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Afromania's 'Love Festival' Collection

"Love Festival," the latest collection by African fashion label Afromania, designed by Nkwo Onwuka for Spring/Summer 14.

We'd like to showcase Afromania and the brains behind the label, Nkwo Onwuka. A UK-based Nigerian designer, Onwuka's throwback 2011 Love Festival collection draws inspiration from the 60s with a wink to her African heritage.  Onwuka opted to use fabrics sourced in Africa to mix it up and deliver a stunning collection. The garments enhance a woman's silhouette while being structured — mixing feathers, fringes, as well as both hand-dyed and hand-woven fabrics. There's a clear strong signature in her pieces and what we like the most is that they're totally wearable. You'll stand out wearing these but that's the point, isn't it? We're not huge on the dry staging for her lookbook but certainly want to recognize her great work. Scroll through our gallery above and tweet @okayafrica with #afromania to talk about it!

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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