SPICE Lifestyle Honors is days away – the night would see African fashion celebrated with personalities, brands who have driven this honored and live performance from Asa, Adekunle Gold, Bez and Falana.
There would be designers from across Africa showcasing their designs on the night and we spotlight some of them below:
David Tlale is a South African fashion brand launched 15 years ago by David Tlale. The designer’s work has been showcased at the Cape Town Fashion Week, New York Fashion Week, and Paris Fashion Week and has also designed collections for major retailers like Edgars. Tlale was the first South African Fashion designer to show case Solo at the Mercedes Benz Fashion week New York in September 2012. The designer has constantly created design elegance that challenges the clichéd and predictable.
One of South Africa’s rising stars, Orapeleng Modutle, founded his fashion label, Orapeleng Module Style Avenue, soon after he completed his Fashion and Design diploma in 2012, which has gradually grown into a budding fashion empire based in Brooklyn, Pretoria. OM Style Avenue is a selective celebration of inspirational designs and artistic garments that bring beauty, grace and elegance into our lives.
Chulaap is a South African fashion brand founded by Chu Suwannapha in 2015, and celebrates the diversity of Africa through graphic, print orientated designs. CHULAAP recently received, the Best Menswear Collection 2018 Award at the Durban Fashion Fair recently.
Ms. Patience Torlowei, who amongst other achievements, is the creator of the first piece of Couture to be accepted into the permanent collection of The Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of African Art, the ‘Esther dress’, has worked her artistic background into the pieces produced by her, from lingerie to haute couture, the range is endless.
Kenneth Ize, an ethical fashion brand, whose ethos is rooted in the exploring and reinterpreting a myriad of cultural aesthetics, is devoted to the long established traditional Nigerian craft and local artisanship. With a showroom in Paris for S/S19, a bold collection at Arise Fashion Week in Lagos, and stockists in Vienna, Switzerland and Nigeria (where the label is placed alongside Dries Van Noten and Céline), Ize is among a spate of Nigerian designers at the forefront of the African fashion boom.
Molly Keogh founded Osei-Duro with her partner Maryanne Mathias in 2011. Osei-Duro applies West African techniques to contemporary designs, and pioneered the use of West African batik on fabrics like silk and rayon. The brand has been worn by First Lady of the US, Michelle Obama and other celebrities and influencers globally.
The Assembly Presents
The Assembly is a platform supporting the next generation of fashion and creative talent in Africa by creating access to mentoring, funding, business support and services to emerging talent and startups. The Assembly has curated various programs and initiatives to position African creatives for global success. The Assembly has partnered with the The British Council, London College of Fashion, Microsoft, Social Media Week and Rising Tide Africa to name a few.
Omafume Niemogha, an Engineer by training, founded PEPPER ROW in 2016 following her passion for fashion. Pepper Row is a female fashion brand based in Lagos, Nigeria, a Neo luxury ready to wear brand for the bold, sophisticated and playful free spirit. In 2018, After attending a Creative Enterprise course, put together by The Assembly and The British Council, Omafume Debuted her first Ready to Wear collection, REIGHÉ to critical acclaim.
Arinze Orizu is the founder and creative director of the eponymous fashion brand that merges made-to-measure magic with the finest fabrics to give discerning men a confident and sophisticated look on those special occasions and not-so special occasions.
Martin Eguh is a Lagos based fashion designer who, in 2016 founded his Menswear label Endi Martin. The designer blends classic lines with contemporary twists. Very young and getting it, Martin is determined to add ‘SPICE’ to the corporate menswear market in Africa through his striking silhouettes.
Chioma Ogbudimkpa, a career professional and Green movement Champion, launched Redbutton in 2017 with a mission to amplify sustainable fashion in Africa. Chioma uses eco-friendly materials from agro waste, and up-cycled fabrics to make breathtaking fashion pieces. Redbutton has been recognized as one of the brands whose idea can transform Africa by the Tony Elumelu Foundation, The Assembly and ‘She Leads Africa’.