KONSTANTIN KAKANIAS: TEPENDRIS RISING

         

The animated short film TEPENDRIS RISING catches up with artist Konstantin Kakanias' iconic, fashion-obsessed character Mrs. Tependris. Created and illustrated by Kakanias, the film was brought to life by Co Films and the directing duo The Pain. The short finds Mrs. Tependris on one of her famous retreats - cryogenically frozen for chic posterity - when inspiration comes calling: it's time for a fashion comeback. With her assistant Pearl, her dog Pepe, and her sly sense of humor, Mrs. Tependris must face 20-foot spiders and catwalk catastrophe on her fabulous journey from ice-cube to icon.

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Designers Unveiled for the Inaugural Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa , Oct. 24th-28th, 2012 #Africanfashion

Creative fashion custodians of contemporary culture set to hit the runway.

An exciting line-up of some of Africa and the diaspora’s most significant designers will descend on Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, from October 24-28 to unveil an array of captivating collections in Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa 2012.

Presented by African Fashion International (AFI), the Gateway to Fashion & Lifestyle, Africa’s most prestigious fashion gathering is being held for the first time at Melrose Arch, Johannesburg’s definitive destination for high street fashion, sophisticated style and urban culture.

With more than 20 shows over four days, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa will present designers from South Africa, Cote D’Ivoire, Morocco, Mozambique, Cameroon, Rwanda, Angola, DRC, Trinidad, New York, Nigeria and Ghana – all of whom have been chosen for their standards of global relevance and commercial viability along with a distinctive design that exemplifies African creativity.

“Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa is the authentic contemporary African Fashion gathering, bringing together and honouring designers from the four corners of the continent and the African diaspora. This global platform for the African fashion aesthetic showcases the global relevance and commercial viability of our industry along with innovation and distinctive design,” says AFI Executive Chairperson Dr. Precious Moloi-Motsepe.

This year MBFW Africa truly crosses borders and from the diaspora New Yorker Kevan Hall is one of Hollywood’s go-to red carpet designers with his philosophy of glamour with a modern sensibility while, from the Caribbean, Anya Ayoung Chee Anya’s unique, top quality designs are inspired by the beauty of the islands along with a modern, elegant interpretation.

Now based in London, South African Jacob Kimmie’s collections seek to convey profound artistic, historical and social paradoxes.

From South Africa, fashion greats include Cape Town’s Kluk CGDT, Gavin Rajah and Craig Native who will join Johannesburg’s David Tlale, Marianne Fassler, Thula Sindi as well as Durban swim-wear designer Dax Martin’s “Burg Collection Brought to you by Glocell”.

Angola’s Shunnoz Fiel and Tekasala Ma’at Nzinga, meanwhile, are the forces behind Projecto Mental, a brand that links Angola to the world through fashion. Having shown collections in Tokyo, London and Lisbon Fashion Weeks, Projecto Mental’s goal is to use fashion & art to reshape Angola’s cultural image.

The Nigerian contingent includes Ngozi Ochonogor of U.mi-1’s label who aims to create a “fashion as art” brand through collaborations with home-grown artists while compatriot Maki Oh’s design ethos is largely inspired by the Agbada (traditional Yoruba menswear), Western formal wear and the female body form. Lagos’ Deola Sagoe, meanwhile, offers edgy, dynamic women’s fashion, while Ituen Basi, a London College of Fashion graduate will present a collection exuding a fresh design interpretation and celebration of ubiquitous Nigerian print.

From West Africa, Cote D’Ivoire’s Laurence Airline is a fashion label based in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, the hometown of chief designer, Laurence Chauvin Buthaud. Born in Africa and raised in Switzerland before moving to Paris, Laurence Airline’s men’s wear collections are all produced in Abidjan.

Mustafa Hassanali, from Tanzania, has showcased in 16 countries world-wide and has also been named one of Africa’s Top Male Fashion Designer by UK’s New African Woman Magazine. Loin Cloth & Ashes is known for its hidden detailing, elegant edgy vibe, comfort and fit. The brand designs unique dresses that are made to create a statement but still maintain a timeless air of luxury and style.

From Casablanca to Cape Town

Morocco’s Amine Bendriouich is renowned for a timeless collection that follows culture rather than a season and presents a mosaic of influences spanning early Hip Hop Culture through the underground trend of Casablanca.

