturday Exclusive: Weekly Fashion News Roundup!

Your Saturday Exclusive is back today with a breakdown of news in fashion, from Nigerian/UK based fashion label Bukki Akib following in the foot steps of Virgos Lounge and making a debut in Topshop stores across the UK this coming July to news all the way from Kenya with the upcoming 2012 Festival for African Fashion and Arts release of 12 designers in the running to become FAFA’s Emerging designer of the year, this where you need to be when it comes to fashion news.


Sit tight and enjoy your Saturday delight!



Nigerian/UK Fashion Label Bukki Akib Makes Debut In Topshop This July 15th

Afro Punk fashion label Bukki Akib following in the footsteps of Virgos Lounge and making a debut in Topshop stores across the UK this coming July 15th.




The last we saw was when the label showcased an Afro-eccentric collection at the Arise magazine fashion week last March in Lagos. This is definitely exciting news for the label. Congratulations Bukki.



The 1st Lagos Accessories Fair

Are you an accessories lover? Then this fair is here to tickle your fancy and satisfy any cravings you have to learn more about making, styling or the different types of accessories available.


There would be training by Award Winning Accessories Designer KAMSI TCHARLES


The fair will be holding on Saturday, 16 June 2012 at Terra Kulture Plot 1376 Tiamiyu Savage, off Ahmadu Bello,Way Victoria Island, Lagos.

Time: 8am – 12noon (Training/Styling)

12noon – 6pm (Exhibition/Show)


Tayo Shonekan (Creative Director of Aimas and Fashion Editor of Today&#39s Woman (TW) Magazine
Temitope Williams (Leading Fashion Entrepreneur and Creative Director of Martwayne)
Mai Atafo. (Creative Director of Mai Atafo Inspired and Fashion Editor of Genevieve Magazine)
Ezinne Chinkata (Fashion Editor for Wow Magazine)

Who can attend?
Fashion stylists, fashion and accessories designers, fashion retailers, models, photographers, fashionistas, fashion editors, students and every one with keen interest in accessories

Registration for training: 
Pay the sum of N8,000 (Eight Thousand Naira only) into GTBank
Account No: 213/7606718110

Late Registration (from 9th June) 
Will attract an extra charge of N2,000 (Two Thousand Naira only)

To exhibit, choose the most convenient exhibition category for your brand: 
N15,000 for Regular
N20,000 for Classic
N30,000 for Premium
N40,000 for Exclusive

For More information on Participation, Registration and Sponsorship please call:+2348037179958, +2348029436301, +2347030926258
Blackberry pins: 21F21813, 2750F181 is a media supporter of the 1st Lagos Accessories Fair



 Banke Kuku’s Lace Orchid Print Cushions At Selfridges

Nigerian/UK textile designer Banke Kuku whose works are is mainly influenced by Africa and Nigeria in particular has released its beautiful Tera and Lace orchid print cushions which available at Selfridges now!



The label has previously collaborated with print maestros Duro Olowu and Jewel by Lisa.




Festival For African Fashion And Arts Releases 2012 List Of Participating Designers

Festival For African Fashion And Arts (FAFA) has released the 2012 flist of Fashion designers that will be showcasing in this year’s FAFA 2012 Competition.



See full list of 22 contestants that are in the running to become FAFA Emerging Designer:

  1. Anil Padia
  2. Anne Mpinga
  3. Anne Sophie Achera
  4. Anthony Mulli
  5. Azra Walji
  6. Deborah Kimathi
  7. Eki Orleans
  8. Esther Githae
  9. Galina Tatarinova
  10. James Otieno
  11. Jamil Walji
  12. Marion Waithera
  13. Martha Gakii
  14. Maryanne Mbira
  15. Melody Mazola
  16. Michelle Njeri Cuthbert
  17. Nick Ondu
  18. Ogaka Mochache
  19. Pricilla Muigai
  20. Selly Raby Kane
  21. Susan Long
  22. Vera Onyango


Share this

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Saturday Exclusive: Weekly Fashion News Roundup!

