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Abrima Erwiah (Designer Of The Week)

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At the forefront of ethical fashion is Abrima, a former Bottega Veneta executive who started Studio 189 with her best friend, Rosario Dawson, after a trip with V-Day throughout the continent. The pair produce all their apparel in Ghana made from recycled glass jewelry, batik cotton and indigo-dyed separates.

With 15 years of vast experience in the fashion industry, designer Abrima Erwiah has set up her global fashion knowledge to contribute and give meaning to Africa’s sustainable fashion industry. Having worked as a worldwide marketing and communication director for Bottega Veneta, Abrima’s career took a new path in 2011 when she launched the Fashion rising collection to create awareness on violence against women. A journey that gave birth to a new mission led to the establishment of Studio One Eighty Nine in 213.

She collaborated with actress Rosario Dawson, creating economic opportunities for artisans with the human hand playing a central role, offering empowerment and educational opportunities in Ghana. Abrima has partnered with prominent global fashion players to activate her social brand, varying from retail partners such as Opening ceremony to collaborations with Ethical fashion initiative.

The social designer is working to push new opportunities for young talent and create jobs in order to have an impact on people’s lives. In 2015, she was amongst the many amazing talents that took part in the Vogue experience in Dubai.

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African Designers To Succumb For 2019 Glitz Africa Fashion Week, Accra.

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Ghana’s biggest annual fashion event Glitz Africa Fashion Week (GAFW), is set to stage its seventh edition as it presents a perfect opportunity for designers from, and across Africa to meet and showcase their collections.

Produced by Glitz Africa, the exciting, Pan-African celebrity, fashion and lifestyle magazine, GAFW brings together industry players and fashion enthusiasts to interact in a fun-packed week at the Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City in Accra. The event is slated for October 17 to 20, 2019.

Models, fashionistas, celebrities and influencers also meet in an atmosphere of glitz, fashion and style. Ahead of GAFW, Glitz Africa organized the Young Creative Design Talent competition to harness the skills of emerging designers and give them the platform to showcase their designs to an international audience. 

The fashion week will begin with a Beauty Forum on Thursday, October 17 at the Labadi Beach Hotel followed by a private cocktail party at the residence of the French Ambassador. 

Other activities lined up for GAFW include: Day 1 (October 18) – Young Design Talent show, Runway shows. Day 2 (October 19) – Business of fashion seminar, photography sessions, exhibitions, graduate show and runway shows and Day 3 (October) – Presentations, runway shows and after party

The GAFW Trade Tent/Retail Lounge will also be opened during the event for guests to interact with fashion retailers and designers and make purchases as well. 

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Ghanaian Fashion Designer, Sally Torpey Changing The African Narrative Through Fashion.

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Sally Torpey is the designer behind the SALLY TORPEY brands Oheemaa™ and the JAK Gentile Giant Collection which is in honor of the former president of Ghana John A. Kufuor. Sally combines her rich sense of design, culture, and heritage, along with inspiration from nature and her environment. She creates and produces simple, elegant, and sophisticated indigenous textiles and clothing for both men and women.

Sally has been a featured designer at the National Art Center of Accra in Ghana at the African Sustainable Eco-Friendly show presented by Global Women Innovators and Inventors. Her international exposure includes participation in past editions of Miami Fashion Week, as well as independent shows during New York Fashion Week and other global fashion destinations.

She is the African Ambassador for the Fashion Business Association of America, where she dedicates her time to helping promote the Africa Fashion industry.

In 2003, Sally founded Sympathy International to educate teens and young women on the importance of female reproductive hygiene. The organization has empowering teenagers and collaborating with the Ghana Aids Commission to provide education in advocacy, care, and support on the prevention of HIV/AIDS in the entire Central Region of Ghana while unearthing entrepreneurial skills.

Some media outlets that have featured Sally are the Afrikan Post, a Washington DC newspaper, Ghana web, Caribbean magazines, The CCWC and Creative Magazine of Miami in Florida, and Washington DC-based Consultancy TheAfricanDream LLC who are also her US representatives. She is also a woman young entrepreneur case study for Growth Cap UK and others. Sally speaks on International platforms across Africa and the US, on fashion business, women empowerment, and personal development matters which she is passionate about.

The Travelers Custom Made Clothing (TCMC)is one of the products created by her. It is a service that provides custom made clothing for travelers during their 3 to 10 days or more stay in Ghana. This is to ensure travelers get quality clothing on the go. TCMC reached its peak during ‘The Year of Return‘ where it expressed the rich Ghanaian and African culture through fashion. Sallet Fashion House has also built the capacity to produce for other designers and brands.

The partnership with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development of Ghana to retool Community Development Vocational and Technical Institutes. Partnerships like the one with The JAK Foundation to design a Clothing and Accessories line named after the former President J. A Kufuor have given rise to “JAK-THE GENTLE GIANT CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES COLLECTION.

With trade missions in the US and UK respectively, Japan and other places, the opportunities that will help create jobs and empower women and youth economically are promising for Sally and anyone who collaborates with her as she tells her story through Fashion.

On October 3, 2019 Sally was elected as the Accra Regional Treasurer for the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI). She will serve for 2years at the AGI (a non-governmental entity) which is the leading voice of the private sector of Ghana. Visit her website: www.sallytorpey.com for updates and info and find her on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter as @sallytorpey

(Source: TheAfricanDream.net)

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BT Model Agency Flies Models To Italy For Milan Fashion Show 2019

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Ghanaian modeling agency BT Model Agency has flown two of its models to Italy to participate in a series of fashion shows.


