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  1. The Untold Story of African American Cultural Appropriation: African Fashion and Black Heritage

    The Untold Story of African American Cultural Appropriation: African Fashion and Black Heritage

    Is African fashion only appropriate for Africans to wear and not African Americans or people of any other culture? If you answer yes, as many are today. I completely disagree. In Black America, please stop appropriating African clothing and tribal marks, the author argues on our quick we are to embrace other culture without truly understanding the cultural significance while in the process using "fakes" that further demoralizes the original. The article made a few fair points. I agree with her on the valid point that prominent designers should not use and bring out the African designs when they think they will be trendy but I have to strongly disagree with all the other argument that follow. Let take it one at a time.


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  2. A Secret Guide to Our Favorite African Print Collections

    A Secret Guide to Our Favorite African Print Collections

    African prints , with its mix of Zebra prints, bold batiks or tribal, there is the African inspiration that Gucci, Balenciaga, Roberto Cavalli, Lowe, Bottega Veneta and others mesmerized us with.

    African designers love of vibrant colors, beautiful beads and how it's reflected in all their fashion statements. So it is no surprise if European trend setters use African textiles and patterns for their collection. Tribal ethnical patterns, aso-oke pieces and hand crafted beads and conch shells are a much wanted highlight in most of the fashion shows. There is an awakening in the industry to the African designers and sense of fashion that is catching Europe’s rage. Here are some styles that have caught our attention, and we think they are well worth looking into.

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  3. Unique Summer Style Tips Inspired by African fashion

    Now that our brutal winter is over here in the US Northeast, spring is wrapping up and summer is now peeking her head through the window. It's time put away winter frocks infused with heavy sweaters and skirts, and instead look to lighter, vibrant colors and fabrics, a dip into styles inspired by African fashion.

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  4. Fashion Weeks: All you need to know and how African Fashion is slowly gaining centre stage

    Fashion Weeks: All you need to know and how African Fashion is slowly gaining centre stage

    [stag_intro]With the Fall/Winter Fashion week already on its way, African Haute Couture designs are all everyone is talking about. With Nigeria’s own Yegwa Ukpo winning the best curator award at London Fashion week for an exhibition themed “Meta 5?, African fashion is slowly gaining a strong foothold at these fashion shows.[/stag_intro]

    What is Fashion Week

    The first thing you should know is what a fashion week really means. A fashion week is usually a week long fashion extravaganza where designers, brands, or ‘houses’ showcase their latest designs. The fashion week is aimed at buyers, the media and the editors of various fashion magazines to show them what the latest trend is. These shows also informs the world, what is ‘in’and what is ‘out’ the coming season. Fashion weeks are held at 4 cities of the world, called the ‘fashion capitals’: New York, London, Milan andParis. Two shows are held every year at these cities, at the beginning of two major season: Autumn/Winter and Spring/Summer. From January through April designers showcase their autumn and winter collections. Fashion week for spring and summer is held from September through November.

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  5. African Print: All You Need to Know But Afraid to Ask

    African Print: All You Need to Know But Afraid to Ask

    Here is a food for thought for you— what is common between Tony Burch, Givenchy, Stella McCartney, Burberry Prosum, AnnaSui, Junya Wantanbe, Woolrich Woolen Mills, and recently L.A.M.B in the recent years? Storm your brains, stress them a little! Any guesses? No answers? Time up! Stop tickling your brains- here is the answer- African Prints!

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  6. 15 Strange African Women In History You Should Know But Don’t

    15 Strange African Women In History You Should Know But Don’t

    [stag_intro] Do you know that almost everything you enjoy today are traced to the unsung heroism of many African women? We’re about to rediscover each of this African women.[/stag_intro] Even if the writings of history might tempt us to forget how much role African women have played in the history of humankind because quite often, those history are often written by men, with their masculine heroes. In this article, we will pay homage to a selection of the powerful and influential African woman in human history.

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  7. How to Stand Out from the Crowd: Become Fashion Savvy

    How to Stand Out from the Crowd: Become Fashion Savvy

    [stag_intro]Creating fashion savvy allows you to stand out from the crowd. To do so takes a combination of confidence, and knowledge of colors, lengths, and styles that are most flattering. We all have our favorite go to styles that take us through seasonal changes. New fashion trends are always on the horizon and as Black women get our due diligence in on the shopping platform. There are tons of resources with many of us turning pages of our go-to sources like Essence, and Ebony to help determine what's in and what is definitely out.[/stag_intro] On-line shopping provides yet another tool to keep fashion conscious sisters in the know. With the number of black designers on the rise we have even more options.

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  8. Let Us Connect the Thread: African Fashion and Office Attire

    Let Us Connect the Thread: African Fashion and Office Attire

    [stag_intro]As a black women entering professional work environments you have to break down doors and barriers to get in. Once hired we have been faced with fitting into cultures that prefer we don't celebrate our uniqueness. Faced with the choice of conformity or pushing the envelope, has been, and continues to be, an issue.[/stag_intro] For those who don't want to make waves, it appears easier to go along with a conservative mode of dress and style, right down to our hair follicles. Today, media follows black women and hair (a constant topic) that is both annoying and frustrating.

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  9. Connecting Women's Herstory and Fashion

    Connecting Women's Herstory  and Fashion

    Women

    Black Women's Herstory and fashion soulfully connects generations. It is there, as we dress up our outside and by doing so thoughtfully, honor our inner-selves, as well. The side of self, that glows through colors and tones, speaks to the mystique we have as Black women. This is a call for celebrating and honoring our collective beautiful selves. I encourage, doing all we can to dress ourselves up, from the inside-out. Sistas shine, determined to make strides, and defying odds. We're a big deal. I don't care what the haters say. We-are-that-deal. Know this. When it gets rough, because life happens, may women be held in a place of peace by a circle of sister-friends. The kind, who will stand with us, as we figure out the next steps. While, we all have to seek, find, and own our truths having sister-friends makes the journey much sweeter, and a heck of a lot easier. I celebrate and honor Women's Herstory, because we are fierce and awesome, and this is a great time to be a woman. Opportunities exist for us that were denied our ancestors. Our daughters can become anything they want with passion and hard work.

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  10. Black Women Create and Own Style

    Black Women Create and Own Style

    Black Style

    African-American women are style trend setters. Make no mistake about it. From the Roaring Twenties, to the 1940s and 50s. Americans women worked hard to implement as much Jackie Onassis wardrobe as was afforded. For black women mastering the skill of dressmaking there was little she couldn't pull off. The 1960s and 1970s turned a country upside down with the 'mini' which emphasized legs with bright flowered prints and culotte shorts. We worked things out. For professionals and blue collar workers the 1970s was a time to shine with fashion. We've always found a way to glam up regardless of class status. If we were not the first person to own a dress or gown, we made it our own with smart alterations. Just "okay" dresses became one of kind designs, that flowed when we walked hugging the right spots.

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