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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…

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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…

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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…





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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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,…

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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…

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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

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