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Thursday, August 9, 2007

Ladybrille African Fashion News, #21

OSHI NEWS: There is way too much OSHI going on this week in the fashion world, especially on Africa's side. Kilonshele? [What's going on?] First, let's start with the upcoming SA and Capetown Fashion Weeks. I addressed this in the past here. Also, in a recent interview with Renato Palmi, SA's Top Fashion Insider, he addressed the same rivalry issues among fashion production companies. Now, we are informed the drama continues and is getting nastier. People, get it together! QUIT WITH THE OSHI! *Sigh* on to more oshi. . .
Lagos State Police Chief Becomes Fashion Police:
Okay, arguably, Ladybrille's Fashion Police might have inspired a wanna be with the Lagos State Police Chief. BBC reports he is arresting folks, oops women, for so called "indecent" dressing. Last time we checked, Ladybrille Police Department never hired him. Yes, we now have a police department. lol! In fact, we did not even see a CV much less leave room for an interview. So all his talks about curbing "immoral" behavior and "prostitution" vis a vis arrest of so called indecent dressers, he is on his own with that oshi.
For some of our readers who would like a bit more discussion on this issue, some questions to consider: 1) Do you have a fundamental right to wear whatever you like in Nigeria and even in the West? Does the Nigerian government have a right to regulate the dressing of its citizens, in this case for moral purposes? Before you go yelling that the government is barbaric and the West never does anything like this, keep in mind in the West, you can NOT go nude, men or women--remember the Berkeley, USA guy that was arrested some years back for walking around nude? It made major headlines--his arrest and nudity. Further, if you are a woman caught breast feeding and in the process expose your breast not even the nipple, it is major drama! Going topless, for women, in the West is also out of the question. You will definitely be arrested, at least in the USA. So some regulation over what people wear/do not wear does take place, even in so called civilized societies. 2) If it is a fundamental right to wear whatever you like, do you think there is ever a time where the government can be permitted to regulate the way you dress? If so, when and how?
Crimes can occur based on what you wear. Let me more succint. Ever heard of the Blood, Crips, Nortenos and Surrenos? These are gangs found in America's barrios and ghettos. In schools across the States, teenagers found wearing red or blue, colors associated with some of these gangs, can be sent home and at times depending on the facts charged with gang conspiracy and /association and whisked through the juvenile court systems. If you say it is not a fundamental right to dress how you like, how do you think the government ought to regulate dressing to help protect its society vis a vis morals or what have you? While you ponder, read the effect of the current rule on Nigerian TV personality and blogger, Funmi Iyanda, who was recently stopped by the Lagos Police for indecent dressing. I think the "indecent" rule arbitrarily created in Lagos is overly broad and vague. It discriminates against women. Men soliciting the alleged prostitutes are not arrested. Also, I wonder if this is not a direct attack on Western clothing. Nigeria has many ethnic groups whose women wear costumes that expose cleavage, abs and thighs especially during dance performances. It would seem to me the rule should apply to them. Why, for example, is the fashion model on Nigeria's runways now at risk for indecent dressing if she models a swimsuit but a woman in one of those traditional clothing I speak about is not?
Back to our Regular Programming!
Supermodel Liya Kebede launches a new children's clothing line called Lemlem. According to Fashion Week Daily, "All the pieces are handmade in Ethiopia and combine some traditional weaving and embroidery techniques with modern silhouettes." Also, big news in the Western fashion world. Glen McMahon, President of Dolce & Gabbana, USA makes a fashion move to the fashion house of St. John. Should be interesting to see what direction he takes the St. John brand. Meanwhile, in the Senate, Senator Charles Schumer along with colleagues introduces the Senate version of the Design Piracy Act of 1957. The Bill is aggressively fighting knockoffs. Africa is also fighting piracy and counterfeiting of fashion goods, among many. See what one country is doing here. Enjoy the rest of our news on Africa/Africa related fashion news and stay clear of all the oshi.

  1. Have a brilliant day!


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