• Fashion Forward Jewelry: Suzanna Dai

    Suzanna Dai's jewelry

    Suzanna Dai is known for her bold and dramatic jewelry that’s often seen on Gossip Girl stars Leighton Meester and Blake Lively. Her glamorous yet sophisticated accessories have become a staple for Hollywood royalty. Head designer Suzie Gallehugh draws inspiration from the many cultures she’s visited around the world. Dai’s Madagascar Collection is fully inspired …

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  • Tata Naka at London Fashion Week 2012

    London Fashion Week came to a close just about a week ago, and we were left with a ton of awesome collections to be excited about for this fall. A personal favorite of the AFWNY team was the collection called Tata Naka, designed by Tbilisi-born identical twins Tamara and Natasha Surguladze. The sisters’ Fall 2012 …

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  • Color Comes Back For Spring/Summer 2012


    We’ve still got a little more winter to go, but buyers are looking forward to the future and filling up their stores with this spring’s hottest trends. From color-blocking and stand-out prints to different hemlines and waistlines than before, this coming season is all about color. To keep up with the latest trends, be sure …

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  • Farai Simoyi to Appear on Lifetime TV


    USA-based Zimbabwean designer Farai Simoyi is extremely talented, and we are humbled to have her showcase at Africa Fashion Week in New York this summer. Her soft, steel, bohemian pieces have a mix of influences from the places she has lived and studied in: Europe, America, and of course Africa. What’s exciting for Farai now …

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  • Celebrating Africa: Take Two

    celebrating africa

    McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland held its second annual Celebrating Africa to challenge the stereotypes students hold of Africa.  The event included African dance, trivia, poems, dinner, and individual presentations. To spice up the night, a fashion show was held to showcase both traditional African outfits as well as more modern designs that are emerging …

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  • Red Carpet Fashion Show 2012

    Red Carpet Fashion Show

    Cape Town came alive on February 10th for the Red Carpet Fashion Show at the Camps Bay Rotunda. Some seriously talented South African designers were on display for the Heat magazine sponsored show. Craig Port, Stefania Morland, Jagadi Haute Couture, Beach Cult and Malcolm Kluk all showcased their latest trends in an assortment of designs that …

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  • L’Uomo Vogue Planning Second African-Themed Issue


    We hope you remember how L’Uomo Vogue released its first issue focusing on African style back in November 2008 (following Vogue Italia’s super successful “Black Issue”). The AFWNY team was very happy to find out that the magazine is planning a second one for the spring. Editor Franca Sozzani revealed the news to Styleite.com that …

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  • Powerful African-American Designer Dresses Powerful African-American Women

    B Michael America - Backstage - Fall 2012 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

    B Michael of the brand b Michael America is known for his classy, sophisticated, and timeless designs. With a career studded with celebrity clients, b, as he prefers to be addressed, has dressed African-American Hollywood royalty for years. For him, it’s not just about designing for the big names or the fame it brings, but …

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  • How to Make it in America


    In retrospect of NYWF 2012, the African designers who attended the event planned their attack and nailed it this week. Choosing the venue for a show is crucial, because it is the “perfect punctuation for a collections’ style statement” (huffingtonpost.com). For example, Mimi Plange chose a venue that was as luxurious as her pieces in …

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  • African Designer Profile: Francisca Francis Shirima


    Tanzanian new and upcoming designer Francisca Francis Shirima is one who always adds an African flair to her works. Growing up with fashion in mind because her mother was a tailor and her father was always interested in style, Shirima always wanted to be a designer. Her style includes all that embodies the modern African …

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