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Friday, November 30, 2012

'Share Your Style' Friday

Dashiki Dress - similar here on etsy or here
Brown Belt - similar here
Brown Boots - similar here or here
Green Clutch - similar here
Blue Cardigan - similar here
Hoop Earrings - similar here

Today's Share Your Style Friday is grazed by my blogging buddy Helene Adélé Abiola who runs Bon Vivant and a Budget, where she gives tips how to live large for less! And: she was the one who suggested to me to start sharing stylish pics from my readers!

In this picture Helene has styled a dashiki dress quite fabulously with a dark blue cardigan, brown leather belt and green clutch plus brown leather boots. I love this look! I would have never considered wearing a dashiki dress to an evening event - but now I will!

How do you like Helene's outfit? 

If you want to share your style send your picture to africanprintsinfashion@gmail.com !

Thursday, November 29, 2012

M.A.F. Couture by Mary Tataw

Mary Tataw is the 19 year old designer behind the label Mixed African Fashionable Couture (M.A.F. Couture). Of Cameroonian heritage,  she now lives in the Netherlands. Quite ambitious for a young designer, this FW 2012 collection is already her 4th one. Mary took her inspiration for these designs from "the Autumn leaves and the color the leaves generate...". 

My favorites are the yellow print dress and the short leather jacket, as they are the most polished items and would look interesting combined. I also like the styling in the two pics of her older collection: bright lipsticks, head wraps and John Lennon shades make for a very cool and different look. 

What is your favorite?

Find out more:
w: http://mafcouture.wix.com

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Della: Carry Change

Della is a Los Angeles based fashion line that works directly with a community in Ghana, West Africa. The brand is partnering with Apple and Nordstrom, which is really a great achievement as especially Apple, who is all about Design & Branding, doesn't support just any label.

Della offers hobo bags, iPad, MacBook & Kindle cases and headbands in modern African fabrics. The beautiful creations support 30 women with full-time jobs in the Volta Region. Thus the catchy slogan of the label: "Carry Change".

I really like these campaign pictures and that their accessories are showcased by models wearing wintry outfits. This should help to bright up our season and will make for great gifts, too! Which picture/accessory is your favorite?

Find out more:
w: http://dellala.com
f: https://www.facebook.com/Dellalosangeles
t: https://twitter.com/DellaLosAngeles

Sunday, November 25, 2012

7 Dresses till X-Mas: Dress No. 3

For the next Sundays I will do a little holiday countdown with dresses. I love a bit of sparkle for my outfits when attending holiday parties or dinners. And with this Sunday series, I want to share stylish and festive dresses from African Designers with you!

Dress 3 is an all black dress by Mina Evans. I am totally in love with the black on black trend right now. It just always works and can look very stylish with the right accessories. Which dress would you wear for a holiday party?

Dress 3 - by Mina Evans
Dress 2 - by House of Marie
Dress 1 - by Lanre Da Silva-Ajayi

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Gift Ideas: For Yourself or Others

Bag by Kushn, ring & earrings by Aldo, glasses by Express
I love giving gifts and of course sometimes I give gifts to myself to reward a tough week or just for the sake of it! As I cannot do Black Friday, as the crowds drive me nuts, I already went shopping the day before Thanksgiving. And tell you what: Most of the stores already offer the discounts, there are no crowds and it makes for a fun shopping experience! 

These are the items I bought for myself - what do you think? The glasses look awesome, I feel very sophisticated and cool wearing them. Picture will follow! 







Shop similar items here:

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Prints of the Week: Erykah Achebe's Style Blog

My fellow blogger Helene from Bon Vivant and a Budget recommended this style blog to me, and I am so glad she did, as Erykah Achebe's blog is stunning! Erykah lives in Dallas, Texas, and she knows how to dress with style and rock some great print combinations. Her taste is fab and her pics just look so fashionable, but see for yourself! Any favorites?

Sunday, November 18, 2012

7 Dresses till X-Mas: Dress No.2

For the next Sundays I will do a little holiday countdown with dresses. I love a bit of sparkle for my outfits when attending holiday parties or dinners. And with this Sunday series I want to share stylish and festive dresses from African Designers with you. Do you dress-up for the holidays?

Dress 2 - by House of Marie

Dress 1 - by Lanre Da Silva-Ajayi

Friday, November 16, 2012

It is 'Share Your Style' Friday!

 similar shoes here
similar box purse here
similar skirt expensive here; affordable here
similar blouse here
similar blazer here

Hi there! Sorry, while I am writing this 'Share Your Style' Friday post, it is already Saturday for some of you. I had a crazy work week and was always so pooped when I cam home, that I just didn't have the energy to blog. But now it is Friday night and I promised myself not to go out or to bed until I have written at least 3 posts!

Today's 'Share Your Style' fashionista is Jesica Colbyn from Johannesburg, South Africa. I love her outfit! It is sophisticated casual and elegant. The head-wrap as well as the box shaped purse give the overall look a trendy edge. How do you like Jesica's ouftit? Top or Not?

