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The Looks That Afronized The Black Panther Hollywood Movie Premiere

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Lupita Nyong’o

Hollywood was Afronized last night at the Black Panther Movie Premiere. Now let’s be honest, we were a little disappointed when some of the Actors showed up in their typical Western gear. I know we should not take these things personal but we did. They could have Afronized even a little bit you know. Take Jamie Foxx for example, he wore a Wakanda T-Shirt, we think that counts … ok it is not perfect but at least he tried.

All was not lost of course. Our disappointment was all but forgotten when we saw the damsels of the evening. Lupita Nyong’o and Angela Bassett set the tone and just had us gushing at how they maintained a very contemporary Afronista vibe. The men did not disappoint either. So we have compiled our favorite Afronized looks from the Purple Carpet.

Black Panther Purple Carpet

Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER
Forest Whitaker as Zuri, Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi, Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther/T’Challa, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Danai Gurira as Okoye, and Letitia Wright as Shuri photographed exclusively for Entertainment Weekly by Kwaku Alston on March 18, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: Sheelah Garbrah Gives The Kente Cloth A Stunning Makeover With Her Ohemaa Collection

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Sheelah Garbrah is a Ghanaian fashion designer currently based in Ghana. Her fashion label, “Shebybena” is widely worn by celebrities within and outside the country. She has sewn for popular actresses like Yvonne Nelson and Joselyn Dumas.

Garbrah’s passion for cloth making began at a tender age. Confirming this in an interview, the 31-year old designer said,

“My passion for fashion started when I was in secondary school. I found myself always sketching clothes and designing. I loved to design my own clothes for seamstresses when my mum took us to have dresses made.”

Appearances at major fashion shows

Fashion events give designers the opportunity to showcase their collection to a wider audience. It is always the dream of a designer to be invited to major fashion events. Garbrah has featured in many fashion events within and outside Ghana. Her first fashion show appearance was on Glitz Africa Fashion Week in 2014. She was also part of the Durban Fashion Fair. Narrating her experience she said,

“The Durban Fashion Fair was extremely exciting because that was my first time taking part in a fashion show outside Ghana.”

The Kente-inspired Ohemaa collection

Her “Skittles” collection received numerous positive feedbacks. However, Garbrah has been spinning heads on social media since the release of her “Ohemaa” collection. The collection is a combination of spectacular designs carved from different Kente cloth designs. The Kente dress is a brightly colored silk and cotton fabric made up of various strips sewn together. The word Kente comes from’ kenten’ which means ‘basket’ in Akan dialect. The patterns on a Kente are symbolic. Of great interest is how Garbrah integrates these meanings into the Ohemaa collection.

The Ohemaa collection creatively combines kente with other fabrics to give a seamless finish. There are four different designs currently making rounds in the Ohemaa collection. Each of the designs is paired with a statement fascinator. The fascinator hat is made by Traditions Couture Millinery.

#1 – The Kyemfere Dress

Kyemfere loosely translates to ‘Potsherd’. This pattern is a symbol of experience, knowledge, service, time, antiquity, rarity, and heirloom. The pattern is also backed by the proverb,

'The potsherd claims it has been around from time immemorial; what about the potter who molded it?' - African Proverb Click To Tweet

Sleeveless gowns are not particularly new but having a Kente touch makes the difference. Garbrah brilliantly combines the yellow and blue kyemfere pattern kente dress with Ankara. The kente dress forms the blouse and fuses with the yellow Ankara skirt.

The skirt flares down ending with fluffy blue embedding. The creative finish at the base of the gown is one of the reasons many argue Garbrah designed it with princesses in mind. At the waistline, there are two folds of kente dress sewn into blue silk to give the impression that the kente dress is rolling out of the silk.

As a topping, the dress is paired with a hat accessory from Traditions Couture Millinery. The blue flower and yellow feather fixed to a headband complete the outfit. In addition to the royal color, the veil draws attention like a bride-to-be.

