Duro Oluwo's Spring 2012 line. Composite by New York Times
As Helen Jennings’ new tome “New African Fashion” hits shelves, the New York Times talked to designers and style experts such as Duro Oluwo and Mimi Plange about cues from the continent popping up throughout contemporary fashion. Plange broke it down like this:
“I want to prove to people that African fashion can’t be pigeonholed,” she said. “I can compete globally.”
Check out the whole interview here
- Photo from Samantha McEwen
After traveling through the Caribbean and studying communities in western and southern Africa, designer Samantha McEwen’s debut line takes style cues from the myriad voodoo culture around the world. McEwen told VICE
about the inspiration behind her line:
VICE: So you were influenced by West African voodoo as well as Cuban?
McEwen: I started by looking at Santería, and that led to Haitian and African voodoo. I’m desperate to take a trip to Haiti and see it for myself, because 70 percent of people living in Haiti and West Africa consider voodoo their main religion, so I wanted to look at voodoo as something important in modern life. Also, instead of the stereotypes propagated by horror films and the media, I wanted the collection to capture the brighter side of voodoo. I took a lot of inspiration from Phyllis Gallembo’s photographs of different tribes—especially her portraits of sacrificial outfits and high priests and priestesses of the voodoo community.
VOODOO_ SAMANTHA MCEWEN from emma noble on Vimeo.
Check out the video above and read the full Q&A here
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‘Ye unveiled his Dw by Kanye West line on Saturday with nods to his hip-hop background (nameplate necklaces, backpacks, shiny tracksuits) and the sleek lines and neutrals of Celine, Calvin Klein and the like. Some reviews noted fit problems. All in all, I didn’t think it was all that bad. My mind isn’t blown, but I like the beading and leather.
Kokon to Zai upped the cray factor to “whoa!” with the beaded badass-ery of the “Masai Punk” collection. All over it.
Tory Burch, known for her feminine details, made her runway debut with some surprisingly gentlemanly touches (dig those swagged-out brogues).
St. John continues to diffuse its grandma-chic image with architectural lines and an urban sensibility for its Spring 2012 collection.
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Halfrican designer Darius Wobil unveiled his Saint Wobil Spring 2012 array of frothy candy-colored gowns at New York Fashion Week.
CDFA Fashion Fund finalist and “It” jewelry-maker du jour Pamela Love looked to Morocco for the style cues for her latest collection.
British starlet Thandie Newton sexes up military gear for Louis Vuitton. The actress also chats in video the line put together. Salute.