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Emilie Gambade

Emilie Gambade

    Xhosa chic stands tall
    Xhosa chic stands tall
    Much like beadwork, knitted patterns act as adornments. Though they don't carry a spiritual message of their own, designer Laduma Ngxokolo's intricate geometric designs serve as a reminder of his Xhosa heritage. And for the first time this past month, Ngxokolo's designs...
    Online shopping for customised African designs
    Online shopping for customised African designs
    Kisua, the brainchild of chief ­executive Samuel ­Mensah and creative director Danica...
    Doreen Mashika: Ethics you can wear
    Doreen Mashika: Ethics you can wear
    Tanzania-born and Zanzibar-based fashion designer Doreen Mashika has collaborated with global fashion brand and LVMH subsidiary, Edun and South...
    Fashion with a dusting of folklore
    Fashion with a dusting of folklore
    Things of beauty Maki Osakwe fashion
    Shaldon Kopman: If the monkey suit fits, wear it
    Shaldon Kopman: If the monkey suit fits, wear it
    In an industry ruled by womenswear, Naked Ape pops up as eclectic and nonconformist: here, red leather dungarees; there, bamboo and mohair knits...
    Boldly dancing to Africa's tune
    Boldly dancing to Africa's tune
    Gareth Cowden has designed trilbies, cravats, garrison caps, neckties, hair bows and umbrellas that evoke “Afrocentrism” and his...
    The highs and lows of CPT Fashion Week
    The highs and lows of CPT Fashion Week
    The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town, organised by African Fashion International (AFI), opened on Wednesday with the latest collections of the...
    A rendezvous for great design
    A rendezvous for great design
    Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe launched the first African Fashion International (AFI) fashion week in Cape Town in 2003, an event that was met with...
    Nigerian designer gives culture a new look
    Nigerian designer gives culture a new look
    London-born Nigerian Walé Adeyemi’s nous for fashion was born in the trunks of second-hand shops, where he bought clothes to tear them...
    The strength in Olowu’s allure
    The strength in Olowu’s allure
    Trying to catch Duro Olowu for an interview isn’t easy. Olowu is a modern nomad. Married to Thelma Golden, director and chief curator of the...
    Chic women cover themselves in Gloria
    Chic women cover themselves in Gloria
    Her recent A-Freak-A collection was a blend of sharp asymmetrical cuts, exaggerated hip lines and pointed gigot sleeves, cut in African “Kitenge” fabric, traditional tribal patterns tweaked to modern looks....
    Marvel at the humble vellie’s fashion feat
    Marvel at the humble vellie’s fashion feat
    A shoe sits on a shelf in a store without saying much about how it was made or the many hands that brought it into being. There it rests, one among...