Hello everyone,
Today in our Saturday exclusive fashion news breakdown, we bring you all the juicy stories making rounds in the fashion industry.


This is all the news you need to know in fashion.


Vogue Italia As International Media Partner Ghana Fashion And Design Week (GFDW)

The organisers of Ghana Fashion and design week (GFDW) event are pleased to announce Vogue Italia as their international media partner for the upcoming event scheduled for the 5th -7th October 2012 at the Moevenpick Ambassador hotel in Accra, Ghana. The digital luxury fashion publication has joined forces with GFDW to bring exclusive coverage of the event to the world.

This collaboration is truly one-of-a-kind – with Vogue Black Italia high readership from all over the globe, GFDW mission is to provide international journalistic coverage of the fashion event. Making history for Ghana and the African continent, such collaboration has never happened before and we hope this partnership lead GFDW commitment to the promotion of designers, ensuring international publishers are able to easily access official, sought after GFDW images, content and enabling designers to promote themselves to a global audience.

Vogue Italia will exclusively be covering the runway shows, with special backstage features and interviews.

It is with great pleasure to add Vogue Italia to GFDW list of global partners, including luxury brands such as L’oreal and Porsche. This partnership provides participating fashion designers, models and sponsors with brand coverage in key markets; allowing them to be discovered by new contacts globally.



Victoria Beckham Designs A “Bag On Wheels” For Range Rover

Victoria Beckham has already ticked off the boxes for international pop star, award-winning fashion designer, style icon, supermom, and luckiest wife in the world. She can now add automobile designer to her list. Since 2010, Victoria has been a creative design executive for legendary luxury off-road brand Land Rover, and the fruits of her labor have just been unveiled in China in advance of the Beijing Auto Show: the Range Rover Evoque Special Edition with Victoria Beckham. Each of the limited run of 200, English-made, four-wheel-drive coupes will cost around $90,000. And, as Victoria’s responsibility was to help select the interior and exterior finishes, each will come with a lustrous matte-gray finish featuring glossy black accents and a luscious baseball-stitched leather interior in a shade of saddle tan so rich it’s almost Italian. The dark mohair carpets are thick and luxurious enough to lose a giant diamond ring in.


The wheels, grille, and dash feature genuine rose-gold accents, and the whole thing comes with a four-piece black-leather luggage set that fits comfortably in the boot.


The Seventh Edition Lagos Heritage Festival Featured On

Street dancers from the seventh edition of the Lagos Heritage Festival
See report in

“The seventh edition of the Lagos Black Heritage Festival has just ended, and this year’s focus was on the relationships between Africa and Italy. It’s the first edition of three-year cycle called Black in the Mediterranean Blue, dedicated to the African diaspora in the Mediterranean area.

Wole Soyinka was this year’s artistic director, first African writer to be awarded with the Nobel Prize in Literature (1986) and known political activist. While Freedom Park was the setting for the festival, a location with a very important symbolic value, as it was once a colonial prison and it has been recently transformed into a cultural arena.

“The main idea is to demonstrate that the relationship between Italy and Nigeria is prolific also in an artistic and cultural level, not only in matters of prostitution and fuel,” explains Alessandra di Maio, Italian consultant for the festival.

Many dance companies from all across the country took place in the festival. Among the events that involved Italy directly there were: an academic symposium on the historic, artistic, political and publishing relationships between Africa and Italy; a book exhibit with 100 volumes about Africa donated by several Italian publishers; the photo exhibit Naija-Italy curated by Awam Amkpa in which relevant Italian photographers such as Marco Ambrosi took part in; a film show of classic Italian movies and lots of plays, among which Pinocchio-Ajantala by the famous playwright Bode Sowande.

Furthermore, Moleskin has created for the occasion a special edition of the iconic notebook, displayed and handed out during the Festival”.



