Friday, 17 September 2010

Showcasing AKABI=Love at LOVELounge for the "Love Fashion Show"

AKABI design showcasing at LOVE LOUNGE with performances on the night from

►GUVNA B
►COCO DUPRE
►DARLEEN
► GREENJADE
► MATSHIDISO
and Host none other than Queen of Blessed Souls: Adelaide Mackenzie

AKabi Design showcases at Love Lounge's 1st fashion show entitled
“ LOVE FASHION SHOW” in support and partnership with Dynasty PR★ In conjunction with London Fashion Week 2010

HELD AT “DAHLAK” 256-258 Brixton Road Sw9 6AQ
http://thedahlaklounge.co.uk/
:: DOORS OPEN: 8:15PM
:: SHOWCASE STARTS AT 9:15PM TILL 12:00AM
:: 12:00AM TILL 2:30AM EXCLUSIVE AFTERPARTY

★ADMISSION: £5 BEFORE 9:15 £8 AFTER
★║●•●DRESS CODE: STYLISH AND FASHIONABLE●•●║
✦✧PHOTOGRAPHY::: CREATIVE PIECE
✦✧➾DJ-KELECHI ON THE ONES AND TWOS PLAYING ONLY THE BEST ➾NIGHT WILL BE FILMED BY "GOSPEL DAILY"***FOOD AND DRINKS ON SALE ON THE NIGHT***

✧✦✧✦✧DIRECTIONS✧✦✧✦✧
Nearest station Brixton underground (Victoria line)
Bus: 133, 333, 159, 2, 595min drive from Brixton underground.
Venue is situated on the main road.>>>>>>>>GOOD FREE PARKING<<<<<<<
or more information: Email: ✉lovelounge@hotmail.co.uk✉ ☎ 


Tuesday, 14 September 2010

The Hub Fashion Week - Addis Ababa

From September 23-25th 2010 see such a great event happening in east africa called the Hub Fashion Week and conference titled UNITING THE INDUSTRY FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT.


A friend from the Ethical Fashion Forum will be helping out. We both have very similar desires to build a bridge between Africa and Europe through the medium of fashion and I see us connecting together on this passion very shortly :)

We at Akabi feel that great things are emerging from Africa and are always excited to see events happening there especially in the sustainable and ethical fashion and textile arena.

They set up this event as they noticed a growing need for an annual event that focuses on sustainable development in society as well as focusing on education through job development, and so along with fashion shows will have workshops by industry people such as Nicola Thornley a good friend of us here at Akabi. There will be various people from the textile industry such as designers, buyers/sellers and various fashion institutes. The idea is to bring in leading fashion designers and industry players in order to mentor up-coming designers through these workshops.

Uniting the industry through fashion and promoting sustainable development is the way to go. We look forward to hearing reviews and feedback from this week.

Monday, 30 August 2010

Article from Agent Magazine

AKABI design is getting out there even more on the blogosphere and onto online mags too.

Here are the recent uploads in the last week.

Firstly Agent2Magazine


They say "...THE BLISTERING SUMMER ISN’T THE ONLY THING BRINGING A HEAT WAVE TO LONDON. SUSTAINABLE AFRICAN WOMENSWEAR BRAND AKABI SHOWCASED ITS GOOD-NATURED, PRETTY PRINTED COLLECTION IN JULY... INSPIRED BY THE STRENGTHS AND ATTITUDES OF THE CONTEMPORARY FEMALE ‘URBANITE’.... GET IT WHILE YOU CAN AS THIS ETHICAL BRAND ONLY PRODUCES ONE COLLECTION A YEAR...".

Great piece guys!

Then one of my new favourite African fashion blogs is Shop Liquorice


They say "...what makes Akabi Design different, given that several other brands have the same selling points? Their pieces tell quite the story and it is clear an abundance of thought has gone into every aspect of production...Certainly very refreshing!"

Love the write up and promotions of great African made/based fashion brands and glad to be noted as one of them!

AKABI Looking 'Devine'

Check out the latest pics from the Untitled show

This was a very interesting night filled with fashion and dance and music and singers. Well done to the young team who organised it. We had a great time and was great to see the responses from those viewing the collection for the first time.

Here are pics from the night (courtesy of the Devi niche team)



Thursday, 5 August 2010

Shingai Shoniwa - covered in PRIDE

Shingai Shoniwa who along with Janelle Monae are two of my favourite fashion muses and this month see Shingai on the cover of Pride magazine.


I hold my reservations towards Pride (bad previous experience) BUT i do respect their position in the marketplace for black consumers, professionals and interests.


Shingai looks stunning though and this proves to be one of my favourite Pride mag covershoots :)



Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Vogue Africa dies before its birth :(

It is BIG news on blogoville that talented photographer and  make-up artist Mario Epanya fantastic and beautiul campaign for an African edition of Vogue has unfortunately come to an end.

The Vogue Africa’s facebook page last week read “DEAR ALL, this is the last cover of Vogue Africa, CondĂ© Nast said no for (a) license. Thank you for all your support.  It’s a beginning of something.”

There are different views on this, that it doesnt and cant represent the whole of Africa which is always so diverse from east to west north to south, then there are thoughts that Africa on a whole has wider issues to deal with then a cosmopolitan fashion industry, then there was hype and fury over and not to mention financial success of the special issue of the all Black Vogue Italia in 2008 which caused such a fury that it prompted a re-printing
 I am still upset that even though i was in Venice the month it launched yet still couldnt get a copy...go figure! - sold out OR lack of availability in Italy????

Either way as  black woman myself in a black community of women, it is apparent that Black people are women in particular are interested in seeing modern, sexy, quality, high fashion images which represents us in a global publication such as Vogue.  For now Arise,

SHE Caribbean Magazine,

New African Woman magazine | Facebook

and Canoe continue to represent - but then if i get on to these and IF they actually do represent black women of today...mmmh we could start a WHOLE new debate

in the meantime say goodbye to what could have been a beautiful magazine

Monday, 19 July 2010

2 fashion shows featuring AKABI this week!

ITS ALL LIVE THIS WEEK WITH 2 FASHION SHOWS featuring AKABI!

Beautiful people Akabi invite you to another fashion showcase in collaboration with BlessedSoulsUk

This Wed 21st July at Corks Wine Bar, Binney Street off Oxford Street, nearest tube Bond street station
free b4 8pm, £5 thereafter

NOTE people for those who have been asking about how to buy goods, styles and accessories will be available to purchase on the night!!





AKABI also invite you to another fashion showcase this time at the UNTITLED fashion and music extravaganza held by the Deviniche team see http://untitled.me.uk/

Taking place at the Regent Banqueting Suite, 331 Regents Park Road, NW1 nearest tube Finchley Central and sponsored by Sweet Tooth Cakes, L'Oreal and Ben TV and choreographered by D'relle aka Prince Xavier this is looking to be a night not to be missed.

Doors open at 6pm, champagne reception from 6.30pm

see you there!