We’ve been salivating over the fabulous looks being paraded on the LFDW 2015 runway this week. Day 3 did not disappoint, with stunning collections from a number of great brands, including veteran LFDW participant Eki Orleans, who showcased her ‘Identity’ AW15 collection. Identity is the product of a collaboration with ethical brand Jose Hendo, and definitely worth seeing, especially since their fabrics are designed in-house, each inspired by head designer Hazel’s life experiences living in Africa and Europe. Mai Atafo brought some great power outfits that complemented the menswear part of the collection (and we’ll be bringing you a special menswear highlights post anon). Stand-out favourite for us from Day 3 was swimwear brand Andrea Iyamah, whose strong, eccentric prints and retro-inspired lines were like a breath of fresh air. It’s about time we started seeing more swimwear brands coming..
It’s the fifth anniversary of the Lagos Fashion and Design Week (LFDW), a fashion event running from 28 to 31 October, 2015, whose reputation is growing on the continent, attracting top international and local Nigerian designers of the highest calibre. Organisers say the platform aims to drive the Nigerian and ultimately, the African fashion industry, by bringing together buyers, consumers and the media to view the current collections of African designers and reposition fashion as a useful tool for commerce and creativity in Nigeria. Take a look at highlights from Day 1 (Photos courtesy of LFDW2015)
I was lucky enough to meet Amy Fitz Doyley at a cultural event at the Southbank Centre earlier this year. We connected and Sapelle sponsored the wardrobe for her performance at the Mostly Jazz Festival this summer. Amy also performed at our Portobello Store launch event. Talking to this very talented young lady with a versatile, laid-back jazzy sound, I knew we had to feature her here. There’s a strength behind the beautiful softly-spoken calm exterior, a clarity on what she wants, and how she wants to get it, which evades many women her age; and we’re behind her all the way. Our cub reporter Zidza caught up with Amy for a round of quick-fire questions. And our timing’s great because Amy’s been shortlisted to support Natalie Williams at the EFG London Jazz Festival! BUT we have to vote her..
How do you style a pencil skirt in the current season? Not just any skirt. We’re talking about a very special one: our Raffia handwoven pencil skirt, made from Bolgatanga, a traditional heritage fabric that’s created by weaving together black, white and yellow organic cotton threads on a traditional handloom, this case, into a ‘guinea fowl’ print pattern. The fabric originates from Northern Ghana, and is normally used to make traditional men’s smocks. Our partner in Ghana, Raffia are harnessing this traditional fabric to create beautiful pieces that are perfect for cooler weather and urban styling. Ferdinand, our stylist had a lot of fun putting together some fabulous moodboards using the woven pencil skirt. He’s created looks for work and weekend, highlighting its versatility by pairing it with a variety of tops in different colours and shapes for a more..
In June 2015, Sapelle launched its store in the trendy Notting Hill area, at the independent designers’ shopping destination, Portobello Green Arcade at 281 Portobello Road. We’re just off the bustling Portobello Road whose world-famous weekly vintage and alternative fashion market is on the must-visit list of tourists and Londoners alike. We couldn’t be happier with our new ‘hood, a place that symbolises eclectic tastes, multiculturalism and a fresh approach to fashion providing a great platform for our contemporary African inspired fashion. Portobello Road and Golborne Road markets are celebrating 150 years of existence with a series of special events. Aside from that, and our being located there (two great reasons in themselves for you to come andvisit), here are 5 more reasons to come and explore and fall in love with Portobello and Notting Hill. 1. Two world-famous doors..