Ugandan Designer Solome Katongole to showcase her collection for the first time on the “I Wear African” Runway

April 6, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Solome Katongole

Maryland based Ugandan Designer, Solome Katongole will be showcasing her collection which carries a  modern aesthetics inspired by color and nature. Her passion infused with her Ugandan culture, influences her ability to design clothes that are sophisticated and sexy. She explores art with fabrics to create garments that are comfortable and make a statement.

Katongole holds a bachelors of science in Biology and is a graduate of the Los Angeles Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. Her beautiful designs have graced the runways of Africa Fashion Week New York and Boston Fashion Week  “Fashion Expose”.

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Designer Registration now open for the African Vibes Magazine 2011 Anniversary Event

January 24, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The process for designers to showcase at the 5th African Vibes Magazine Anniversary celebration in Hollywood, CA begins today January 24th 2011. With a little over three months to go, the countdown begins in scouting for the best collections and designers of contemporary African wear.

If you are an independent designer of contemporary African fashions and would like to present your collection on the “I Wear African” Runway, please review the information below and submit your request. Deadline for all submissions is February 25th 2011:


We provide all you will need for a great presentation

  • 10 to 15 Models
  • Hair Stylist
  • Makeup and Makeup Artists
  • Music for the Runway
  • Runway Coordination
  • An Assistant to help you backstage

Your Opportunity to reach a broad audience

  • Your participation will be announced via Press Release
  • Your profile will be set up on our website and shared with our “I Wear African” fan base
  • You will be included in our Publicist’s information packet to other media outlets
  • You will be part of our pre-event Press day for media interviews with other media outlets
  • You will be profiled in our anniversary event booklet which will be handed out to all attendees
  • Your showcase will be included in the post event coverage on our website and in the African Vibes magazine
  • You will be given the opportunity to dress any of our high profile guests at the event

Convert your participation into revenue

  • Last year, many guests contacted us after the event asking us to create a place where they could purchase designs from the “I Wear African” Runway show. This year we will do just that and you will have the opportunity to include 5 of your showcased designs in the post event “I Wear African” storefront.

You will receive VIP accommodation at the event

  • You will receive Gold VIP Accommodation at our event. This means you can bring 3 VIP guests to the event and receive a reserved table with a complimentary bottle of premium champagne at our VIP Only After Party to celebrate this milestone with us.


There is a mandatory participation fee of $500 for Designers who are approved to participate. This helps us limit participation to those designers most interested in taking advantage of this great opportunity. We go the extra mile for you to see you succeed and we want to know that you are just as committed.

Please note that only a limited number of designers can participate at this event. We usually confirm more than the required number of designers. The first required number of confirmed designers who complete their participation fee will be showing at the event.

If you have a special circumstance or have a question not addressed here, please email


Designers interested in participating are required to submit the online application below before February 25th 2011. Early review will begin February 15th and early notification will be given to designers who signed up early. All selected designers will receive notification no later than February 28th 2011. A 50% non refundable deposit will be required to hold designer’s spot by March 4th. The remainder will be due by March 18th. Note that designers will not be considered a participant until fee is paid in full.

After participation is confirmed, we will be in constant communication with designer to ensure a smooth and successful showcase. For questions relating to this and any other related concerns, please email

No more submissions accepted at this time.


‘GALLERY OF POEMS’: DRAMATIC ROMANTICISM – Vlisco’s Fourth fabric collection for 2010

December 9, 2010 by · 8 Comments 

Once upon a time, Vlisco created a mysterious new fabric collection called ‘Gallery of Poems’. Dreams wander, floating into your own fairyland. Step into a new world and view the designs as objects of inspiration. Some designs will magically transform into a piece of art, adding a romantic touch to the poetic drama, while others illustrate a surrealistic passing of time. The decorative collection is intensified by a flamboyant colour palette. ‘Gallery of Poems’ makes you feel like a fairytale beauty.

