When it comes to the issue of skin colour, the black woman is always told she has too much melanin. Does anyone ever complain of too much non-melanin? South Sudanese model Nyakim Gatwech was asked by her uber driver if she’d lighten her skin for $10,000. Find out her answer.
Ghanaian-born Edward Enninful has been named as the new editor of the British Vogue, making him the first black male editor of one of the most respected, and famous fashion magazines. The widely experienced 44 year-old, a former fashion model, and a renowned stylist will commence his duties on August 1, 2017 as the publication’s first male editor in its 101-year history. Congratulations on the appointment.
Thando Hopa, a lawyer and model is the new face of Audi’s SUV car. The model has been vocal about the treatment of people with albinism, using her experiences to raise awareness on albinism, which is still profoundly misunderstood. Hopa is undoubtedly the perfect face, and her involvement with Audi could bring more discussions around albinism.
For the first time, Zimbabwe will be represented at the International Fashion Showcase (IFS). IFS will host its sixth edition in London at the Somerset House where emerging designers from 28 countries will exhibit their talent. The founder of Kidd Hunta clothing, Tafadzwa Moyo, the first Zimbabwean to participate at IFS will be in London to showcase his remarkable work. We wish Tafadzwa Moyo all the best.
In recent years, men’s fashion has been gaining popularity. It comes as no surprise that African prints are trending on menswear runways across the continent. We made a list of some of our favourite looks.
A Facebook post by a Ugandan student, Joaninne Nanyange, which chronicles how she was stopped from entering the Law Development Centre by two women because she was inappropriately dressed [knee length skirt] has stirred a debate on the platform. The post has divided opinion over what constitutes “appropriate dressing”, and several questions have been raised on Facebook. Questions such as how should a “proper” dress code be defined and measured, Who (should) define the decency and appropriateness of how women dress (formally and informally)? What informs institutional rules of professional attire?
The first ever Windhoek Fashion Week was held in Namibia’s bustling capital last week. Here are some highlights from the runway.
Kenyan fashion house KikoRomeo under its visionary founder and Head Designer Ann McCreath has helped put African fashion on the map for more than twenty years. KikoRomeo, is the biggest name in fashion in Kenya, McCreath’s adopted home, and the brand just had its best showing yet at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Johannesburg. In her first ever interview with This Is Africa, McCreath opens up about her brand’s continental ambitions, the state of the fashion industry in Africa and why leaders on the continent really need to start walking the talk when it comes to promoting “brand Africa”
‘What practices of self-care and love have been replicated and shared by black girls and women in the styling and braiding of their hair? What collective and individual traumas have we endured and perpetuated as a result of rejection from western hegemonic cultures, and in our own attempts to conform and survive a world in which beauty standards are dictated by Caucasian culture?’ These are some of the themes that the makers of the Salooni multi-disciplinary art project are exploring