The Second Season Of FashionMist Is Back

FashionMist is back again on our calendar’s this year for our second season. FashionMist’s aim is to showcase on one platform emerging young designers of African origin who reflect the continent’s creativity and the use of African textiles in their products to infuse it with a modern Western flair. This is in the form of clothes, accessories to name a few. It also seeks to create a network for the designers to interact and inspire all Fashionista’s in attendance.

FashionMist will take place in two parts. During the day there will be an exhibition open to the general public for free from 12 – 5pm. It will feature a more diverse range of products – clothes, accessories, beauty, kids and men’s wear. The exhibition will include designers like Ayikai Couture, Decorus, AfroFusion Designs, Triballery, GBGhanaBoy, Lipavenu, Celebrity Hair, House of Loulee and lots more including most of the designers from the catwalk show.

The highlight of the day will be the fashion catwalk event, where designers will unveil their collection to a seated ticketed audience, interspersed with music. Labels confirmed for the catwalk include Chemphe Bea, N’kya Designs, Ariike Alden, Adopted Culture, YaaAtaa Couture Bags, Duafe Denim, House of Adjeiwaa, GPUK, Kolture Apparel and Harmattan by Ewuresi Stefanie Larmie and Bertha, young up and coming Ghanaian talent, will provide entertainment on the night.

This year, during the fashion showcase we will be aiding Miss Nana Afua Antwi (Befta Best female model and Top Model of colour winner – TMC) in launching her charity ‘Akosua Odei Foundation’. This charity is being set up to raise funds and help young women/mothers living harsh lives in rural Ghana/Africa. There will be a raffle on the night and all proceeds will go towards the‘Akosua Odei Foundation’.

Menaye Donkor, Ghanaian Model, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist & Wag Hunts For Africa’s Next Fashion Star On ‘Fashion Power’

Menaye Donkor
Menaye Donkor, Ghanaian model, entrepreneur, philanthropist and wife of AC Milan footballer Sulley Muntari, is leading the search for Ghana and Nigeria’s next top fashion designer as the lead judge on the new reality TV series, ‘Fashion Power’.

Menaye, a Miss Ghana Universe 2004 winner has worked with many acclaimed international fashion designers, will use her experience, knowledge and connections in the fashion world to help to guide budding fashion designers through a series of tasks where they will showcase their skills and talents in the hope of being crowned the winner of Fashion Power 2012.

In the 13 series reality show, the 12 contestants between the ages of 18 and 35 will battle it out in the competition to make their dream come true and ultimately launch their career as a fashion designer. The winner will receive $30,000.00, mentorship with renowned fashion designers, PR and media support to gain exposure in magazines across the world, platforms to sell their designs and sponsorship to participate in international fashion weeks, all of which will help build the designer’s brand as the next big fashion icon.

With successful open auditions already having taken place in Ghana and Nigeria attracting hundreds of hopeful contestants, the short listing process has now taken place and 12 contestants, six each from Ghana and Nigeria, have been selected to compete in the Fashion Power reality show. Menaye, supported by Nigerian born television host Faith History and an array of celebrity guest judges, will now begin to judge the 12 selected finalists each week as they participate in training, tasks and challenges. The contestants aim is to use African fabrics as inspiration, then to blend them with other influences, inject their own ideas and explore their creativity fully to produce original and expressive clothes for a variety of occasions.

The 13 episode reality series is scheduled for broadcast on VIA SAT 1 in Ghana and selected networks in Nigeria. The winner will be unveiled at a major red carpet fashion event in Lagos, Nigeria in the grand finale in week 13.


