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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Millen Happiness Magese




According to her website "....Millen Happiness Magese is a world-renown fashion model and humble humanitarian.  When she’s not rocking the runways in Europe, the United States, Asia and Africa, the former Miss Tanzania can often be found lending her time, talents, and high energy to making a difference in the lives of those who are less fortunate through her significant contributions to charities such as the Tanzania Education Trust, African Rainforest Conservancy, and the MacDella Cooper Foundation.

As a model, Ms. Magese is currently signed with Ford Models in NY, NY and Ice Model Management in Johannesburg, South Africa. Pick up any fashion magazine over the last several years and you are likely to see her as she has collaborated with many of the world’s top designers and brands including Ralph Lauren, Karen Millen, Alphadi, African Mosiaque, David Tlale, Gavin Rajah, Sun Goddess, Stoned Cherrie, Thula Sindi , Malcolm Kluk , Suzan hen, Heni, Clive, Laquan Smith, Tarun Talhian, Priscilla, Deola Segoe, Tiffany Amber, Korto Momulu just to name few. She has appeared on the covers of Cosmopolitan, Ladybrielle, JCK (Ny), Uzuri, Bang, and Sawubona magazines and has been the subject of editorial features in Essence, True Love, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Opra, Marie Clare, Style, Glamour, and Wanted.
In addition to her work in print, Ms. Magese has appeared on CNN and acted in Television commercials for big brands such as Coke Light, JC Le Roux, Allan Grey, Guinness Milk Stout, Edgars, and Vodacom. Her appearance on “Deal or No Deal” sealed her popularity around Africa.
Ms. Magese’s work has brought her all over the world including: Milan, Hong Kong, Germany, Norway, China, New York, Paris, Spain, India, and most of the African continent. But for all of her professional talent and resulting accomplishments, helping others has always been what Millen Happiness Magese loves to do the most. This is strikingly evident throughout her career as she has involved herself deeply with various charities all over the world.
“Giving back is one of my favorite things to do because it comes straight from my heart and I feel fulfilled when am able to help others who are less fortunate than myself. Although I normally don’t talk about it, I think it’s more important to show it in action and not in words,” states the soft-spoken Ms. Magese.
Whether in the front of the camera, behind the camera or next to the camera, Ms. Magese proves that true beauty comes from the inside and has much more to do with serving others than being in the limelight. While all the attention is flattering, Ms. Magese believes the runway should be used as a platform to do good in the world.
To this end, Ms. Magese has begun to work in earnest towards establishing her own charity modeled after that of her many mentors. Millen Magese’s mission is to provide assistance to charitable organizations whose work is specifically focused in Tanzania especially causes that benefit women, children, and primary education. Her long-term plan is to build schools for children in rural areas as she believes a good education is a key to life.
In the short term, Ms. Magese will express her love for Tanzanian and African fashion by holding an event at the Tanzania International Fashion Expose to market Tanzania’s tourist attractions, designers and models both inside and outside Africa. Proceeds from the event will be fully dedicated to the   charities she works with. It is also her intention to put on the same events in New York and South Africa, all to support her mission in Tanzania..."

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Amede Classics

According to her website "...Amede is a stylish label owned by Amede Nzeribe, a lawyer turned designer, who is fast becoming one of the leading lights of the vibrant Nigerian Fashion scene. Her clothing has been featured in top-rated publications, such as True Love West Africa, Genevieve Magazine, The Guardian Newspaper and on television such as Big Brother Nigeria (MNET), The Scoop (NTA) and 100% Naija (Channel O).. Her unique ability to weave together stunning combinations of colours and fabrics is perhaps inherited from her late mother, the legendary Flora Nwapa, Africa’s first female novelist, whose writing weaved together poignant themes and authentically Nigerian characters. Amede’s clothes command attention because they seem to achieve the impossible – beautifully constructed clothing in comfortable fabrics and styles. Her clothes are unmistakably African, with flowing shapes and rich colours, but they are coupled with a modern twist. She adds frills, unusual buttons, beads and sequins, funky high-cut collars, a variety of sleeves and other surprising touches. The end result is a rare combination of timeless and edgy.
Part of the magic of Amede’s clothing is that she designs almost all her own fabrics, so that you are often wearing a true original. The majority of her designs are one-offs and when she does reproduce, it is limited to very small quantities. Amede’s inspiration is literally the world around her – the nature, the patterns in a piece of jewelery or a rug, the colours of a painting. She designs with a wide variety of fabrics, from chiffon to cotton, linen to brocade, jersey, silk and satin. Amede also works with commercially available ankara, however she uses it so creatively or in unusual combinations with other fabrics, that the cloth becomes almost un-recognizable..."

Mustafa Hassanali

According to his website "...Designer Mustafa Hassanali, a celebrated name in Tanzania pursues fashion as a religion. His personable and affable demeanour in parallel with his bohemian work of art has made him amidst the premier and popular designers in Tanzania..."

