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Designer Shopping Tips For The Black Friday Sales



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Black Friday has really taken off over the past several years. The annual sale, which was originally initiated in the United States and takes place on Thanksgiving weekend, is now also a bigger shopping event on this side of the pond than Boxing Day Sales.


To prevent getting caught up in Black Friday excitement and ending up with a lot of unwanted objects in your wardrobe, we’ve put together a list of questions to ask yourself before making any designer Black Friday sales purchases.


Do you own similar items already?



Begin by acknowledging what you lack and require. Do you own anything similar in your wardrobe that performs the same task? Make a list of things you want to buy and stick to it before you go shopping so that you don’t make impulse purchases that you’ll later regret.


Take a good look at your wardrobe and put anything you haven’t worn in the last six months in storage; if something has remained unworn for more than six months, it’s unlikely to be worn again soon. Only then will you notice the holes in your collection.



What if it wasn’t on sale?


It’s easy to get carried away while purchasing on sale, but items that have been severely discounted aren’t a bargain if you won’t use them. It isn’t worth spending even half of what it costs if you wouldn’t buy it at full price.


To save money, remember that the greatest bargains only apply to clothing you’ll wear on a regular basis rather than clothing that will be stored in your closet.



Is it love?


Buying something should make you feel good. It’s pointless to buy anything unless it makes you feel awkward or gives you any cause for worry. Shopping should make you grin from ear to ear.



Does it work with other items you own?


If you must obtain additional goods to complete an item, don’t buy it. If a component is correct, it should work with your current pieces; otherwise, it will go unused in your closet.


Have you done enough research?



Do your homework ahead of time – most stores will tell you what they plan to do ahead of time, so make sure you know where to get the greatest bargains. If you’re looking for a certain designer item that is available at multiple shops, this is especially crucial. Looking around in advance might save you a lot of money.


Are you panicking?



The Black Friday sales are only the beginning of a lengthy line of sales, so if you don’t obtain what you want right away, relax and wait for the next chance. The January sales are fast approaching, and you may have better luck the next time around. When it comes to transportation, don’t just grab anything that’s on sale for the sake of it; wait for the best deals.


Is it on-trend?


Avoid trendy things and stick to long-lasting investments. While everyone on the front row may be wearing that exact thing this season, it’s likely to look outdated quickly, and if it’s already on sale, the moment may have passed. Pick capsules that are unlikely to get old.





Now that you have some questions to ask yourself regarding whether a Black Friday sale is worth it, let’s take a look at some other questions that might help with your journey. After all, the more information you have, the better a purchase will be!



What is the difference between Cyber Monday and Black Friday?


Black Friday and Cyber Monday aren’t really that different; both provide massive discounts and take place either side of a weekend of sales shopping. It’s always worth keeping an eye out, however, since certain fashion labels may execute separate offers on the two days.


If you missed out on getting the product you desired on Black Friday, it may be available on Cyber Monday. It’s well worth a look.



Are the sales only available in store?

No, many of the same discounts and offers are also readily available over the internet. Today, there are more options for consumers than ever before, and some of the internet’s top retailers offer a wide range of goods. Shopping in the comfort of your own home may be a fantastic method to avoid the notoriously loud crowds and lengthy queues that exist at certain stores.

Why are the costs of goods so low at some shops?

Retailers provide goods at such low costs in order to increase their profit margins when the items are purchased in large quantities. It’s also a method of making space for new products by offering bargain-basement pricing on existing inventory.








Miami Fashion Week kicks off with streetwear panel, and Karl Kani’s MIAFW debut!




Miami Fashion Week® (MIAFW) became the epicenter of the fashion world as industry icons and guests gathered for a commemorative press conference, streetwear panel, and Karl Kani’s MIAFW debut!

The event kicked off with an official press conference at the Gary Nader Art Centre where Gary Nader (Art Collector), CaSandra Diggs (CFDA President), Karl Kani (Fashion Designer), Oliver Gilbert (Miami-Dade Commissioner) and Lourdes Fernández-Velasco (MIAFW Executive Managing Director) welcomed the Miami community and shared details of this year’s event.

The day continued with a special brunch at Kiki on the River where Karl Kani, filmmaker Jessy Terrero, and songwriter Ashley Joi discussed the influence of style and culture in a dedicated panel moderated by CaSandra Diggs.

The evening concluded with a powerful runway show by the one and only “Godfather of Streetwear” Karl Kani, who serves as this year’s featured designer and the first streetwear designer ever showcased at MIAFW. The runway pulsated with energy as influential talent like actress Pretty Vee, MMA world championDavid Evans, former NBA star Larry Sanders Jr. strutted down the runway in oversized silhouettes and vibrant designs.MFWKARLKANI 175 scaled MFWKARLKANI 143 scaled MFWKARLKANI 179 scaled T9A1378

The runway show took place at The Elser Hotel, which drew in notable attendees such as:

Guerdy Abraira, Real Housewives of Miami
Vena E., MTV reality star and comedian
Kiko El Crazy, Musician
Dalex, Musician
Pretty Vee, Actress
David Evans, World Champion MMA Fighter
Larry Sanders Jr., Former NBA Player
Oliver Gilbert, Miami-Dade Commissioner
Shantall Lacayo, Fashion Designer
Leli Hernandez, Influencer
Arjun Petgrave, Model


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Taking place from January 24th – 27th, this year marks an exciting evolution for MIAFW, taking on new event dates and expanding into the streetwear space as it welcomes Karl Kani, the legendary “Godfather of Urbanwear,” as the official featured designer.

