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NYFW: This Is What Studio 189's First Fall Collection Looks Like

The sustainable fashion brand co-founded by Abrima Erwiah and Rosario Dawson once again levels up this fashion season.

Sustainable fashion brand Studio 189 debuted a stunning fall collection in celebration of their 6-year anniversary at Spring Street Studios during New York Fashion Week.

Sunday Best—the brand's first fall collection—is a color-rich nod to vintage family portraits we know so well taken by the revered photographer Malick Sidibé, Moroccan artist Hassan Hajjaj's eclectic contemporary work, as well as Phyllis Galembo's portrait-style documentation of West African masquerade costumes.

"When we walk around Ghana, for example, we see so many well-dressed people that is reminiscent to us of the old studio style portraits," Abrima Erwiah, co-founder of Studio 189 with actor Rosario Dawson and co-creative director, says in a statement. "We love the idea of people dressing their best—a market seller, a street vendor, a doctor or a lawyer—everyone looks equally amazing."


Opting for a presentation in lieu of their straight-forward (and fabulous) runway show last year, their diverse and inclusive models donned the brand's new editions of floor length ruffle skirts, wide-leg, fitted jumpsuits with blouson sleeves along with pouf blouson sleeves and neck ties to their existing silhouettes. Vibrant hues of indigo, brown and yellow earth tones, with pops of bright red, blue, green and hints of red are a constant in the collection.

Studio 189 continues to be steadfast and consistent in their mission to innovate the value chain of a single garment. "The Fall 2019 collection was designed with taking key lessons learned from the past, applying them to present day, in order to design a product that is made with the next 50 years in mind," the brand declares. "Our goal is to design products that are built to last and can stand the test of time with circularity in mind."

The brand collaborated once again with their artisans and production facility in Ghana, as well as linking with the UN Ethical Fashion Initiative in Haiti and Burkina Faso, as well as design company Xoomba in Burkina Faso.

Take a look at our favorite looks from Studio 189's Sunday Best collection, photographed by D'Anthony Photography, below.

Courtesy of Studio 189.

Courtesy of Studio 189.

Courtesy of Studio 189.

Courtesy of Studio 189.

Courtesy of Studio 189.

Courtesy of Studio 189.

Courtesy of Studio 189.

Courtesy of Studio 189.

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Adut Akech poses in winners room after winning the Model of the Year Award during The Fashion Awards 2019 held at Royal Albert Hall on December 02, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/BFC/Getty Images)

South Sudanese Model Adut Akech Wins Model of the Year at 2019 British Fashion Awards

The 19-year-old model spoke about the need for increased representation in the fashion world during her acceptance speech.

Star model Adut Akech was named 'Model of the Year' at last night's star-studded British Fashion Awards in London, earning her one of the biggest accolades during this year's ceremony.

The 19-year-old, South Sudanese-born model, beat out the likes of Adwoa Aboah, Kaia Gerber and Winnie Harlow to claim the recognition.

During her acceptance speech, Akech, who moved with her family to Australia as a young girl after fleeing South Sudan, touched on the need for better representation of women who look like her in the fashion industry. "It is important for all of us to remember that someone like me winning this award is a rarity," she said.

"This is for the young women and men who found representation and validation in my work. I want them to never be afraid of dreaming big like I once did."

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#BuyBlack: The 8 Black-Owned Brands To Shop For On Black Friday 2019

It's that time of year again, here is OkayAfrica's 2019 gift guide for you to #BuyBlack this Friday.

You know we're near the end of 2019 once the holiday season comes back around. Thanksgiving is upon us and the bargain shopping and gift-giving is set to commence thereafter. While this American "holiday" being questionable in of itself, Black Friday is a prime occasion to highlight, support and spend exclusively with black-owned businesses.

Just like we mentioned last year, let's keep the 'for us, by us' energy going. Even beyond the hustle and bustle of Black Friday, tap into the businesses that continue to contribute to wealth-building, development and employment in Black communities around the world.

Here is OkayAfrica's curated shortlist of black-owned brands to take note of this Black Friday, including some standout home decor, fashion, skincare and beauty brands you should know.

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South African Women Dropped the Best Debuts of 2019

We highlight 10 noteworthy albums & EPs from a new generation of vocal talent in South Africa, featuring Elaine, Ayanda Jiya, Ami Faku and more.

The South African music scene has seen an uptick in youthful, vocally gifted artists over the years. Much of this is owed to the recent global resurgence of R&B, as well as the increased significance of streaming sites, especially SoundCloud.

From internet-savvy artists creating jazz, alternative soul and house-infused spoken word to radio friendly iterations of pop and Afro-soul, 2019 has been the year of impactful debut performances.

This year ushered in the voices of a new generation of South African female artists announcing themselves to the world.

Here's a lowdown of 10 great releases from talented female vocalists, songwriters and composers marking this new era.

Read ahead below. This list is in no particular order.

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Listen to Stormzy's New Album 'Heavy is the Head'

The British-Ghanaian grime star has dropped his much-anticipated sophomore album featuring YEBBA, H.E.R., Burna Boy, Ed Sheeran, Tiana Major9 and Headie One.

British-Ghanaian rapper Stormzy has finally dropped his much-anticipated sophomore album Heavy is the Head. The album comes two years after he released his debut album Gang Signs & Prayer.

The 16-track project features the likes of American singer-songwriter YEBBA, H.E.R., Burna Boy, British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, Tiana Major9 and Headie One.

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