FASHION has always been a way for people to express their beliefs and show off their personality.
With the constant evolution of fashion, especially on the African continent, more opportunities have opened up for people to express themselves in bold and daring designs and one artist who has not shied away from representing and promoting his indigenous African beliefs is Glenn Samuel Semakor, popularly known as GlennSamm.
GlennSamm describes himself as a ‘walking artist’ because he is not someone you can easily ignore on the streets or during art exhibitions and festivals such as ChaleWote where he can be seen adorned in traditional costumes or with unique facial art that depicts his Ewe beliefs and traditions.
His passion to promote indigenous African culture has seen him establish a contemporary African fashion movement called KvngsOfTheNewSchool, an all-inclusive group of models and what he terms as “Afrocentric /Afro futurist-inspired creatives.”
Already, the group is gaining international recognition since it was featured in a BBC documentary after catching the eyes of many patrons at last year’s Afrochella Festival in December with their unique appearance.
In an interview with the Graphic Showbiz recently where he mentioned his plans for the fashion industry and intention to blend African beliefs and styles with his Afrocentric creative pieces, the old student of Sogakope Senior High School said he would not be swayed by foreign influences.
“Fashion has no style, nobody has the set rules or standard to define what and how fashion should be. For instance, a period of time portrayed in a picture can be identified immediately just by the style of clothes the people are wearing, and this sums up just how powerful and all-encompassing fashion is.
“Also, fashion can change from one second to the next, but what never changes is the hold it has over society, and the role it plays in the modern world and that is why as an African with my own beliefs, I want to project my culture and my beliefs in what I wear.
“In this short time that I formed the KvngsOfTheNewSchool group, we have been featured many times across the world because of our uniqueness and most importantly, because we are projecting what others don’t have and that sets us apart.
“Initially, it was difficult to take this path, particularly when the general term for fashion had been limited to what we see in fashion magazines and on TV but the features my team and I have been getting means the world is thirsty for a taste of the new African fashion,” he stated.
GlennSamm has been featured in the acclaimed Vogue Magazine, has worked with several brands and also made appearances in music videos including Fuse ODG’s New African Girl and Manuel NonBada’s Every Day.
Again, KvngsOfTheNewSchool, which comprises people such as Mohammed Black, Neffew Wayne and Efo Kayleb, has made appearances at various festivals including Kente Party earlier this year in Accra.
With the Year of Return being celebrated, GlennSamm said the team had positioned themselves and would be available for activities that would require their services.
“The commemoration of the Year of Return is not just to bring people of African descent around the world back home but I believe that we need to instill our values, beliefs and traditions in them. They need to come to terms with our African culture and how we portray ourselves,” he stated.
The Year of Return Ghana 2019 is a major landmark campaign targeting the African – American and the Diaspora market to mark 400 years since the first slave vessel docked on our seas and this is what he said about it:
“Fashion is a very important component of society and our brothers and sisters who have lost contact with who they are as a people because of slave trade have a good chance to learn more about themselves.”
Apart from being a fashion artist, GlennSamm, who runs an entertainment blog, eboxafrica, is also a Public Relations specialist and has worked for entertainment personalities including Ice Prince, Eye Judah and Stonebwoy.
He attended Exopa Modelling School and continued his studies in Graphic Designing at IPMC where he completed in 2011. He had his basic education at Celestial School Complex at Ashaiman before proceeding to Sogakofe Senior High School where he studied Visual Arts and completed in 2006.
As a model, the native of Keta in the Volta Region, who is vying for the Fashion Personality of the Year award at the upcoming Youth Excellence Awards said being a fashion model was tough as it required following the industry’s “set standards.”
“If you want to succeed in this industry, you must not only be blessed with the physical qualities/features, you also need to work considerably hard to satisfy the fashion directors with your personality traits. It is not always about how stout, tall or the attractive features you have, it requires more than that.
“I can’t confidently say that Ghana’s fashion industry has arrived but I know there has been a lot of progress and that is the greatest motivation for people like me,” he stated.
(Source: Gifty Owusu-Amoah)
RICHARD MILLE: Rolex For Billionaires.
The Richard Mille brand is a product of deep relationships from old Swiss luxury watchmaking and jewellery. Launched only in 2001 after three years of experimentation with materials, design and mechanisms, Richard Mille has quickly become one of the world’s ultra-luxury watch brands. Richard Mille, one of the co-founders, who had worked in the Swiss luxury timepiece industry since 1971, joined up with Dominique Guenat, owner of Guenat SA – Montres Valgine and a great friend, with whom he had worked on watches for Mauboussin, a previous employer.
