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FEATURE: Check out Johannesburg-based fashion label Nao Serati’s gorgeous Autumn/Fall 2016 lookbook

Check out Johannesburg-based fashion label Nao Serati’s gorgeous lookbook for their Autumn/Fall 2016 collection. The lookbook was shot by photographer Aart Verrips and styled by Rich Mnisi. The label was founded by designer Neo Serati Mofammerein, a graduate of South Africa’s Fashion Design School & Retail Education Institute. Neo Serati specializes in unisex garments that play in the margins of sexuality and gender, as well as South African heritage. The…

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Added by Safety Pins on May 18, 2016 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Check out the inspirational up-and-coming Congolese clothing brand Uchawi

Uchawi (magic craziness in Swahili) is a a Congolese clothing brand created by Laetitia Kandolo in 2014. The label, which is inspired by community-oriented world fashions, works in collaboration with ISAM (Insitut Superieur des Arts et Metiers) Fashion School in Congo DRC—a move that they hope will help tp develop the local textile-making industry and create empowering employment opportunities for women. You can shop some of their looks on…

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Added by Safety Pins on April 29, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Check out the vibrant and bold garments of family-owned Shavanthe clothing line

Shavanthe is a multicultural fashion line that makes printed scarves, women’s and menswear, and children’s clothing. Shavanthe takes its name from its founders, mom THEo and her two daughters SHAni and VANessa (get it?). With their mutual love of bright colors, bold prints, and expressive fashion, the trio creates some impressive, eye-popping textiles. Shavanthe also considers custom requests, so if you’ve got a baller idea, you may be in luck for something special.…

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Added by Safety Pins on April 21, 2016 at 5:25pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Self-taught fashion designer Bishme R. Cromartie previews Fall 2016 collection with lookbook featuring Cherrelle Champagne

Check out a few looks from self-taught fashion designer Bishme R. Cromartie’s Fall 2016 collection, shot by Xang Photography and featuring model Cherrelle Champagne. Take a look down below. …

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Added by Safety Pins on March 18, 2016 at 5:00pm — No Comments

OP-ED: It's 2016, we shouldn't have to hide our natural hair at work!

We were told since birth to put your hair in a bun it looks too wild. It LOOKS TOO DIFFERENT. Straighten your hair, it would look more beautiful. We were always told that our natural locks, fros, and curls were a little too wild or nappy. Telling us to fit into society’s view of beauty and professionalism. Now we are in a year where natural hair is being embraced as beautiful and not different but extraordinary. I get stopped by other naturalists and we share our love for each…

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Added by Safety Pins on March 15, 2016 at 10:11am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Karl Lagerfeld and Chanel name Willow their latest brand ambassador

Less than six-months after signing with IMG, artist Willow Smith has been named a brand ambassador for Chanel. She joins ranks with Kristen Stewart, friend Lily-Rose Depp, Cara Delevingne and Julianne Moore. It’s unclear whether or not the ambassador role (sitting front row in head-to-toe Chanel) will translate into an official campaign. "Thank you Karl Lagerfeld and the entire team at Chanel for expanding the perceptions of 'beauty' by picking me to be the new…

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Added by Safety Pins on March 9, 2016 at 3:37pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Haitian-Italian fashion designer Stella Jean stands out from the crowd at Milan Fashion Week with globally inspired collection

Haitian-Italian fashion designer Stella Jean is a frequent collaborator with African and Haitian artisans through a mutual appreciation and respect for the people, resources, and traditions of indigenous communities and the preservation of ancient cultures and self-sustaining local, female-driven businesses. Her Fall/Winter 2016 collection just showed at Milan Fashion Week and made a bold statements with globally influenced mixed prints, textures, and colors and chic…

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Added by Safety Pins on March 4, 2016 at 12:17pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Mokshini weekly fashion illustration (AFROPUNK NY Fest edition!) - final installment

The final installment for Mokshini's collaboration with AFROPUNK is a recap of some of the best illustrations from the series. It's been an awesome experience capturing the beautiful people I meet, on paper".

