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Symbols of Tradition: Lost Wax Playing Cards by Olutade Abidoye

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Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

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 I expect Lost Wax Playing Cards to bring a new dynamism to Nigerian popular culture and consciousness. My aim is to rekindle this colorful, yet elusive history into Nigerian popular culture through these playing cards. Nigerians are influenced by their indigenous traditions but more increasingly by popular culture.

Olutade Abidoye, had the idea for these playing cards in art school at the School of Art Institute of Chicago. There, he learned all about contemporary artists like Kehinde Wiley and Yinka Shonibare. Each set of Lost Wax Playing Cards has 54 playing cards featuring illustrations of royal figures from the 15th – 19th century Benin Empire.

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DIESEL | NICOLA FORMICHETTI’S FW14 DEBUT COLLECTION | VENICE

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Friday, April 4th, 2014
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 Venice is a central figure to this debut: home of carnival, canals, masks, pleasure, leisure, the Biennale, and the Rialto Bridge.  It was the perfect city to host and inspire the first collection from Nicola Formichetti as artistic director of Diesel.

The show and collection are built upon three ‘Diesel Icons’: Leather-Rock ‘n’ Roll, Denim and Military-Utility.  These three pillars are intrinsic to Diesel and are a part of the brand’s foundation today.  The first section of the show revealed black and red leather looks, while the second section presented new innovations and experiments in denim, and lastly the third section gave us military meets street style looks.  These icons encompass a view of the past and a route to the future for Diesel.

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Diesel FW14 Collection Presentation Show

Diesel FW14 Collection Presentation Show

Diesel FW14 Collection Presentation Show

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Hype x ASOS Monochrome Collection

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Friday, April 4th, 2014

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Hype delivers a darker-than-usual aesthetic flowing throughout its new exclusive collection for Asos. Words that best describe it are  tense, edgy with brassy branding.  Shadowy blacks wrestle blinding, moonlight whites; minimal throughout, sumptuous within - ubiquitous but totally unique, that’s the brand’s way. To be honest this 18 piece collection is by far the most impressive I’ve seen from the label. Fingers crossed to see if it continues with this aesthetic for its mainline or continue the relationship with Asos.

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SAWA SPRING SUMMER 2014 FOOTWEAR COLLECTION

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Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

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  Sawa is an activist fashion brand which has decided to produce its shoes in Africa (currently Ethiopia). Their ss14 look book is inspired by traditional African family albums and it features new LAFRICA model which is a “tennis” shoe available in 3 colours. There’s also the Tsague Suede sneakers which are an upgrade from Tsague Suede. They previously replaced used cow leather by goat leather and the tige stitching is 100% leather (a procedure which is usually only used for luxury shoes).

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LAURENCEAIRLINE SPRING SUMMER 2014 LOOKBOOK

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Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

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Laurence Chauvin-Buthaud creative director and founder of Laurenceairline spends her time between Abidjan and Paris. Little wonder every season each collection has a strong African and European spirit perfectly fused. The label is known for it’s prints and this season they added vibrant plain colors, good enough to whet anyone’s appetite this spring. Shirting has always been a strong core for the label and this season it delivered some splendid shirts. Shorts which are also a prerequisite for spring , come in bright vibrant colors.

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Just In: Caven Etomi Spring 2014 Tees

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Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

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Thykingdom offshoot, Caven Utomi have released these Idia Mask sublimated tees as part of its spring arrivals. They are available for pre-order right now on www.cavenetomi.com and will be in store Mid April.

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Severe Nature Spring 2014

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Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

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As Spring comes into the atmosphere, Severe Nature provides the sleeves to keep you right for the season. The collection features long sleeve tees and curved bill snapbacks for the Spring 2014 campaign. Also noted from the brands connection to Chinese year themes, they feature a print in relation to the year of the horse. The campaign features a rather unusual, but great incorporation which happens to be a scene in the movie Fight Club by Michelle Rodriguez. The Look book is shot in the heart of Montreal, QC Canada, which is among the country’s most respectable fashionable cities by popular photographer Zack Noureddine at Palais des congrès de Montréal.

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Upscale Lagos Based Boutique Stranger Presents its SS14 Ad Campaign

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Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

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The look book showcases a selection of the brands that are in stock at the store for this season and includes clothing from Peir Wu, Marvielab, Orange Culture, Yohji Yamamoto, Sacai and Helmut Lang. Pieces are in the main boutique area and the archive space. Stranger is at 3 Hakeem Dickson Street, off Fola Osibo Street, Lekki Phase One, Lagos.

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Cool Africana: New Balance x Shelflife x Dr.Z “City of Gold” 574 Sneakers

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Sunday, March 30th, 2014

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South African sneaker boutique, Shelflife, and local designer, Dr.Zulu (www.drzulu.com) have teamed up with international sneaker brand New Balance for a collaborative project: the New Balance x Shelflife x Dr.Z “City of Gold” 574. Showcasing the best of the South African homeland to sneaker aficionados around the world, the New Balance “City of Gold” 574 draws design inspiration from South Africa’s largest metropolis, the city of Johannesburg, dubbed the “City of Gold” for its large-scale gold trade and wealth.
The graphics also make reference to the formidable “Parktown Prawn” king cricket. Specific to the Johannesburg region, the Parktown Prawn has grown into a cultural icon due to its aggressive nature and the urban legend of it’s indestructibility .Two additional design elements have been worked into the sneaker; with the yellow and grey colourway reflecting the colours of the local train system, as well as a stylized diamond symbol that mimics the graphics of traditional African tribal artworks.