Photo by PHLOSHOP – Hat by Traditions Couture Millinery – Dress by SheByBena – Makeup: Lawrencia Owusu

Photo by PHLOSHOP – Hat by Traditions Couture Millinery – Dress by SheByBena – Makeup: Lawrencia Owusu

Photo by PHLOSHOP – Hat by Traditions Couture Millinery – Dress by SheByBena – Makeup: Lawrencia Owusu

Photo by PHLOSHOP – Hat by Traditions Couture Millinery – Dress by SheByBena – Makeup: Lawrencia Owusu

#2 – The Sika Futoro Dress

The Sika Futoro literarily means gold dust. The gold dust was a medium of exchange among the Akan people before the coming of paper currency. This pattern replicates the gold dust. The cloth symbolizes royalty, wealth, spirituality, elegance, honorable achievement, and purity.

There are so many features of this gown that cannot be missed on a first glance beside the combination of orange and purple. The right shoulder has a strap while the left hangs loose. Rather than have a strap, a fold from the right extends diagonally to form a covering for part of the right hand.

The rest of the gown flows freely downward only interrupted by a front slit that extends to the thigh. The purple, silk flower on the right side of the waist is not just an attachment like you would see with some designers. The silk from the flower runs around the waist and forms part of the gown on the back.

Complementing the dress is a colorful fascinator. The headgear consists of an orange zucchetto with a blossoming purple rose at the top with making a bold fashion statement.

Photo by PHLOSHOP – Hat by Traditions Couture Millinery – Dress by SheByBena – Makeup: Lawrencia Owusu

Photo by PHLOSHOP – Hat by Traditions Couture Millinery – Dress by SheByBena – Makeup: Lawrencia Owusu

Photo by PHLOSHOP – Hat by Traditions Couture Millinery – Dress by SheByBena – Makeup: Lawrencia Owusu

#3 – The Nanka Tire Dress

This pattern is translated as the Puff Adder’s head. It symbolizes being over-burdened with work or exploitation. The accompanying proverb is “I cannot even carry the python, yet you are asking me to use the puff adder’s head as the carrying pad”. Garbrah’s design will leave you looking like a bird rather than being exploited.

This is another perfect fusion of Ankara with kente. The sleeves are designed to look like the wings of a bird. An oval cut on the outside reveals the wearer’s shoulder. The slit running from the neck to below the breast is lined on both sides by red flowers while translucent silk covers the gap.

Two variations of the same patterned kente dress form the base of the gown. The first variation runs from the waist to below the calf while the second flare up to the toes. The deeper red color of the pattern of the flare complements red flowers on the chest.

The accompanying fascinator blends with the entire outfit in color and design. Flowers similar to the one used to adorn the chest sit on an orange headband which can be secured firmly to the head. The entire apparel is not only appealing but also teasing.

Photo by PHLOSHOP – Hat by Traditions Couture Millinery – Dress by SheByBena – Makeup: Lawrencia Owusu

Photo by PHLOSHOP – Hat by Traditions Couture Millinery – Dress by SheByBena – Makeup: Lawrencia Owusu

Photo by PHLOSHOP – Hat by Traditions Couture Millinery – Dress by SheByBena – Makeup: Lawrencia Owusu

Photo by PHLOSHOP – Hat by Traditions Couture Millinery – Dress by SheByBena – Makeup: Lawrencia Owusu

#4 – The Eban Dress

Garbrah carved this design from non-regular kente dress. However, it bears the characteristic eban adinkra symbol. Eban is a ‘fence’ which fence symbolically separates and secures the family from the outside. Eban is a symbol of love, safety, and security. Apart from the fabric, the design is enticing and would make you feel loved.

From the top, you will first notice how the left shoulder is allowed to hang loosely. The right-hand rests on the shoulder and has a curvature in form of a cone running from the front to the back. Like other designs in the Ohemaa collection, Garbrah combines two fabrics but the closeness of color can make it difficult to spot.

This design also has a front slit which extends to the thigh. However, unlike the two previous designs, this one has no flare. The gown runs straight from the hips to the toes. If you want to look elegant without calling too much attention with bright colors, this should be your pick.

To cap it off, this dress is paired with a beautiful fascinator hat consisting of a bouquet of blue roses. Two antenna-like filaments extend from the left side of the hat and curve to the right.

