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A hidden Gem in global fashion – Vanessa Harrison

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For the last 3 years, I have canvassed Ghana on the fashion terrain to gain a good understanding of our ethics, culture and heritage and how that is helping transform the Ghanaian Fashion Industry. Ghana has so much opportunity for growth in fashion which can only be beneficial to this country as a whole once this industry becomes self-sufficient with adequate investment, Government participation and teamwork within the stylist, bloggers, illustrators, designers and the like. The pacesetters of Joyce Ababio, Kofi Ansah and Mawuli Okudzeto have all served Ghana well in their various ways but the future of fashion transcends our borders and the revenue stream will be substantial if we can all get behind it. So who are our next flagbearers?

Vanessa Harrison @Vh Mode is a designer I stumbled on recently when I was given the opportunity to be a panellist on a fashion tv red carpet event. A few of our celebrities wore Vh_Mode to the recently completed Glitz style awards and her outfit was very intriguing. Fluid symmetrical geometric designs achieved by precise placement of colour through the fabric.

I met Vanessa recently and in her own humble way she canvassed her journey to me, painting me a picture of how her story has influenced her work.

Here is Vanessa!

‘The Aesthetic – Eclectic forms, Afro-ganic textures, Kaleidoscopic patterns, Psychedelic palettes. The creator – a humble, mildly eccentric, Shatta Wale quoting, Proudly Ga woman.

This somewhat unusual pairing has created some of the best designs in High-end couture from the centre of planet earth to as far as Broadway, complimenting the figures of Akosua Busia, Ama k. Abebrese, Michelle Mckinney Hammond, and giving Vlisco a 170th to remember.

Born naturally bright, Vanessa Harrison began basic education at Christ the King, studied visual arts at the Achimota school, then Ghanatta college of arts. She was determined to become an illustrator for publishers as big as McMillan and left Ghana for the UK. Finding no room for her in the illustration industry, she quickly adapted her skills for fashion.

Vanessa wore clothes she had made in Ghana and turned heads. She showed sketches around and hoped to sell in the Portobello market, but her designs were to up-market. She was validated when Freedom Recruitment invited her to ghost for a popular English designer. Her big break, however, came when a KENZO model asked her to design a leather jumpsuit. In no time Vanessa was a couturier, styling high-end clients and having babies.

Vanessa returned to Accra knowing she would have to make huge adjustments, considering that her UK workforce consisted of professional Polish seamstresses and her product aimed for the high-end market. “The kenkey is good and then some, but we can’t sew”, Vanessa said as she described her shock at the state of the industry. She soon discovered after an exhaustive search, the professional finish of Ivorian tailors and built herself a team.

Vanessa’s designs are born from a deep appreciation for happiness, people, nature and origami. VH Mode will open it’s doors to students soon as she plans to start a Fashion School with a strict “no lies” curriculum. She already receives interns from fashion schools like Radford and believes education to be a vital part of the growth of the Ghanaian industry.

Vanessa cites the efforts of Mawuli MKOGH, Kofi Ansah and the greats for blazing the trail. She seeks her legacy in the next generation’

I see a future shaped by many and strongly believe Vanessa Williams(Vh-Mode) will be playing a vital role in the history of our country’s Fashion Industry.

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Source: Kofi Laing

 

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Gidochi Releases Official Video for “You P3”

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After a successful release of his Mixed Feelings Acoustic video in April, and recent activities of teasing
new images on his social media platforms, Gidochi finally presents us with another extraordinary visuals to complement his classy and well produced record titled “You P3“.
The beautiful song which was lifted from his Mixed Feelings EP conveys the message of assurance for a
lover. It has been a favorite of many since its release in November 2020.
The enchanting visuals directed by Ghana’s Kobe Outta features the talented singer riding on a vintage
motorcycle while having a fun time with his girl.
The rest of the video also displays captivating scenes with Gidochi showing vulnerable emotions.
More importantly the clip synchs with the concept of the song.
It is impressive to say the ‘Supernova Records‘ signee’s music videos over the past years have been
works of art. His music video XXL, was recently nominated in the ‘best edited’ and ‘best photography”
categories at this year’s 4syte Music video awards.
The “High With Me” composer has not only proven to be an amazing singer, he has also proven to be a
professional musician by serving memorable visuals that connects audiences to his music.

Watch Video Below:

Gidochi

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Refreshing New Addition: The New GROHE Tempesta 250 Head Shower

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Rain showers are still trendy: 55% of Germans would like to have a generous head shower in their shower where the spray pattern covers the whole body like raindrops.

With its full-face Rain spray and a generous diameter of 250 mm, the new GROHE Tempesta 250 head shower, which is manufactured in the own shower competence center in Lahr, Germany, is impressive in every aspect.

Thanks to its slim, minimalist form with an elegant chrome finish, it is also an ideal fit for a modern bathroom design. Additionally, it offers a lot of installation flexibility thanks to different product variants: in a round or square design, it is available as a single head shower, in a set with a shower arm, or as a complete shower system.

Equipped with the water-saving GROHE EcoJoy technology, Tempesta 250 promises showering comfort even without a bad conscience: A flow restrictor reduces the water consumption to a sustainable 9.5 litres per minute.

At the same time, the perfect geometry of the nozzles ensures that the water flow remains powerful – for a voluminous shower experience without compromising on performance. A perfect match for 66% of Germans who are searching for a shower which assists them in being sustainable in their day-to-day life

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About GROHE

GROHE is a leading global brand for complete bathroom solutions and kitchen fittings and has a total of over 6,500 employees in 150 countries – 2,600 of them are based in Germany. Since 2014 GROHE has been part of the strong brand portfolio of the Japanese manufacturer of pioneering water and housing products LIXIL. In order to offer “Pure Freude an Wasser”, every GROHE product is based on the brand values of quality, technology, design and sustainability. Renowned highlights such as GROHE Eurosmart or the GROHE thermostat series as well as groundbreaking innovations such as the GROHE Blue water system underline the brand’s profound expertise.

 Focused on customer needs, GROHE thus creates intelligent, life-enhancing and sustainable product solutions that offer relevant added value – and bear the “Made in Germany” seal of quality: R&D and design are firmly anchored as an integrated process in Germany.

GROHE takes its corporate responsibility very seriously and focuses on a resource-saving value chain. Since April 2020, the sanitary brand has been producing CO2-neutral worldwide. GROHE has also set itself the goal of using plastic-free product packaging by 2021. In the past ten years alone, more than 460 design and innovation awards as well as several top rankings at the German Sustainability Award have confirmed GROHE’s success. GROHE was the first in its industry to win the CSR Award of the German Federal Government and was also featured in the renowned Fortune® magazine’s ranking of Top 50 that are “Changing the World”.

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Video Premiere: Kay Bryn – Money

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Ghanaian Hip-hop sensation Kay Bryn has a new one and calls this one “Money” In a special interview with Starbuzz TV when asked about the inspiration behind this song he said “I got the inspiration by a comedy skit which was circulating on social media. It was about a man telling his girlfriend how wild he is thinking of how to make money and so the girlfriend shouldn’t disturb him or try not to seduce him.

Money has always been the ultimate goal for a lot of millennials and I have decided to motivate people through my music about the right way of getting that money. Drill was the best way to do this and I believe this will be the jam for this summer and beyond”.

Stream Money on all digital platforms here: https://starbuzzmusic.lnk.to/KayBryn-Money

Watch official music video of Money below:

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