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xo ASANTE, originally Rue 114, was launched by Serwah Asante in January 2012 as a platform upon which to celebrate beauty and style at all sizes. Inspiration for the xo ASANTE brand is deeply informed by the designer’s Ghanaian roots, New York City upbringing, and eternal love of travel. Each collection is born of the global perspective and responds to the call of what today’s woman; whether in Laos, Lagos, or Los Angeles; needs to be edgy, unique, powerful, and always feminine.

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xo ASANTE is inspired by and created for women who believe that every shape and size should be celebratedbas beautiful. This season, xo ASANTE is proud to present its 2016 capsule collection, AFRICAN BARBIE.

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“Our version of a Barbie wardrobe – set to a techno-color drum beat. We chose to incorporate our love of color and pattern to develop a unique line of bold African print textiles in versatile fabrications such as Lycra blend, neoprene, stretch cotton and organza.”

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The incorporation of African prints beyond traditional non-stretch cotton allows for the development of better draped and fit garments – creating exciting new possibilities on the frontier of African fashion.

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Credits

Model – Liris Crosse, IPM Models

Model – Yewande Olasokan

Model – Kes Adjekughele, E4 Model Management

Makeup – Christopher Michael

Photography – Ryle Watson

Assistant – Kwesi Oku Ampofo

Assistant – Yishu Lai

Hats in collaboration with Christy O Designs

Custom Sneakers in collaboration with Helen

Hampton Designs

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With over 3 years’ experience in blogging, I have managed to carve a niche for myself and now one of the most sought after fashion bloggers of our time. My blog puts African fashion on the world map, from promoting look books of fashion brands, interviewing designers, models and other fashion entrepreneurs to covering two of the biggest fashion weeks in Accra- the Glitz Africa Fashion Week and Ghana Fashion week.