Heart365 Emporium Named As A Finalist For UK Catwalk Jewels Of The Year Award

A piece from Uhurus Wings: Freedom to Fly collection

Heart 365 Emporium has been shortlisted for a UK Jewellery Award in the category of Catwalk Jewels of the Year for its current collection Uhurus Wings: Freedom to Fly. The award recognises designers or manufacturers of fashion, catwalk or costume jewellery that has been produced in the past 12 months and is of statement designs that takes non-precious costume, catwalk or fashion jewellery to another level. The finalists were revealed on 4th April at the 2012 UK Jewellery Awards Shortlist Party, Sponsored by Tresor. Tanzanian born head designer Jacqueline Kibacha says “Following my most recent trip to Tanzania, spending time with Maasai beadworkers allowed me to gain a new appreciation for the depth of history in the tradition of beading that is so familiar to me from my childhood. I’m excited that I get to share this through the Uhurus Wings collection” The Awards will take place on 12 July 2012 at the luxurious Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane where over 600 of the industry’s elite come together to celebrate the wealth of achievement in this area.




Share this

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Saturday Exclusive: Weekly Fashion News Roundup!

It’s another Saturday and today in our fashion news breakdown we have news from Solange Knowles Love For Nigerian designer Maki Oh, rapper Tinie Tempah’s debut of Menswear Range- Disturbing London to TIME 100 List that includes two fashion power weights- Alexander Mcqueen‘s Sarah Burton & spanx Inventor Sara Blakley to Oluchi Onweagba being featured In “Look of the day”.


This is all the news you need to know in fashion.


Solange Knowles Love For Maki Oh

Solange Knowles new found love of Nigerian designer Maki Oh is strong, last week the Dj was seen spotting a polka dot print shirt by the Nigerian designer to the re-opening of Salvatore Ferragamo’s Fifth Avenue Flagship store in New York City. For the opening of Splendid’s Soho Store, she paired a white tee with a high slit lace trimmed black skirt from Maki Oh.



British Rapper & GQ‘S Best Dressed Man Of 2012 Tinie Tempah Debuts His New Menswear Range – Disturbing London

The “high-end streetwear” line consists of cool graphic tees, hoodies, button downs, and trousers, best described as hip-hop hipster chic. Tinie who is usually spotted in formal suits to events wanted to take a more casual take Disturbing London, with the range of pieces available. The “Pass Out” rapper told the Telegraph; “At the end of the day, I’m a 23-year-old male from inner city London. Of course I’m into tailoring – but in the right circumstances: swanky events, awards or fashion shows. I want [the collection] to show the different layers of what makes me who I am. I thought it would be good to do something that was high-end streetwear, based around the whole Americana storm that is happening now. D’ya get what I mean?”  Disturbing London is available at Selfridges stores in the UK.

This Year’s TIME 100 List Includes Two Fashion Power Weights – Alexander Mcqueen‘s Sarah Burton & Spanx Inventor Sara Blakley

Sarah Burton                                                                                    Sara Blakley


The two will be honoured along with 98 of their fellow “100 listers” at The Time 100 Gala at Lincoln Center this Tuesday.


Super Models Alek Wek & Chanel Iman & Singer Rihanna Spotted At Coachella, US Biggest Music Festival

Alek Wek                                 Chanel Iman                                  Rihanna

Alex Wek in a cashmere jumper with a floral skirt and black boots with her signature scarf
Chanel Iman in a cropped Kiss vest and bikini bottoms
Rihanna wore Topshop studded shorts and a bandeau top to perform with Calvin Harris.

Model Oluchi Onweagba Featured In’- “Look Of The Day”

According to “Model Oluchi Onweagba gives a twist to an evening look with a voluminous full skirt. A little gipsy, very chic”.



Tommy Hilfiger Launches “The Promise Collection” As Millennium Development Goal Global Leader & Visits Ruhiira In Uganda

Tommy Hilfiger has launched “The Promise Collection”, as part of his role as a Millennium Development Goal global leader – and has enlisted actress Katie Holmes as the collection&#39s ambassador.

The collection – which features pieces that have been either been produced in Africa or that use locally-sourced cotton – comprises classic Tommy Hilfiger styles re imagined in a bold colour palette featuring vibrant African prints. All profits from the range, which will be sold in Tommy Hilfiger stores worldwide as well as online from today, will be invested back into Millennium Promise – the charity set up to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals, namely to halve extreme poverty by 2015.



