African Fashion Week accomplished another successful run for 2018. The 4 Seasons Fashion Show was one of many exciting events during this fashion filled week.  The rooftop of the Aloft Hotel Downtown was the runway and the Houston skyline served as a gorgeous backdrop. With a focus on Ankara prints, the 4 Season Fashion Show displayed styles from talented local designers.

Enjoy our top picks from the show!


We are so excited to announce the premiere of our TV Show, Trendsetters HTX!  Locally produced, our TV show highlights creative professionals in the Houston area.  Additional air dates  and a sneak peak are provided below. Be sure to tune in!

Sat, 6/9/18, 4 pm

Tues, 6/12/18, 8 pm

Wed, 6/13/18, 7:30 pm

Fri, 6/15/18, 7 pm

Sat, 6/16/18, 10 am

Mon, 6/18/18, 7 pm

Release your inner artist and learn how to make beautiful collage art! No matter your artistic abilities, you will walk away with a creation you are proud to call your own. Meet new people, laugh and create art in this entertaining class. The class is taught by Robyn Alright, a collage artist and content manager for Robyn has created collage art since 2007 and is eager to share her love for the art form.

All supplies and light refreshments will provided. Register today and bring a friend!

Got questions, email

Special thanks to event sponsor


In its 5th year of existence, the Big Girls Rock 2 fashion show keeps getting bigger and better. This dynamic group recently rocked the runway for a worthy cause.

Big Girls Rock 2 was founded by Donna Rogers after a close family member was killed as a result of domestic violence. Her organization’s mission is to spread awareness about sexual assault and domestic violence while promoting the confidence and beauty of curvy women.

To learn more about this exciting group, follow them of FB or IG @BigGirlsRock2

Did you know that the textile industry is one largest pollutants in the world? Our “Fast Fashion” society is doing major harm to our environment. In an effort to stay on trend, the fashion industry is causing damage and creating waste. Environmental organizations report that approximately 15% of fabric intended for clothing ends up in landfills. This only scratches the surface. Consider the amount of water waste and the amount of clothes consumers purchase and throw out every year.

These statistics should cause us all to stop and think. Fortunately, there are fashion designers all over the world who are participation in the sustainable fashion movement. These artist are making a conscious decision to create using recycled materials or materials that are eco-friendly. Read more here from British Vogue.


This is a classic case of ask and ye shall receive. Wale Oyejidev is a fashion designer based out of Philadelphia. He is the co-founder of the brand @IkireJones. When he heard about the production of ‘Black Panther’, he knew that his designs deserved to be a part of the movie. So, like anyone else who believes in their brand, he tweeted his idea  @Marvel.

It wasn’t long after the tweet that Oyejidev was contacted by a stylist for the movie and the rest is history. Oyejidev and his company has benefited greatly from the exposure. The lesson to take away from this is to not be afraid to ask. If you believe in yourself and your product, present it to the world. You never know what opportunities await. Take a chance and ask .Your next level could come after your next question.

Read more about this story on CNN Money.

Photo Source: Instagram @dghramm

There is no doubt that the plus size industry is gaining momentum in the fashion world. Now more than ever, there is more diversity on the runway. Brands are starting to embrace the full figured women that loves her curves. But, are we forgetting anyone? According to Darnell Ghramm, yes!

Darnell is a model who is set on shedding light on plus sized MALE models. Recently he took to Instagram with a few of his handsome #BigAndTall friends and duplicated a Calvin Klein ad. He expresses that the plus size male model is worthy of representation. His goal is to show that big guys have style too.

To read more, check out this article on Blavity.

Model, Wilson Oryema, Photographed by Joanna Van Mulder for the Observer

Have you heard the story about the fashion model who is an advocate for anti-consumerism? It seems a bit oxymoronic. After all, it is the fashion models job is to help sale the clothing, right? Meet Wilson Oryema. He is a successful fashion model and the author of the book Wait, Oryema’s exploration of excessive human consumption. Oryema understands that his job and his beliefs might appear to be contradictory. However, he hopes to shed light on an issue that could be improved if properly examined.

To learn more, check out this article from The Guardian.

Photo Source: Instagram @shopexit14

Exit 14 is a fashion house based in Ghana. Under the leadership of Nana Brew-Hammond, Exit 14 is quickly becoming a recognizable force in the fashion industry.  

Exit 14 is well known for their beautiful handwoven coats. These fashionable pieces are made with a traditional Ghanaian textile called batakari. This material is colorful, vibrant and perfect of any season. The designers at Exit 14 are able to arrange the fabric in unique ways to make the most creative garments.

Check out their feature on Vogue. Still curious, visit

In honor of International Women’s Day 2018, Mattel has announced the release of the “Inspiring Women” doll collection. This special collection will feature women who broke barriers and made history.

The first three dolls of the collection will pay tribute to artist Frida Kahlo, aviator Amelia Earhart and NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson.

Check out more about this project at BOF.