VISUALS: AFRICA AND THE CITY (VANITY FAIR ITALIA, 2014)

In this editorial appeared in Vanity Fairy Italia in 2014, Kenneth Willardt shoots model Nur Hellman in the afrosartorial style of overlapping visual layers and strong contrasts of colours, textures, and pattern. The use of European haute couture rather than African designers, shows that afrosartorialism is a form of Afro-centric presentation that doesn’t limit itself to engaging a black audience with clothes and …

VISUALS: 2MANYSIBLINGS + KWESI ABBENSETTS IN NYC

On their recent journey to New York City, Papa Petit and Velma Rossa of the Kenyan style collective 2manysiblings met with Brooklyn-based photographer Kwesi Abbensetts for a street shooting.  Abbensetts , who hails from Guyana, has made a name for himself as an advocate of natural beauty and Afrocentric aesthetics.  Fragments of the collaboration have appeared on Tumblr, documenting the siblings’ …

VISUALS : KEVIN MACKINTOSH, “AN AFRICAN ODYSSEY”

From the photographer’s bio: Kevin Mackintosh was born in Africa, but left 15 years ago for the United Kingdom, ( where he lives, dividing his time between New York , London and Paris). While his work expresses a personal ‘ universe’ that combines an interest in European cinema, theatre and art, there is something about the largesse of his native …

LOOKBOOK: “MODERN HUNTERS” BY IAMISIGO

Nigerian brand IamISIGO released the lookbook of “Modern Hunters”, its SS2016 collection designed by Bubu Ogisi, with footwear by Tunde Owolabi. The brand reflects on heritage and the visual appeal of vibrant colors, creating “boy-meet-girl” garments that display a consciousness of the changing lifestyles of West Africans. Ogisi states on Instagram that the collection is spread across the idea of hunting being a “sport” …

VIDEO: LUPITA NYONG’O DANCES FOR ELLE.COM

A new short film by Samantha Casolari is out, featuring Lupita Nyong’o dancing to music by Valentin Sip. The caption reads: Oscar Award winner and star of blockbuster-to-be Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Lupita Nyong’o loses herself in candid footage captured during her recent Elle UK cover shoot. This is not the usual behind-the-scene video. With jumpcuts, low light, and an atmospheric soundtrack Casolari …

TONESOCIETY: RECLAIMING URBAN SPACE FOR SOUTH AFRICAN SARTORIALISTS

Afro-centric styles are often visually represented as a conquest of the urban space. I have written about blipsters who perform cool as a “proactive occupation” of the streets of the Western metropolis, and about South African sartorialists who collaborate with international brands to showcase township fashion’s message of emancipation. I have also sketched an analysis of the aesthetic of the township street style here and here, contending that the limiting geography of the township is an …

ORNAMENTS FROM GARBAGE – THE DAASANACH OF THE OROMO VALLEY

French photographer Eric Lafforgue has documented the unique headgear that the Ethiopian Daasanach realize with materials they find in the garbage, such as bottle caps, broken watches, plastic straws, labels, etc. These ornaments signal the different social and generational positions of those who wear them, with children “wear[ing] the most basic wigs regardless of their gender, whereas the oldest women wear the most massive ones. …