For 26 years, MIAFW has served as a vibrant platform that transcends boundaries to celebrate fashion as art, culture, and lifestyle. Taking place in the diverse city of Miami, the event serves as a cultural bridge that unites style enthusiasts from around the world. Returning to iconic venues like the Gary Nader Art Museum and its Botero exhibit, this year’s event will fully immerse attendees into the world of MIAFW.

“We are thrilled to bring back Miami Fashion Week with an expanded lineup that showcases creative forces from across the globe,” said Lourdes Fernandez-Velasco, Executive Director of Miami Fashion Week. “This year’s event will not only showcase exceptional brands but will also offer a platform for insightful discussions, innovative ideas with new technologies, and the convergence of diverse perspectives.”

Expanding upon its robust lineup, MIAFW 2024 will pay homage to Karl Kani with a dedicated runway show highlighting his signature designs. Drawing inspiration from Hip Hop and street culture, Karl Kani saw a gap in the market and began creating apparel at the age of 16. Today, Karl Kani is a global phenomenon, having introduced the concept of baggy jeans and the first urban design company with an all-Black sales force. This historic collaboration marks the first time that the Karl Kani brand will headline MIAFW, and the first time the event has ever featured a streetwear designer.

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CutOut: The quiet fashion brand making all the significant moves



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Where do I start from…. Lately I’ve been seeing flashes of CutOut,CutOut on my timelines on my socials. Out of curiosity, I decided to take a peek at their page, and now, I understood why the name seems to be flying all over. (more…)

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Osebo to launch collections on January 12



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Ghanaian ‘fashion icon’, Richard Brown, affectionately called Osebo is set to launch his collections under his name.

The exclusive collections are made of slippers, sandals, shoes, and clothes among others.

This unveiling slated for 5pm on January 12, 2024, at the Sunlodge Hotel in Accra is set to usher the fashionista into the next phase of his fashion journey.

Osebo revealed to a section of the media during a brief interaction on Thursday that the time has come for him to take on the world and show his fashion prowess, and extend his tentacles to create more job employment as well as other opportunities for the youth.

He noted that the journey to this phase of his brand has taken time and patience to build such a brand for himself.

According to him, his Spiritual Father, Apostle Kwadwo Sarfo named him Osebo (Tiger), who is arguably the King of the jungle.

Osebo further revealed that the name helped and propelled him to this heights in life.

Against this backdrop, he encouraged the youth not to give up in their journey of life, adding that regardless of the difficulties, with determination to succeed, coupled with hard work every dream is achievable.

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Elevating Heritage: HEMADÉ Unveils “Sweet Family” Resort Collection at Accra Fashion Week



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In a stunning display that set Ghana’s fashion scene ablaze, HEMADÉworldwide, the visionary designer known for her innovative creations, recently graced Accra Fashion Week with the unveiling of her exquisite Resort Collection, titled “Sweet Family.” HEMADÉ once again showcased her mastery of the fashion craft, presenting a collection that pays homage to unique silhouettes, bespoke cut lines, and a nostalgic nod to vintage fabrics reminiscent of a bygone era.

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At the heart of Hemadé’s “Sweet Family” collection lies an exploration of silhouettes that seamlessly weave modernity with a touch of sentimentality. The designer’s meticulous attention to detail and a flair for distinctive cut lines resonate in each meticulously crafted piece, providing wearers with a profound sense of individuality and a personal connection to their attire. What truly distinguishes this collection is its heartfelt incorporation of Africa print fabric, intricately embroidered to add an extra layer of cultural richness.

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Each garment in the collection narrates a story of Hemadé’s unwavering commitment to infusing a unique character into her designs, ensuring they command attention in any setting. The Africa print fabric, celebrated for its vibrant patterns, took on new life as it was meticulously embroidered, creating a harmonious blend of tradition and modernity.

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What sets the “Sweet Family” collection apart is its homage to fabrics that once graced the wardrobes of generations past. Hemadé has curated vintage textiles with finesse, invoking a sense of familiarity and warmth. Delicate floral fine chiffon and intricately printed silk take center stage, breathing life into the collection. These fabrics, reminiscent of cherished memories and timeless elegance, add a layer of sophistication and charm to each ensemble.

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Beyond the embroidered Africa print fabric, Hemadé has introduced an eco-conscious element to the collection. Some pieces are crafted using demolished recycled beads, showcasing the designer’s commitment to sustainability and innovation. The incorporation of these beads adds a unique texture and visual appeal, making each piece a statement of conscious fashion.