Mozambican designer, Eliana Rodrigues Murargy’s Murade brand presents a fusion of elegance, sophistication and simplicity with her glorious designs having been showcased in various Fashion Weeks including Mozambique and Brazil while her fellow Mozambican, Taibo Bacar, comes to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa with a “Best Designer” accolade from that country’s Fashion Week.

From the Cameroon, Kibonen is the first designer to create and publicize the intricacies and beauty of the toghu designs typically found in hand-woven traditional attires in Cameroon’s North West Province while the Kreyann label mixes beautifully-classical and fantasy influences.

Three designers from Ghana will hit the runway, including Duaba Serwa whose label represents luxury and superb craftsmanship in the use of fabrics such as raw silks and linen while incorporating bold colours and African prints. Kiki Clothing’s Titi Ademola, meanwhile, makes use of African textiles, vibrant colours and Afro-centric prints to create simple and wearable styles while; Mimi Plange’s label innovatively fuses Victorian Europe, Pre-colonial Africa and modern American Sportswear into extraordinary day and evening designs.

Rwanda’s Mille Collines label, meanwhile, was born when two Spanish designers, Marc Oliver and Inés Cuatrecasas, created a collection inspired by a Rwandan woman. The brand reflects Africa’s strength and sensibility with attention to detail and handmade finishes.

Tina Lobondi, originally from Congo and now based in London, has created a label based on classic and chic designs with fabrics and materials sourced from around the world – from Mauritania to Paris and London.
Modahnik is a Chicago based women’s wear brand founded in 2009 by designer Kahindo Mateene, a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo who transforms ordinary prints into stylish, wearable pieces of art that accentuate a woman’s body.

From Core D’Ivoire, Elie Kuame’s Couture creations reflect a cultural mosaic combining different materials such as silk, lace, leather, fur, pearl, stone and most unusually, bark, with great skill.

Three designers that showcased at the recent Zimbabwe Fashion Week, Intisaar, Maito Marimo and Zuvva by Joyce have been selected in the showcase that aims to show the vibrant culture of Zimbabwe and utilize fashion as a platform for job creation and societal development, meanwhile providing a fashion network between South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Ensuring a mix of emerging designers, the winners of the AFI Fastrack 2012 internship and training programme – Capetonian Kim Gush, Wetive Nkosi from Johannesburg and Kyra-Moon Halfpenny from Durban – will unveil their capsule collections at the inaugural Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa (MBFW Africa) on October 24.

As part of the Seasons-France 2012-13 partnership between South Africa and France, designer, Fred Sathal will be unveiling her dynamic collection at MBFW Africa. Ms Sathal was previously involved in Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town 2012 where she hosted a design Masterclass for both 2010/2011 AFI Fastrack™ winners and finalists while she will also mentor the AFI Fastrack™ 2012 winner in France next year.

Apart from the runway shows, the associated Africa Trade Expo, endorsed by SA Tourism, will feature 28 exhibitors from South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria and the UK, presenting a diverse showcase of the best collections of African men’s and women’s fashion apparel and accessories as well as retail concepts and fabrics.

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Bilan du salon TRANOI FEMME

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TRANOI FEMME (28 Septembre au 01 octobre) : un succès estimé. Tranoï, qui mettait en lumière les collections été 2013 femme pour cette édition de Septembre, a une fois de plus, été couronné de succès, réunissant acheteurs, exposants, organisateurs et journalistes autour d’une certitude : « le salon est désormais un rendez-vous immanquable de la [...]
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The beauty of Giovanna Battaglia / Photos by Filep Motwary

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Monika Sawicka for Oyster Magazine

photo Michael Hauptmann
published in October

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THE PROCEDURE OF CREATING THE BETROTHED / A PROJECT BY MASTORI MOTWARY STUDIO

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Dear iDEALS, from them moment we were asked to participate in the second edition of "BEYOND DRESS CODES" exhibition curated by Lydia Kamitsis, we instanly found ourselves (me working on costumes and Maria Mastori on jewellery) completely thrilled to be involved. Each Mastori*Motwary project involves a lot of people, most of the times dear friends, though always people who can understand what we have in mind.

