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Designers Infuse Culture and Individuality during Africa Fashion Week

written by Ada Mbogu

Photography by Brianna Ek

Models. Music. Fashion. Culture.
Fashion is the universal language of all nations and countries around the world. Whether it’s Ralph Lauren, Versace or Chanel, designers have always had an art of drawing inspiration from their respective cultures and creating elaborate garments for everyone to wear.
But America and Europe aren’t the only fashion magnates across the globe. In fact, Africa continues to prove itself a vital component to the fashion world. Despite the single story images of poverty, corruption and war reeking havoc, Africa Fashion Week is a complete embodiment of the other side of the culture that is so easily forgotten.
Since 2010, Africa Fashion Week has paved the way for fashion designers, from Africa and beyond, to celebrate African culture, authentic designs and individuality. During the second day of AFW, viewers sat in NYC’s Broad Street Ballroom to catch a glimpse of Africa’s hottest trends and styles.
Four designers, Aliakim, Ms. Ray Couture, De-Mes’ Tiks New York & Moroccan Caftan NY, each showcased their elaborate collection to the packed and diverse crowd on Friday evening, 7/19.  
Aliakim debuted a ravishing collection mixed with bold off the shoulder blouses, ankara print knee length dresses and gowns and one of my favorite looks, a leather jumpsuit complete with a gold chained coverup.
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Ms Ray Couture brought sleek silhouettes and decadence to the runway. The models looked like nubian queens as they strutted their stuff in thigh high split dresses, curve hugging midis and intricate flowy gowns that will make any women feel confident and sexy.
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De-Mes’ Tiks New York brought a modern twist to the traditional African attire. With ankara print peplum garments, tops, jumpsuits and 1960’s inspired ankle length skirts and dresses, the everyday woman can elevate her style within the workplace and beyond.
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Last but certainly not least, we have Moroccan Caftan NY, a Morrocan based label who brought a traditional element to the runway. Models looked elegant and poised as they debuted fabulous and rich caftans of all colors, patterns sizes and embroidery.
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With the success of the runway show, African Fashion Week remains the leading contender for showcasing raw talent while giving cultures a chance to shine. Adiree TM, a luxury branding company and one of the hosts of Africa Fashion Week, aims to rebrand Africa as a luxury destination while giving fellow Africans an opportunity a chance to express themselves.
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Fantasia Signs on as the New Face of Urban Skin Rx

We all know and love Fantasia from American Idol fame, now the multi-talented Grammy winning performer and actress has something new to sing about. As the new spokesperson for Urban Skin Rx, a line of clinical skin care products for all skin tones developed by Rachel Roff, Fantasia shares her own personalized daily skin care regimen journey.

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“I use Urban Skin Rx products because they work.

Plain and simple!” 

Amongst some of Fantasia’s favorite products are:

The Clear Complexion Cleansing Bar- $28

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Glysal Daily Treatment pads- $32

GlySal-Daily-Treatment-Pad-300x300 The Clarifying Brightening Polish- $36

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R&B Soul Songstress SUCH to Perform at DROM in NYC

Our past feature artist SUCH will be performing this weekend on Saturday 8/17 at DROM in NYC. Since we last spoke with SUCH she has gone on tour,  made her acting debut as Celie in a production of The Color Purple (where she won the Henry Award for Best Actress in a musical) and and released new music – “Sugar Maple” – which is currently at an amazing #1 on the UK’s Soul Chart for the last two weeks http://iamsuch.bandcamp.com/track/sugar-maple

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To purchase tickets for Saturday’s show: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/317385

To read our past interview with SUCH:

http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/476887/follow

(page 20)

SUCH interview in winter issue

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Stylish Monday

This classy and sophisticated look is great to start out any work week. Professional enough for the boardroom, a business meeting or power lunch, yet feminine enough to express your own personal style, you will definitely make some important Monday moves in this fashionable outfit!

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Vivienne Westwood Red Label silk blouse
$195 – harveynichols.com

Karen millen
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Zara shoes
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ALDO imitation purse
aldoshoes.com

John Lewis black belt
$34 – johnlewis.com
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Shining Rae signs Deal with International Video Network Base79

Pop/Soul Singer/BMI Songwriter, Shining Rae is an artist gaining national attention as her hit single “Sugar” recently made its debut on mainstream European radio (Flames Radio 94.4 FM and Platinum Grooves Radio both based in London England). Bronze Magazine first spoke with the talented singer when she won the grand prize in the Ourstage (MTV Partner) Artist Access Competition in July 2012 and her star has been “rising” and “shining” ever since.

