For example Thabo Makhetha who is using the basotho blanket for her designs. Or Maxhosa by Laduma who in his last collection had the claim “my heritage my inheritance” printed on some shirts. The other topic is sustainability and giving back. I believe that many designers of the Diaspora don’t just want to produce on the continent or support local artisans as a mere marketing or promotion tactic. Some of them really want to give back or re-connect/connect with their roots and support people back home.
WHO IS YOUR ULTIMATE STYLE ICON? I adore the style from the Fashion Bomb blogger Claire Sulmers, I like June Ambrose but I don’t really think I have one style icon. I follow so many bloggers, stylists and celebrities on Pinterest and they all inspire me.
WHAT WOULD YOU WEAR ON A NIGHT OUT WITH THE GIRLS? Right now I have a skirt in purple/white/black print from Bineta Sanor that I love and I combine it with my AfroPolitan tee , wear a light green cargo jacket over it and accessorize with hoop earrings, lots of bangles, my big green statement ring and chunky black & white summer shoes with wooden heels. I always have flats with me so that I can change into them for walking back home.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TRAVEL DESTINATION AND WHY? My favorite travel destination is always the next one where I haven’t been yet. I was in China last year and I realized again how big the world is and how much there is to see and experience. So there are still many countries and continents to visit and of course I always like going back to Ghana.
Hot Trends According to Kukua 1
Silver shoes – flats or heels totally trending right now.
2 Print rompers or jumpsuits – must have!
3 Braids – ok I can only speak for
NYC but it seems everyone is rocking braids this summer, myself included.
Crop tops – tummy or no tummy crop tops are IT this Summer.
5 Dashiki is back – if you have Dashiki at the back of your wardrobe bring it to the front!
6 Peplum print skirts or tops were
trendy last year but still awesome this year!