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FEATURE: Ugandan fashion designer Lamula Anderson detangles misconceptions of black hair with empowering new collection

Ugandan-born, London-based designer Lamuna Anderson- of Lamuna Nassuna- adds a new voice to empowerment. Straying from the mainstream, her latest collection is a complete celebration of the black woman and all of her assets. As she takes inspiration from 'the Afro and Black women protective hair styles', she combines kinky weaves and hair extensions (yes, HAIR) to create;ingenious, chic…


Added by Safety Pins on July 29, 2016 at 12:35pm — No Comments

RAD CREATIVE OF THE DAY: Jacque Amadi's fashion line Adorned By Chi decorates the modern black girl with cute, spunky designs and accessories

Finding accessories that are cute, affordable, and agreeable with modern black hair may be hard to come by; but thanks to Dallas-based blogger and former fashion entrepreneur Jacque Amadi, there is finally a brand that fits all of these categories. Adorned By Chi has answered the call, providing handmade crowns, animal ears, and a vast collection of other cutesy accessories/ clothes for the modern black girl. (#BlackGirlMagic!)



Added by Safety Pins on July 21, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Photographer Patricia Arujo's latest editorial for Angola Fashion week celebrates the beautiful culture while sharing it with the world

The editorial for the 2016 Angolan fashion week- shot by photographer Patricia Arujo- showcases the best aspects of both universal and regional culture. Arujo beautifully captures the exciting variations of pattern and texture of the work to highlight its organic appeal. Mixing the traditional designs of the country, with a modern yet vintage fusion to create a general indulgent wardrobe; each design seems specifically crafted for every occasion: whether one is…


Added by Safety Pins on July 15, 2016 at 12:42pm — No Comments

RAD CREATIVE OF THE DAY: Designer Joshlyn Turner changes the game with pro-black, pro-body diversity clothing line 'The Write Fit'

"The Write Fit is a brand for everyone. Men, women, children, young or old, black or white. It’s the new way to wear Life on your sleeves.” Joshlyn Turner, owner and creative director of 'The Write Fit' clothing line, is using her love for the written word to influence the fashion world. In this age of graphic tee and inspirational quotes, Ms. Turner is shifting the fad to empower all who wears her designs. The words written on her clothing are aimed at the individual;…


Added by Safety Pins on July 13, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

RAD CREATIVE OF THE DAY: Photographer Quique Rivera's new series '90's Summer Daze' brings back the Hip Hop Tom Boy we all wish we were

In Quique Rivera's latest photography series, viewers are taken back in time- with a modern twist. Titled: '90's Summer Daze', the subtly dynamic series pays homage to the era of intentional laxity, while simultaneously adding a 'too cool for school' vibe with its femininely suggestive interpretation of  a Tomboy. Rivera's utilization of the models' powerful Afro's and beautiful brown skin, adds another layer of cultural pride, serving as an underline to the already…


Added by Safety Pins on July 11, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

RAD CREATIVE OF THE DAY: South African designer Rich Mnisi redefines 'Men's Fashion' with feminine undertones

'The brand is young at heart and explores the treasures engraved within Africa and the world of modern culture and heritage to tell the unique stories of then, now and soon.' South African- based designer Rich Mnisi is taking the fashion world by storm with his modernly inclusive collections. With the male designs in particular, Mnisi pushes the boundaries of tradition and incorporates multiple aspects of world cultures- including the feminine ones. With his form…


Added by Safety Pins on July 8, 2016 at 11:17am — No Comments

FEATURE: Ysaunny Brito pays homage to Grace Jones for latest Max Mara collection

The impression one leaves is reflected in how their legacy is carried; and even though Ms. Grace Jones is still very much alive, her legacy is paid homage to constantly. The latest example of her influence can be observed in Max Mara'a latest collection: Max Mara Resort 2017 features model Ysaunny Brito- 22, from the Dominican Republic- wearing the beautifully edgy new material, as well as the signature- and much- loved- a symmetrical hair dubbed Ms. Jones' tag. Not…


Added by Safety Pins on July 7, 2016 at 1:24pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: New collection 'Blossom' from South African designer Lebogang Mokgoko is a blooming start to his career

For South African designer on the rise, Lebogang Mokgoko, there could be no greater introduction to the fashion world. A designer and photographer from Pretoria (South Africa), Mokgoko is entering the field with a boom; his first official campaign for his premiere collection 'Blossom' is turning heads and making major mileage; his distinct textures and eye-drawing patterns create a comfortingly chic vibe- and viewers want immediate access to the material. Showcasing…


Added by Safety Pins on July 6, 2016 at 1:44pm — No Comments

RAD CREATIVE OF THE DAY: Rising Rwandan fashion designer Cedric Mizero excites with his vibrant, unique material