Photo by PHLOSHOP – Hat by Traditions Couture Millinery – Dress by SheByBena – Makeup: Lawrencia Owusu

Photo by PHLOSHOP – Hat by Traditions Couture Millinery – Dress by SheByBena – Makeup: Lawrencia Owusu

Photo by PHLOSHOP – Hat by Traditions Couture Millinery – Dress by SheByBena – Makeup: Lawrencia Owusu

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Beyonce Wears Ankara Suit By Nigerian Designer to UTA Artist Space Event

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Beyonce has been known to spice up her wardrobe with the occasional Ankara (African Print) outfit. Her most recent Afronista statement was made at the UTA Artist Space in Beverly Hills where she wore a colorful print African style pantsuit with matching hat. She attended the event with her husband JayZ to support their friend Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean at the group exhibition “Dreamweavers.”

The Designer Ena Udemba

The custom outfit was made by 34-year-old Nigerian designer Ena Udemba.  In an interview with Bustle, Udemba shared that her Etsy shop “EnaGancio” had caught the attention of Beyonce’s personal stylist Zerina Ackers. Ackers asked Udemba for a one of a kind outfit made for the Grammy award-winning singer and actress.

“The creation had to be unique, something for her alone. The biggest queen on earth! I felt responsible,” she explains. “I just had to make some modifications for it to be unique for Queen B! I felt anxious and at the same time determined to be successful.”

An African Style Look That Is Befitting of Queen Bey

Beyoncé attends as UTA Artist Space & Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean present DREAMWEAVERS, Curated by Nicola Vassell, at UTA Artist Space in Beverly Hills, CA on Wednesday, February 13, 2019
(Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

 

Beyonce’s African Style

This is not the first time Beyonce has afronized her look. She occasionally incorporates afrocentric pieces into her style and in typically Bey style, she knocks the looks out of the park.

 

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23 Times Berla Mundi’s Afronista Style Got Our Thumbs Up

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When it comes to African clothing, Berla Mundi’s Afronista Style is right there at the forefront leading the pack. The beautiful award-winning Ghanaian television personality is bold with her fashion choices and we are simply delighted every chance we get to spot her in a cool outfit.

Berla Mundi’s African Style

African Style#1

A blue strapless African print dress with removable puff sleeves.

African Style#2

This lovely off shoulder dress screams Afronista.

African Style#3

This look large collar African print coat over a basic jean and tshirt outfit dresses it up and says effortless chic.

African Style#4

We are crushing on this red bubble sleeve African print top and blue pants. Lovely combination.

African Style#5

Talk about elegance in print. The symmetry and fit of this simple yet elegant dress had us doing the double thumbs up.

African Style#6

A simple rompa with fun sleeves, who wouldn’t want one after seeing Berla in them?

African Style#7

The prints on this Peplum jacket complement her ripped jeans quite beautifully.

 

African Style#8

what we liked about this wasn’t just the sleeveless top which is quite flattering. We really liked the african print detail on the yellow skirt.

African Style#9

If this isn’t glam then we don’t know what is. She paired the beautiful off shoulder bubble sleeve top with a fitted skirt quite beautifully.

African Style#10

The print, the sleeves, the simplicity, in short everything about this dress is just Afronista lovely.

African Style#11

Leave it to Berla to show some leg in a peplum dress and look flawless while doing so.

African Style#12

We love the creativity that goes with combining fabrics this way. A little lace here, a little wax there, some bold colors here and there and somehow they mesh together to make the perfect red carpet outfit.

African Style#13

What good is and Afronista if you don’t slap on some artistic pieces now and then? We love the floral detail on this dress and who better to pull it off than Ghana’s Afronista Princess?

African Style#14

Berla went subtle with her Afronista vibe on this dress. A little touch of zebra and she still conveyed Afronista without going overboard.

African Style#15

Ahhh the split just gives this two piece the right touch of lovely.

African Style#16

Another creative vibe in a dress. The color, the style all mesh together beautifully.

African Style#17

We want to raid Berla’s closet. We just love her African pieces especially ones like this that say contemporary African fashion.

African Style#18

Talk about subtle sexy-ness and mature elegance. This dress and all its detail is undeniably one of the best pieces we have seen on Berla.

African Style#19

Even when she is keeping it simple, she still manages to pick the pieces that work well. We love the sleeves which work well with the dress in an unsuspecting way.

African Style#20

A peplum wrap jacket is a closet staple for all Afronistas and Berla is no exception.

African Style#21

We love the simplicity and playfulness of this dress.

African Style#22

This look says, “I love Afronista Style” and we all give it a double thumbs up.

African Style#23

Color block skirt with a little bit of midriff showing. Leave it to Berla to show off some skin tastefully.

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