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I love this picture, they both look amused, probably a private joke. The dress Naeem Khan

….. to say how much I hate Tumblr, maybe I just don’t get it, so many pictures and you cannot identify the source, designers, photographers or original bloggers!

Or am I just a bit slow.

I almost ran over innocent pedestrians today as I stopped my car to ask a gorgeous young lady where she got her earrings, I had seen them in an online picture and have coveted them ever since, the red fabric wrapped gems remind me of Fulani earrings. I had to have them, paid, ordered and on their way to me! If I have inspired you buy here.

£12.50

I get so disappointed when I find a great designer, click on their online shop and find the words “coming soon”, especially when I have been clicking for 2 years!

So it is a welcome breath of fresh air to find designer Ohema Ohene’s site, great designs at affordable prices and an online shop, whey hey! ladies wear, mens wear and foot wear.

Vanessa £85.00

Oh! Nana Peak £70.00

Becca £80.00

Online Fashion Magazine Contributing Editor‘s International Geographic Shoot featuring Sesilee Lopez.

The world can’t seem to get enough of Prada’s bananas. Click for full feature.

I have not updated my blogs for a while, however my midlife crisis is firmly in the past so I am moving forward in leaps and bounds!!

Whilst chatting to a girlfriend we got on to the topic of African fabrics and designs and like me she is waiting to lose weight to get some things custom made, I have decided the time is now, no time like the present! She sent me a handful of links some I was already familiar with, but there was one that caught my eye..

AFRICAN STYLE IS ETERNAL   …Amen!

I am going to get heaps of inspiration from this site.

This is my homework, to find the origins of my beloved fabric, so please correct me if I only manage a C+.

To date I have read many interesting debates about the origins of the fabric, some saying it was initially cheap upholstery material thrust upon us Africans, or cheap imitations of Indonesian fabrics, what ever the origins it is widely accepted by Africans as our traditional fabric, yes I agree it is a shame that  Ankara and other fabrics seen and refered to as traditional are often imported, I do recall Nigeria banning imports, but I dont recall any initiatives to encourage home grown industry.

Well one thing is for sure there is no shortage of home grown designers, tailors and seamstresses kept in good business, crafting the designs that are seen in many of the African magazines today.

From an early age I loved Ankara, I wondered why people prefered lace for special occasions, until I discovered that some people often equate expense with good taste, I love lace too but Ankara is the first textile I took note of.

I have read various blogs, seen passionate comments on this subject, noticed that non-African designers have  taken an interest in “ethnic” inspired fabrics.

Back to my history lesson, truth be told I am already bored of this lesson, I would rather find some great designs.