INSIDE ALTERNATIVE: TIFFANY RUIZ

by Eleni Snider  (Originally posted in Common Thread) Photos by Stephen Zeigler Street fashion aficionado and design extraordinaire, Tiffany Ruiz is the latest addition to Alternative’s Los Angeles Design Lab. Coming from a lifelong interest in fashion which led her to a design career, this California girl has what it takes to create super comfortable and … 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

NOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES!!! DETROIT ROCKS THE RUNWAY @ THE 32nd AFRICAN WORLD FESTIVAL Emerging Designer Showcase

Are you an up and coming designer between the ages of 18-30yrs? Here’s the platform to launch your career. DETROIT ROCKS THE RUNWAY @ The 32nd THE AFRICAN WORLD FESTIVAL Emerging Designer Showcase   NOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES!!!   Featuring the freshest cultural apparel design talent representing the African diaspora – providing a unique opportunity to expose … Continue reading

Best Summer 2012 Accessory: Bicycle

  This Summer get in gear & good shape while looking quite cute riding around running errands on your bicycle. Here are some pretty cool ones that have appealing features. I threw in some of my favorite ladies who represent quite well. Solange Knowles out on her bike looking like Sunshine. The Viking Shopper is … Continue reading

Ethical Fashion Designer: Sakina M’Sa

Born in Nioumadzaha, the largest of the Comoros Islands southeast of Africa, Sakina M’Sa arrived in Marseilles at the age of seven, studied art in France, then started to design clothes that she sold at festivals and bazaars. Her collection has an urban, eclectic sophistication, draped, looped, gathered and tucked into unexpected shapes, with a touch of punk … 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.