‘Black Fashion Week’ puts spotlight on African talent

Updated 10 October 2012
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‘Black Fashion Week’ puts spotlight on African talent

A Senegalese-born French fashion designer realized a long-held ambition when she staged the first ‘Black Fashion Week’ in Paris aimed at bringing African talent to a global audience.
Adama Ndiaye launched the event to showcase the best the continent has to offer but dismissed criticism that it excluded others who were not black.
“’Why not a White Fashion Week?’ some have asked. But Paris Fashion Week is already white!” said Ndiaye, who is behind the show’s Adama Paris label and has organized Senegal’s Dakar Fashion Week for the past decade. “We wanted to simply promote beyond African borders designers who are well-known in Africa or in their country but who don’t have access to the global market,” she said, explaining that in Africa fashion was not yet seen as an industry in its own right.
Even when designers put together collections, they were often unable to sell them, she said, adding that fashion week was not just an opportunity for designers.
“For the models, the majority of them black, it’s also an occasion to get on the catwalk since most of the shows look for more expensive white models — some of whom dropped out of ‘Black Fashion Week’ to do better-paying gigs,” she said.
Ndiaye, who held a Black Fashion Week in Prague last year, said the fashion was not only intended for black people.
Ultra-feminine styles showcased came in a variety of cuts with elements such as puff sleeves and backless dresses. Fabrics ranged from silk and satin to embroidered cotton. Around 15 black designers from Africa or living in France, Haiti or the United States, presented their collections in Paris. 
 


Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty comes to the Kingdom

Rihanna's beauty line will be sold at Sephora stores. (AFP)
Updated 19 April 2018
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Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty comes to the Kingdom

DUBAI: Make-up lovers in the Kingdom have every reason to celebrate as US superstar and entrepreneur Rihanna is dropping her Fenty Beauty line in the country today.

Fenty Beauty, named 2017’s best innovation by Time Magazine, will be available in Sephora stores in the Kingdom on April 19.

Rihanna launched the beauty line in September, with a promise to make all women feel included.

“Fenty Beauty was created for everyone: For women of all shades, personalities, attitudes, cultures, and races. I wanted everyone to feel included, that’s the real reason I made this line,” she said at the time of the launch.

If you’re in the Kingdom and gearing up to make a dash to Sephora, moisturize and prime your face and read on for the five must-haves from Rihanna’s beauty line.

Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

A soft matte foundation with buildable, medium to full coverage. This product comes in 40 shades

Stunna Lip Paint

A weightless, long-lasting liquid lipstick with a matte finish. The shade is said to work on a multitude of skin tones.

Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick

You can use this product as a highlighter or blusher and it comes in 10 colorful shades

Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick

A slim lipstick with a longwearing, soft matte finish, created in 14 color-intense shades.

Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer

Lip gloss with explosive shine in one universal rose nude shade.

Twitter fans have already shared their excitement on social media.