‘REFLET DE LUMIÈRE’: OPTICAL ILLUSION – Vlisco’s Third fabric collection for 2010

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Vlisco takes colour to a higher level, bringing it to life with the new ‘Reflet de Lumière’ fabric collection. The collection elucidates the disparity between silhouettes and movement with a colourful blurring effect. The designs create a surreal sense of structural forms, an illusion of architectural dimensions. This sensation is enhanced by the visual effect of morphing created by the interaction between shadows and the aura of coloured lights, merging to produce a graphical collection of unique fabrics.

‘SPARKLING GRACE’: SHINE LIKE A STAR – Vlisco’s Second fabric collection for 2010

May 3, 2010 by · 7 Comments 

All your senses will celebrate the colourful new fabric collection ‘Sparkling Grace’ by Vlisco. Go up the stairs and feel the sensation of melodious pulsations leading to a spectacle of bright colours. The designs coordinate the rhythm of movement. Clear graphic lines give a feeling of the beat while numerous floral designs make up the melody, blossoming into a range of vibrant fabrics. ‘Sparkling Grace’ pays homage to elegance and femininity, magnifying both your inner and outer beauty. So take the stage and shine like a star.

Ivorian Designer Christiane King will show her vibrant fall/winter collection on the ‘I Wear African’ Runway

April 12, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Christiane King was born in the Cote d’Ivoire (French for the Ivory Coast) where she spent most of her childhood and college years. After earning a Bachelors Degree in International Trade in the City of Abidjan and interning at the country’s top oil refinery, she realized her passion lied somewhere else.

Today, Christiane’s collections feature designs that are strongly influenced by her life experiences. Her signature layered and textured look result from the combination of her traditional heritage with the Western cultures she’s been exposed to. Her garments celebrate the arts and crafts from her Ivorian culture, but also maintain very modern styles and silhouettes.

Her Designs have been worn by Celebrities such as Teri Hatcher, Lisa Raye, Jessica Sutta and others.

What we can expect at the “I Wear African” Runway Show

“I will be showing my Fall-Winter collection. This collection was drawn from my appreciation of nature and of artisanship from my native country of Cote d’Ivoire.  The use of double face satin organza, silk chiffon and crepe fabrics all added to the romantic feel I intended to create. Inspired by elements such as roses, calla lilies and nature’s many wonders, I was able to create layers, textures and volume in an organic way on silhouettes that are flattering to the woman’s body.  I strived to achieve a reconnection between art and nature while keeping my love for color very present in my Fall-Winter collection.” – Christiane King


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Ethiopian Designer Mekdes Tefera Taye will bring colorful Red Carpet Looks to the ‘I Wear African’ Runway

April 11, 2010 by · 3 Comments 

Ethiopian Designer, Mekdes Tefera Taye designed her first collection and held her first show at the age of  14 when she became interested in fashion design.  She then continued developing designs from sting materials including her famous wedding dress designs made of pop corn as well as other materials like mesh and hand crafted cotton textiles.

She has participated in more then 30 different fashion shows and has shown her collections to raise awareness for different humanitarian causes  including child orphans of HIV, Ethiopian Women Association, International peace day and more. She designed garments for Miss Ethiopia world (2007/2009) and the Miss tourism Ethiopia 2008 top 20 contestants. She also participated in the Arise African Fashion Week 2009 in south Africa and the Pan Africa Festival 2009 in Algeria.
Most recently she worked as the costume designer for Ethiopia’s biggest movie The Return of Grace which involved designing 1061 items of clothing. The movie is expected to premiere in the coning year.

What we can expect at the “I Wear African” Runway Show

“I will be showing celebrity clothing, cocktail dresses, evening gowns that are colorful and simple”


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Pieces from Previous Collections

Young Ghanaian Designer, Sheila Denanyoh to bring fun and flirty looks to the ‘I Wear African’ Runway

April 6, 2010 by · 4 Comments 

Sheila Denanyoh is a young self taught fashion designer that resides in Westerville, Ohio. She’s originally from Ghana and currently a senior at the Kent State University studying Interior Design. Denanyoh loves the arts and has had a passion for designing since she was 9 years old. She founded Ill-la-la Designs in 2008 and has since used this outlet of expression to help bring change to Africa through the Looks for Books Foundation. Denanyoh’s Ill-la-la Designs has been in shows at universities throughout the state of Ohio. She also participated in the Green and Gorgeous Fashion show in D.C and provided wardrobe for the contestants of the Miss Liberia Ohio Pageant.

