Does the idea of turning up to a festive event in the same high street bought Christmas jumper as someone else fill you with dread! Then AFRORETRO takes you through a quick upcycle to make you're own one of a kind sparkly number!
I came across a fanatic blog post looking at a new way to view your clothing spends - COST PER WEAR! A lot of people say they cannot afford to buy ethically, as a full time creative I totally hear and feel that! However saving up and buying an item that will see you through many years may work out a lot cheaper than an item that only survives the wash a few times.
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You only have 2 days left to see the Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty exhibition at the V&A! And this is why you should drop everything and go! ... I don’t want to give way any spoilers but entering the last room, I felt like a child wondering into a large cave of wonders. Over stimulated from piece to piece towering into obscurity, jaw dropped, hairs on end I wondered through a dream.
If you joined us for Mono Print your Life at The School of Uganglish you probably got your print through the post a couple of weeks ago. If you were amazed at your creativity but not quite sure how best to display your fabulous print. We've created a little tutorial to help you turn it into an AfroRetro styled cushion...
Stop looking at your belly button; Look up and look out!
That was the title of the first blog of 2014. As the 2015 slowly trundles along I feel compelled to write a blog to start this year on the right foot.
Has the revolution begun? There are whispers on the streets of WC1 and they are getting louder. It may not be seeking to overthrow a government or deconstruct a socio-economic concept but it is seeking fair treatment for thousands of unknown victims, hidden behind the glossy facades of leading household names. The revolution will not be televised but it sure will be tweeted. I am talking of the Fashion Revolution that is...
Last Tuesday saw our very first outing as The School of Uganglish and wowser weren't in we for a colourful treat...!
Fed up of moths getting you down, make your own funky AFRORETRO style Moth prevention lavender bag. Use up scrap fabric and make your clothes smell fabulous too!
As I sit to write this blog, my room is bare, I can see the floor boards, the wood of the shelves and the metal of my wardrobe rail. Do not fear I haven’t been burgled, I am in the midst of Moth Gate!! Read on for tips on preparing for battle!!
Wowsers 2013 was a sure-fire rollercoaster of a year for us at AFRORETRO. Ups, downs, upside downs, exhilaration to near vomit-induced fear. Hence I sought to see in the New Year calmly in the rolling fields of Suffolk. Long walks, good friends, country pubs and oh yeah my lap top with a 6th of January proposal deadline…a project to refine, write and describe, a budget to formulate, complete with marketing and funding strategy…well this is me we’re talking about. We’ve applied to Yinka Shonibare ‘s Guest Projects Africa…but more about that later.
Limehouse Old Town Hall is a lovely old building that’s doing the shabby chic thing. It’s a little bit crusty and I personally feel some Milton cleaning wipes could go a long way here. But wait for it… when you get in there you’re hit by these huge vaulted ceilings and as your eye travels across the room you notice all these beautiful details like the carved balustrades, the intricate cornices and all of a sudden you’re like, “If AFRORETRO won the lottery we would totally buy this place!”. Despite scuffed skirting boards and mismatched tables you can see the glory - a little faded, perhaps - but actually it’s a great venue for a craft fair.
The moral of this story is that if you leave things to the last minute you WILL get them done, you WON'T die and yes angels will visit you at 2am with cherry beer!
Why do we do anything? Why did I stress about my hair not growing? Then why did I cut it all off and then not give a damn? Why do I consider myself a feminist but still love it when my boyfriend takes me out and buys me dinner? My life, like the world is full of whys; a seeming medley of madness. So starting a fashion and craft business with my big sister seems as logical or illogical as most things we are faced with.