The models Joy Ubeku and Nana Jukwa Someah-Kwaw are expected to showcase their talents at the Milan fashion show and the Prix fashion show whiles in Italy.


Speaking to the CEO of BT Model Agency Nana Ama Bosompemaa, she revealed her excitement of seeing her models grace the runways on the international stage.


She also believes her models are ready for any show because of the level of professional training they undergo at BT Model Agency.


Models Joy Ubeku and Nana Jukwa have walked on fashion shows like Runway Ghana International show, Glamour West Africa Show and KDV fashion show among others.


BT Model Agency is a Ghanaian modeling agency and event management firm which specializes in scouting and training individuals to be professional models.


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Naomi Campbell Will Officially Be Crowned An Icon At The Fashion Awards 2019

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Naomi Campbell’s decades-spanning career and impact as a supermodel defies labels, but now the British Fashion Council is officially recognising her outstanding contribution to the industry. At the Fashion Awards 2019 on December 2, the Vogue contributing editor will take home the Fashion Icon Award – one of the special recognition accolades that acknowledges individuals who have used the platform lent to them to effect positive change.

“This is a very emotional award to me, I feel blessed and humble,” Campbell told Vogue of the honour. “I would say an icon is someone who has a special aura, but also a presence and wisdom. I have always strived to give people from all backgrounds, all colour and cultures, courage through my words and my actions.”

Since scoring her first shoot a month before her 16th birthday (she signed to Synchro modelling agency at 15 after being scouted after school in Covent Garden), Campbell has pushed for better representation and equality on and off the catwalks. “I used to have to fight for the same fee as my [white] counterparts doing the same job,” she told Vogue in April. Now 49, she conceded that “it’s still not balanced completely”, but her global activist efforts, including the 2013 campaign “Diversity Coalition”, which aims to eliminate racism in fashion, are far from over. On her last birthday, she signed to a new agency, Models1.

Campbell began her philanthropic work with Nelson Mandela in 1993, and in 1997 he named her an “honorary granddaughter” for her endless drive for social change. In 2005, the south Londoner founded the charity Fashion For Relief, which organises fund-raising catwalk shows to aid victims of disasters worldwide, including Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the Haiti earthquake in 2010. After touring the globe, Fashion For Relief will return to its roots – it was one of the major organisations to help people affected by the UK’s 2007 floods – during London Fashion Week in September.

“Naomi has made an incredible contribution to the fashion industry throughout her career as a supermodel, as well as through her global philanthropist work with charities and incredible fundraising efforts for a more diverse and equal future, especially in Africa,” Caroline Rush, BFC chief executive, told Vogue of Campbell’s Fashion Icon Award, which she looks forward to celebrating in December. “Naomi is an incredible ambassador for Africa, building bridges between nations and putting African designers at the forefront of the global fashion community through events such as ARISE Fashion Week in Lagos. She is an inspiration to many of us and has contributed through her career to change for the better.”

Campbell’s mission to push the envelope has seen her sit down with power players in a variety of fields, including Sadiq Khan and Jony Ive, for Vogue, which she first covered in 1987. She was the first black model on the front of French Vogue in 1988 and American Vogue in 1989. “When I was younger, in the 1980s and the 1990s, there were certain designers who hadn’t used models of colour in their shows,” she recalled to Vogue. “Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista would say to them, ‘If you don’t take Naomi, then you don’t get us.’ My friends and comrades stuck up for me and I will never forget that. It is the reason why I’m always incredibly touched when young models of colour tell me that I have inspired them.” Nowadays, she counts exercise and her “healthy body for [her] healthy mind and healthy spirit”. “I know that what comes from within is projected outwards,” Campbell wrote via a personal essay in the July 2019 issue of Vogue.

“There has been so much written about her over the years, but I think many would be surprised to discover how loyal and generous she is,” wrote Edward Enninful in his March 2019 editor’s letter of Vogue, which Campbell covered. “As a friend, she is kind and very sensitive, yet at the same time she is a fighter – Jamaican, a buffalo soldier – who stands up for herself. To me, she will always be a legend, like the last of the silent movie stars: Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Naomi Campbell. With all the flashbulbs, the fashion, the entourages, the jets, the philanthropy, the red carpets and the world leaders on speed dial, she seems to live at twice the pace of the rest of us. All the clichés genuinely do apply to Naomi – you could not make her up and she really is larger than life.”

With a catalogue of campaigns – her portfolio is a veritable A-Z of household-name brands from Chanel to Louis Vuitton, Valentino and Versace – and list of industry accolades – including the Special Recognition Award at the British Fashion Awards 2010 and the CFDA 2018 Fashion Icon Award – already under her belt, Campbell doesn’t need another statuette. The world can see her icon status already radiates from the inside and out.

“I wouldn’t never change a thing,” she mused on the advice she would give her younger self. “I would say to young Naomi, ‘Don’t be afraid to speak out about issues, especially when you come across things like inequality and racism. Make sure your voice is always heard. At the same time, stay focused on whatever you’re doing and give the very best. However big or small the occasion, you never know who is out there.’”

Source: Vogue

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