Friday, March 30, 2012

Nena Kal Hunter

Nena Kal Hunter is an amazing hat designer. According to her website "...she was born in Enugu, Nigeria, to a lawyer father- Barrister Kalu K Ogba and a musician mother – Mrs Chinwe Kalu Ogba. She attended nursery school at Aunty Linda’s Nursery school, Enugu and primary at Alvan Ikoku College of Education primary school in Owerri. She also attend secondary at St Mary Magdalene’s Anglican Girls Seminary in Umuahia. Nena always knew she wanted to become a fashion designer of some sort at a very young age. Her father encouraged her. He invested loads in subscriptions of fashion and interior design magazines and filled up the home library with up to date issues. Nena had been sketching clothes since the age of three and had also been sewing clothes by hand, cutting up all of her mother’s fabrics in a bid to create gorgeous clothes..." "...Nena studied footwear design for just one semester at De Montfort University but changed her course because she felt her tutor – Steve was racist and wouldn’t pay her any attention. She later changed to train as a Contour fashion designer in the same university which incorporates (lingerie, corsetry, evening and bridal wear, sportswear, childrens wear, swimwear, club wear etc) between 1996 and 1999. Nena graduated with a second class upper degree, a 2:1 which she obviously was never happy about because she was working hard for a first class degree, but this, she had to accept with time. At University, Nena was an outstanding student. She was highly commended by top people in the industry and received several standing ovations during course presentations especially bridal wear design and bra construction for larger breasted women with smaller backs..."

Friday, December 02, 2011

Eredappa Hart




According to her website "...Eredappa Hart, is a Nigerian born designer who has mastered theart of combining classic European lines with traditional AfricanAnkara fabrics and luminescent beadwork to create a stunningcollection that has become the talk of the fashion world.

Eredappa studied Business in England but upon her return toNigeria in 1994 she rediscovered her love of fashion. Beginning withdesigning unique footwear and handbags, her accessories were soldin France and Italy. But it was the emergence of the Eredappa label in 2006, specializing in womenswear clothing that made the fashionworld sit up and take notice.

Debuting at the "This Day" FashionShow, Nigeria, the buzz spread and her customer base grew. Shewent on to showcase her collections at Pret-A-Porter, Paris, the"True Love" Fashion Awards, South Africa, and "Arise Magazine"
Fashion Week in Nigeria, 2011. This recent showing earned her thecoveted Lifetime Achievement Award.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Lanre Da Silva-Ajayi






According to the LDA website "...Lanre Da Silva Ajayi (LDA) is the founder of eponymous self-named design label. In seven years her passion for fashion has gotten stronger making the label a fashion favourite among the media, celebrities and fashion lovers.
LDA the brand first arrived in the fashion scene in 2005 with iconic 1940’s couture signature designs - a result of what has evolved into a much more modern and cutting-edge brand and a full-blown fashion house. The label’s collection includes couture, prĂȘt a porter, and accessories such as hairpieces and statement jewellery.

Regardless of the label’s strong historical design roots, LDA’s creatively combines pattern, print, exquisite and even traditional fabrics to produce day wear, evening wear, gowns and cocktail dresses that bridge time and make the label successful within and outside Nigeria.

LDA produces six major collections every year and has showcased locally in Nigeria and internationally including the Thisday Africa Rising Festival, London (October 2008), ARISE Africa Fashion Festival, South Africa (June 2009) and the New York Couture Fashion Week (September 2009), Arise Magazine Fashion Week, Lagos (March 2011) and the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Spring 2012 Made in Africa by Arise magazine, (September 2011).

She has also created four different collections for international Dutch wax print giant, Vlisco-Urban Beat, Gallery of Poems, Reflet de Lumie`re and TresorBrillant.

An LDA woman is the personification of sophistication, femininity, brilliance and boldness, which are the inspiration for each of her collections. Lanre states “Couture, colour and boldness with an edgy twist are the signature of my designs”.”.

In 2009, the first flagship boutique was launched in Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria. The label is also stocked at Temple Muse in Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria. Other retail stockists will be coming soon to various major cities across Africa, United Kingdom and the United States.

LDA has been featured in various African and international media including Vogue Black, ARISE Magazine, Daily Mail, Essence.com, Fashion Bomb.com, Zimbio.com, WWD.com, ITN News, NTN24.com, ABCNews.com, ITN News, Reuters UK and Centric/BET.

Lanre’s academic qualifications include a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Coventry University and a Masters degree in Finance from University of Leicester.

For her contributions to the Nigerian and African fashion industry, Lanre has received numerous accolades and awards for excellence.

She is married with two children..."

Monday, August 15, 2011

African Fashion Week New York


CNN says "...Thirty designers, three days and one all-important catwalk -- welcome to Africa Fashion Week in New York.

Now in its second year, the show, is already an established event. Between July 11 and July 17, fashion elites from across the African continent converged on New York to showcase their distinctive styles and talents.
"Many of these designers, of course, they're big in Africa," said founder Adiat Disu. "But people need to hear and see what is going on in Africa without having to travel there..."