Born and raised in Cyangugu, Rwanda, Cedric Mizero has begun to catch the global eye. The 22 year old's vibrant, attention grabbing pieces inspire one to decorate themselves in his work, and excite whoever comes in contact with it. Mizero's meticulous and obvious attention to detail provides an added sense of pride and exclusiveness to those who are given the opportunity to wear his work. Aimed- specifically- to serve the ever-changing fashion references of…


Added by Safety Pins on July 6, 2016 at 11:14am — No Comments

FEATURE: South African based Pilgrim Clothing alluringly tests the boundaries of fashion with 17th century-inspired collection

Usually, the connotations that accompany the Pilgrims, are not ones of beauty or grace- and certainly not fashion sense. Yet for South African based fashion brand 'Pilgrim Clothing', it's appealing combination of raw material and form-flattering designs, create a new, avant garde interpretation of the 17th century lifestyle. Their latest look book reaches the pinnacle of its inspiration; pulling its influence from the 'spiritual migration of The Chosen'- the incorporation…


Added by Safety Pins on June 29, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

RAD CREATIVE OF THE DAY: Kye Nelson celebrates blackness in All Dem Shades with empowering womenswear line

All Dem Shades is an empowering and unifying clothing line and ideology that celebrates blackness in all shades. The collection was the creative vision of New Orleans-born Kye Nelson, an artist with a Fashion Merchandising degree, who was inspired by a lifetime of being described as “pretty for a dark skin girl.” Since it’s inception in Dec. 2015 as mainly graphic tees, All Dem Shades has expanded into a visionary line that now makes swimwear and womenswear. Check out some…


Added by Safety Pins on June 27, 2016 at 10:18am — 1 Comment

RAD CREATIVE OF THE DAY: West African designer Penda Diakite launches PendaWear swimsuit collection

PendaWear is a West African “ArtWear” brand that specializes in mix-and-match street wear. The label was created by mixed-media artist, designer and filmmaker Penda Diakite who creates made-to-order fashions. Penda recently launched its first swimwear collection which is produced with local African fabrics that create stunning, one-of-a-kind pieces.

By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor…


Added by Safety Pins on June 23, 2016 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

RAD CREATIVE OF THE DAY: Two Black entrepreneurs combat misconceptions about sustainable hemp fashion with brand Superego

“Cut from a different cloth,” L.A.-based clothing brand Superego aims to reshape the narrative around sustainable products created by hemp. Commonly misunderstood as the psychoactive buds of the cannabis plant, hemp is acquired from the stalk of the plant and is favored for industrial uses because of its environmental benefits, durability, and healing abilities. With that in mind, entrepreneurs Tommie Lark and Matthew Narkaus, who met while majoring in psychology at…


Added by Safety Pins on June 22, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Ready-to-wear designer Roksanda channels post-WWII aesthetic with 2017 Resort Collection

Ready-to-wear designer Roksanda channels post-WWII aesthetic with 2017 Resort Collection. Borrowing floral prints, voluminous shapes of the 1940s and opting for war-time practicality and functionality with solid, wide-leg trousers with matching oversized blazers, Roksanda plays with the dualities of femininity during the war and the years that followed. Next to heavy wool jackets she presents fine-knit sweaters accessorized with molded bows and tulle—all of which…


Added by Safety Pins on June 8, 2016 at 7:04pm — No Comments

FEATURE: The sacred lake of the Venda tribe inspires Johannesburg-based fashion label Fundudzi’s AW2016 collection

Fundudzi is a Johannesburg fashion label created by designer Craig Jacobs. Drawing inspiration from the sacred lake of the Venda tribe, found in South Africa, Jacobs takes a naturalistic approach, color palette wise, by using colors reflected in the local landscape and wildlife. The mystical aura and traditional fabrics of their culture flavor the aesthetic of Fundudzi’s AW16 collection, as well as the scenic backdrop of the lookbook. See the AW16 collection,…


Added by Safety Pins on May 27, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: French-Congolese fashion designer Natty Kongo mixes punk style with ancient African iconography

Natty Kongo is a French-Congolese fashion designer and musician who draws much of his design inspiration from rock-n-roll culture, abstract neo-expressionist artist like Basquiat, and African iconography and symbols. “During a trip to Kinshasa, an ancestral vision was revealed to me by elder Mangongele, which inspired the creation of an artistic concept and clothing line, as a tribute to our African heritage,” Kongo told us. Check out Natty Kongo’s most recent collection,…


Added by Safety Pins on May 25, 2016 at 12:04pm — No Comments

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…


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…


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.…


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. …


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

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