Missing #MilanFashionWeek?: Monday Fashion Fix African Apparel

If you were unable to get away to Milan for Fashion Week, let me satisfy your Fashion palette with some vibrance right here in New York. Afri-Pop Shop was a great Saturday hang and managed to satisfy my fashion hunger. I had a “just throw it in the bag” moment when I saw a few items I wanted but stayed in my lane. Baby’s got a budget :-), so should you. I will share with you my Spring pick in the next episode, for now check out the array of colors and designs by these creative souls. Go on their sites and support the artistry. Check out I-CAF for future pop-up shops and other events.

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Get your handmade shoes and handbags from Kain Fri (Cane Free). Check them out https://www.facebook.com/kainfriny

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I am in love with candles. Always have one burning. If you are like me then try Cecret Candles & Accessories home made soy lotion candles. Check them out cecretaccessories.storenvy.com/

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DPiper Twins, They are Gorgeous and so are their collections! Check them out http://www.dpipertwins.com

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Stephanie Atieno’s collection, great pieces to spice up your work week & your after work life! Check her out http://www.stephanieatieno.com/

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Musical inspiration came from Jennah Bell. Lovely voice, soothing… http://www.jennahbell.com

Happy Monday!

Fashion Fridays: The Afri-Pop Shop #Fashion #NYC

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Images Courtesy of I-CAF

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What are you doing Saturday???  Check out the Afri-Pop Shop, to add some African-Inspired apparel & accessories to your closet. I found out about it from Stephanie Atieno while perusing her IG. Check out her clothing line, if you are looking to spice up your work wardrobe. I always am, you know my motto Keep It Sexy Simple! Then I headed over to check out the sponsor of the event International-Coalition for African Fashion . Make sure to check them out for more events & programs that support growth of African Fashion. I find out some of the best info on IG, the new Encyclopedia of social networking, I call it!

See you Saturday…Cheers to the weekend!

ARISE Magazine

ARISE, is the new magazine that explores African Fashion, Music, Politics and Culture. I picked up the first two issues at Fashion Week and just got around to flipping through it. I know its like March, and I am only flipping through the mags and WWD papers I picked up in February. But, you don’t understand how many mags I get and don’t go through immediately. Fashion mags are like Fine Wine, to me, they are to be savored and taken in slowwwwwwly! I did discuss the ARISE Collective Runway Show, in my Fashion Week coverage, which showcased several talented African Designers. Check out the video in my previous article.

This mag is ooozzing with all soughts of great info on new artists, like Patrice, so sexy or K’Naan, great lyricist), legendary artists like Fela Kuti, African Power Players like Librerian President Ellen John-Sirleaf, Nollywood (you know we like to cop those Nigerian movies), the latest and hottest Fashion, and much more! I loved it all, and the layout satisfied my aesthetically judging eyes. I am easily turned off by mags that do not easily flow, or where the author only knows what he or she is writing about. I won’t name any names! But, you know who you are….

Here’s an non-exhaustive list of Designers I think you should keep up with:
Black Coffee, Designed by Danica Lepen & Jacques van der Watt
Duro Olowu
Mobolaji Dawodu
Mantsho
MoMo
Phyllis Taylor
Deola Sagoes
Oswald Boateng
Lanre De Silva
Tiffany Amber
Xuly Bet
Adebayo Jones

Check out these great sites, Haute and Belle Naija, to get an extensive list of African Designers. Be sure to check out the ARISE website!

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