They hatched the idea of launching the world’s most outstanding luxury watches, built on their common love for cars, aeronautics, and mechanics. Even though they were big boys in the world of luxury watchmaking, such an audacious dream required collaboration with other titans of the industry. They got the backing of Lucien Tissot, a lawyer whose family has been making luxury watches since 19th Century. Then they got the venerable Audemars Piguet to manufacture the complex design and mechanics of the Richard Mille watches. The watches, of course, incorporate the tourbillon mechanism – invented in 1795 to improve accuracy, the tourbillon is now largely a show-off displayed on Swiss watches that cost $40,000 and above. Most Richard Mille watches are not adorned with gold, silver, diamonds, or any precious stones, what you pay for is the exceptional mechanization, which draws on modern techniques and materials used in F1 cars and aerospace.
The brand has been spotted on celebrities such as Jay-Z, Drake, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Kelvin Hart, Ed Sheeran, Jackie Chan, Natalie Portman, Michelle Yeoh and Chris Brown. Sports icons are not left out, Rafael Nadal, Wayde van Niekerk, Yohan Blake, Floyd Mayweather, Neymar da Silva, Bubba Watson, and Felipe Masa.
A Richard Mille watch is very expensive, as its price starts from $80,000 and it can go up to or even surpass $2 million. According to Declan Quinn, the famous Irish-American cinematographer, owning a Richard Mille watch is ‘’today’s equivalent of the billionaire’s handshake’’.
In 2018, Richard Mille withdrew from the luxury industry’s flagship marketing event, the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH), to be known as Watches & Wonders Geneva from 2020. This further placed the brand in a class of its own, apart from even the most exclusive luxury watch brands. Since it began production in 2001, only 39,000 Richard Mille watches have been made – there are currently 29,500 dollar millionaires in Nigeria and 4.4 million millionaires in China.
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10 Common Mistakes You Make When Decorating Your Living Room.
Your living room is probably one of the first spaces someone sees when they enter your home, meaning there’s a lot of pressure to make it look perfect. To help you do just that, Insider spoke with four interior designers to find out some common decorating blunders and furniture faux pas. Here are some of the biggest mistakes people make when decorating a living room.
1. Buying a rug that is too big or too small for your living room will mess up the entire space.
Gena Kirk, the vice president of design at KB Home, told Insider that it’s important to ensure that a rug does more than just work within the design scheme of your home — it needs to fit the room you intend to use it in.
“A rug that is too large will look overwhelming in the space and can make the room appear smaller,” she said. “A rug that is too small forces your furniture to be closer together, leaving the room feeling unbalanced and [creating] the feeling of wasted empty space.” Kirk recommended using painter’s tape and exact measurements to create mock outlines on your floor so you can envision how the rug might look in your space.
2. Placing your couch up against a wall could make the room look smaller.
Lauren White, the owner and principal designer of Ellen W. Interior Concepts, told Insider that instead of placingyour sofa up against the wall, you should consider “floating” it.
“Floating furniture means that you place pieces off the wall, sometimes in the middle of the room,” she said. “When you do this in your living room, it makes the room feel and look larger because you will be able to walk around it.”
3. Using pieces of furniture that are too “matchy-matchy” might make your home look like a showroom.
Walk into a furniture showroom, and you’re likely to find that almost everything is sold in sets — including living-room furniture.
“The easiest thing would be to purchase an entire set, but don’t do it,” White said. “A space that looks too ‘matchy-matchy’ isn’t a good thing. Furniture sets are visually boring, but ending different pieces demonstrates that you took time to curate your space, which, in turn, elevates the style in your home.”
4. Your television should be hung in a practical spot, not somewhere high up.
Design is more than having a home that looks pretty — you should also take ergonomics into account.
“I know that placing your TV over the fireplace is the ‘it’ thing to do, but it does a huge disservice to your neck,” White said.
“Your TV should be eye-level to where you are sitting,” she told Insider. “You should not have to look up.”
5. If you don’t prioritize comfort, your living room could end up feeling bleak.
People often think you have to sacrifice comfort for style, and it reflects in their living space, Sonja Rasula, a former interior designer on HGTV’s “Home to Go” and TLC’s “Trading Spaces” who founded Unique Markets in Los Angeles, told Insider.
“Comfortability is one of the biggest factors that make a living room,” Rasula said. “Even if you are balling on a budget, adding a cozy blanket or a few plush pillows will make all the difference.”
