Lupita Nyong’o declined her invitation to the Golden Globes and chose to spend her holidays in Ghana. The Black Panther star took to Instagram to share her visit to fashion design house Studio 189.
Winner of the 2018 CFDA Lexus Sustainable Fashion Award, the social enterprise, co-founded by Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah, provides a platform to help curate and promote African fashion.
Nyong’o explored the Art of Creation installation within the Osu Accra space, which homes in on the craftsmanship techniques used by the continent’s artisan communities, including natural plant-based dye, hand-batik and kente weaving, and also its educational schemes around ethical fashion.
The Studio thanked Nyong’o for “vibing” with its members, and indeed the actor looked the part, wearing printed dresses and jumpsuits in gorgeous colourways teamed with equally vibrant sandals. The Teva Hurricane XLT2 style was created in collaboration with activewear start-up Outdoor Voices, and sold out within a week of launch in May 2019. Nyongo’s cushioned soles are officially called Fusion Coral, but Shaded Spruce and Dark Denim iterations are also in circulation.
“Our XLT2 is sporty, cool, and makes everything from white water rafting to belly flopping totally possible!” Ty Haney, founder and CEO of Outdoor Voices, said upon the launch of the Velcro shoes. So far, Nyongo’s Tevas have taken her bike-riding, forest walking and to Ghanaian food institution Papaye, before she jets back to Hollywood for the Critics’ Choice Awards on 13 January. Will her trip to Africa influence her red-carpet look? Stay tuned.
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Super honored to host @lupitanyongo , @itsnanamensah and @jjbioh at our ‘Art of Creation’ installation in our new Studio 189 space in Osu Accra. Big love to you for taking the time to hear our story, to vibe with us and to create with us in ?? . #fashionrising #studio189 #yearofreturn