Kay and I had a blast shooting our cover story for New African Woman. It all started with our dear friend Noella Coursaris www.malaika.org , who felt that a collaboration between me and the magazine would speak volumes about modern Africa. A month later, and we were in Malibu California with Jackie Dixon managing to turn the optimism and excitement into photographic art.
I’d been feeling similarly inspired by designers of African descent surfacing in fashion. In the same way that I love to wear, and fly the flag for British talent, I also love to do the same for the other side of my heritage.
Truth be told though – I wouldn’t if they weren’t rocking! Look at the pieces in our shoot – I love the innovation – sharp tailoring with bonkers’ fabrics, simple T Shirts with words and images that seem so new, but are in fact ancient and familiar.
The brand names alone are enough to stir up our desire to know our humanity and everyone in it…Deola Sagoe, Anita Quansah, Maki Oh, Mimi Plange, Kibonen Nfi, Tina Lobondi, Bestow Elan, House of Sukeina… Wrap your tongue around those brand names peeps – ’cause you’ll be insisting that they’re stocked in a boutique near you!
Regina de Gere at New African Woman was excited to showcase new talent in the shoot – and the results are GORGEOUS.
Rosemary Kokuhilwa (with me above) , the stylist recommended by the magazine, has her finger on the pulse of what’s coming off the continent – and honestly, we were only able to feature a third of what she had curated. The colours, fabrics, personality and power of each garment told a story about NEW AFRICA. Emboldened and free – these designers reflect miles travelled, cultures absorbed, and hard won success – the African Diaspora are a force to be reckoned with.
Thank you Noella Coursaris
If you’d like to know info on all of the outfits featured, check out this issue of New African woman magazine in print and read the interview too!