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Shaping a new African fashion narrative: Designers say it’s about time

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“African fashion is not a trend,” says Aisha Ayensu, founder and creative director of Christie Brown, who launched her label in Accra, Ghana back in 2008 mixing traditional prints such as wax print and batiks into modern voluminous sleeve tops and corset dresses. “It was never a trend for us; we have been doing this for years.”

Christie Brown is among 45 brands and designers hoping to play a role in setting and shifting the narrative around African fashion as part of a new exhibition at Britain’s Victoria and Albert Museum, the powerful UK arts and culture institution. From a traditional silk Kente engagement dress designed by Ghanaian fashion designer Kofi Ansah; to Rwandan brand Moshions, which used wool and viscose to create modern interpretations of ceremonial attire, traditionally worn by royalty, the exhibition looks at African fashion dating back

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Brooklyn Museum Presents New York City-Centric Take On Global Contemporary Polymath Virgil Abloh

Meaningful cross-pollination of visual art, music, architecture, and fashion generally involves direct collaboration among cross-disciplinary experts. The late contemporary polymath Virgil Abloh collaborated with a far-reaching array of fellow masters, but his own oeuvre serves as a singular triumph that defies boundaries and categorization.

Virgil Abloh: Figures of Speech at the Brooklyn Museum is a fungible journey through the pioneering creator’s prolific career, which ended abruptly with his death from cancer at age 41 November 28, 2021.

On view through January 29, 2023, the exhibition, originally conceived by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, showcases objects from Abloh’s fashion label Off-White, designs from Louis Vuitton, where he became the first Black person to serve as menswear artistic director of the multi-billion-dollar French luxury behemoth, and a selection of his myriad collaborations with artist Takashi Murakami, musician Kanye

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Inside the booming Irish market for pre-loved fashion

“There is often no need to choose between affordable and luxurious when it comes to pre-loved,” states Ella De Guzman, founder of Siopaella, a boutique that specializes in second-hand Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Hermès accessories. One of the most well-known faces on the Irish preloved scene, Ella honed her craft in her native Canada before spotting a gap in the Irish market.

She made a bold move opening her first store in Dublin at the start of the recession, but has never looked back. “The meaning of the Irish word eile is ‘other’ so I felt the name was a perfect fit, as we represented another way to shop high-end accessories when we first opened,” Ella says.

The appetite here at home and across the globe for pre-loved investment pieces has skyrocketed since. According to The RealReal 2021 Resale Report, it is “expected to grow faster than the broader retail

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Azazie Is Recognized as America’s Fastest Growing Online Shop by Newsweek

SAN JOSE, Calif., July 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Azaziethe leading direct-to-consumer bridal and special occasion dress brand, has been recognized as one of Newsweek’s America’s Fastest Growing Online Shops 2022 in the women’s fashion and accessories category. This renowned award is presented by Newsweek and Statista Inc., the world-leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider.

America’s Fastest Growing Online Shops 2022 were selected based on an evaluation consisting of objective KPI’s based on Sales, Traffic, and Platform Quality. In total, more than 10,000 of the largest online shops were evaluated using Statista and online databases, online directories and price comparison websites, with Azazie coming in at the top 10%.

“We’re honored to have been named by Newsweek as one of the fastest growing online shops in 2022,” said Ranu Coleman, Chief Marketing Officer of Azazie. “We’ve had an exciting year of new partnerships, advanced technologies, international expansion

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