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Timeless and Sophisticated: Luxury Fashion Made in Africa

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If the number of fashion weeks, art exhibitions and increasing attention and exposure to African fashion and design is anything to go by, I think its fair to say that it’s a buoyant time for creativity and artistic expression within the continent. For this reason I find fashion-weeks happening in various cities on the continent to be both inspiring and motivating. The emerging African fashion narrative is varied, diverse and evolving. It’s a melting pot of many stories embracing the past, present and future. The recently held AFI Mercedes Benz fashion week Joburg 2016 was testament to that. Since the end of year is fast approaching and the social calendar may be filling up, here are highlights of two bespoke African fashion brands that take pride in quality and craftsmanship. Made In Africa. Orapeleng Modutle recently presented a truly...

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Review | If Chairs could talk

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Nich attended the latest exhibition for artist Yinka Ilori ‘s September exhibition in London. The exhibition, “If chairs could Talk” is an artistic exploration that goes beyond the object itself. Indeed, when we think of a chair, the fact that it might be a piece of art filled with emotion does not come immediately to mind. . The artist leads us into a unique world where every chair refers to a person he met and who inspired him during his life. These chairs have personalities, names, significant symbols (shapes and personified accessories) that allow us not to look at these as common lifestyle objects but as pieces of art that tell a story, a history even and why couldn’t this be our history? Yinka Ilori brings us back to Africa through this collection. As you know, the chairs in...

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Architecture | David Adjaye’s new project in Rwanda

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The Cancer center by David Adjaye David Adjaye is currently the most respected and sought after African Architect with works that span the globe. Born to a Ghanaian Ambassador father in Tanzania, David studied in Britain and is a recipient of the Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) since 2007. He has pioneered modern African architecture which he fuses into his world globally. David has built homes for Alexander Mcqueen, was selected in a competition to design the $500 million National Museum of African American History and Culture, part of the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. with design features a crown motif from Yoruba sculpture. He is also very well known in the architectural world for his international work such as the Alara concept store in Lagos, Nigeria, the Marian Goodman Gallery in London, England...

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Highlight | Laduma’s Maxhosa SS16

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Fresh off the Pitti Uomo fashion showcase in Florence, Italy; Laduma was back home with a new range at SAMenswearWeek in Cape Town, South Africa. The exquisitely designed Maxhosa by Laduma knitwear, has grown in stature and is synonymous with high quality and the epitome of true African luxury. The new range is lighter in material which makes it very versatile and includes new pieces, men’s jeggings and shorts. He has also created a new range of his ever famous socks and to my absolute delight, women’s socks. And the surprise highlight was the models changing on the ramp to demonstrate reversible wear from this collection. It looks like Central Saint Martin, London where Laduma is currently completing his Masters is doing wonders for him as he keeps creating knitwear that’s steeped in tradition yet at the cutting edge...

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Launch | Thula Sindi boutique opens in Rosebank, Johannesburg

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  After being in the game for about 10years, Designer Thula Sindi finally opened his first ever boutique. When we asked him why now, he simply says that this is the right time for him. It just felt right. Thula Sindi has worked very hard to establish himself as the go-to Designer for women of consequence, as he calls them. Women who love being feminine, who love clothes that flatter and make them feel good. As his slogan suggest, this is all about Simplicity Inspired Sophistication. The shop is a beautifully styled Black box, with clean simple yet luxurious décor. The clothes are exquisitely made and very high end, yet there is a feeling of being welcome to Thula’s place. I think it has a lot to do with his warm and enchanting personality. The launch event felt like...

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Review | ‘Woodworks’ at Southern Guild Gallery

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Wood is natural, organic and elemental, and reflects a sense of homeliness and warmth that people crave as we head towards the winter season,’ says gallery co- founder Trevyn McGowan. ‘While some of our designers use the medium in very traditional ways, others tackle it with innovation and technological processes that uniquely highlight

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