Rae recently garnered a two-year exclusive partnership with Base79 (The International Network for Video Creators, Content Owners and Brands and one of Europe’s fastest growing online media companies). Base79 manages over 800 channels on YouTube, partnering with  400 leading rights producers and independent production companies and currently generates more than 20 million daily views globally.

We wish Shining Rae the very best!

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Listen to a sample of Shining Rae’s song “Sugar” here. The full single can be purchased via itunes at http://shiningrae.com/#

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Africa Fashion Week

Written by Samara Swafford

Photography by Saundra Heath & Samara Swafford

The ambiance at Africa Fashion Week can only be described as electric. Freedom to express one’s creativity appeared to be the main theme of the night. By mixing traditional patterns with contemporary silhouettes, designers: Sana Redwani, Khadija Moroccan, Admas Mahdere, Farai Simoyi, Sydney-Davies, Cinnamon & Pearl, Catherine Addai, and Maze Couture showcased their interpretation of who the modern woman is.

Sana Redwani’s collection De Velasco evoked a feeling of regality and traditionalism. Featuring rich neutrals mixed with different textures; velvet, lace, and sequin were staples throughout the collection. A beautiful floor length rose gold sequin gown glided down the runway, with a black sash accentuating the waist; would make the perfect dress for any formal occasion. De Velasco also, featured a rich black velvet caftan with gold accents cascading down the bust cinched at the waist with a gold tassel, paired with black pants underneath an ethereal, loose fitting, black fabric.

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Khadija Moroccan’s collection Moroccan Caftan NY presented the traditional caftans in a new and exciting way. Showcasing a white caftan with black embroidery and sheer black sleeves and a gorgeous green floral, floor length, caftan with gold embroidery and accents.

AFW-2013-1-(2)-with-stampAdmas Mahdere, a fan favorite, mixed contemporary silhouettes with traditional patterns. One of Admas’ most popular, and versatile looks featured an all white mini dress with a woven top that stopped at the midriff and gave way to a controlled flowing white fabric. The dress was also shown with 2 different options- a maxi and wedding dress with a mermaid bottom. Gorgeous. Playing with texture and proportion, an extreme V sleeveless, navy and platinum, tribal print top sashayed down the runway paired with lust-worthy platinum cigarette pants.

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Farai Simoyi opened her mesmerizing collection with a black and white tribal print skater dress with a small cutout neck; perfect for hanging out with friends or date night. Interpreting the recurring theme of color blocking, Farai presented, a fuchsia and magenta, color blocked, high waisted pencil skirt with black accents, and a matching color blocked crop top. Creating a colorful illusion, Farai created a multi colored green kaleidoscope pattern that was seen on skinny pants and a matching cutout top with hot pink accents; the perfect attention grabbing outfit for any fun occasion.

AFW-2013-4-with-stampSydney-Davies, another fan favorite, showcased her ability to mix patterns, trends and silhouettes in her brightly colored collection. A color blocked (bright orange and fuchsia) kimono coat, worn with a rust colored tribal print top, paired with camel wide leg high-waisted pants graced the runway. This look would be perfect for either cocktail hour or, if worn with a different top, for the workplace. Another fun look was a color blocked mini dress with orange, pink, blue, and an exciting twist… plastic! Sydney-Davies showcased her talent in not only mixing ideas, but also patterns and fabrics.

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Cinnamon & Pearl presented their traditional yet flirty collection. A red knee length double peplum strapless dress, a fan favorite, floated down the runway. Evoking the feeling of true elegance and glamor. A fun contemporary look shown was a mustard short sleeve double peplum top with a navy and fuchsia patterned pencil skirt; perfect for the workplace or any occasion.

AFW-2013-6-with-stampCatherine Addai’s collection Kaela Kay, commanded the audience’s attention. Also exploring the idea of mixing patterns and textures, Kaela Kay showcased looks that were innovative and expressive. Reinterpreting tradition with contemporary ideas; a 50’s inspired short-sleeved colored pinstriped dress, with African accents (circular designs) around the waist and bottom, put this idea into fruition. Exploring elements of geometry, Kaela Kay featured a geometric African printed top (beige, green, and orange) paired with a peplum patterned skirt. By mixing textures, a yellow pinstriped sleeveless top, was taken to the next level fabulosity, paired with a green tribal African print under a sheer green patterned (circles and yellow flowers) sparkly skirt. This look is perfect any occasion.

AFW-2013-8Reinterpreting traditional fabrics and textures into modern fashion was taken to the next level during Africa Fashion Week. Creative freedom was seen throughout the show. The clothes evoked a feeling of excitement and exploration, that involved taking the past, and it’s fashion, and turning it into something that the 21st century woman would want to wear. The designers created collections that were not only beautifully executed, but accessible for the everyday woman.

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