All the theatre and drama of couture fashion was present at the African Vibes Magazine 3rd Anniversary I WEAR AFRICAN Campaign launch which took place over the weekend. The campaign, an initiative of #Amabel Niba, the magazine’s Founder and Editorial Director generated lots of excitement as guests were encouraged to dress in Africa inspired fashions.
The event was a parade of glamorous evening wear as well as innovative couture and luxury wear from 8 Designers. The mood of the show ran the gamut from dramatic to sensual, whimsical to classic, traditional to eclectic. The wall to wall enthusiastic audience of socialites, fashion lovers and editors from different parts of the country and abroad flocked to the perennially elegant event April 18, 2009 to enjoy couture and a luxury fashion showcase by designers from Ghana, Cameroon, Sudan and DR Congo. Showcased labels were #Bothdoll Fashions, #Cote Minou, #KiRette Couture, #Knaf Couture, Modahnik and Studio D Maxsi. Guests received goodie bags with beauty items from Supporting Sponsor #Milani Cosmetics and were served exotic hors d’oeuvres from Africa along with samples of juices from Silver Sponsor, Barrel Juice. Performances by emerging entertainers #Les Belles D’Afrique and #Stephane Afeni (S.A) also enchanted attendees.
“It is always a great feeling when we celebrate our growth and that feeling only gets better with the launching of this campaign. I was quite touched by the turnout and guests who came out showing off their beautiful African outfits. The launching was a great success, ” said Niba, who dressed for the occasion in a beautifully crafted cream-colored 2 piece outfit straight off the Runway by Afua Sam of Studio D Maxsi; later on changing into a pink strapless frock dress with special markings native to Cameroon by Kirette Couture.
The campaign is just one of the many initiatives the publication is engaged in to stay true to its goal of connecting the world to Africa.
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The Looks That Afronized The Black Panther Hollywood Movie Premiere
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
23 Times Berla Mundi’s Afronista Style Got Our Thumbs Up
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
A blue strapless African print dress with removable puff sleeves.
This lovely off shoulder dress screams Afronista.
This look large collar African print coat over a basic jean and tshirt outfit dresses it up and says effortless chic.
We are crushing on this red bubble sleeve African print top and blue pants. Lovely combination.
Talk about elegance in print. The symmetry and fit of this simple yet elegant dress had us doing the double thumbs up.
A simple rompa with fun sleeves, who wouldn’t want one after seeing Berla in them?
The prints on this Peplum jacket complement her ripped jeans quite beautifully.
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.
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.
The print, the sleeves, the simplicity, in short everything about this dress is just Afronista lovely.
Leave it to Berla to show some leg in a peplum dress and look flawless while doing so.
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.
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?
Berla went subtle with her Afronista vibe on this dress. A little touch of zebra and she still conveyed Afronista without going overboard.
Ahhh the split just gives this two piece the right touch of lovely.
Another creative vibe in a dress. The color, the style all mesh together beautifully.
We want to raid Berla’s closet. We just love her African pieces especially ones like this that say contemporary African fashion.
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.
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.
A peplum wrap jacket is a closet staple for all Afronistas and Berla is no exception.
We love the simplicity and playfulness of this dress.
This look says, “I love Afronista Style” and we all give it a double thumbs up.
Color block skirt with a little bit of midriff showing. Leave it to Berla to show off some skin tastefully.
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