Fashion + Style

Africa on the Street

Even after all this time, I still get pretty excited when I see street style that celebrates Africa, whether through a head scarf or an illustration. It’s always a pleasantly surprising sight. I was looking through the street style blog, …

Erykah Badu – Afros or Ties

Erykah Badu is the popular Grammy Award winning musician, well known for her neo-soul music. She’s got a title too ‘Queen of Neo-Soul’ which I think she fully deserves. Apart from her music, she is also popular for her style …

Olele Hand Fans

Olelé is a fashion brand that prides itself in limited edition hand-craft, specifically made with African print. Their hand fans, in particular, are lovely and creative, especially as you hardly see hand fans tailored to appeal to Africans. Olelé uses …

Zebra Embroiders

Zebra Living is a Nigerian brand that aims to be the epitome of style and sophistication – from interior decoration to fashion. The brand targets a specific type of woman, the Zebra Woman (described below). Their clothing collection is stylish …

Lemlem

Liya Kebede is one of the few African supermodels that has gained global recognition. She’s also known for her good work as a WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. Since 2007 though, she has also gained recognition …

Amalthee Tribal Jewelry

Amalthee Creations designed these amazing tribal jewellery made from terracotta beads. The beads were molded by hand and cooked/baked in a wood oven. The art inherent in every one of these pieces is undeniable. They make a statement without ever …

Issue 16

There has been a lot of good press about the editorials in Arise Magazine Issue 16. I’m loving them like everybody else. I especially like the cover shots of all three editorials. The styling, locations and photography fit so well …

Makeup for Darker Skin

Most makeup companies create makeup for white women so it can be rather difficult to find makeup products that are tailored specifically for black skin tones. These days though, you’ll probably find several relatively new companies that have their niche …

“The Crowns of West Africa”

Head wraps have been referred to as the Crowns of West Africa. They’re practically a staple in West African traditional attire, be it small ties with African print or the elaborate Gele used for special occasions. The head wraps always …

Printed Shoes

African Print has permeated all facets of fashion. I love all the ways it pops up, but I especially love the print on shoes because it’s such a refreshing and nouvelle concept. An African printed shoe is guaranteed to have …