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The fusion of unique silhouettes, bespoke cut lines, embroidered Africa print fabric, and the incorporation of demolished recycled beads reflects Hemadé’s commitment to crafting pieces that transcend fleeting trends. Her designs not only emanate elegance but also carry a sense of heritage and individuality, resonating with fashion enthusiasts who appreciate the blend of contemporary style and classic allure.

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Accra Fashion Week, set against the iconic Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, served as a deliberate homage to Ghana’s rich history and cultural significance. The park, a tribute to Ghana’s first president, Kwame Nkrumah, became a symbolic canvas echoing the designer’s celebration of family, unity, and the intergenerational thread binding us.

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As Hemadé continues to push the boundaries of creativity, her Resort Collection stands as a testament to unwavering dedication to craftsmanship and innovation. The designer’s ability to transmute vintage aesthetics into modern-day elegance, combined with her conscious approach to fashion, sets a new standard in the world of fashion, leaving an indelible mark on the runway and in the hearts of global fashion enthusiasts.

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For those enamored by this exquisite display, the good news awaits. The “Sweet Family” collection by Hemadé will be available for purchase starting April 2024. Fashion aficionados can explore and acquire these stunning creations by visiting or connecting via Instagram at @hemadworldwide. Alternatively, inquiries and orders can be placed by calling +233557620502. Elegance, culture, and sustainability await.

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Odefille takes center stage at Accra Fashion Week 2023



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Odefille, a pioneer in executive fashion and maker of stylish C-suite wear, will unveil its elegant collection at the upcoming Accra Fashion Week (AFWK23) scheduled to take place from December 13 to 17, 2023. 

During the five-day event, the distinguished C-suite fashion brand – which has been synonymous with sophistication and grace since its inception – will give patrons a glimpse into its rich past, exciting present, and innovative future via a booth and a runway show on Saturday, December 16, at 1.30pm as part of the main show at the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum. 

Nadia Asantewaa Nkandobi, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Founder, ahead of the event said fashion enthusiasts and industry insiders will have the exclusive opportunity to explore the diverse offerings of Odefille, showcasing innovative craftsmanship and a range of creative collaborations. 

She expressed excitement about participating in Accra Fashion Week, highlighting the chance to connect with a broader audience and share the C-suite wear brand’s commitment to artistry and refinement. 

“We are thrilled to be a part of Accra Fashion Week and have the opportunity to showcase our collections to a wider audience. This event allows us to connect with fashion enthusiasts, industry insiders, and potential customers who appreciate the artistry and refinement that goes into each Odefille piece,” the fashion executive said. 

Renowned for meticulous attention to detail and timeless designs, critics have praised Odefille as the brand continues to redefine the boundaries of executive fashion, attracting a devoted following of individuals who value the craftsmanship evident in its offerings.

Ms. Nkandobi believes AFWK23 represents the ideal platform for showcasing Odefille’s range as she aims to inspire and empower individuals through its designs, reflecting the brand’s confidence and refinement. “The event is not only an opportunity for us to exhibit our latest collections but also to connect with our audience on a deeper level. We hope to inspire and empower individuals through our C-suite designs, showcasing the confidence and refinement that Odefille represents,” the CEO added. 

The Accra Fashion Week has evolved to become the foremost gathering of style enthusiasts in the country. The 10th edition of the event is scheduled to host designers from Brazil, Columbia, USA, Tanzania, Seychelles, Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, France, Canada, SA & the very best from Ghana.

Accra Fashion Week serves as Odefille’s prime stage for showcasing its latest collections, seamlessly blending classic styles with contemporary flair. The brand’s presentation promises an array of exquisite garments radiating confidence, power, and refinement, the fashion leader added. 

Odefille not only unveils its own creations but also collaborates with talented designers, emphasizing its dedication to fostering creativity and supporting emerging talents. This participation solidifies Odefille’s position as a leading force in C-suite fashion, continually setting new standards of style and elegance.

While fashion shows once served as a platform for brands in the US$1.5 trillion global apparel market to unveil their new collections, it has now evolved far beyond its initial scope. Fashion shows have transformed into global media phenomena.

Event details

Wed, Dec. 13, 2023: 4pm – #Meet The Designer @ Kempinski Galleria, Amber Gallery;

Thurs, Dec. 14, 2023: 3pm – Hollantex Swimwear Deluxe Show @ Cloud9ine, Osu;

Thurs, Dec. 14, 2023: 9pm – Welcome2Accra (Amapiano Party) @ Cloud 9ine, Osu;

Fri, Dec. 15, 2023: 2pm – African Fashion Summit, 2023 @ Accra Metropolitan Assembly; 

Fri, Dec, 15, 2023: 7pm – Face of AFWK 2023 Semi-Finals @ Level Bar & Lounge;

Sat, Dec 16, 2023: 1pm – ‘FashionGHANA’ Cocktail Reception @ Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum; 

Sat, Dec. 16, 2023: 1.30pm – Main Shows @ Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum; 

Sat, Dec. 16, 2023: 6.00pm – Pressurized Canvasses @ Level Bar & Lounge, Osu; 

Sun, Dec. 17, 2023: 1pm – ‘FashionGHANA’ Cocktail Reception @ Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum; 

Sun, Dec. 17, 2023: 1.30pm – Main Shows @ Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum.