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Africa Fashion Week Nigeria
AFWN seeks to create visibility, raise awareness and provide a platform to promote emerging Nigerian designers from within and beyond the shores of Nigeria. The event, now in its second year, will take place on 23 and 24 May 2015 at the Eko Hotel, Victoria Island in Lagos. Hardly a week – but the importance of AFWN is considerable. Why not call in and see what African fashion is all about?
Designer website of the month: www.bonk.co.ke
Bonk is a Kenyan clothing company most known for its Ts that are styled to have a funky retro look. Bonk T-shirts, bags and accessories are designed with iconic sayings and images that capture the essence and vibe of Kenya, all with a sense of humour.
Statement Light Fixtures
Statement light fixtures are ‘in’ – no matter what their size. Whether in hotels or in your home, the combination of art and functionality can play a key role in interior design – standing as artistic centrepieces in a room. Switched off, they look like sculptures, and on, they cast a glowing light, creating intriguing shadows and patterns. Katundu is an interiors and textile workshop based on the island of Likoma in Lake Malawi.
Best Design Buys
1 Black Leather Bag
The Rainfall Graffiti Bag is one of those that functions both as a carry-all and a work of art. This leather-patterned bag has a black lacquer finish that gives it a raindrop effect, and no two corners are the same. Zeebaan (US$209)
2 Fountain skirt
An Ankara print item is something of a wardrobe staple, and this ready-to-wear, fun and flirty Ankara fountain skirt is just what you need. Suitable for a music festival or even a wedding – this garment can translate in all situations and still give you that Ankara touch.
House of Hadassah (US$45)
3 Butterfly Silk Dress
As summer days are upon us, we are on a mission to wear the most comfortable and cool clothes. The Butterfly Silk dress is free fitting with adjustable straps in a limited edition print that will render air conditioners null and void. Kooroo (US$234)