Just over 20 years ago, a crazed 27-year-old narcissist named Andrew Cunanan murdered Gianni Versace on the steps of the designer’s Miami home. Versace by then had built a successful global fashion brand known for unabashedly glamorous dresses worn by actresses and models.

In the aftermath of his death—recently dramatized in the FX show, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”—Gianni’s sister, Donatella, stepped in to take control of the label. At this point, she has now designed Versace’s clothes for longer than Gianni did.

Donatella talked about the difference between her Versace and her brother’s in a candid and engrossing interview with the e-commerce site Ssense. She says her clothes approach women from a different point of view than his—and have a dimension that considers the practical demands of working life as well. She explained:

Gianni’s ideal woman had a life that consisted mainly of chic cocktail parties. Her frivolous pleasure was to transgress boundaries of mainstream taste and provoke with flamboyant hedonism. My Versace woman is a multitasker with a job and a family. She’s mostly looking for clothes that can be worn between seven in the morning and seven in the evening—perfectly tailored, a whiff of glamour, but without bombast. She uses fashion as a corset for her self-confidence, not as a means of provocation. To sum it up in a sentence, Versace’s fashion has become more realistic.

Donatella’s vision of Versace.

It’s certainly possible for men to design “realistic” clothes for women, and Donatella’s vision for the brand has included many flashy, skin-baring creations that aren’t exactly office-appropriate. This is the woman, after all, who designed the stunning green dress Jennifer Lopez wore to the 2000 Grammys that brought the world Google image search.

But as fashion critic Alexander Fury has noted, when women are the ones designing for women, the results do tend to be different. “Maybe it’s the experience of actually wearing the clothes—and indeed of living a life around them,” he wrote in a 2015 story.

The point is notable because despite fashion making most of its money off women, male designers still generally dominate the industry. The stereotype of a couturier even remains a resolutely male character like Reynolds Woodcock, the controlling protagonistof Paul Thomas Anderson’s movie Phantom Thread, which took inspiration from the real life of designer Cristóbal Balenciaga.

These issues arose again in January of this year, when the fashion label Céline announced that designer Hedi Slimane would succeed Phoebe Philo as creative director. Philo was known for creating clothes beloved by professional women that didn’t rely on sex appeal to imbue confidence. Slimane is known to make clothes that are arguably more a club girl’s fantasy and less realistic, to borrow Donatella’s wording.

Maybe fashion would be just a little richer and more varied, though, with a few more women making the decisions about what big, prestigious labels offer their female customers.


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Accra fashion week


Ghana’s premier fashion event Accra Fashion Week is ready to square with western fashion weeks by executing seasonal fashion shows twice a year. This is the first in Sub Sahara Africa for a fashion week to be executed twice a year, unless one is counting SA Fashion Week and SA Menswear Week.

As it goes, the two Accra Fashion Weeks will be distinguished by the seasons. The upcoming Accra Fashion Week set to occur on 3-8th October 2017 will be dubbed Spring/Harmattan 2017 where collections presented will be open for the season ahead. The follow up event will be executed in Late March and dubbed the Chilly/Rainy 2018 which will see our fashion designers create clothes for the rainy season following.


Accra fashion week

Organizers stated “It is not so much an issues about how many collections the designers can create, African designers usually participate in 2 or 3 or more fashion shows a year, so they do have the capacity to produce irregardless of how great business is ina the country, the most essential aspect to this is the consistency of branding obtained from being on the runway whilst setting trends for the seasons in our nation”

Accra Fashion Week was launched in 2017 and made history in Africa by compiling the largest amount of foreign designers to showcase in a country for a single event. This October, over 30 designers are set to hit the runway from over 15 countries. For more information visit

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Virgil abloh

Louis Vuitton Crowns Virgil Abloh as Its New Menswear Designer

In breaking news, French luxury house Louis Vuitton has just named Virgil Abloh as its new artistic director of menswear, replacing Kim Jones who announced his departure just last week.a1

Abloh’s new gig at LV will make him one of the few black designers at the top of a French heritage house, followed by Olivier Rousteing at Balmain and Ozwald Boateng, who was the designer for Givenchy menswear from 2003 to 2007. According to The New York Times, Abloh will relocate his family to Paris to fulfill his new role.

Before today’s official announcement, it was rumored Abloh would take over Jones’ spot. On the same day as his announcement to leave Louis Vuitton, Kim Jones posted a pair of Off-White™ x Air Jordan 1 sneakers, signed by Abloh himself, with the caption “Thanks Virgil, BIG LOVE.” Abloh will show his first collection for Louis Vuitton during Paris Men’s Fashion Week in June.

Abloh stated:

“I feel elated. This opportunity to think through what the next chapter of design and luxury will mean at a brand that represents the pinnacle of luxury was always a goal in my wildest dreams. And to show a younger generation that there is no one way anyone in this kind of position has to look is a fantastically modern spirit in which to start.”

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Stella McCartney

FASHION British designer, Stella McCartney causes outrage with her expensive African print wear

The fear of many African fashion connoisseurs is coming to pass as big designers increasingly incorporate African fabrics and designs in their collections. So are these big designers ‘stealing’ from Africans?

British designer, Stella McCartney, who is daughter of famed Beatles frontman, Paul McCartney, has caused some outrage with her collection using African prints. A video has hit social media with an angry woman calling for a boycott of the collection because it represents stealing from the African culture, which has already been raped by the West enough!

Tagged as ‘Abstract Print Dresses’ these Stella Mccartney designs are going for as much as $1,170 at Harrods.

The pieces which are taken from Stella McCartney’s Summer 2018 collection were birthed from a collaboration with Vlisco on a series of playful and colourful prints to create a bold all-over pattern bringing unparalleled vibrancy to fashionistas.

This brings to mind the question of whether indeed these fabrics that are tagged as ‘African Print’ belong to Africa at all? Especially since most of it is printed in holland by Vlisco anyway.


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French fashion icon Hubert de Givenchy dies aged 91

French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy, who created famous looks for Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy, has died at the age of 91.

His partner Philippe Venet, a former haute couture designer, confirmed the news to the AFP news agency.

“It is with huge sadness that we inform you that Hubert Taffin de Givenchy has died,” he said.

The designer’s nephews and nieces, and their children, share Mr Venet’s grief, his statement added.

Givenchy was perhaps most famous for creating the iconic Little Black Dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in the opening scene of Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

“It was… an enormous help to know that I looked the part… Then the rest wasn’t so tough anymore. Givenchy’s lovely simple clothes [gave me] the feeling of being whoever I played…,” Hepburn previously said of the designer.

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