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.
Ghanaian Top Model Prisca Abah Speaks At Sustainable Rice Platform Conference In Thailand.
UN Youth Ambassador SDG 12 Prisca Abah has addressed delegates at the 2nd Global Sustainable Rice Conference and Exhibition held at United Nation Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand.
Ms Abah highlighted the best way to involve and engage unskilled youth in the rice value chain which she said is critical for the reduction of poverty in Africa and across the world.
The top model who is also the UN Youth Ambassador talked about Farming families, Training and extension program, senior extension workers and Young field data monitors.
The beautiful Ms Abah has had an amazing experience of working with some of the best designers, photographers and also walks on some of the biggest shows in Africa, including Planefocusgh; Wale Visuals (Nigeria); Jameswyner (Nigeria); Vine imagery; Frame it photography; JoehSey photography; and Dwain Hubbard (South Africa). Ejiro Amos Tafiri; Çharlotte prive; Melanie_Crane; Bello Edu; Nicolinegh; Quophi Akotuah; Adeziwavade; Larry J; Nallem Clothing; among others.
Ms Abah also acquired a few acting skills to her career and has had the chance to work with African Screen legend, Yvonne Nelson on her movie titled – “In April”. She did a commercial with Bismark the joke for Storm energy drink, as well as ‘New Life Cream.’ Ms Abah was granted a diplomatic certificate from World Academy of Human science as a representing spokesperson in Ghana.
She's won multiple and notable awards, such as SSA(South South Achievers Awards )International Model Of the year 2019, GMIA (Ghana Modeling Industry Award)Top Model of the year 2018/2019, GOWA (Ghana Outstanding Woman Awards)Model Woman Of the year 2018 and Afroma Runway/Female Model Of the Year 2017.
Meet The Senegalese Designer Making Math Chic.
Who knew that math and fashion could work together so seamlessly? Apparently Diarra Bousso did, the self-described "Creative Mathematician" and mastermind behind DIARRABLU. The Senegalese serial entrepreneur and multidisciplinary artist left a career of trading on Wall Street to pursue design and it paid off. She has just been awarded a coveted spot as the Designer in Residence at the San Francisco Fashion Incubator for her innovative use of equations and algorithms in her beautiful designs.
The name DIARRABLU is a portmanteau of her own name and the color blue, representing the infinity and abundance of the ocean. The fall/winter collection "Linguère," named for the Wolof word for a royal female, launched earlier this week. Linguère pays tribute to the tradition of strong Senegalese females of antiquity—specifically the Jolof Empire of the 14th century from which Bousso descends. We caught up with her to ask a few questions about what it is like to merge the nerdy with the glamorous.
This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
Nereya Otieno for OkayAfrica: When did the idea to start a fashion line first come to you? Did you foresee it when first leaving trading in Wall Street?
I wanted to have a fashion line since I was very little but it always felt like a far-fetched dream. When I was working on Wall Street, I got even more inspired and excited about the idea. I also was getting more involved in the creative scene through photography and blogging. When I left trading it was with the goal to start a fashion line right away, even though I had no experience in the field back then.
Did the idea of merging mathematics and algorithms with fashion come naturally to you? Or was it more of a stretch?
I always loved mathematics and liked the idea of using geometric shapes and cuts, but the idea of using algorithms didn't come until I joined the Mathematics Education program at Stanford. We had this amazing professor named Jo Boaler and her work was focused on Creative Mathematics. I was like "wow, what a cool way to describe one's work." I started brainstorming in my free time and started toying with the idea of using math in the design process itself and not just the cuts.
After graduation, I started graphing equations, creating shapes and getting really excited. By December 2018, I had generated hundreds of designs algorithmically and decided to work on a collection while in Dakar. We made the first prints and I decided this was going to be the new direction.
So, wait, yeah—how does your process actually work?
I use equations to graph lines, curves, parabolas, hyperbolas, basically anything that can be represented by a math equation and graphed. Then I focus on where those lines and curves meet, which creates kind of random shapes. Then we hand paint those shapes using a color scheme that I've chosen.
What do you think it means to use algorithms in instances of self expression and art?
I think it is very empowering. It is a merger of the authentic and the automatic that can be extremely rewarding. Math is limitless, numbers never end and the fact that it is my tool for creation makes me feel like the opportunities are endless. Sometimes, I can stay up all night after writing new algorithms and experimenting with all the iterations that can come out of it. By just changing one number in your equation of flipping the signs, you get a complete new set of patterns. It is so mind blowing!
Your current collection is meant to evoke feelings of the 14th century Jolof Empire, how does it feel to use such contemporary methods in order to create the past?
