Africa Belle 2019

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Beginning Wednesday, April 3 through Saturday, April 27th, the 2019 Africa Belle Festival will celebrate its 9th year! This year’s theme, “L’Afrique de Demain” is a celebration of Today and Tomorrow’s Africa; highlighting French-Speaking Africa & Beyond! This year’s lineup of events includes a Standing Art Exhibit, a Moroccan-style Comedy night, a West African Dinner & Fundraiser, round table discussions, the highly anticipated Africa Belle Soirée & More! Every year, this festival draws a slew of culturally conscious individuals who travel locally and regionally to be a part leaving us all thirsty for more. Approaching it’s 10th year anniversary, the Alliance Française d’Atlanta hosts are thrilled to make this 9th year Africa Belle a memorable one in expectation for an even bigger decade anniversary next year!

For a full schedule of events and to register, please see the flyer below or visit www.afatl.org.

*Photo Courtesy of Lindsay Abarca Photography

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Dress Like A Gent ™ Collabs with Studio One Afrique

Conversation with Designer Adeola Yunusa of Studio One Afrique

Conversation with Designer Adeola Yunusa of Studio One Afrique

If you've not noticed yet, I have this growing love for modern African fashion. In fact, about 50% of the events I cover annually on the blog revolve around this subject of Ankara fashion and the trends associated with that. Speaking of which, I recently had the privilege to sit down with Adeola Yunusa, the designer of Studio One Afrique and her daughter Alexandria Alli who is also a designer and the proprietor of a very successful brand called F&W Style. Dress Like A Gent ™ is super proud to announce a collab with Studio One Afrique as a brand ambassador with the focus of marketing their beautiful custom designs both online and abroad. 

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The first time that I came across Adeola's beautiful printed blazers was at last year's Culture Shock Show backstage prior to the show. Immediately, I was enthralled by the detail and tailored look of these blazers. It was like love at first sight! That year, I had an opportunity to interview Adeola regarding Studio One Afrique, but it was not until here recently that I was blessed to secure a relationship with the Adeola as a brand ambassador which will allow me to further market and showcase these amazing designs for men. Adeola,  a native of Nigeria, tells us that she has witnessed the evolution of the brand since she first started designing in 1991.

We spoke about how much African fashion has emerged in this country and she shares that when she first got into designing, she would make clothes for her children. She says they loved the print, but weren't really feelin' the designs itself. As for most people who are reluctant about investing in this aesthetic, there seems to be this preconceived notion that African fashion is all tribal-looking and unflattering. However, Adeola shared with us how she was able to hear the cry of her children to start creating pieces that were more modern and youthful. She also says that she wants people to "feel the power within" when they put on her garments and that she even takes time to pray blessings over them before they go out into the public. For me, that's a win win! 

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Stay tuned to the blog for more info on Studio One Afrique and their upcoming events in the city.

To purchase, please visit www.StudioOneAfrique.com. You can also follow SOA via Instagram at @studiooneafrique.

* Photos Courtesy of Eden Photography XXII

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Atlanta Gears Up for The 4th Annual Culture Shock Show 2015

Living in a metropolitan city that is by no means an amateur where it concerns modern fashions and major fashion events, there is sometimes a gradual loss of enthusiasm where it concerns fashion shows and designer previews. The key for those immersed in the word of fashion is to strategically facilitate a substantial gathering with a theme that engages its followers and fosters an anticipation for more.

The Annual Culture Shock Show held in Atlanta, Georgia is just that! On October 17th, 2015, the Pop Productions Network will showcase the highly anticipated 4th Annual Culture Shock Show at the Georgia World Congress Center in Downtown, Atlanta. 

The Culture Shock Show highlights fashion, art and talent from different cultures by “creating a positive reflection of cultural appreciation in the diaspora.” Their mission is to promote cultural appreciation by blending theatrical choreography and fashion all in a 1-night event. This year’s theme is a very interesting concept - “Africa Meets Asia” and will spotlight similarities between Africa and Asia on the catwalk. The Culture Shock is the ideal platform for opportunistic small businesses, musicians and of course, gifted designers. 

 

For more information, please contact the producers at Thecultureshockshow@gmail.com

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