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#GirlBoss – The Fabulous Franca Sozzani

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Franca Sozzani, the former editor in chief of Vogue Italia, celebrated style icon and wonder-womanist actualized in life what it meant to be a #Girlboss. Born in Lombardy Italy, Sozzani begun her fashion career as an assistant at Vogue Bambini. She directed Lei and Per Lui in the early eighties. By 1988, she was running  Vogue Italia and was named editor-in-chief of Condé Nast Italia in 1994. She became editor of Vogue l’Uomo in 2006 and took over editorship of Vogue Sposa and Vogue Bambini in 2015.   Sozzani is famous for unflinchingly using her platforms to explore contentious issues…

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#GirlBoss – In Conversation with Sheila Mwanyigha

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Sheila Mwanyigha is to Kenyans what Oprah Winfrey is to Americans – a beloved media personality turned enterprenuer, editor and sage. She famously reigned radio, before she transitioned to television and has now claimed the social space with her magazine Rembesha and her channel, Sheila Lives Out Loud. Dynamic, accomplished and stylish, we caught up with her to see what this #GirlBoss has been up to. Please tell us a bit about yourself and about what you do I am the managing director of Rembesha Kenya, a digital and print hair and beauty magazine and directory. I’m also a journalist…

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Luxury Connect Africa – The Paris Takeover

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  Luxury Connect Africa is a premium platform connecting African Luxury with the rest of the world. It was launched this January in Paris and saw the most celebrated designers in Africa showcase their products and engage in conversations defining African luxury. Traditionally Africa has been associated with want, not luxury, and these types of platforms are helping bring to focus an emerging creative and consumptive space. We were invited to exhibit and participate in the round-tables. It was an incredible experience; we met other talented and pioneering designers and got to connect with an interested public in Paris. The…

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Introducing the #GirlBoss Series – Celebrating the Modern Warrior Woman

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We want to know what makes you feel elated, unstoppable and alive. This month , in anticipation to the International Women’s day on the 8th of March, we will feature bold, brave and brazen women on our blog. These women not only have chutzpah, they are self-aware and have style in buckets. We want to profile women who are leaders in their fields, women who are inspiring change and whose fashion sense constantly leaves us in awe, including  Beyonce, Michelle Obama, Oprah and Coco Chanel. We will also interview women in Kenya whom we feel embody these traits and sharing…

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CELEBRATING CULTURE: ADELE DEJAK’S TIV ROOTS

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Adele Dejak, by way of her mother, belongs to the Tiv nation of Benue State, Nigeria. Scattered through Nigeria and Cameroon, few members of the Tiv community remain but most impressively, they have managed to uphold their customs and traditions in the face of sweeping modernism.                                                   Nothing was documented of the culture-rich Tiv people until the 1900s. Their traditions are on display in weddings, dance, music, and food. The Tiv believe that these elements heal the…

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MCM – We Love Idris Elba(‘s Style)

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We love Idris Elba. And not just because he is breathtakingly beautiful but also that he is accomplished, talented  and stylish. And we are not alone; Besides being named the sexiest man alive by both People and Essence in 2013 and being declared one of the most beautiful people in the world in 2007, he was named one of GQ magazine’s best British dressed men in 2015. Elba’s portfolio is as impressive as he is celebrated. He is most recognizably a film and TV star, appearing in American Gangster, Takers, Thor and Beasts of No Nation, for which he received…

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Fashion Friday – Adele Dejak ♡ Grace Jones

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Fashion and music go hand in hand.  Celebrities like Madonna, Lady Gaga and Rihanna are celebrated not only for their music but for their statement style. But in the beginning, before Hollywood invented them, there was Grace Jones. Born in Jamaica in 1948, Grace Jones moved to New York when she was 13 years old.  She then went on to become a supermodel, a dancer, an actress, a producer, and a personality. Grace is beautiful, sexy and shocking. Her androgynous, distinctive look defined the cross-dressing movement of the 1980s.        Grace has challenged gender stereotypes in fashion by preferring suits,…

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Adele Dejak on Affordable Fashion

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  The Kobo Collection Adele Dejak has Nigerian roots and her work is influenced consciously or subconsciously by her Nigerian upbringing. She launched the Kobo Collection in November 2015. Kobo refers to Nigerian currency valued at a cent to the Naira. This line features accessories handmade from Ankole cow-horn, aluminum, brass and beads. Its logo is a fusion of the Basquiat crown and the African Mask. Black borrows on Adele’s own aesthetic, while Yellow describes happiness.         The design process and craftsmanship have not been compromised. The attention to detail, the dedication to form as well as…

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Adele Dejak on Ethical and  Sustainable fashion

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A post in response to the Ivory Ban   Elephant ivory has always been in high demand in the fashion accessories industry due to its texture, desirability and durability.  In Kenya, a ban on the ivory trade has been in effect since 1969.  However, the trade has continued illegally and this has led to devastating effects on the elephant population.  A report in 2012 by the Kenya Wildlife Service estimates the elephant population to stand at 38,000. But on the upside, poaching in Kenya is down to 46 from 390 elephants killed in 2013. China, the world’s largest ivory market, has…

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The Adele Dejak Showroom – New Year, New Look.

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    The Adele Dejak showroom and studio in Kiambu is getting a fashion facelift. This is to inject the space with new life; to have it reflect the Adele Dejak spirit of Afro-inspired Renaissance.                             During her last trip to Dakar, Adele discovered a stunning, triangulated print on the walls of an abandoned nightclub. The print and geometry are a staple of Senegalese architecture and design. In 1978, as a newly independent Senegal was reinventing herself, President Leopold Senghor, introduced a law that mandated new buildings to be constructed along what…

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