Styling & makeup concept: Kim Able
Hair Team: R.E.A.L Hair
Makeup Team: Academy of Freelance Makeup Artists
Nails Team: Julie Bryan & Co
Photographer: Joanna Mitroi
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London based designer Karen Gold graduated with a Law and Business Management degree in 2007 from London Metropolitan University. Karen Gold is noted for her signature style of designing sharp tailoring of classic styles that evoke radiance. Her style became immediately apparent in her first womenswear collection in 2015.
Her desire to regain her power as an individual and to break free from the norm led her to attend a stitching course at ASOS Stitching Academy with Fashion Enter and there she found the freedom to express herself through fashion leading to the creation of her first signature collection of Jackets with interchangeable lapels that didn’t confine you to one style. In 2017, the designer debuted her menswear collection under her eponymous brand label.
Karen Gold’s collections include women and men’s ready-to-wear usually in limited editions. Her pieces are set to make you look and feel radiant by updating the classics for a timeless trans seasonal wardrobe through the fit, the fabric and the style. Karen Gold’s collections have been shown at various seasons at London Fashion Week, Paris Fashion Week, New York, Afrimma Dallas, Source British Los Angeles and Scotland International Fashion Festival where she received an award of excellence.
In her quest for sustainable fashion, Karen Gold launched a new handmade collection of aspirational styles in 2018. She prides herself in her ethical handmade collection made from an inimitable fabric handwoven from cotton and silk by local artisans in Africa. This edit significantly tells a story about the strength, perseverance and resilience of women in Africa, a story that will transcend to unborn generations thereby keeping the art alive. As a result of her sustainable practice, Karen Gold awakens Africa’s authenticity and power through Africa’s women and with every piece sold, Karen Gold gives back to the community of weavers empowering them on the dynamism of their heritage and culture.
Karen Gold’s handwoven collection adapted the designer’s eco-friendly ethos and have since expanded into classic styles for everyday wear. Also, her commitment to sustainability is evident throughout all her collections which is part of the brand’s ethos to be a company that is responsible and transparent.
Lara Lavine is an up and coming Irish luxury brand, committed to quality, and creating unique, one of a kind pieces, individually designed garments and limited-edition prints.
Lara’s target market is the affluent professional woman, who likes to dress herself and her home in sheer luxury, art, colour and originality. Her designs are unique, with a cultural context, not only rich in tradition, but made with integrity and passion.
Lara Lavine creates durable, flexible and functional wear scarves, made out of luxury silk and a combination of interesting fabrics and materials, inspiring longevity and sustainability. The scarves are designed in different colours and folds, so the scarf can be used for a variety purposes, (tops, headbands, belts, and one-off garments), these pieces are individually designed, one of a kind and limited editions.
The brand Lavine hopes to inspire a feeling of glamour, chic elegance, divine luxury, and style to the customer, while providing them with the wearable art experience! People invest in art, and will pay millions for a one of kind piece of art or a collector’s item, and Lavine’s designs are just that! Wearable art. No one will ever have the exact same scarf or garment, just like an original masterpiece.
Say No to massed produced items. Rather, buy well, waste less and be kind to our Planet!
Desree & Sabina London brand is inspired by the hues of nature, merging the bold and the delicate.
The brand came together through two friends who studied fashion textiles at the university of the creative arts in London. Although their styles are very different, they complement each other through their love of fashion and creating pieces that inspire. All the patterns, prints and final designs are done in-house giving them a personal touch.
Desree & Sabina London website will be launching soon
101 clothing is a unisex brand offering bespoke tailoring and specializing in kaftans, shirts, dresses, gowns and playsuits. One of a kind quality outfits made exclusively for their clients, using only the finest embellishments. Each order is handled personally by the creative director to ensure their clients get the expert attention and customer service they deserve. All bespoke outfits are tailor-made to suit individual body types, with reassurance that the choicest of fabrics, embroidery and professional finishing will be used to create the most stunning creation.
After having showcased at 25 international fashion events and taken part in 12 fashion awards Ludwig Henry O. Amponsah CEO, has been listed among the TOP 100 students in entrepreneur 2016 by Students and Youth Entrepreneurs Network a subsidiary of The African Network of Entrepreneurs.
101 Clothing has appeared in British Vogue Magazine UK, Glamour Magazine to name a few. They have also worked with personalities such as:
. Samira Bawumia 2nd lady Of Republic Of Ghana
· Hollywood Actor and award winner Abraham Attah
· British/Jamaican born Jazzwad a Grammy Award Music Producer
· Award winning actress and TV Personality Ama k Abeberese
. George Huff of American idol session
. Nana Churcher of the Nana churcher show
. Nigeria's Media Personality Toke Makinwa
. Award winning Ghanaian actress Jackie Appiah
. Award winning Ugandan Actor Mathew Nabwiso
. Minister for Trade Ghana high commissioner Dr. Kofi Addo
. Ace Ghanaian radio personality Lexis Bill
. Gambian Screen Goddess Princes Shyngle
. Miss tourism Uk Queen Harriet Ayele
. Omar TKIF of Bchart fame
. Dr Pauline Long CEO of Beffta
“Kepaza wants to make women feel playful, powerful and strong with a geometrical shaped twist.”
Kepaza is a luxury designer brand established in Baerum, Norway by award winning designer Pernille Fristad. Kepaza creates playful, feminine, edgy and strong clothes for women all over the world. We always use geometrical shapes and lines to high light a women’s curves and make them feel empowered. Kepaza is an inclusive brand and love to dress different sizes, body types, ages and ethnical background. We love our colourful planet and that is why we want to be sustainable and consciousness as possible and we focus on this in the Kepaza universe. Pernille Fristad was awarded the “Golden Needle” when graduating from Esmod Fashion School in Oslo in 2014.
Mary Dickow is an emerging fashion designer for women clothing. Born and raised in Kenya currently living in Denmark, Mary had a strong passion for art and cloth making when growing up. She did not always know that her great passion and interest would eventually lead her to fashion industry because it was unprecedented and unfamiliar in the community she grew up, in the 80s. As she grew older, her interest of art and cloth making expanded but it was difficult to pursue fashion. It was not a likely career path at schools and so cloth making became something she did aside her studies as a hobby. Watching shows such as Copenhagen fashion week really inspired her. She wanted to develop this passion and turn it into a career. In 2015, she joined Copenhagen Academy of fashion and graduated with a diploma of fashion and design. Here she got an opportunity to amass herself in her crafts. She is now working on her new collection as well as building her brand Mary Dickow Fashion Company that she started in September 2017.
Mary Dickow biggest achievement is to join Britain Top designer Award hosted by Fashions Finest and because of this has recently been interviewed by three local Danish media houses.
Louisa Moody is a luxury womenswear brand inspired by issues surrounding equality and double standards between genders. They use fashion as activism, aiming to break beliefs on the ideal woman put in place by society. Their designs focus on sex appeal whilst celebrating women and their bodies.
Velika Hartono is a young independent fashion designer. Her first collection is emerging ready-to-wear with Avant-garde. The collection was launched in Hong Kong in 2018.