"Quick Take" is a new series dedicated to short-form insights on the business of fashion and the expanding industry across the diaspora. From Johannesburg to New York, catch our take on the creatives capturing our collective imagination. First up, South African designers Palesa Mokubung and Thebe Magugu.
In a (very) recent period lauding black talents throughout the entertainment industry, a shining light has turned to the image-makers responsible for dressing these celebrities. PROTOChic sat in on a dynamic conversation with a rather influential group on the road to greater inclusion and representation on the red carpet.
This year saw artist Avery Williamson parlay her creative eye into the launch of a hand-crafted jewelry line taking the imperfectly perfect geometric shapes that dance across her canvases to the earlobe for the most chic accessory this summer.
Duro Olowu took to London Fashion Week with an intimate guided tour for trade and press through his world of carefully considered prints and patterns. First stop on the tour was South Africa, the birth place and center point for this season’s muse Miriam Makeba.
Designer Grace Wales Bonner kicked off her year with a new job title to an already lengthy resume; that of, exhibition curator. A few days ago, she shared the presentation of her latest collection at the same Serpentine Sackler Gallery as part of London Fashion Week.
Andrea Iyamah’s Autumn 2018 campaign puts its iconic swimwear silhouettes front and center of sentimental backdrops inspired by its creative director’s “fondest memories as a Nigerian child.”
Congratulations are in order for designer Kerby Jean-Raymond of American label Pyer Moss. He claimed the top prize (and $400,000) at the CFDA - Vogue Fashion Fund’s annual awards in New York.
If there is one word to describe Tongoro Studio founder and creative director Sarah Diouf, it is relentless. Launching two years ago, Diouf saw a need in the market for accessibly priced and stylish casual wear that was as versatile as the lifestyle she leads.
Meet American fashion designer Stephen Burrows, who was the first African-American to achieve international acclaim in the 1970s.
We are beyond pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibition The Inverse Color Perspective: The Age of the Black Model by artist Freddie L. Rankin II that captures 42 black models from throughout the diaspora behind the scenes of fashion weeks in New York, Milan, and Paris.
It is safe to say there was some pressure for CEO and Creative Director Carly Cushnie, who took control of her 10-year old brand, now known as CUSHNIE, after separating ways with her co-founder Michelle Ochs eight months ago.
All over the world Nigerians wave their flag in honor of Nigeria’s 58th year of independence. Cheers to another year full of revolutionary style from creative talents from throughout the diaspora.
In want of hand sculpted jewelry inspired by the Fulani women of Northern Africa or the Akan tribe from Ivory Coast and Ghana? We’ve compiled our picks of the best gold statement jewelry brands inspired by African heritage.
With another London Fashion Week in the books, we had to round up our favorite looks from the week from Mayfair to Covent Garden.
New York Fashion Week has come and gone, but all the looks worn by South African entertainer Bonang Matheba are still on the brain.
Thank you for blessing us. That was the refrain overheard by one patron to artist Simone Leigh at the opening of her highly anticipated exhibition at the Luhring Augustine Gallery in Chelsea.
Bolivia. Tenesar. Jamaica. These are just a few of the places the team behind contemporary brand ASHYA looks to for inspiration for their two-year old enterprise famously known for its luxurious leather belt bags.
On the back of our recent announcement to expand into IRL programming this year, we want to give you a peek into the rest of our New York Fashion Week schedule. See below for our picks of SS19 runway shows, presentations, and performances.
They boast, "ONLY PLACE IN LAGOS TO COP LEGIT SUPREME, PALACE, PALM ANGELS, OFF-WHITE..." New concept store XII Glover is the latest to bring those labels to the fore with insiders right in Ikoyi.
We are proud to announce the launch of our latest initiative 'West Africa to the West,' a series focused on West African artisanal heritage and creative confidence connecting to a global consumer.
Contemporary artist Banele Khoza opened his design workshop and art gallery BKhz Studio earlier this month at 68 Juta Street right off the Nelson Mandela Bridge in Braamfontein.
Last month, the Victoria Island based retailer announced a continent-wide search for exceptional talent across various categories in a newly launched Emerge ALÁRA Awards.
In honor of fathers and father figures to be celebrated worldwide on the third Sunday in June, PROTOChic rounds our favorite selects from Nigerian menswear label Post-Imperial.
Celebrations were also in order for Nigerian designer Bubu Ogisi who unveiled an art installation of her Autumn / Winter 2018 collection in New York. The installation took the key pieces and her accompanying campaign images shot by the ocean to distill her creative process in its most pure form.
"All I want to do is create clothes that match up to the incredible beauty of all women," remarked designer Lisa Folawiyo on the set of her look book shoot for her latest collection.
PROTOChic chatted with Thebe Magugu last year, asking how the contemporary womenswear South African designer starts his day. That same sense of playfulness rang true in his Spring / Summer 2018 collection presented during South Africa Fashion Week.
One feature that defines the creative industries, especially fashion, across the diaspora is the sheer vastness of the landscape. PROTOChic connected with Congolese creative Nsimba Valene Lontanga to contemplate the future of African fashion.
Designer Kenneth Ize has his finger on the pulse of Lagos. Since launching his eponymous label in 2013, Ize has continued to develop his expertise in tailoring inspired by his hometown.
Virgil is off to Vuitton. The formal announcement confirming Off-White Founder and Creative Director Virgil Abloh as the new Men's Artistic Director of French luxury house Louis Vuitton was made public today globally.
PROTOChic sat in with Aurora James, founder of accessories label Brother Vellies, on a recent talk to hear her insights on running and maintaining a sustainable brand.