Do you want to share Your style? Send a picture in your favorite Africa-inspired outfit to africanprintsinfashion@gmail.com.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Let's sparkle: Ere Dappa Design

Photography: Moussa Moussa. Shorts: Eredappa
I just stumbled over the Spring 2012 collection from Ere Dappa Design, a Nigerian label that was much talked about and praised a lot last year. Quite rightly so, as their dresses are gorge. If you have followed me for a while you might have noticed, that elegant sparkle always gets me ;-). Unfortunately, I wasn't able to find any recent collections or activities on their social media platforms. I hope they are still around!

Please comment below if you have any additional insights or if you just want to share your thoughts about the collection.

Find out more:
t: https://twitter.com/eredappa
w: http://www.eredappa.com/

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Mud Cloth Inspirations

Chucks by Giles Deacon; shop abstract print Chucks here

Hobo Bag
iPad Case

Bogolanfini Hobo
Sonjia Williams in shoes from Urban Outfitters - similar style, here
Mud Cloth Purse
I used to not like mud cloth at all. For me the handmade Malian cotton fabric just had a none fashionable, uncool touch and reminded me of the 80ies. However, the super cute mud cloth oxfords from designer Sonjia Williams inspired me to see what else might be out there. So far I don't own anything made out of mud cloth yet, but this might change. How about you?

Sunday, November 11, 2012

"Kick-ass women come in all sizes" - Interview with the label Rue 114

APiF: Please introduce your business and your designs.
Serwah Asante: Our motto is: "Great style should be available in all sizes because fabulous, fierce, kick-ass women come in all sizes!" The Rue 114 aesthetic is heavily influenced by Africa and responds to the call of what today's woman; whether in Laos, Lagos, or Los Angeles; needs to be edgy, unique, powerful, and always feminine.   

APiF: How does your heritage influence/inspire your designs? 
Serwah: My heritage is definitely a part of everything I do but I do not want to be confined to one vision of Africa. In all truth, I am equal parts Ghanaian and NYer so I am interested in exploring that intersection through fashion. 

APiF: If your label would be a person, what kind of person would it be? 
Serwah: She would be a lover of life, laughter, travel, art, drag queens, languages, books, dynamic souls, good music, obscure knowledge, men who give up their seats for women on the train, and people who live life courageously.
 

APiF: Fashion Finds: What is your favorite piece in your closet or of your collection and why?
Akosua Sweetheart Dress
Serwah: For Fall 2012, that would be the Rue 114 Akosua Sweetheart dress in Gold Dust or limited edition African print! It makes me feel so girly, so bold and it is such a great statement piece! Plus, it has pockets!
 

APiF: How do you market your designs and how do you make them accessible to a global audience?
 

Serwah: We are constantly fine-tuning our marketing strategy as a new business. We currently use 3 main social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, & Tumblr. We also encourage our website visitors to sign up for our email lists to receive our newsletters and stay abreast of the latest Rue news. We have recently begun hosting open showrooms to allow our clients to come in and try on different looks. This allows us to get direct customer feedback as well. Readers from around the world can shop our online boutique found at www.rue114.com.  

APiF: Any tips for new designers/start-ups in the fashion industry?
Serwah: I think the best advice is to develop a habit of innovative solution-finding. As a new small business owner, you are constantly facing challenges and it is important to cultivate a mind set in which you are not overwhelmed by set backs or trials, but instead see the opportunity for growth and strengthening of your brand.


Find out more:
w: http://www.rue114.com/
f: https://www.facebook.com/Rue114 
t: https://twitter.com/rue114

Friday, November 9, 2012

"Share Your Style" Friday

Get her outfit: similar skirt from Asos here or high end here, similar red leather satchel here, similar bib here
similar silver top here
Hello there, it is "Share your Style" Friday! This is our new category where readers can share their favorite Africa-inspired outfit or accessory. This week we have Busi Mgoboli from Joburg, South Africa. Busi wore this skirt by SA designers Loin Cloth and Ashes to the Johannesburg Fashion Week. I love how she paired it up with the silver knit top and the two-color bib. Busi is also a style blogger. Here you can check-out her blog sillygirlsfashiondream.

How do you like her outfit? Top or Not? Please comment below.  
Happy Friday!

If you also have a great outfit that you want to share, please email it to
africanprintsinfashion@gmail.com.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Prints of the Week: Iconic Invanity

Pics from www.bellanaija.com and www.hautefashionafrica.com
I want to re-brand Nigerian label Iconic Invanity to Iconic Insanity, because their designs are just insane! I love all the sparkle mixed with color and prints. The dresses are elegant and extravagant at the same time. I can totally see some starlets shashaying down the red carpet in these designs. And of course myself, too! 

Check-out their look book for some more mind-blowing pictures. Iconic Invanity almost seems to be a fusion of Jewel by Lisa and Lanre Da Silva Ajayi - two other Nigerian designers I adore. 

Which dress has you going mental?

Find out more:
w: http://www.iconicinvanity.com
t: https://twitter.com/iconicinvanity

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