Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Beauty Surpasses Prejudice - Naomi Sims

Naomi Sims, youngest of the the three daughters, was born in Oxford Mississippi, USA in March 30th 1948.  She grew up in a single parent home after her father left at a very young age.  It is said, because of her unusual height,  Naomi did not have it easy growing up as she was constantly teased by other children.  Little did anyone know, that the features they thought were odd, was the very thing together with her constant determination, paved way for her amazing career in the world of beauty and fashion.

Before the Iman's, Alek Wek's, Tayra Banks and Naomi Campbell, there was Naomi Sims.  The first African American who paved the way for the rest of brown ladies in the world of fashion models.  I can just but imagine how difficult it was back in the 20th century to have a breakthrough in a mainstream Fashion Industry which was, back then predominantly a "white affair".
"When she decided to become a model, however, her early encounters with the agencies were not encouraging; all turned her down, some taking the trouble to explain that her skin was too dark.  Deciding to bypass the agencies altogether, she went directly to fashion photographers - a tactic that paid off when Gosta Peterson, a photographer for The New York Times, agreed to do a shoot for the cover of the newspaper's August fashion supplement"
With her determination, she achieved a world wide recognition.  Naomi's shots appeared on prestigious fashion magazines in the late 60's, one of them being "Life" magazine cover of October 1969. Kudos to her!

"As the designer Halston told The New York Times in 1974; Naomi was the first.  She was the great ambassador for all black people.  She broke down all the social barriers"

As much as I hate thinking that race could be a factor, the reality is, this case was an issue. Therefore it is our obligation to acknowledge and appreciate people like her and many other who went through mental, and in some cases physical war, to make a statement for themselves and others.  We appreciate them all a great deal! 
I choose to pay a  tribute to a great woman who made it to the top,  Naomi Sims.  She sadly passed away in Newark New Jersey, August 1st 2009 of breast cancer, she was 61, but she had achieved her dream.
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There goes young Naomi!!

Impressed only by her beauty, Peterson offered his help and her photos became part of the history!

Monday, 5 May 2014

Swahili Chic SS14 Lookbook

S/S 14 Lukbook: Order you favourite look now & allow up to 19 days for delivery. 

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also check for S/S 15 Resort coming soon.....


Sunday, 6 April 2014

The Flare Of Purple

Hello there!   
Meet Tunga.  On this first illustration, Tunga is illustrating for us the top half (bustier) of the Purple flare trousers. This bustier is hand woven with lime green cotton cords.  Tunga had a great pleasure to illustrate for us on the top three illustrations.  
This garment is one of a 8 piece Colour Explosion 2010 collection, inspired by Japanese rope bondage.  

2010 Purple Flashback
Illustration media: Drawing & pantone pens.
Back woven bodice
As a stylist,  I sometimes enjoy reflecting on previous collection pieces.  I chose to take a closer look into this piece.  I must admit, this is one of my favorite piece,  not only because Tunga has carried it so beautifully in  these three illustrations, but because of its style and vibrancy.   A timeless piece that remains fashionable and stylish, depending on how you style it.
I had a specific shade of purple in mind.  To get the exact colour, I decided to get a natural silk/cotton fabric and dye it to my  taste.  love it! 
 View the rest of  Colour Explosion collection at

 Graduate Show May 2010
Who would have thought........the scrunched up jacket accessorized the trousers well!!!

Fashion4Africa December 2010

Look Book shoot 
Photo: Rob Shepherd

Black Hair Magazine July 2011 Edition

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Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Flashback Story Boards

Colour, Print, Texture & Shape
(Researched Projects)

I would like to share with you what inspired me on these selected collections. 

Swahili Flavour/ Street Luks Collections (Native/Nature)
Sisal yarn, silk yarns, Khanga, Silk Jersey, linens and cottons

Colour Explosion Collection
Design inspired by (Japanese Rope Bondage/ Print by birds eye)
Cottons, silk jersey, ropes, cords, digital printed and accessories

Motif-birds eye section

The 'Lil' White Dress 
Architecture inspired  from Guggenheim museum, Metropolitan University UK
Fabrics: Cotton drill cosset dress, little bag

Happy New Year to all!



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