Hilfiger has visited Ruhiira in Uganda already to see the difference that the $2 million he donated in 2010 has made. Katie Holmes also recently paid a visit to the rural region, ahead of fronting the campaign, where there is a focus on women&#39s issues by the charity – including working towards gender equality, maternal health and universal education.


Share this

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Saturday Exclusive: Weekly Fashion News Roundup!

Welcome to’s weekly fashion news roundup. This is where we report on news making waves in the fashion industry globally.


As you already know, we are the first and report on the latest in Fashion, Beauty, News, Features, Entertainment, Shows and Parties as we aim to highlight the achievements in Nigeria and Africa.  

We are ranked among the top destinations amid all online lifestyle news sites and we are constantly updating news from our production centers in Nigeria, the UK and USA.

This Saturday we bring you hot news from African designers making waves internationally to an upcoming fashion week.
This is the perfect way to set your Saturday rolling!


Alicia Keys Covers VIBE Magazine ‘2nd Global’ Issue Spotting Pieces By Anita Quansah, Christie Brown & Tsemaye Binitie

Grammy award winning artist Alicia Keys covers the latest issue of American Entertainment Magazine VIBE. On the magazine’s cover, the singer is spotting a black leather jacket and accessory by African designer Anita Quansah.

The inside spreads also features pieces from Ghanaian Christie Brown & Nigerian Tsemaye Binitie.

Shot by photographer Jill Greenberg, styled by Laura Jones with makeup by Francesca Tolot and hair by Adir Abergel the magazine features an interview story written by Siobhan O’Connor.

The issue hits newsstands on April 16!


Virgos Lounge To Debut April 29th 2012 On Oxford Street London

Nigerian and London-based label Virgos Lounge recently announced that it will be making its debut in British High Street Giant ‘Topshop’ flagship store in Oxford Circus, London on the 29th of April 2012.

As you may know, Topshop is one of Britain’s biggest high street retailer and has featured lines from famous celebrities including super model Kate Moss.
So, if you are in London on the 29th of April, make sure you visit Topshop’s flagship store for the beautiful pastel pieces.


Jewel By Lisa Print & Lace Mix Swimsuit In Featured Vogue Italia 

Another Nigerian fashion designer breaking boundaries and making waves in the international fashion scene is Jewel By Lisa. In the recent issue of Vogue Italia the label’s print & lace mix swimsuit from its Spring/Summer 2012 collection was featured in the “Le Sacre du Printemps” editorial shot by photographer Dalton Louis in the April issue of Donovo Magazine. The editorial, styled by Tosin Ojo with hair & makeup by Gusléne HairStylist and Modeled by Alexandra @ Muse, all worked together to create the beauty editorial pictured here.


The Second Edition Of Africa Fashion Week London Slated For the 3rd & 4th Of August 2012- Calling On All Designers

Africa Fashion Week London (AFWL) is a collaborative fashion exhibition, highlighting the industry’s premier African prints and designers. AFWL is at the forefront of capturing the surge of the African inspired trends in the fashion industry.

The event is open to designers of all nationalities, who are inspired by Africa in their designs.

The premiere of the annual Africa Fashion Week London was held on the 5th and 6th of August 2011, at the Gibson Hall in the city of London and attracted an audience of 4700 visitors. The two-day event also featured catwalks from 54 designers.

For participation, sponsorships and advertising, contact:
Founder Africa Fashion Week London
Ronke Ademiluyi
Tel: +44 203 217 0822, +44 7985 456 513, +44 7901 328 680
Co-Founder Africa Fashion Week London
Kamari Ademiluyi
Tel: +44 7958 456 513
Public Relations
Krystle Epum
Tel: +44 7950 895 123
PR Manager
Florence Igbokwe
Tel: +44 7903 674 361

Share this

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *