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I asked the Tall, elegant and well-spoken model “What modeling meant to her,  Lora Akati said in response to my question ‘ Modeling is about expressionism. I put on clothes and assume a certain character. I get to play with my features and limbs and express myself in a language of clothes, makeup, hair etc.’

I noticed then, her shaved head which was bold and distinguished her on the runway. I had first seen her on the runway at the recent Glitz Fashion Week in Accra, wearing pieces by renowned Nigerian designers like Mai Atafo, Ejiro, Moofa and Vonne Couture. At 6’2, she is truly striking and you can’t help but notice her sleek, elegant form sashaying the runway.

 

 

I wondered for a moment, asking Akati ‘How did you get to walk for designers of such repute especially as a new face?’

Her features softened, smiling sweetly she said ‘I’ll tell you what. I walked into the fitting room on the second day and immediately I got in, Mai Atafo stood tall amidst a number of models and he said to me upon entering, where have you been? I’ve been looking for tall girls like you!. In a matter of seconds, I was stripped down to my lingerie and already sliding my legs into this crazy ruffle pants.’

 

Akati went on to explain that designers knew what they want and what body type worked best with what piece. In the same way, Vonne Couture approached her and asked if she’d like to open their show.

I remember that vivid yellow jacket and batik skirt she strutted as Studio 189 closed the Glitz Fashion Week. I could tell there was something special about this 21-year-old. I was pleasantly surprised to meet her at Lagos Fashion Week a couple of days later.

There, she still towered over her peers, walking with such grace. She wore a yellow number from the Sunny Rose collection, finishing off with Maki Oh on the last day. It’s not often you meet a diamond breaking out of the rough but as I watched Akati on the runway at Heineken Lagos Fashion Week, I knew a star was born

Later in an interview with Carmen & Coco of Marie Claire, she disclosed its her first show in Nigeria as well. She mentioned how immensely supportive everyone seemed especially the designers and their creative team, ‘Elvis of Sunny Rose treated me like a princess’ she added laughing. ‘It’s been a tough 3 days and my feet could use a massage and day off, but it’s been such a wonderful experience.’

I had to ask what her plans for the future were. She revealed a lookbook shoot for American-Nigerian Odio Mimonet the next day and a huge collaboration with Afrodesiac Worldwide which she had to keep under the lid for now

The 21-year old is signed to Scope Model Management in Nigeria and is looking to walk in Milan, NYC and South Africa next season. We wish her the  best of luck as we keep a keen eye on her career.

Instagram: lora.akati

The ‘Life is Beautiful’ collection encapsulates the vibrancy of life in the city of Accra, reflected in the joyful, exuberance of its people, enjoying life in the city.

Creative director, Janet Oddoye takes us on a journey with her collection, creating beautiful, timeless handbags that inject joy into the lives of women who carry them.

The ‘Life is Beautiful’ collection comes in an array of day and evening handbags in earthy colours, mono-chromatic mixes and distinct check patterns.   The limited edition ‘Yaa’ handbag with it’s dark brown wooden handles create an ethnic feel, whilst the ‘Ama’ shoulder bag in seasonal mono-chromatic colours and limited edition mixes with a detachable, luxurious, double gold or silver chain is perfect for day to evening wear. Each handbag is adorned with a signature, metal name badge and dog-tag, authenticating it.

Adubea Jensen is a socially responsible brand that taps into Ghanaian heritage beading craftsmanship to create intricate, beaded handbags to suit every demographic.  Each handbag is uniquely made using tiny beads which are woven together to form exquisite one-of-a-kind bead bags. The process is 100% handmade and a bag can take up to 50 hours to make. Their beautiful craftsmanship and limited availability make owning an Adubea Jensen an irresistible must-have.

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Adubea Jensen, sourced in Africa, manufactured in Africa, exported from Africa.  Adubea Jensen; Changing lives one bead at a time.

Adubea Jensen Shop, 4th Soula St, North Labone Ave, Labone, Accra, Ghana

Phone: +233 233358788

Phone: +233 206358788

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.adubeajensen.com

Facebook: Adubea Jensen

Instagram: @adubeajensen

Twitter: @adubeajensen

Location: La Villa Boutique Hotel & Level 8

Costume: Gorjiors & Ćharlotte Privé

Photography: FranklinGyanjr

Models: mspomaah & misjulee

MUA:  Pinkyfabmakeup

Styling: @dharren

Orange! When your favorite color is orange, the party is wherever you are. Forever the optimist, you fully expect something wonderful  to happen. You’ve perfected being in the present, living in the moment and focusing on the positive vibes created by this bright color.

Orange personalities are described as social animals, social butterflies and mediators. The color orange is a problem solver at heart, with the high energy to inspire and influence others. This collection is all about taking the stride because something wonderful is about to happen……orange is the new black !!

Designer: Selasi Daniel @lasiroyale
photography: Ansah Ken @⁨ansahkenphotography
Models: Marjolein @ yooDin Gh
              Diego Hugo @_kaosbeat
             David Mullar @david_mull3r
Stylist: Nana qwejo Collins @nana_qwejo_collins

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Ikire Jones was founded by Nigerian born designer/Afrobeat musician/attorney Walé Oyéjidé, and bespoke tailor/musician Sam Hubler. The brand takes a craftsmanship approach to design and makes boldly printed garments that are rich and elegant. Ikire Jones achieves optimum maximalism by marrying aesthetics from different cultures around the globe. They put Africa on the forefront with their African inspired prints and the prose that usually accompanies the lookbooks on the site, written by Walé Oyéjidé. 

Their latest collection, titled “Look At God” is a celebration of beauty in its myriad forms. An acknowledgement that elegance can be found everywhere, and in all of us, if we simply choose to look for it. The visually striking images from the lookbook were shot by Joshua Kissi, one half of Street Etiquette. The collection is print heavy and features expertly crafted basics that look anything but basic. Click on the gallery for the stunning lookbook.

 

Photography Courtesy:  Photographer: Joshua Kissi|Models: Elanor Grace BockMohamed OuedraogoLawrence AnnunziataNana Yaa| Makeup Artist: Alana Wright|Creative Direction + Copy: Walé Oyéjidé

Footwears are an important way of expressing our style, our fashion sense and hence everyone needs a nice pair of shoes that don’t just look good but feel good and of course are durable. With the success of international brands such Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin, Miu Miu, and more the shoe-making world has grown immensely and has everyone stepping up their game.

Simple and yet sophisticated, Nigeria is among Africa’s leaders in the footwear industry, as there are plenty of designers making beautiful and practical shoes. Learn about the most prominent shoe designers in Nigeria and find your new favorite pair of designer shoes!

T.T.Dalk

T.T.DALK is a premium brand where simplicity, elegance, and style converge to form a perfect brand, built with a fashion-conscious intelligence on the current trends in leather accessories, footwear, apparel, and crafts.

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Opposite attracts | T.T.DALK’18

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Hesey Designs

Hesey Designs is an African-inspired fashion label that makes beautiful handcrafted shoes, apparel and fashion accessories (bags, purses etc.).

Gafa Sandals

Gafasandals, is a locally made footwear produced in Nigeria, founded in 2015 by Grace Alex. Gafa sandals started out as a passion for creativity and is gradually growing to be people’s favorite.

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Second adam Sandals #gafasandals

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Kene Rapu

The Ankara footwear brand was set up in October 2011, by female entrepreneur Kene Rapu. It was launched as an initiative to promote the development of Nigerian fashion industry by providing employment and support for indigenous producers.

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Weekend perfect 💫✨ #KeneRapu

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HOMMES EN FLEUR is inspired by FLOWERS. This collection is for the confident and fashionable man who is ready to challenge old-fashion convection,and to make a bold statement whilst still being fairly easy on the eye

The floral prints is paired with plain white fabric and denim fabric. Special embroidery floral appliqué is being used.

As they say,it takes a real man to wear pink- and wearing floral is no exception to this rule.

Designer @qa_men X @quophiakotuahghana

Photography @vineimagery

Head pieces @Nkuro by Aki

Models : Fiifi Abban @captainforever X

Kenneth Obananaya @kenthegodofwar.

Stylist: John Matrsi @jaymatt1.