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
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‘Ye unveiled his Dw by Kanye West line on Saturday with nods to his hip-hop background (nameplate necklaces, backpacks, shiny tracksuits) and the sleek lines and neutrals of Celine, Calvin Klein and the like. Some reviews noted fit problems. All in all, I didn’t think it was all that bad. My mind isn’t blown, but I like the beading and leather.
Kokon to Zai upped the cray factor to “whoa!” with the beaded badass-ery of the “Masai Punk” collection. All over it.
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Nelson Mandela’s apparel line, 46664, is certainly generous with plashy, punchy colors that say …
Tory Burch, known for her feminine details, made her runway debut with some surprisingly gentlemanly touches (dig those swagged-out brogues).
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Halfrican designer Darius Wobil unveiled his Saint Wobil Spring 2012 array of frothy candy-colored gowns at New York Fashion Week.
Wiz and Amber at the 2011 MTV VMAs
To hear Amber Rose tell it, there may be another hip-hop union coming down the pike … eventually. She told MTV News:
“We discuss it all the time; like he said, we’re very much in love,” Rose told MTV News while standing next to her “Black and Yellow” rapper beau on the VMA Pre-Show black carpet. “But, ya know, we’re just going to take our time and just enjoy each other right now. We’re both really busy and we work really hard and when the time comes, it’s gonna come.”
Read the full story here.
While you were geeked out over that other VMA news, half-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.
One Nigerian Boy scored snaps of the Grey X Zashadu line at the Counter Kulture in Nigeria over the weekend. I’m all into the collaboration’s unabashedly fierce purses for men.
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Photo: Yeni's Creations
America’s Next Top Model alum and current All-Star Isis King hit the Baltimore Fashion Week runway in a patterned teal jumpsuit paired with beaded headpiece by Omoyeni Makinde of Yeni’s Creations. Spotted at NY mag.