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Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Corner Shops and Arcade Games

Interview by Dylan Valley* Cape Town based Anthony Smith and Bradley Abrahams’ 2 BOP (above) videogame clothing label is inspired by corner shop arcade games and video game culture. They produce intriguing retro videogame references on understated but stylish street wear garments. Choosing often-obscure characters and typography that only real gamekoppe (game heads) and old

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Louis Vuitton goes all Zimbabwean

Nyasha Maronhodze, the new face of Louis Vuitton, entered the modelling world just two years ago after winning the UK Elite Model Look competition in 2009. Legend goes that the Zimbabwean-born Maronhodze was scouted on the streets...

Monday, May 30th, 2011

On Alexander McQueen’s “Savage Beauty” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

In that rarefied, and manufactured world that surrounded Alexander McQueen during his terribly short life, he was careful to cultivate his intellectual yearnings, as well as his creative ambitions. In “Savage Beauty,” we can see that McQueen...

Monday, May 30th, 2011

How much do the Burkinabe artisans get?

Produced in a limited edition , with each piece unique, the ‘Muse Two Artisanal Recycled’ bag marries the savoir-faire of Yves Saint Laurent leather goods with the artisanal handiwork of women from Burkina Faso. H/T:...

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Soweto Tee

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Mad Max in Botswana

We already know they can play. Now there’s evidence of heavy metal fashion in Botswana, an anomaly–according to photographer Frank Marshall– in Southern Africa’s mainly white metal scene. More here and here.

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

Gaddafi at the Met

Colonel Gaddafi’s aide wants to engineer a retrospective of “four decades of superior dress sense” at the Costume Institute’s annual gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in N.Y.C. He’s trying for 2013. Talib, an aide to Mr....

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

Gangster Fashion

Hosni Mubarak, former Life President of Egypt, liked himself so much, his name became the stripes in his pinstripe suit. Via Doll’s Factory

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

ZAM Goes International

You know we like the Dutch magazine ZAM. The promised English edition is (almost) here. As a sneak peek, they’re giving us this ‘digital introduction’. 

Monday, March 7th, 2011

‘Nigeria’s first fashion magazine’

Part promotion, part video profile of “Mania,” a new Nigerian magazine billed as a first of its genre for that country. Not sure about that. (There must have been and are fashion magazines in Nigeria?). Also not...

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Fashion Bloggers

The Ghanaian-American fashion bloggers Street Etiquette are featured in this week’s episode of Radio Netherlands vlog What’s Up Africa!. So is Snoop Dogg’s very convincing Nigerian accent (at the 0;30 mark).

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Beyonce in Blackface

A French magazine’s brilliant idea “to honor Fela Kuti” The story.

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

Sierra Leone Has Style

Short, tight video profile of Freetown, Sierra Leone-based designer Adama Kai and her label Aschobi Designs made by UK production company, Nomad Productions.

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Photography: Yamandú Roos

Security Guard, World Cup, 2010, Soweto, South Africa.

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Pop’Africana

Monday, December 6th, 2010

The Speculation about Bokassa

Jean-Bedél Bokassa was the self-crowned emperor of the Central African Republic (CAR) until his ousting in 1979. He fathered 62 children and threw himself a coronation, based on that of Napoleon, that cost the equivalent of his...

Friday, October 15th, 2010

The Supermodel’s Revenge

For a brief moment this past August, the world worked itself into a frenzy over Naomi Campbell’s “hostile” turn on the witness stand at The Hague. Finally, it seemed, we had the perfect ammunition to level at...

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Black Babies Redux

What’s old is new again. This time from French fashion magazine, Numéro, which manages to merge two of our favorite (fashion) trends into one spread: black babies and blackface! I would be offended except this is completely...

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Out of Africa Redux

Every Journey Began in Africa. Oh, really? Checking in from that mythical magical place known as “Africa” (or, as Women’s Wear Daily reports, an “arid South African vista”) are Bono and his wife, Ali Hewson, founders of...

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

The ‘Touareg’ Show

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Vogue Africa

Video of legendary 1960s model Bethann Hardison interviewing Togolese-American model David Agbodji for Vogue Italia. (Hardison is a longtime critic of the modeling industry’s favoring of white models; the video is from Vogue Italia’s Vogue Black site.)

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Nairobi Style

Via Nairobi Style

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Cape Town Styling

This blog post introduces my man, Brett Davidson, as the latest core conspirator of Africa is a Country. I first met Brett, a journalist, radio producer and media educator, when we hired him to work as the...

Friday, July 9th, 2010

GTFOH*

Posted without comment because I’m tired and I can’t be preoccupied with the exploits of the white hipster set. *Translation.

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Weekend Snapshot

The young people in Brooklyn continually amaze me.

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Prepare To Be Shocked

Italian designer Roberto Cavalli, whose penchant for animal prints is well-known, has just unveiled his design for the outfit that Shakira will be wearing during the official 2010 World Cup Kickoff Celebration Concert. Shocking. h/t A Bombastic...

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Not Julius Malema’s Youth League

I’ve blogged before (at my old blog address) about the Johannesburg fashion movement, The Smarteez. (More exclusive than the mass outlet Amakipkip.) Now Dazed Magazine have discovered them. For its June special “South Africa” issue (Africans still...

Monday, June 7th, 2010

“Fierce is Iman”

Tonight, Somali-born former model, and current entrepreneur, Iman will receive the Fashion Icon award from from the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Past winners of this special award, which is “awarded to an individual whose signature style...

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Crossover

It’s been a couple of years since Serge Mouangue, originally from Cameroon and now based in Tokyo where he works as a concept-car designer for Nissan, introduced us to Wafrica. From this recent video, which is part...

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Football Friday

Via Black Looks

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