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MONAA – Collections (By. Nana And Afua Dabanka)

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German-born Ghanaian sisters, Nana and Afua Dabanka, created the luxury footwear label, MONAA, in honor of their royal Ashanti heritage. As young girls, Nana and Afua were completely captivated by their father’s handmade leather Ohenema slippers as well as their mother’s intricately woven Kente silk ensembles.

The sisters travel from New York to London. They grew up in the small town Wetter in German. To maintain strong family ties, they travel regularly to Ghana.

Made in Ghana by expert artisans, MONAA sandals are constructed from the finest, globally sourced leathers, and refined with African-inspired embellishments. Exquisitely handcrafted, MONAA reflects the designers’ transcontinental sensibility.

The name MONAA combines Afua’s nickname, “Mo” with “Naa”, the affectionate abbreviation of Nana. Likewise, the brand combines craftsmanship steeped in tradition but designed with a global perspective. Hence, the sisters present a luxurious new footwear option and a personal labor of love: Made in Ghana, for the customer who makes herself at home anywhere in the world she may be.

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Ataui-Deng Hopkins (Model Of The Week).

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Deng was born in Khartoum in the Sudan. She escaped the Second Sudanese Civil War with her parents and immigrated to San Antonio, Texas. She arrived in San Antonio at age 12, four years later she signed to Trump modelling agency and moved to New York.

She debuted as a runway model in September 2008 for the spring Jeremy Laing, Kai Kuhne, L’Wren Scott, Proenza Schouler, and Zac Posen shows in New York. She was filmed by Jeremy Kost backstage at the Zac Posen show for New York magazine.

She skipped the fashion weeks in Europe in 2008 in order to finish high school in Texas. She appeared in Teen Vogue several times. She has also been photographed by Tibi Clenci. At age eighteen she became well known for having fallen on the runway for Z Spoke by Zac Posen.

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Christopher John Rogers – Designer Of The Week!

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Christopher John Rogers is quickly becoming a designer to watch. The Baton Rouge, Louisiana, native and Savannah College of Art and Design graduate debuted his Spring 2019 collection last season to great acclaim. With a palette of brightly colored, feminine garments that echo his southern upbringing, Rogers’ intention is clear: to create a world of whimsy with his clothes.

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He described the collection as befitting “a deserted California beach that had a midcentury couture salon show on the beach, but on Mars.” Worn by male and female models alike with little regard for traditional gender norms, the clothes had color, volume, fantasy and a sense of humor.

Rogers, poised to be this season’s break-out designer has worked with the likes of Tanya Taylor, Rosie Assoulin, and Chris Benz. Despite the line not yet being his main source of income, Rogers’ pieces have already been seen on some of the hottest female celebrities, including Cardi B and SZA.

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Grace Jones (Model Of The Week)

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Grace Jones born Beverly Grace Jones on May 19, 1948, in Spanish Town, Jamaica is an Iconic model, singer and actress.

PARIS, FRANCE – MARCH 18: Grace Jones attends “Je n’ecrirai Jamais Mes Memoires” – Grace Jones Biography : Launch Party Hosted By Editions Seguier At Les Bains Paris on March 18, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Foc Kan/WireImage)

Raised in Syracuse, New York, she found success in the 70s as a model, working in New York and Paris (where she shared an apartment with Jerry Hall and Jessica Lange), before rising to public prominence as a singer and personality.

During this period, she also became a muse to Andy Warhol, appearing in his portraits and accompanying him to Studio 54 on many occasions. Worked with Yves, Saint Laurent and Kenzo and many fashion houses.

Parallel to her musical shift was an equally dramatic visual departure; Jones – working heavily with style artist Jean-Paul Goude – adopted a severe, androgynous look that enhanced her already striking presence, the iconic cover of Nightclubbing exemplifying this new identity.

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Hamid Onifade (Model of the Week)

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Born in Paris but grew up in West Africa, Benin, Hamid Onifade is a 23-year-old male model who has been the face of some of the world’s biggest brands, the most recent being Nordstrom.

From catwalks to campaigns, Hamid is busy. Recent runways include Ralph Lauren, Philip Plein and Ports1961 and his most recent campaigns include, LEVIS, Zara, JCrew, and H&M.

He is associated with various agencies like Agencies New York-DNA Models, Paris- The Face, Milan- URBN Models, London -Next London, Cape Town -Boss Models Cape Town, Hamburg -Modelwerk, Toronto -Elite Toronto.
Onifade was one of the most successful male models in the business in 2017. With a top ranking spot on the Model.com’s Hot List, Hamid is killing it right now.

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