AFRIQUE C`EST CHIC (Lira)

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Having graced the pages of L’Uomo Vogue, in an issue dedicated to the evolution of our continent, Lira shares her passion for African fashion.

“My style embraces my roots. Nothing reflects who we are quite like our own designs. The pieces I wear are usually colourful and quirky. I love showcasing handcrafted work particularly by independent designers.
My style icon has always been Miriam Makeba. She brought African fashion to the global stage, and did so gracefully. Some of my favourite South African labels include Stoned Cherrie for its urban African feel. The skirts are playful and sexy. Sylvester Falata’s creations make me feel like an African goddess. Gert Johan Coetzee is incredibly talented and imaginative. He designs abstract garments that fuse African elements with Euro-centric flair. David Tlale is my favorite couturier; he’s world-class. Bongiwe Walaza has made African fabrics and designs globally appealing. On the red carpet I love to wear ensembles by Nigeria’s Bunmi Coco, who is another fashion genius the world needs to experience.
When it comes to accessories, I adore Giorgio Sermoneta gloves – they’re exquisite and funky for every occasion. Bold neckpieces and earrings are my weakness, and I also have a passion for vintage buys from the 20s and 30s.

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But, my current fashion fetish is jumpsuits! I found the most awesome ones at Cameroon Clothing, in Sandton City and Morningside Shopping Centre. It’s a very versatile item in your wardrobe, and the options range from casual to chic.
It’s nice to work with stylists because they push your fashion boundaries, but for the most part I choose my clothes because I know what works best for me. For my fashion spread in the May edition of L’Uomo Vogue I worked with stylist Louw Kotze who selected some exquisite items.
When it comes to the red carpet I love my bespoke designer gowns. But, away from the limelight I tend to wear High Street pieces that are unique but still colourful.
The thing about being in the spotlight is that once you’ve worn a gown you can’t wear it again, so instead I give some of them away to students who cannot afford to buy Matric Dance dresses. I find a few students with great school results through Facebook and some of the national newspapers, and invite them to submit a motivation as to why they deserve to pick a dress. Each one has to give us an indication of her future plans and submit term results. We then select the winning students and invite them to choose dresses. While it’s a fun process, it also gives these young women a sense of value, and I’m proud to be able to do that for the young generation of future African success stories.
African fashion celebrates who we are as a people. African fashion can only thrive if we support the industry. I’m looking forward to bringing my African style to American audiences with my upcoming album tour, and we have so many talented artisans that the world needs to engage with. Africa’s fashion journey has only just begun.”

@Miss_Lira

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”will there ever be an African Vogue?”


Paris based makeup artist and photographer Mario Epanya conceived of several breathtaking covers for what apparently would represent a future Vogue Africa. As you may be aware, there is currently no actual edition of African Vogue. Yes, there’s a Vogue Nippon, Vogue India, and even a Vogue Australia–but no Vogue for an entire continent rich in culture, diversity, and, of course, lots of fashion.

I think an African Vogue would be positively refreshing and potentially quite well received. I’ve heard South African fashion week is bubbling over with talent–why not have a Vogue Africa?
What do you think?
Check out this 2008 post from the blog Racialicious called, “Will There Ever Be an African Vogue?” for more on the topic. Also, if you’re so inclined, join the Vogue Africa facebook group.
Source: High Snobette

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Fighting Against PRO-ANA

Pro-ana refers to the promotion of the eating disorder anorexia nervosa. It is often referred to simply as “ana” and is sometimes personified by anorexics as a girl named Ana. The lesser-used term pro-mia refers likewise to bulimia nervosa and is sometimes used interchangeably with pro-ana.

I am putting Up this Post To fight against websites and Blogs Promoting Anorexia in Africa and the World In General !!!

Many physical changes can occur with anorexia nervosa. A large number of these may be attributed to weight loss. Others are complications related to purging.

Changes in body metabolism associated with weight loss leads to a lowering of:

  • Heart rate
  • Blood pressure
  • Breathing rate
  • Body temperature (which may result in feeling cold)

Other physical symptoms include:

  • Thinning or drying of the hair
  • "Lanugo" hair (a fine hair that develops on the face, back, or arms and legs)
  • Dry skin
  • Restlessness and reduced sleep
  • Yellowish color on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet
  • Lack of or infrequent menstrual periods

Self-induced vomiting and laxative abuse are associated with physical complications such as:

  • Swollen salivary glands (evident by swelling on the sides of the face)
  • Erosion of tooth enamel, increase in dental cavities
  • Fatigue
  • Body fluid loss
  • Bloating, swelling of the feet and ankles
  • Soreness or tears in the lining of the mouth or throat
  • Constipation, stomach cramps
  • Numbness and tingling in the limbs
  • Dizziness, weakness, fainting

Anorexia nervosa can lead to serious symptoms, such as heart problems, seizures, and kidney damage. Death may even occur as a result.

Osteoporosis (the loss of bone mass) is common in anorexia nervosa. It can lead to a variety of problems, including a tendency toward stress fractures and other bone abnormalities.

PLEASE JOIN ME IN THE FIGHT AGAINST PRO-ANA!!

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Franca Sozzani Recieving Légion d’Honneur (Legion of honour)

the highest decoration the French Republic can award, personally from President Nicolas Sarkozy.

It is recognition for Sozzani herself, but also for the Italy that isn’t afraid of taking risks and putting creativity first, making it the agent provocateur of huge changes.

6.30 PM: Presentation of the Légion d’Honneur

5.30 PM: first arrivals at the Élysée.

1.00 PM: Before this afternoon’s ceremony at the Élysée, there has been a lunch held at the Italian embassy in Paris. The guests included some of the big names in fashion, art and politics. As well as the Italian ambassador to France, Giovanni Caracciolo di Vietri, and the Chairman of Condé Nast International, Jonathan Newhouse, attending were Karl Lagerfeld, Haider Ackermann, Domenico Dolce, Stefano Gabbana, the artist Francesco Vezzoli, Lapo Elkann, Lee Radziwill (sister of Jackie Kennedy-Onassis), the journalist Suzy Menkes, Paolo Roversi, Peter Lindbergh and Steve Hiett.

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Franca Sozzani Got Married?

Franca Sozzani Got Married?
 

According to an African newspaper, Franca Sozzani, the Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Italia, has married the Ugandan oil magnate Charles Mbire. Reached on the phone in Lagos after a six-hour flight, she said the reports were false, laughing: “The marital status I prefer is being single.”

 This is what we published (tongue in cheek) a few hours ago:

"Has Franca Sozzani got married?

 For a few hours, the news that the Vogue Italia Editor-in-Chief has wedded the Ugandan oil tycoon Charles Mbire has been going around the web.

 It’s currently not possible to contact the Editor: she’s not responding to emails or calls. We can only report the news as it appeared in a Ugandan newspaper, which someone made a scan of this morning, while we’re waiting for confirmation or denial.

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