african designers

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SS14 William Okpo

William Okpo is a women’s wear collection designed by sisters Darlene and Lizzy Okpo. A nurtured love for fashion and creativity brought about the birth of their collection, which is named after their father. The Okpo sisters wish to illustrate the unique aesthetic that results from the juxtaposition of the immigrant’s sense of style against American cultural sensibilities, offering the modern feminine designs with touches of masculine elements. William Okpo is for women who celebrate their cultivated sense of style.

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Dedicated to the Cultural Preservation of the African Aesthetic

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During the whole month of March 2014, Vlisco celebrated women with the Vlisco Women’s Month. The campaign was about empowering and inspiring women and more specifically to motivate them to ‘Dare to Dream’.

Two out of the three winners were Alinafe and Patricia. Alinafe is a fashion designer from Ghana and she has her own atelier in Accra. Patricia is from Ivory Coast and is, besides of being a hostess and a mother, fashion stylist in Abidjan. 

Alinafe ‘s dream is to work with women between 18 to 40 years old. This because of the challenging fashion taste of this demanding group, she said. Patricia’s dream is to start up her own label but first she would like to learn pattern drawing. (read more)

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Dedicated to the Cultural Preservation of the African Aesthetic

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Zelda Wynn Valdes was an African-American fashion designer and costumer. In 1948, she opened her own shop ”Chez Zelda” on Broadway in New York City which was the first in the area to be owned by an African-American. She also created one of fashions most iconic outfits which was the ground-breaking Playboy Bunny suit commissioned by Hugh Hefner.

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Honestly couldn’t decide if the black or white looked better, so you guys get both!! Both of these are available for purchase as 8.5/11 prints for just $30, but I’d be quick because I only have 20 of these beauties. If interested email  me at HoodTendacies@yahoo.com for inquires. As always, thanks for the love and support!!

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AFRICAN ARTIST:

Just came across the artwork of Jamilla Okubo, a Kenyan artist and textile designer currently attending Parsons and majoring in Integrated Fashion Design. Collaging prints and paint, Okubo’s colorful illustrations carries what I see as the promise of a very creative and successful future. Can’t wait to see what more this young student has to offer.