London-based designer Samantha Cole had any African affiliations until her showstopping showcase at the ARISE Fashion Week held in Johannesburg earlier this year. The label Samantha Cole London is well known and loved for its dazzling pieces with a gothic edge. The label has won various awards over the years and has been featured in high profile publications such as the New York Times. Samantha Cole London has just released the lookbook for their Autumn/Winter collection and it is a WOW-inducing collection of bold structured pieces in black and silver using a variety of unique fabrics.
The ladieswear brand Chichia London was established in 2007 by London based designer Christine Mhando.Born in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and raised in London, England, she has taken influences from both continents and cultures and translated them into her own unique quirky style of clothing. Chichia’s signature is the “KHANGA” which is a traditional east African cotton printed fabric used by women as wraps, and this usually appears in every collection in the form of tops, tunics, dresses or skirts mixed with various different types of fabrics and prints.