A&F: Stella Jean revisited

Last March, I had posted on Stella Jean’s collection for Farfetch.com. ¬†I have found more details on the designer after stumbling upon the Abina website, and was pleasantly surprised ūüôā

The Brand: Stella Jean

The IT Factor: You have Italian crisp master tailoring with ankara, Dutch wax prints. I LOVE!

The Inspiration: Thanks to Google Translate, the website states that “the style of Stella Jean reflects and evokes his m√©tissage and his Creole heritage that blend the cultures of the old, and the verve of the new continent” all coming together in a femininity conscious of her precious uniqueness” . ¬†The moto is “Wax & Stripes Philosophy”.

The Designer Behind the Brand: Stella Jean. ¬†What caught my attention is that Stella is of Haitian origins, so I could not understand her connection to African prints, really. ¬†Well, she feels connected to West Africa (am guessing that is where Haitians are originally from per her website, but I will need to dig deeper on the subject, maybe on my next Afrique et Culture post ūüėČ ) To me, her clothes look African, but they feel Italian. ¬†Very sharp design, and pricey to match it.

Country of origin: Italy РHaiti

Notable Awards:¬†None that I could find…very surprising.

Website: Stella Jean

Where to buy: Farfetch.com, matchesfashion.com.  Some of my Favorites below.

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Sissi’s Notes: So sharp, please keep up the good work, Stella! And maybe a cheaper line for those of us who cannot spend $2,000 on a single clothing item.

A&F: Designer Spotlight on Maki Oh!

Hi all!! This week, let’s look at some nice work by Maki Oh, a Nigerian based Fashion House ūüôā ¬†The Sissi’s file below!

Sissi’s African Designer File


The Brand: Maki Oh

The IT Factor: To me, what makes this brand unique is the use of ‘non-traditional’ African materials. ¬†As an example, I love how she has applied the Nigeria aso-oke fabric into her design. ¬†If you are in-between fashion, like most in Africa, you get a mix of both worlds

The Inspiration: “Challenge prevailing notions of beauty”. ¬†To me, it sounds more like everyday life. ¬†For the fall 2014 collection, the inspiration was madness. ¬†The brand’s main designer saw a woman in a mirror who looked half mad half normal…For summer 2014, the inspiration comes from splatter of blood and woman’s confusion regarding their place into society so they move from feminine to boyish ūüôā I wish I could see all that into her designs but when did I start to pretend to be that deep?

The Designer Behind the Brand: Amaka Osakwe.  Her biography is available on Wikipedia, but again am just inspired by her enterprising attitude

Country: Nigeria

Notable Awards: I could not find much within my deadline but as I get to know more about the brand, am sure to update the Sissi’s A&F File. ¬†Checkout some of their collection items over at Style.Com

Website: Maki-Oh

Sissi’s Notes: The collection items are very much western or metropolitan to me, but I like the nice touch of material other than the Dutch Wax print. ¬†Am inspired by some outfits and not as much by others, but overall, one more designer on my watch list. ¬†Some of my favorites below.

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A&F: Christie Brown

How have I been going on so long without Christie Brown??!!?? The spotlight this week is on the Ghanian brand, and I very much love the outfits!!!! Fresh, elegant and very comfortable…I can see myself on so many of them! The Sissi file below! All images by Christie Brown.

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Sissi’s African Designer File


The Brand: Christie Brown

The IT Factor: Luxurious material, curves, classic silhouettes, tribal jewelry

The Inspiration: Luxury for the “modern woman who seeks a true taste of Africa”….how are we to take that? ūüôā The brand name is a tribute to Aisha’s grandmother.

The Designer Behind the Brand: Aisha Obuobi, from Ghana

Notable Awards: Emerging Designer of the Year Award in 2009 at the inaugural Arise Africa Fashion Week in Johannesburg, South Africa; Only¬†Ghanaian label ¬†to showcase in the Arise L’Afrique- a-Porter¬†for the March 2010¬†Paris Fashion Week; Panel member of the¬†2010 “African Fashion Going Global” through the Africa Economic Forum hosted by Columbia University. ¬†Christie Brown also mentioned by¬†Harpers Bazaar, Vogue Italia, Arise (UK), Canoe 53 Sails, Black Hair (UK), Destiny (SA), and Glamour Magazine. Source

Website: Christie Brown

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Sissi‚Äôs Notes: ¬†Simply beautiful! I love how the Christie Brown’s woman is elegant and confident. ¬†And the rich colors and complex blacks…did I say beautiful?? My favorites below:

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