The African fashion is intertwined with its culture, and as such it is represented through textile, design and styling. Women dress sense usually form part of their identity and it is also a form of expressing themselves.
The idea of rocking an afro hairstyle started as a need to make a statement and breakaway from the norm. With time this grew into something bigger, it transcended into a movement for black liberation on the grounds of racial pride and identity.
The fashion industry is one of the fastest rising industries in the world and female influence is a contributing factor to its development especially, in Africa.
Designers around the world have drawn inspiration from Africa’s rich cultural heritage and in recent years, African designers themselves have been taking the continent’s legacy to the world stage in a voice that is representative of the new African. We look at 10 Women Designers Setting Trends in Africa and beyond with brands that are pushing the boundaries of what African fashion is.
In March this year the Global Gender Gap Report 2021 was released. It is a rich source of information, covering 156 countries, and it evaluates the gender gap in politics, the economy, health and education. It is important because it covers a year of COVID and associated public health measures across the world, and it … Continue reading New Economies Must Prioritise the Inclusion of Women
Jewellery Etiquette Wearing jewellery to work can be intimidating, in a conservative environment, you can limit yourself to merely wearing earrings. In less traditional offices, studs and little hoops are okay, but they should not be distracting. At work, loud, glitzy jewellery is unacceptable, as it will only serve to distract your coworkers. You can … Continue reading Reflections on Jewellery with AFI | The Fashion Enthusiast
Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life Bill Cunningham This statement certainly resonates with fashion fanatics still strutting in the abyss of these abysmal times. The Covid-19 Pandemic has certainly sparked a new fashion trend with the compulsory use of facial masks worldwide. Although the rather essential accessory was never meant … Continue reading Make a statement with African Print inspired Accessories
Namibia’s young fashion star Chanté Bock is the epitome of a conscious fashion designer. While she graduated from fashion school some four years ago with a keen interest in futuristic themes, she has since developed an appreciation for slow fashion. Meaningful Fashion Leading a pack of young, Namibian fashion creatives pushing the sector through authentic … Continue reading Inside Namibian Fashion Designer Chanté Bock’s Sustainable Collection
This week, we’re shining the spotlight on jewellery. The easiest way to add a touch of elegance and glamour to any look, we’ve curated a selection of the top jewellery picks from the House of Nala
In conversation with Fifi Peters, Dr Moloi-Motsepe details the newly launched concept store House of Nala, located at the Leonardo in Sandton