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.
Ajepomaa Gallery (www.ajepomaagallerygh.com) is a Ghanaian label by a young amazing designer. I had the pleasure of shooting for their new Zoti line which incorporates delicious prints in pastels and the perfect mix of fabrics and patterns.
African designers are really doing it. I’m so proud!
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)
You were first introduced to IAMISIGO through their White Noise collection where the Nigerian fashion line further established their take on minimal design, influenced by African culture. Offering a different design perspective from the last, IAMISIGO’s Spring/Summer 15 collection draws its inspiration from the Wodaabe, a nomadic Fulani ethnic group in the Sahel. Known as ‘People of the Taboo’, their magnificent culture is well-recognized for elaborate ceremonies and traditional attire that often celebrate beauty and sexual freedom. The new collection delivers bold statement pieces that fully embrace the strength and nobility of its influence in this extensive look-book release.