I have always been fascinated by the past. Perhaps because it is somehow mysterious and hard to grasp. Growing up, I was always excited to dress up on special days as a traditional Wolof princess. My grandma would share her old clothes and resize them for me and I would get traditional braids and jewelry. I am from the Wolof ethnic group in Senegal and my parents raised us with a lot of cultural and historical references. My dad would always tell us stories about our grandparents and mom secretly thinks she is the style heir of the family.
Revisiting Senegal's past with a collection was very exciting. I wanted to evoke that sense of comfort, freedom and power in traditional wear while adhering to the color palette of the fauna and flora of the Jolof region in Senegal. Clothes are convertible and adjustable just like the traditional boubous and wrap skirts and colors follow an arid climate's palette of camel undertones and green accents. The algorithmic patterns are abstractions of animal inspired prints and have names like Gyraf and Zybra.
What do you think technologies like this mean for the future of fashion?
I think technologies like this have the potential to make fashion more efficient and circular. In our case, designing our prints algorithmically allows us to generate hundreds of options but only printing the ones that our audience responds to via social media. This has allowed us to reduce fabric inventory wastage by 80% and take a closer step towards sustainability.
What's next for you and DIARRABLU?
The focus for me is to use this amazing opportunity to scale with the support of Silicon Valley tech executives through the program and expand both our online and store footprint to be able to reach more consumers around the world. We are also working on exciting initiatives to expand our design universe from clothing and accessories to art and interiors. Finally, working towards sustainability is a big goal for us with a focus on more circular solutions to textile design. I hope we keep growing and sharing our story of the intersection of tradition and algorithms with a larger audience.
Victoria Michaels Shines At AFI Fashion Week In South Africa.
It is becoming obvious that no one can match top model, Victoria Michaels, when it also comes to runway mileage this season. She keeps doing amazingly well on major and international fashion platforms.
One of such shows is the just ended spring and summer season of African Fashion International (AFI) Fashion Week in South Africa. She was among top fashion models that brought life to the AFI Fashion Week.
She had the honor of showcasing designs by top designers including David Tlale, whose works for the night have been described as “meaningful”. The flamboyant designer paid homage to his biggest muse and late mother, Joyce Tlale, naming his SS20 collection “Joyce” Tlale’s.
His presentation began with fun and colourful pieces, drawing inspiration from his ‘Heritage Month’ collaboration with Tastic Rice, as well as the rich and vibrant cultures found in South Africa. Visuals and images of Victoria on the runway during David Tlale’s showcase have been generating a lot of attention on social media.
On Instagram she said, “It was an emotional night for models, guests and designers as @davidtlale paid tribute to his mother with a tribute worthy collection @afi_sa Fashion Week.” “Thanks to the amazing @andiswamanxiwa @deonredman and the entire crew for having me. I love you @taryncannings.”
Victoria also walked for Taibo Bacar, Matte Nolim, La Art Neoville, House of Jahdara and Kreyann, all of whom are amazing designers.
The model, who was born in Accra, to Nigerian father and Nigerian-Ghanaian mother, is one of the most celebrated models on the continent. Aside the runway influence, she was recently announced as a champion of the environment as she joins European Union (EU) climate change campaign, in addition to other amazing social projects.
Meet “My Story Clothing”: Fast Rising Ghanaian Celebrity Bespoke Fashion Designer.
A lot of people these days put thread and needle to fabric to make clothes; but it takes more than just fabric and sewing equipment to make garments that register a signature.
My Story Clothing, an Accra-based fashion line is becoming a fast-growing trademark and exquisite men’s couture.
A men’s fashion brand established in 2016 by Nii Amatey Codjoe and Sergio Tackie, My Story clothing, is more than just a fashion brand but a lifestyle. The fashion house has been able to tap into some major and well respected brands who have patronized his services. Notable among them are Rocky Dawuni, Lexis Bill, Sammy Forson, Elorm Beenie, Brainy Beatz, just to name a few.
In the own words of the CEO, Nii Amatey Codjoe, “our brands highlights the wearer’s individual style in their own unique way. It deﬁnes the lifestyle for today’s hip and vibrant society. My Story has always strive to provide the most diverse range of men’s designer clothes possible, whilst still maintaining high standard of service to our clients”.
His bespoke collections resonates fashionable designs, elegance, royalty and class. A combination that gives customers excitement and complete conﬁdence in their apparel.
MyStory Clothing is a fast-rising fashion company anyone can trust, especially on delivery and beating timelines. Quality is the hallmark and the needed attention is so visible with the details of costumes in terms of branding and designs.
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