Africa Fashion Guide
A social enterprise promoting sustainability within Africa's fashion and textile industry.



Manufacturing

November 30th, 2015

Looking back in order to move forward – Celebrating the Artisan – SS16 collection Studio One Eighty Nine

Screen shot 2015-11-23 at 23.43.28

The third collection from Studio One Eighty Nine just has to have a mention. The amazing duo – Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah’s launched this official collection during New York Fashion Week in September and celebrated various different artisan techniques produced in Africa such as (our love) the labour intensive Kente cloth, bògòlanfini mud technique from Mali as well as their traditional hand-batiking, basket weaving as well as an introduction to indigo dyeing.

Showcased at the Smithsonian in partnership with Lower Eastside Girls Club, Abrima and Rosario Dawson presented a cool, fresh and quite delicate collection of clothing. The designs being equally vibrant, refreshing and light, even though the collection is based on shades of indigo; light blue, ocean blue, sky blue. Whilst the hint of pink, whites and black geometric patterns and abstract prints moves the designs from summer breeze to fall ready wear. As done before they utilise the West African Adinkra symbol “sankofa,” with the meaning of looking back in order to look forward.

The line Studio 189 also has a echo-friendly jewelry line, which we feel represents Rosario Dawson as we know her to be fun, sophisticated, and edgy with a sense of pride for helping others. The jewelry and clothing was made in Ghana and provides a means of income for the people and the green necklace was made from recycled Heineken beer bottles, the white necklace from soda bottled and blue necklace made from Skyy Vodka bottles.

Styles included ponchos with hoods,  jumpsuits silhouettes, kaftans, halterneck dresses, 70s style wide leg pants and more but the garment that called to me was the indigo kimono. It was light, soft and feminine, moving it from a stiff and dreary traditional garment that can only be worn on occasion to a modern light, bright and breezy garment worn for any occasion. The garment was soft and flowy with deep plunge front with a vibrant colors of indigo blue.

In discussing the collection Dawson uses the words “beauty, excellence, craftsmanship and luxury” to sum it up, and we totally agree.

WP_20150914_031

WP_20150914_012

WP_20150914_005

WP_20150914_009

WP_20150914_001

WP_20150914_011

WP_20150914_028

WP_20150914_045

WP_20150914_035

See more from the brand here: http://studiooneeightynine.com/







Advertisement
 
 

 
Screen Shot 2018-03-18 at 12.22.02

I Interviewed a Hollywood Actress whilst wearing my Onesie // Business Insights

Really?…Yes …. really Now there are times I feel blessed and honoured to be in a business which connects me with an amazing line up of celebrities, industry leaders and influencers, but never ever have I interviewed...
by africafashionguide
0

 
 
African Fashion Guide - 1092 of 1191

Fashion, F.A.S.T and Festival FUN! – Ghana – August 2018 – Lets do this!

It is with so much excitement that today on Ghana Independence Day 2018 we inform you that we will be heading back to Ghana this August for our next Fashion Africa Sourcing Trip (F.A.S.T) AND will be heading to the Chale Wote S...
by africafashionguide
0

 
 
African Fashion Guide - 977 of 1191

Join our Africa “road trip” and #GOF.A.S.T WITH US! Ready, set GO!

Tempted? How does this sound? Waking up to a cup of one of the world’s best coffee producers before walking through one of several UNESCO world heritage sites and natural preserves, to the sound of church bells in one of...
by africafashionguide
1

 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply