February which in my view is the month of love is here with us & we have a reason to wear lots of red. This is one of my favorite red sweaters (only one actually) & it has been in my closet for almost 5 years. It is a trusty piece in my wardrobe that I can always rely on to brighten up any dull outfit.
For any Ankara/African wax print lover, this shop is the true defination of Fabric heaven. Situated on Fuhlsbüttler straße 460 here in Hamburg is a charming little Fabric shop filled with the most amazing Ankara fabrics which are either made in Africa or from the Vlisco brand in Holland. The Fabrics are of high quality & is the reason why i often buy my fabrics from there. The lovely couple that owns the shop are always very helpful for first-time visitors on which print to choose or how much of the fabric to get.
So if you are ever in Hamburg & in search of some Ankara Fabric then don't forget to pay this shop a visit.
The trench coat is one of Fall's must-have piece of outerwear that is not only a timeless classic but also never really goes out of style. It can be found in many styles & colours & there is definately a coat for everyone's taste. Black, camel & grey are the most common colour choices but why not make a statement with a printed trench coat, like this Khanga one from our latest Collection.
And when you find a nice one like this, why not make it work double duty & wear it as a dress. Yes, i know it can be tricky with wind & the possibility of showing everything out, but it can totally work as daytime dress. A few important things to keep in mind are:
Denim jackets are currently all over runways, Fashion magazines & on social media, but with embellishments such as embroidery & interesting patches. I have been, as any fashion lover been consumed with the desire to own one, but the reality is that they come at a price, a very high one most of the time. And so I began my search for patches & the perfect denim jacket (which i got off Ebay). All sorts of patches can be found on Ebay, Amazon & Etsy, but because i didn't have much time to wait for them to be delivered, i walked around the local shops & found some really nice ones.
It is still a work in progress as I hope to add more patches as I find them & maybe even try my hand at embroidery, but i love how it looks so far.
It was an exciting & inspiring evening dedicated to the creative & cultural exchange between Africa & Germany. A forum of guests took part in the discussion led by Judith Helfmann-Hundack (Afrika-Verein der deutschen Wirtschaft e.V.) & these included Onejiru Schindler (Musician, Member of the Board of Viva ConAgua), Julia Grosse (Journalist, Founder Contemporary And), Dr Andreas Görgen (Director General for Culture & Communication, Federal Foreign Office), Roland Göhde (Member of the Board, Göhde Foundation & German-African Business Association), Mbithi Masya (Director, Writer, Video Artist, Musician) & Dr Ribio Nzeza Bunketi Buse (Chairperson, Music in Africa Foundation).
They all shed light on the potential of the cultural & creative industries of Africa, in order to intensify the exchange between Africa & Germany & to stimulate new African-German partnerships in those areas.
One of such partnerships is the film production company 'One Fine Day Films', founded by Tom Tykwer & his wife Marie Steinmann, which supports young filmmakers from all over Africa to realize their projects. Fascinating results have emerged, such as the feature film NAIROBI HALF LIFE, which was the first Kenyan contribution to the Oscars in 2012.
KATI KATI, the current production of One Fine Day Films celebrated world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this Fall where it was awarded with the FIPRESCI Prize in the Discovery Program. We were honoured to attend the Film premiere in Belin which not only brought together different partners in the creative & cultural industries in Germany & Africa but also talented Musician based both here & in Africa. Apart from the amazing Film, we were also treated to a live performance of 'Find a Way' (from the Film's soundtrack) by the beautiful & talented 'Mayonde' & 'Das Junge Orchestre'.
The Film which is directed by Mbithi Masya & produced by Sarika Lakhani will be shown in Cinemas around Germany including Münc´hen, Görlitz, Brühl, Düsseldorf & Münster so definately go out & watch it.
This kind of project of the One Fine Day Films is just one example of how Africa & Germany can close ranks creatively & economically.
Sunday, 27th from 2pm at the finals at Nähmesse Hamburg
I entered the final competition with my Ankara design dress
'I came, saw & conquered' . Position 3 was ours today.
dockland FASHION party
Framed in an Afterwork party with phat beats (HipHop, RnB, House etc.) and the beautiful venue we enjoyed the evening with African Inspiration.
Accompanied by the applause of the enthusiastic audience my collection was presented by beautiful models on the catwalk. This was the moment of reward after a month of hard work and long nights designing & tailoring on my new fall collection:
Thanks to God, my amazing Dream Team & Family, I couldn't have done it without you:
Photographer & My Support system: Hagen Warnholz
Make up: Angela Murunga
Stylists: Min Sunshine N Starlet Nyargi Owete Pam Wilder
Models: Sly Kysha Mmathabo Nuñez Lahera
I was interviewed referring to the docklandFASHIONparty by Jen from Frolicious.
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