hi folks! we posted a link to a news article about Arise Fashion Week a while ago. here's just a little reminder that it kicks off this friday in johannesburg! 52 designers from Africa (from namibia, to nigeria, to egypt, and kenya) and the diaspora (including familiar names on this blog such as tiffany amber, stoned cherrie, jewel by lisa, ituen basi, etc.) will feature their designs from friday, june 12 to friday, june 19. according to Dr. Precious Moloi-Motsepe, the chairperson of African Fashion International (AFI):
"Africa has long been a muse for the arts throughout the world, most recently in fashion, with the world’s top designers choosing to look towards African techniques, designs and materials to ensure that their collections appeal to a wider global audience. Many great international designer houses have borrowed from Africa in creating their most recent collections, including Louis Vuitton, Lanvin, Oscar de la Renta and Christian Louboutin. There appears to be a new excitement around the African aesthetic, and we believe that it is time this is displayed to the world, from the source of this inspiration."
need we say more?
a list of designers can be found here and the schedule of events can be found here.