Shamimah Nyamekye

    Shamimah Nyamekye

    First things first, we must congratulate Black A Daima on her 2017 African Fashion Week Toronto Stylist of the Year win, and what may have stopped her from exiting the fashion scene.

    When you think of the color nude, the first thing that usually comes to mind is something resembling a very light beige hue.

      Guests at the 2017 Atoms of Fashion event on September 9th were blown away by the “Artifice” collection designed by Rhonique Ballantyne.

    Toronto stylist Bismark Adomako has been turning heads in the fashion industry with his distinctive looks. If you weren’t aware of this bespoke gentleman’s unique style, here are five reasons you should be paying attention.

    For more than a decade, we all became accustomed to seeing Nneka Elliott grace our television sets as a weather reporter, broadcaster, and news anchor, most recently with CP24 News. 

    “I have to walk the walk if I’m talking the talk,” says Ashley Alexis McFarlane on the transformation of OMI Woods into an eco-friendly, sustainable special occasion brand. In May 2017, owner and creative director McFarlane showcased her “Into The Woods” collection at Fashion Takes Action, Design Forward’s Canadian Sustainable Fashion Award show, and came away as one of three finalists for the finale showcase in October 2017. OMI Woods has been on the scene quite a bit this year. If you attended the AfroChic TO Reloaded cultural event, not only would you have seen Amanda Parris of CBC Arts, host and interview in signature OMI Woods Golden Hibiscus threads, but McFarlane also showcased her summer collection during the sold-out event. The AfroChic TO showcase took McFarlane back to where she began. The magna cum laude Ivy League graduate of UPenn was using her Communications degree as a Violence Protection Activist in Toronto 7 years ago when she showed her first African print designs at the premier AfroChic TO event. Transitioning the use of her communications degree but still an activist at heart, McFarlane designs collections that relay a story of African tradition using non-traditional colours, mobilizing the antiquated to modern styles. Each piece is made to order with the intention to luxuriate every woman for any special occasion.   View the embedded image gallery online at: https://byblacks.com/content/author/586-shamoniquemurray#sigProId1862131623 “I started with a love for textiles and prints,” says McFarlane about her first pieces. That love grew into a harsh realization that although her pieces were beginning to garner notoriety, she was uncomfortable contributing to the fashion industry’s toll on the environment--behind oil, fashion is the second highest polluter. “We don’t fully understand or recognize the price of being unsustainable,” says McFarlane. The meaningful and symbolic use of African print resonated…

    If you asked Kadeem Kyle Faustin a decade ago what his number one life aspiration was, the 14-year-old Faustin would have said, “To be the greatest dancer known to man!”

    That’s a wrap! The Annual African Fashion Week Toronto (AFWT) ended August 20th, marking the show’s 5th year of presenting Pan African fashion from Canada and around the world.

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