New York Times Hearts New African Fashion

 

Duro Oluwo's Spring 2012 line. Composite by New York Times

As Helen Jennings’ new tome “New African Fashion” hits shelves, the New York Times talked to designers and style experts such as Duro Oluwo and Mimi Plange about cues from the continent popping up throughout contemporary fashion. Plange broke it down like this:

“I want to prove to people that African fashion can’t be pigeonholed,” she said. “I can compete globally.”

Check out the whole interview here

 

Samantha McEwen’s voodoo-inspired collection

Photo from Samantha McEwen
After traveling through the Caribbean and studying communities in western and southern Africa, designer Samantha McEwen’s debut line takes style cues from the myriad voodoo culture around the world. McEwen told VICE about the inspiration behind her line:
 
VICE: So you were influenced by West African voodoo as well as Cuban?
McEwen: I started by looking at Santería, and that led to Haitian and African voodoo. I’m desperate to take a trip to Haiti and see it for myself, because 70 percent of people living in Haiti and West Africa consider voodoo their main religion, so I wanted to look at voodoo as something important in modern life. Also, instead of the stereotypes propagated by horror films and the media, I wanted the collection to capture the brighter side of voodoo. I took a lot of inspiration from Phyllis Gallembo’s photographs of different tribes—especially her portraits of sacrificial outfits and high priests and priestesses of the voodoo community.

VOODOO_ SAMANTHA MCEWEN from emma noble on Vimeo.

Check out the video above and read the full Q&A here

Tyler, the Creator First African To Win Best New Artist VMA?

While you were geeked out over that other VMA newshalf-Nigerian Odd Future leader Tyler, the Creator nabbed a Moonman for Best New Artist. The MC dropped a fittingly less-than-coherent, F-bomb-laced acceptance speech, and followed up with a Prince-level weird backstage interview. He’s probably the first of the diaspora to score the win.

Golf Wang.

Carrie Mae Weems Talks Drinking With Nina Simone, Toni Morrison

 

Carrie Mae Weems "From Here I Saw What Happened"

Artist Carrie Mae Weems once spent a night in Paris toasting with Toni Morrison and knocking back dranks with Nina Simone. She spoke to Life + Times about her singular evening:

We walk into the Embassy and across this palatial room there was Toni Morrison sitting alone. When she saw these sisters dressed to the nines, she waved us over. I couldn’t believe the esteemed Toni Morrison was sitting alone at a gathering meant to honor her! I grabbed a waiter and ordered a bottle of champagne and within three minutes Mary Lovelace is in her lap.

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Are The Interwebs Screwing Up Street Style?

Is the Golden Age of Street Style on the wane? Photo: Emma Arnold for Refinery29

 Or, as The New York Times eloquently puts it in the its latest “Room for Debate” feature, “Has Globalization Ruined Street Style?” The answer is a resounding … maybe?

GQs Will Welch says:

…Street style has become so popular that “real people” are now dressing for the cameras, vying to get photographed. It has become a self-aware rather than accidental culture, like reality television. The more outrageously you dress, the more likely it is you get snapped and posted online. That’s created some unfortunate style trends and an environment where the blogs are as contrived as the runways.

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