6. You might want to have multiple light sources in your living room to create ambiance.
Living rooms are multifunctional, and your lighting choices should reflect that, Sara Ray, an interior designer based in Nashville, told Insider.
“There should be overhead lighting on a dimmer that can be used to move throughout the space or dimmed to provide the right ambiance for a party,” she said. “You want to have plenty of secondary lighting so that tasks like reading can be done while sitting in the space.”
She suggested placing accent lighting on bookshelves, on a fireplace mantel, or above artwork to create layers of lighting in your living room.
7. Choosing furniture that’s too big or too small for your space can make the room feel off.
Picking out the right furniture is important, but where you put it is equally essential to designing a living room.
“Large pieces in a small space can make the room look even smaller, where small pieces in a large space can leave too much empty space,” Rasula told Insider.
For larger living rooms, she recommended leaving 30 to 36 inches between furniture pieces. Smaller spaces, like apartments, can get away with 18 to 24 inches between pieces.
“This amount of distance will ensure you’re not overcrowding your living room while at the same time will help maximize space for a smaller living room,” she said.
8. Incorporating furniture that doesn’t match the rest of your home might throw off the space.
Kirk said her clients often want to incorporate a piece of furniture in their living room that doesn’t really mesh well with the overall style of their home.
She said that while this should be avoided, there’s an exception to the rule.
“If it is because they love it, I say buy it,” she said. “I believe that if you love something you can make almost anything work, and that’s part of what makes a person’s home uniquely theirs — a home filled with furniture they love.”
9. You should use shelving space, but avoid packing it with large items.
When it comes to shelving in your living room, there’s a right way and a wrong way to go about decorating it, according to Rasula.
“You should utilize shelving space as much as possible, but try and avoid overhang, which could cause the space to look overcrowded,” she told Insider.
She explained that overhang is when items that are too large for the shelf or bookcase they’re on stick out over the ledge.
10. Not having enough tables and other surfaces to set your things on can be impractical.
Since a living room is often well trafficked, you should probably have ample places to set down your drinks, books, and other items, Ray told Insider.
“To create a functional living room, you should have a surface that you can easily reach from wherever you’re sitting,” she said. “It’s so nice to have a side table close by when you’re ready to set a drink down.”
WONDER BOY: How The King Of The Streets Became Ghana’s Fashion Alchemist.
Over the years, some Ghanaian musicians have launched fashion lines, and most of them are nowhere to be found. Few include Sark Clothing from rapper, Sarkodie, Meridian shoes by Mugeez, and Black Avenue Clothing for D-Black, these brands appear to have fallen flat. After his resurrection, Shatta Wale launched the SM cloth line, and so far, the streetwear label didn’t endure an embarrassing fashion startup failure. The SM apparel was primarily endorsed by his loyal fans, Shatta Wale and his team managed to create a product that people would actually buy.
Shatta Wale again launched another fashion line for his album The Reign, which was a huge success nationwide. The Reign apparel moved from just being a clothesline to become a household item. Now, for his album, Wonder Boy, that was released on October, 19, The King of The Streets launch "Wonder Boy" apparel that has the potential to penetrate the market. Despite the fashion market being highly fragmented, customer loyalty from Shatta Movement fans ensured “Wonder Boy” broke the bank. (Flash Africa)
Ghanaian Visual Artist Showcases His Creativity On BET AiR.
Mohammed Blakk originally named Mohammed Osumanu, is a visual artist, fashion stylist and a creative entrepreneur, who envisions pushing the limits of arts, culture and creativity beyond the Ghanaian boundaries.
He was featured on the 20th week of the 2019 Series of BET AiR (Artists in Residence) – an instagram specific initiative by BET to shine the light on artistes from the diaspora.
For four days from the 26th to the 29th of November, the feature was aimed at showcasing Mohammed’s creative processes, co-creators and results, as well as everything in between.
According to Mohammed who describes this as a milestone he didn’t expect anytime soon, he deems this as a step in the right direction, considering this is his seventh year in the industry.
“We have been doing this for quite a while now, and having to score a BET feature is an appreciable milestone which only goes on to prove that, better things are going to come by. The acknowledgement is real, and I am proud of my co-creatives for how far we have come.”
Speaking about what this meant for future projects, Mohammed replied, “Well, as an artiste this gives me a boost to keep up, and a signal to focus on authenticity as me and my friends like Revy Boadu, Peach Adepa have been pursuing. As an entrepreneur who idolizes the likes of Virgil Abloh, Jean-Michel Basquiat, I see this as an added leverage, to better position my brand in a constantly evolving space as fashion”
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