Editor’s Note: I’m writing this letter from the beautiful city of Lagos. I love the weather, the fashion and I have this urge to run into Mai Atafo’s shop and buy everything he is selling. But I won’t because, luckily for me, I love too many African fashion brands that I find it completely impossible to love just 1 brand. In our October 2013 issue, the fashion and accessories we get to see this month are all exquisite. Designers BIJOU MAKEDA and M.A.F COUTURE have been taking the world by storm with their amazing collections & designs that we couldn’t miss sharing their latest collections. Always one step ahead, they have established themselves on their quality and exceptional style. They endorse individuality and creativity in fashion, and aim to inspire you to empower your own style.
We celebrate Nigeria’s independence month with a cover featuring Nigerian-born model ADETOUN OLUPITAN. Adetoun is currently living in Chicago, working as a Commercial model. She started modelling in 2011 and over the last 3 years, has worked with many influential industry professionals. From being the new face of international hair care company Organic Root Stimulator to having Naomi Campbell send her an autographed shoe by Prada, Adetoun has had many interesting experiences. This month Toun talks to Zen about how it feels to be modelling in America and why “this is the right time for African fashion”.
I am so in love with the energy from African models that we decided to have 3 strong features this month. Victor “Kwen” Akomaye,Hadiatou Bah and Lisa Marie Kotzebue are 3 models who are going right, but the feature that had everyone oohing and aahing is our feature with Boitumelo “Boity” Thulo, and Mi Casa from South Africa. We also have a few exclusive images from Africa fashion Week Los Angeles 2013 and I must say, it was such an eye-opening show. We will be making a few changes to our calendar of features for the year, but rest assured, all the things you love are still in your favourite magazine. Let us know what you think about our October cover and all the fabulous features. With an amazing selection of delectable stories, this is one issue you won’t be forgetting anytime soon.
Photographer: Karl Ray
MUA: Janet Oladele
Hairstylist: Lanetra Herrings
Jewellery: Bronzeville Boutique