What we can expect at the “I Wear African” Runway Show

“I will be showing pieces from my latest collection called ‘Tubgedje’ which means ‘Lady’ in the Ewe language spoken in Ghana. The clothes in this time inspired collection reflect a girl’s maturity into a woman while still maintaining the essence of being a girl. It’s partly fun and flirty and partly reserved and unspoken.” – Sheila Denanyoh

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DRC Designer Kahindo Mateene to show her socially responsible collection on the ‘I Wear African’ Runway

April 1, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Designer Kahindo Mateene is the Founder of clothing brand, Modahnik where she fuses her African heritage using colorful African print fabrics with her Western influenced design sensibilities.  Her goal is to create beautiful clothes of the highest quality and act as a poverty reduction tool by creating sustainable employment opportunities to underprivileged women in African communities.

Mateene has a degree in International Business and a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the highly acclaimed Fashion Design Program at the Illinois Institute of Art. Since graduating in 2004, she has relentlessly pursued her goal of creating an exciting clothing line within a sustainable business model in both the US and Africa. Mateene’s first collection was launched during the 2009 Fashion Focus Chicago week.

What we can expect at the “I Wear African” Runway Show

“Modahnik will be showcasing the 2010 Fall Collection on the ‘I Wear African’ Runway. This collection is influenced by the Modahnik customer and that alternative she seeks out when reaching for the Little Black Dress in her closet. The use of silk alongside African influenced wax print fabrics, ruching and asymmetrical ruffles in flattering sexy ladylike shapes are just some of the feminine frills you will find in the collection.” – Kahindo Mateene

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Cameroonian Designers Maryanne Mokoko and Stephanie Mouapi to showcase their new Romance collection on the ‘I Wear African’ Runway

March 23, 2010 by · 6 Comments 

Cameroonian designers Maryanne E. Mokoko and Stephanie T. Mouapi will be showcasing their modern pieces on the “I Wear African” Runway at the African Vibes Magazine 4th Anniversary Event for their Côté Minou label which was created in the Summer of 2006.

Côté Minou was one of the 6 Designers to showcase at the “I Wear African” campaign launch in 2009. It has been featured in numerous fashion and African related events such as Force Afrik’s African Dance Explosion II, The Howard University’s Homecoming, HU-ASA and Spring Fest Fashion Show, BCBG Productions GQ Party II, Dartmouth’s Evolution of Black Fashion Show,St. Scholastica’s African Heritage Festival, Penn State’s Touch of Africa Show, SUNY Binghamton’s Threads of the Motherland, University of Maryland Fight Against Malaria Fashion Show, The DC Fashion Week, The Maryland Fashion Week, The YMCA Benefit Fashion Show, and The Genesis Ent. Native-Trad Party at Love NightClub in Washington, DC.

In the course of their Journey to changing the way we see the African Cloth, Côté Minou has been featured in the 2007 Uzuri Young Designer Series, named the 2008 Africa Pearls Inc. Trendsetter Award Recipient, was winner of the 2009 Annual African Designers and Models Competition and made it to the 2010 Dulce Camer’s Top 100 List. The Journey continues as they strive to represent Africa the best way they know how and that is through Fashion. The label was recently showcased as featured designer for Munaluchi Bridal on The CW Network (WPIX) Morning show.’

What we can expect at the “I Wear African” Runway Show

“This spring  2010, expect flirty and vibrant colors highlighted with tons of edgy designs. The collection entitled The Romance is surrounded with a mix of volume plus geometry that will down right break your heart.”

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