Once the costumes and jewellery were finished, I flew to Athens to participate in Ozon's 4FASHIONSHAKE, an event presented at the Royal Pallas theater and immidiately after we continued with fitting the costumes on a girl and a boy, the characters of "THE BETROTHED" project. For once again, we worked with photographer Thanassis Krikis and stylist Nicholas Georgiou. The result was for once more exactly how we imagined it, having the great help of Stellar for the make-up and hair details. See the story here. Below, some "backstage" moments I photographed during the session with Krikis and the rest of the team. Thank you Despina Isopoulou, Paris Lycos, Panayiotis Isopoulos, Betty.

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Onassis Proves We Can Live in San Francisco and Still Dress with American Inspiration, European Style and Japanese Aesthetics All at the Same Time

Photos by: Owen Geronimo. Thanks to Mitch and his wonderful SF crew: Catelyn, Kyle, Victor & Michael ] 

San Francisco’s menswear retail market just got a little more interesting with the new arrival of Onassis at 845 Market Street in the Westfield Centre.  If you missed the write up in WWDOnassis has been eyeing the West Coast and San Francisco, replete and overflowing with creative professionals and lots of discerning guys in Silicon Valley who can wear Japanese selvage jeans and a chesterfield coat to work every day, since they launched the lifestyle brand in 2010. The first location outside of New York, San Francisco is also the next step in a global expansion strategy which will see store openings in sophisticated and creative capitals across the US, Europe and Asia such as Boston, London and Berlin.

My own background is steeped in classic Americana, Japan and Europe, and the Onassis brand concept and product were love at first sight. With Global, Classic and Confident as a tag line, Onassis has small development teams working across several continents to create American-inspired designs with European styling and Japanese aesthetics and fabrics priced very nicely at the lower end of contemporary. The San Francisco location is currently stocked with smart, stylish wardrobe essentials, but will have the added benefit of exclusively tailored items and collections once Onassis familiarizes itself with the local San Francisco ethos and customer base. Asked about the possibility of locally manufactured products, Onassis store manager Mitch Silverstein promised to keep an eye open for new developments and craftwork in the San Francisco apparel and accessories industry.

I should also note that Onassis is ready and willing to take chances with experimental designs in their SoHo location and higher priced premium and “emotional” pieces at Rockefeller Center. So if you’re in the market for a discerning wardrobe upgrade, a perfect wool houndstooth 3 button blazer with working button holes or a perfect quilted leather vest or a perfect shrunken vest in Japanese fabrics and a perfect espresso in a cozy club-like lounge area, these precious things can all be yours at the new Onassis store in San Francisco.

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San Francisco Fashion Week ® 2012: Behind The Scenes #SFFW12

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#SFFW #SFFW12 #SFFW2012 #SFFASHION #SFFASHIONWEEK #SAN FRANCISCO FASHION #SFFAMA #SAN FRANCISCO FASHION WEEK #FASHION SF #FASHION WEEK SF #SAN FRANCISCO FASHION #FASHION WEEK

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All Walks and i-D present Diversity NOW! Competition


Calling London College of Fashion students!

Diversity NOW! Is the latest campaign from the award winning team at All Walks Beyond the Catwalk, founded by Erin O’Connor, Caryn Franklin and Debra Bourne.  Diversity NOW! presented by All Walks in association with i-D is a national student competition open to colleges all over the UK. Sponsored by Succeed Foundation, Arts Thread and Graduate Fashion Week, the competition aims to empower the next generation of creatives in design, film, photography and journalism to create a future that celebrates individuality and promotes a broader range of beauty ideals.

Diversity NOW is open al ALL creatives including but not limited to Menswear, Womenswear, Film, Photography, Journalism and Illustration. All Walks and i-D are looking for directional and aspirational work showcasing fashion on a range of bodies/individuals. Selected works will be displayed on the All Walks Beyond the Catwalk stand at Graduate Fashion Week June 2013 and the winning students’ work will be published on i-D Online, All Walks Online and Arts Thread Online.

If you are an LCF student interested in participating in Diversity NOW! you have the chance to attend an information session, where Caryn Franklyn (via Skype) will go through this exciting opportunity in detail:

Tuesday 23 October 
5pm-6:30pm
London College of Fashion
RHS Centre Space

To register your attendance please email csf.events@fashion.arts.ac.uk with your name and course details.

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