OwnYourCultureJHB; Editor's Style with Bulbulia Threads & Refashion Africa 2
I look forward to the day when we have easier travel, business access, reasonably affordable export services within Africa. I always believe we should, as Africans do everything we can to make ourselves and our continent better. I love that we are filled with hundreds and millions of opportunities, it's all a matter of perspective. I love how we have new talent everywhere coming up and creating a positive African narrative!
OwnYourCultureJHB; Editor's Style with Bulbulia Threads & Refashion Africa
Maboneng Precinct comes as a highly recommended place to visit in Johanesburg. It is famous for housing many of Johannesburg top creatives as well as it's artsy vibe. It was a pleasure to collaborate with Bulbulia threads a long standing legendary designer whose outfits have been worn by celebrities all over the continent. Her clothing line, modest pieces that are unique, top quality and stylish and can easily be worn by any woman.
South Africa Fashion Week: Editor's Style & Highlights
Visiting, living in, networking in Johannesburg has been a long time dream. When this fashion week opportunity came along I jumped on it without any further thought! This in conjunction with some O.Y.C business meetings, my visit was nothing short of amazing! Connecting with industry leaders, creating more business opportunities and networking with people I look up to was surreal- guys any goal you set is achievable! It was a great opportunity to place O.Y.C where I have always wanted It to be.
DAY 1; As I was representing O.Y.C my brand and Kenya, I felt it appropriate to do so 100% I believe clothes to be a great conversation-starter.It was only logical to so in this outfit by SIRI STUDIO.
SOUTH AFRICA FASHION WEEK; STREET STYLE PARTII
On the Friday of heritage weekend, all South Africans dress up in traditional clothes and accessories to celebrate the coming heritage weekend. The malls, workplaces was full of color and lot's of #OwnYourCulture style. The theme remained all through the evening at fashion week. We loved the addition of African prints, accessories and outfits.Here are some of the best looks.
SOUTH AFRICA FASHION WEEK; STREET STYLE
The annual South Africa Fashion Week Autumn/ Winter 2017 went down last week. This event brought together media, buyers and top fashionistas to preview the coming seasons trends from South African designers. While the runway is often the main show, street style is equally major and full of individual creative style. Below are some of the cool ways fashionistas styled different traditional african accessories, from turbans(locally referred to as 'doeks') to locally designed prints. Enjoy.
MAKEUP WITH WINNIE
CONGOLESE EDITION WITH RSHAN II
As you may have noticed, It's increasingly obvious that we love sharing stories of phenomenal women in the creative industry, especially fashion. While we are suckers for a fun fashion shoot, we equally enjoy getting to learn from these phenomenal women. For this shoot we opted to style our malkia choker with this season's floral prints. This season's floral print has evolved adapting single flower prints like the sunflower and the daisies. There are different styles like the singular plain floral print on Miss Vavavum and the graphic floral print on Rshan. These prints on shift dresses are a great option during sunny weather worn with the elusive strappy heels. This look can easily be paired with the malkia choker and layered with an assortment of Samburu or Maasai necklaces. The best thing about cultural jewelry is layering them is always allowed- the more, the merrier! We had such an amazing time creating this and we love sharing this amazing lady with you. Rshan's passion for fashion and her country keeps us inspired here at OYC to reach for the absolute best for our continent. In her own words, this is how she's putting Congolese fashion on the map!
" I started blogging back in 2013 because of my love of creativity and DIY, I wanted to show the world, especially “Broke girls” How to look fabulous on a budget. For that reason my blog was first called “Beauty4brokegirls” which was basically looking fabulous on a budget...
CONGOLESE EDITION WITH RSHAN
One of the many goals of #OwnYourCulture is to interact and learn as many African cultures as possible. This week we are delighted to feature Congolese fashion blogger, Rshan of rshanphonsi.com. Her site features amazing style, awesome fashion tips, best bargains and travels- all this in English and French, making the site a delightful place to better one's bilingual skills! In addition to that, she is very passionate about her country and youth empowerment- ideals we hold dear here at OYC. Check out how she does #OwnYourCulture style, stay tuned for a full story on how she is changing the African fashion scene in the next post!
At OYC it's obvious we are mega fan girls of all things inherently African, from fashion to art, that melanin and not forgetting hair- The mega fros the tiny weeny Afros(TWA), the t4zzz fro’s the whole mile! We were honored to collaborate with hair guru Yvette Kemi who btw, has had her hair styled by international celebrity hair stylists see more on her recently launched site yvettekemi.com. Trust us, she knows all about hair care and more! Knowing this would be a glamourous hair affair, we opted to stick to the basics in styling clothes. This blended with marvelous art at Nairobi's coolest space- The Art Space on Riverside drive, we created some super visuals for you! Besides envy-worthy hair visuals, we got some fab tips from the guru herself. We totally understand the importance of achieving your #hairgoals, read on!
on traditional Jewelry & modern fashion;I love a great statement traditional piece to truly take a ‘modern’ outfit to the next level! Traditional jewelry pieces add such an eclectic element to a mundane outfit. Being a part of the Own Your Culture movement has definitely re-ignited my love for beautiful authentic pieces, and I’ll definitely be rocking mine more!
You have got to love Nairobi, Kenya and Africa as a whole; exciting startups, films, movements, list is endless! This is such a great time to be alive! Here at OYC, we believe fashion started here- have you seen archive photos from the pre-colonial period?! The jewelry and art work were such and still are authentic pieces of magnificence, dating back hundreds of years! To celebrate this amazing fact, we love to collaborate with Nairobi's trendsetters, today we're stylin' it with Nicole from Coloured Sugar
Living in Nairobi, we have a mix of different fabulous cultures, one of them being Somalis. It's beautiful how we co-exist in this city, borrowing and sharing bits and pieces of each others culture, one of the common pieces being the Dera or Dirac. This is a floor length airy, light cotton dress. These dresses are perfect for the excessive heat we experience every now and then. They come in multiple colors and styles, as seen below. Paired with some Kenyan style traditional jewelry, you have yourself magnificent East African art! One of the key pillars of #OwnYourCulture is African unity we hope even in the smallest way of showing how to style cultural pieces from different parts of the continent. We would like you to help us too.
We have been blessed enough to collaborate with super brands across the continent. Here, we are very passionate about what we do and we look forward to bringing you some of our best creative collaborations. Below are some of the archive photos taken at Westhouse Nairobi, an absolutely perfect artsy space, totally on my must visit list in Nairobi.
We are excited to bring to you this site, a space for all of us to share and inspire style from our African roots. This comes just after the womens month in March. This is especially special for us here since women are key centreparts of the #OwnYourCulture movement, from the artisans straight to you #OYCStylistas. Below are some images done last year with some powerful Kenyan women. There is a lot fabulousness to this site, on the Stylista Of the Week, we scout and feature all you fabulous #OwnYourCulture trendsetters. We also have our own shop, selling exclusive pieces designed by our team and select pieces from all our culture travels. All of this is possible because of you! Thank you, let's own it!