Dakar Fashion Week Part 3: International Designers (Co-authored with Jenni Keating)

While Dakar fashion week is all about African designers, it’s always fun to mix in a little inspiration from around the globe. Carol Baretto (Brazil) brought great color, amazing oversized woven cuffs and collars, leather and lot of personality. Evgheni Hudorojcov’s collection (Moldova) was truly elegant and featured some beautiful evening gowns. (A third designer, Katherine Huschka, was featured at Friday night’s show which we missed but don’t worry – more on her later!)

Designer: Carol Baretto (Brazil)

Designer: Carol Baretto
(Brazil)

Designer: Carol Baretto (Brazil)

Designer: Carol Baretto
(Brazil)

Designer: Carol Baretto (Brazil)

Designer: Carol Baretto
(Brazil)

Designer: Evgheni Hudorojcov (Moldova)

Designer: Evgheni Hudorojcov
(Moldova)

Designer: Evgheni Hudorojcov (Moldova)

Designer: Evgheni Hudorojcov
(Moldova)

Designer: Evgheni Hudorojcov (Moldova)

Designer: Evgheni Hudorojcov
(Moldova)

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Trying to pull off the head wrap….

So, are head wraps “high fashion” or are they more likely to be on the “what not to wear” list? It seems we are always discussing this topic. When I flip through the pages of Glamour Magazine or In Style it looks VERY high fashion…but, when I look in the mirror I look like someone who would be in those magazines under the “Don’t” section. Do you know what I mean?

It is hot season in Senegal AND I am in the process of growing my hair out. Not a good combination. My plan is to wear my hear pulled back in a bun the rest of the season (it is too hot to blow dry and straighten my UBER thick hair)! The only problem, my face seems a bit harsh with my hair all pulled back and I needed a little something to dress it up. Thus, the head wrap comes into play. Below is my attempt…

Yes, I feel like a nerd. Yes, I feel like I’m trying to be something I’m not…but we can’t all look as high fashion as Jenni Keating! Needless to say I will not feel very pretty throughout hot season this year.
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Dakar Fashion Week Part 2: African Designers (Co-authored with Jenni Keating)

This past weekend, we attended the final runway show of the 11th annual Dakar Fashion Week. Highlighting Africa’s up and coming designers is what this event does best. We LOVED seeing the creativity and designs from so many different countries. Today we’re featuring some of our favorite designers. If you missed it – be sure to read our earlier feature on Senegalese designers.

Designer: Elie Kuame  (Ivory Coast)

Designer: Elie Kuame
(Ivory Coast)

Designer: Elie Kuame  (Ivory Coast)

Designer: Elie Kuame
(Ivory Coast)

This is the designer himself, Elie Kuame.

This is the designer himself, Elie Kuame.

Designer: Habbib Sanagare (Ivory Coast)

Designer: Habbib Sanagare
(Ivory Coast)

Designer: Habbib Sanagare (Ivory Coast)

Designer: Habbib Sanagare
(Ivory Coast)

Designer: Virgine Ayissi (Cameroun, France)

Designer: Virgine Ayissi
(Cameroun, France)

Designer: Virgine Ayissi (Cameroun, France)

Designer: Virgine Ayissi
(Cameroun, France)

Designer: Virgine Ayissi (Cameroun, France)

Designer: Virgine Ayissi
(Cameroun, France)

Designer: Weni (Benin)

Designer: Weni
(Benin)

Designer: Meryem Boussikouk (Morocco)

Designer: Meryem Boussikouk
(Morocco)

Designer: Meryem Boussikouk (Morocco)

Designer: Meryem Boussikouk
(Morocco)

Designer: Bibas (Guinee Bissau)

Designer: Bibas
(Guinee Bissau)

Designer: Bibas (Guinee Bissau)

Designer: Bibas
(Guinee Bissau)

Designer: Bibas (Guinee Bissau)

Designer: Bibas
(Guinee Bissau)

You’ll know it’s bad…

This top is the most lightweight one I own:

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And this skirt is the coolest one I have:

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Each day feels hotter and hotter, which means I now need to learn how to fashion myself an ice suit. (Maybe it’s on Pinterest?)

Or else I may find myself wearing this combo:

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Yikes.

In case you’re new to Senegal, hot season begins in July, builds in August, temperatures keep climbing and add high humidity in September, and by the peak in October you are convinced you’re going to turn into a California raisin. (A sweaty, moldy California raisin.)

Then the dry harmattan winds blow in from the desert. It gets hotter and the air is filled with sand and dust for a couple weeks – but you know the end is approaching!

It’s can still be blazing hot in November, but by the time Thanksgiving rolls around… relief is in sight.

Relief as in, “Bust out the sweaters. It’s going to be 70° !”

Dakar Fashion Week Part 1: Senegalese Designers (Co-authored with Jenni Keating)

Saturday night’s show was a great event for Dakar and Senegalese fashion. Hosted by Adama Paris at the Hotel des Almadies, the event was packed out with Dakar’s most fashionable (which made for some GREAT people watching!) Photographers, flashing lights and even some local celebrities.

Five of the night’s 14 designers were Senegalese: Mame Fagueye Ba, Sophie Nzinga Sy, Nabou Creation, Lamine Diasse and the event’s host, Adama Paris.  Sophisticated and colorful described many of their looks – from full men’s suits to more traditional evening gowns and headwraps to the modern and trendy looks of Adama Paris.

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Designer: Mame Fagueye Ba

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Designer: Mame Fagueye Ba

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Designer: Sophie Nzinga Sy

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Designer: Sophie Nzinga Sy

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Designer: Nabou Creation

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Designer: Nabou Creation

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Designer: Lamine Diasse

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Designer: Adama Paris

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Designer: Adama Paris

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#musoormonday

Our Gazelle Skirt friend Polly posted a link to this awesome site recently: How to Tie Head Scarves.

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Finally! Some easy-to-follow tutorial options for those of us who know only two basic styles, which I call ‘towel turban’ and ‘hippie headband’.

So here’s the challenge for Monday, ladies… Take a browse and choose two head scarf styles. The first can be one in your comfort zone, but the second should be something a little out there for you. Time to streeetch and try something new!

Snap a couple photos and share them on our Facebook page or on Instagram with #gazelleskirt and #musoormonday. (Musoor, by the way, is the Wolof word for ‘head scarf’.)

What are you waiting for? Grab a scarf and get to tying!

What I’ll miss…

I’m taking a break from packing. I thought I needed coffee to clear my head, but I think blogging sounds like a good fix too. We’re heading out of Senegal for the summer and I wanted to take a minute to think about some of the (fun & fashionable) things I’ll miss…

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Tying on a headscarf and getting compliments from my neighbors, taxi driver, fruit vendor… you get the idea.

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Pulling off pants in cRaZie patterns and prints.

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Wearing chayas without looking like a (total) oddball.

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My growing collection of chunky bracelets and  rings that would be more than I could should pack.

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Oh, but these? These are definitely going with me!

What’s on your must-pack list?