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Karen Walker x Kenya

Karen Walker teamed up with the UN’S Ethical Fashion Initiative to commission Kenyan artisans to make screenprinted & beaded pouches for her Summer 2014 eyewear collection. some of the artisans involved – machinists, cutters, tailors, production managers, metal workers and members of the Maasai group who create the beading work – are featured in the campaign, which was shot by photographer Derek Henderson (who also shot her previous campaigns).

Ethical Fashion Initiative connects the fashion business with artisans in Africa and Haiti. We provide work for marginalized people who have a strong desire to change their lives. We make it possible for the fashion world to embrace the skills of artisans in the developing world. We guarantee that every beader, every embroider earns not a survival wage, but a decent wage, which allows them to live in a dignified way.

the sunnies are, of course, rad (they will be available in early February) but i just love, love this campaign. and i look forward to seeing more influential fashion houses working with initiatives like this. behind the scenes images courtesy of The New Zealand Herald. Karen Walker x Kenya Karen Walker x Kenya Karen Walker x Kenya Karen Walker x Kenya Karen Walker x Kenya Karen Walker x Kenya Karen Walker x Kenya Karen Walker x Kenya Karen Walker x Kenya Karen Walker x Kenya Karen Walker x Kenya Karen Walker x Kenya Karen Walker x Kenya Karen Walker x Kenya

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Viviane Sassen

you might already know of Dutch photographer Viviane Sassen from the work she’s done for renowned fashion magazines and fashion houses the likes of Carven & Missoni. her most beautiful visuals, in my opinion, is a series called Flamboya which was shot in Kenya (where she spent part of her childhood) Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia. the name is taken from the red blossomed Flamboyant tree which grows across East and South Africa.

As long as I can remember, I have felt very close to Africa. This is most probably due to the fact that I lived with my family in Kenya when I was a child. Yet, this very experience of closeness has also engendered contradictory feelings. While feeling to be a part of this world, I have also kept on being aware of the fact that I would never really be a part of it. Very soon, I have come to understand that I would always remain a stranger. In this way I try in my work to figure this ambiguity. You feel close but at the same time distant. And that is something that is most of times absent in traditional Western depictions of Africa, always clearly reflecting the interpretation and gaze of Westerners.

Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya

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Girl In The Wild

my friend Amy recently moved away to work at a game lodge in the bush, and though i will seriously miss her while she’s gone (i hate it when friends move away, why can’t we all just stay in the same city, huh?) i know she’s going to love it, because Amz is a bush girl. it’s also not many people who get to live in the African bush – that is a rare treasure, and something you should do once in your life if you can.

before she left she said she’s not going to change her style there, but rather maintain a Lauren Hutton Out of Africa-esque vibe. right on. so when i saw the fall campaign for Maiyet featuring Daria Werbowy somewhere out in the African wild i immediately though of Amz, and thought i’d do an ode to her in the form of a fashion meets painting post. hopefully she can print them out and stick them in one of her books.

before you ask, i did not paint these by hand. that would be ridiculous! thanks photoshop.

original photos: Maiyet Fall campaign featuring Daria Werbowy shot by Cass Bird on location in Chyulu Hills, Kenya. 

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