Models: @candicefortin, @gregbanksmusic, @aggie_nes, @erykahachebe






By Nadeesha Godamunne, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Safety Pins on March 2, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Mokshini weekly fashion illustration (AFROPUNK NY Fest edition!) - Brandi

Here is this week's Mokshini fashion illustration (AFROPUNK NY Fest edition!). Brandi, a painter, looked like a masterpiece. @brandikinard





By Nadeesha Godamunne, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Safety Pins on February 24, 2016 at 10:54am — No Comments

FEATURE: Mokshini weekly fashion illustration (AFROPUNK NY Fest edition!) - Terence

Here is this week's Mokshini fashion illustration (AFROPUNK NY Fest edition!). Terence, a Blogger, rocked this 70s-inspired psychedelic ensemble! @terencewentmad



By Nadeesha Godamunne, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Safety Pins on February 19, 2016 at 12:50pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Archel Bernard’s clothing company the Bombchel Factory creates rehabilitation opportunities in post-Ebola Liberia

Archel Bernard, a Liberian-American and Georgia Tech alum, has been hard at work building a sustainable fashion business in her parents’ native Liberia. Her business, the Bombchel Factory located in Monrovia, is a clothing company firmly committed to assisting the rehabilitation of post-Ebola Liberia. Bernard, who only recently entered the fashion industry,…

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Added by Safety Pins on February 16, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Check Out Brooklyn-Based Fashion Wunderkind Zunyda’s Bold Spring/Summer 16 Collection

At just 22-years-old, Zunyda Watson is a fashion wunderkind. She’s a self-taught designer and entrepreneur of Dominican and African heritage who refined her tailoring skills under the contemporary label, Collina Strada. When it comes to designing garments, Zunyda takes cues and inspiration from her peers and heritage to create bold and unconventional looks. “We’re always being…

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Added by Safety Pins on February 15, 2016 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Mokshini weekly fashion illustration (AFROPUNK NY Fest edition!) - Ziggy

Here is this week's Mokshini illustration (AFROPUNK NY Fest edition!). Meet hair and makeup artist, "Ziggy". Dig these pants! @ziggyartistry



By Nadeesha Godamunne*, AFROPUNK Contributor

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Added by Safety Pins on February 10, 2016 at 10:10am — No Comments

FEATURE: See South Sudanese Canadian model Aluad Deng Anei in new editorial

Take a look at South Sudanese Canadian model Aluad Deng Anei in this fashion editorial shot by Elijah Yutuc, styled by Sarah Jay…

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Added by Safety Pins on February 8, 2016 at 1:17pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Mokshini weekly fashion illustration (AFROPUNK NY Fest edition!) - Oya Noire

Here is this week's Mokshini illustration! Meet beautiful singer Oya Noire. That hair though... @oyanoire





By Nadeesha Godamunne*, AFROPUNK Contributor

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Added by Safety Pins on February 3, 2016 at 12:08pm — No Comments

FEATURE: South African, London-based textile womenswear designer Sindiso Khumalo presents Zulu and Ndebele heritage-inspired prints in SS16 collection

Sindiso Khumalo, a South African textile designer (now based in Hackney, London), creates sustainable textiles and womenswear. Khumalo, who is trained in both architecture and textile futures, designs Zulu and Ndebele heritage-inspired prints for her structured garments. In expressing her commitment to maintain a sustainable and ethical manufacturing, Khumalo works closely with NGO’s and small workshops in South…

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Added by Safety Pins on January 27, 2016 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Mokshini weekly fashion illustration - Eromomen

Here is this week's Mokshini illustration! Meet model Eromomen, killing it in this print! @eromomen



By Nadeesha Godamunne*, AFROPUNK Contributor




*Nadeesha Godamunne is a fashion illustrator from New Zealand now residing in…

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Added by Safety Pins on January 21, 2016 at 7:04pm — No Comments

Feature: Ghanaian fashion designer Hassan Alfaziz Iddriss debuts unisex collection

Ghanaian fashion designer, Hassan Alfaziz Iddriss is the creative mind behind up-and-coming unisex label Hazza. Hazza is based out of Ghana and presented a collection at Ghana Fashion and Design Week last October. Hazza's SS16 lookbook, 'Ashasie3', showcases Iddriss' practical, unisex garments amongst a rural housing structure. "Ashasie3, in our local dialect, means the beginning, and the collection pays…

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Added by Safety Pins on January 18, 2016 at 4:46pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Brazilian Fashion designer Carol Barreto “VOZES Collection: Fashion and Ancestries” at Black Fashion Week Paris

Carol Barreto is a black feminist fashion designer from Bahia, Brazil and last month her collection "VOZES Collection: Fashion and Ancestries" showed at Black Fashion Week in Paris. Barreto, a PhD Multidisciplinary Postgraduate Program in Culture and Society, approaches design from an academic lens with consideration for…

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Added by Safety Pins on January 15, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

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