Wednesday, March 12th, 2014
Using locations in Africa as backdrops to sell clothes and bags is nothing new – especially bags and clothes that certain class of travellers and outdoorsy people like to call “gear”. As in “stuff necessary to show you’re ready for hardship.” Sometimes, though, the mythology referenced, re-ignited, and re-iterated in newly romaticised packaging is so…well, moronic that...
Thursday, October 3rd, 2013
African print fabrics are a hot commodity in mainstream fashion these days. This is polarizing since their use by Western designers eclipses the use by African brands which are rarely in the mainstream spotlight because of such forceful cultural...
Thursday, September 5th, 2013
Five years ago, Vogue asked to no one and to everyone in particular, “Is Fashion Racist?” Everyone was asked because it was an earnest question. Yet, it was for no one, truly, because according to a recent International Herald...
Tuesday, November 27th, 2012
Scott Schuman, better known for his blog The Sartorialist and as a street style photographer, took some heat after accepting an invitation to Fashion Week Africa in Johannesburg and being underwhelmed by what he saw. Instead he...
Wednesday, June 6th, 2012
Everybody’s trying to rebrand Africa, and it isn’t going so well. Vogue Italia’s latest issue — boosted by great billowing gusts of editorial hot air from both the New York Times and the Guardian — is called...
Tuesday, November 8th, 2011
Dapper Congolese-American rapper Alec Lomami (interviewed here by MTV Iggy) shouts outs his old hometown Kinshasa over a disco beat. Photo Credit: Shako Oteka
Sunday, April 24th, 2011
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....
Saturday, February 19th, 2011
Monday, March 1st, 2010
Two weeks ago the results of the World Press Awards were announced. The prize winners included a number of striking images about and by Africans.
Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress, is trying it’s hand at fashion. Check out the first jacket, a hideous number, labeled as, presumably, Jacob Zuma’s favorite attire. Serious.
Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
When South Africa’s President, Jacob Zuma, married his fifth wife a few weeks ago, the media focused on which one of his three remaining wives (he divorced one and another killed herself) would be named First Lady...
Monday, January 4th, 2010
Despite the attempts of Nelson Mandela’s personal foundation to to control his image, Mandela merchandise is ubiquitous. Like in the case of hip hop inflected clothing line The Personal Advisory. I suppose they can cut these guys...
Friday, October 30th, 2009
My friend, Wendy Willems (currently with the NGO War on Want, but soon a newly minted lecturer of media studies at Johannesburg’s Wits University took this photograph on a recent work trip in Nakuru, Kenya.
Sunday, September 13th, 2009
Wednesday, August 19th, 2009
Check out the blog, Immigrant Inc., by the authors of ” Immigrant Inc. Why Immigrant Entrepreneurs Are Driving the New Economy (and why they will save the American worker).” The book is out in November.