As Nigeria and Angola dazzle the luxury sector, Kenya seems focused on building a fashion market for everyone.

BY ROBB YOUNG Originally published in The Business of Fashion. NAIROBI, Kenya — Chatting to fashion insiders here feels, in many ways, the same as anywhere else around the world. Nairobi’s power bloggers have moved to Instagram; local designers are troubled by cheap counterfeits; and the same laundry list of global celebrities reigns supreme from Mombasa … Continue reading

2014 EcoChic Design Awards Accepting Entries Now

Returning to Hong Kong for its 5th cycle, the EcoChic Design Awards is a sustainable fashion design competition that inspires emerging fashion designers and students to create mainstream clothing with minimal textile waste. Eco Chic Design Awards is established by Redress founder Christina Dean who promotes environmental sustainability within the fashion industry and the positive … Continue reading

From Genocide to African Catwalks – How Rwandan Women are Building their Lives and the Fashion Industry

KIGALI, Jun 23 2014 (IPS) – Before Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, Salaam Uwamariya’s husband, a professor, was the family breadwinner, providing for her and their eight children. Uwamariya sold vegetables at a nearby market to supplement their income. But like many in this Central African nation, her life changed in just the 100 days starting in April 1994 when … Continue reading

DETROIT ROCKS THE RUNWAY HOLDS OPEN CASTING CALL FOR RUNWAY MODELS for The 32nd THE AFRICAN WORLD FESTIVAL

  DETROIT, June 22, 2014 – DETROIT ROCKS THE RUNWAY AT THE 32nd AFRICAN WORLD FESTIVAL – Michigan’s premier annual fashion event – will host an open casting call to find existing and undiscovered models for its runway shows, taking place August 16, 2014 at The Charles H Wright Museum. The casting call will take place 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday, July. 08, 2014  in … Continue reading

ESKADO BIRD PRESENTS SS14 COLLECTION, KALEIDOSCOPIC LOVE BIRD

The rising Tanzanian fashion brand, Eskado Bird latest classy, stylish, casual spring summer collection 2014 called “kaleidoscopic Love Bird” and i am loving it’s inspiration from the meaning of kaleidoscope ” beauty is a toy used to observe beautiful forms”. Doreen Noni, the owner of the fashion brand created this spring summer collection through astonishing, luminous and symmetrical shapes of its … Continue reading

Milan Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2012/2013

I’m super excited about fashion again as a result of what I’ve seen so far from day 1 of Milan Fashion Week. I’ve been working on a few projects and have not had time to dedicate to this space, however I should be writing and updating here with more consistency. Thank goodness I was on … Continue reading

Vena Cava: More Imagination + Less Money = Good Style.

South Pasadena and Los Angeles, designers Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock met at 17 in their native California before shipping off to Parsons the New School of Design, where they were rejected from their school’s senior show in 2003, so they decided to give it a go on their own. Just Three weeks after graduation … Continue reading

  • Fashion is increasingly a visual part of our global reality. the studioArena explores moving fashion beyond the development of European mercantile capitalism, commodity fetishism, and the politics of production (the way fashion emphasizes consumption at the expense of production.
  • Fashion has always played a leading role in constructing images and meanings during periods of rapid social, economic and technological change. It can act out instability or loss, or it can stake out the territory of new social and sexual identities.