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Control Capsule Collection by New Nigerian Label Ifeanyi Nwune

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Sunday, March 30th, 2014

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Young aspiring creative, Ifeanyi Nwune, takes a step away from his day to day styling – which include being Dr Sid’s personal stylist- and presents, ‘Control’. Control is a capsule collection including formal, casual and statement pieces. Having minimal colour and just enough textures, less really is more with this menswear collection. Balaclavas, mesh sheats, skirts and hats -not caps- are some of the styling bits thrown into this collection to give it that contemporary HBA-esque vibe. Looking forward to what the label has to offer in the future. This is certainly a step in the right direction.

 

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Alek Wek: ‘You don’t have to go with the crowd’

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Saturday, March 29th, 2014

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Alek Wek was 19 when she was approached by a model scout from a top London agency at a fair in Crystal Palace park. Her mother, she remembers, was horrified, thinking her daughter was about to become a Page 3 girl. She laughs loudly: “I had to point out that I wasn’t really built for that.” Wek, one of the most successful models of the past two decades, has inherited her father’s height and extraordinarily long limbs, her mother’s cheekbones and her “little booty and big smile”, but she’s not exactly glamour-girl material. But the agent persisted, finally convincing Wek’s mother that theirs was a reputable agency, and her daughter’s career began. The Guardian

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River Island Cycle Materclass

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Saturday, March 29th, 2014

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To celebrate the RI Cycle capsule collection just launched in store River Island presents the latest in their series of masterclass videos, starring everyone’s favourite bearded model Chris Millington.

African, 90′s Streetstyle Inspired Zulu Zion Socks

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Saturday, March 29th, 2014

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 Slovenian based sock wear label Zulu Zion was created in April 2013, with the need to bring something different, exciting and whimsical to the table. Zulu Zion’s socks are designed fusing a combination of vivid colors and unexpected patterns – stepping away from the traditional stripes and polka dots,away from the classic navy blue and the ‘always safe’ black.

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Nigerian Models TY Ogunkoya, Harry Uzoka & Chuck Achike feature in Menswear Editorial for Guardian UK

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Friday, March 28th, 2014

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 Fashion photographer Jason Hetherington captures In Bloom story featuring top models Chuck AchikeHarry UzokaSasha VolosatovSebastian Sauve and Ty Ogunkoya (all at Premier Models), Harry Royds (Next Models) and Konan Hanbury (Models 1) for the latest issue of Observer Magazine. In charge of styling was Helen Seamons with grooming by Gow Tanaka. – Male Model Scene

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Agi & Sam Autumn Winter 2014 Lookbook

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Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

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The Agi & Sam aw14 collection was my fav from the recent London Collections Men. Read my extensive review here. The label recently dropped its lookbook featuring one of the models from the show.

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Nigerian Sourced and Produced Asos Africa Spring Summer 2014 Collection

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Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

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 For spring summer 2014 Asos was inspired by occasional traditional African attire and what better place than Nigeria – known for it’s owambe parties and weddings that bring people out in full traditional ensembles – to source and produce. Loads of lace, spearmint and pink dresses and loads of organza layering. Available to shop on asos this month.

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Be the first with the latest looks with MRP.COM

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Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

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Mr Price has just launched their online fashion store – MRP.COM!. Now you can browse and shop their entire range, anytime you want – it’s like having the store to yourself!. You’ll find the hottest fashion at the hottest price – 24/7! MRP regularly update the site with new arrivals so you’ll always be first to see the hottest looks.

 The best part is – MRP delivers anywhere in Lagos! Keep an ear out because they’re set to deliver to other areas soon.

 When you order online, the MRP courier will contact you to make delivery arrangements. You can pay by cash or credit card upon delivery and, if you do need to return your order, you can do so no problem.

Read more reasons to shop online now!

And there’s more! They are running a super cool competition where you can win hot fashion for a year. That’s a serious wardrobe update worth 2200 NGN, every month for twelve months! Click here to enter now.

The lucky winner can use their voucher in any MRP store, or online!

You can find Mr Price stores in Abuja, Ibadan, Ikeja and Surulere and there will be four new stores opening soon. Click here to find your closest store.

Sprayground X Chris Brown Backpacks Capsule Collection

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Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

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Sprayground founder David Ben collaborated with international superstar Chris Brown for a three-style capsule of camouflage “Wing Bags” in the brand’s first official celebrity partnership. Zeroing in on the duo’s creative passions, their first realized vision is born from a mutual love for tactical and military-inspired phenomena.

Chris Brown’s general passion for the arts and challenging the norm is what sparked our collaboration and through our friendship, we’ve developed an incredible creative synergy,” says David Ben David. “Teaming up with Chris and his Black Pyramid brand has been an enriching experience and our initial ‘Camouflage Wings’ set for Holiday 2013 symbolizes rising above.

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Video: Tsemaye Binitie Spring Summer 14 Collection

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Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

The behind the scenes video was filmed while Tsemaye shot the Spring Summer 14 collection with Photographer Cyle Suesz. Cyle is the founder and owner of Class NYC (www.classnewyork.com). Class is a multimedia project that chronicles the work of creative individuals. The aim of class is to highlight the stories of true creatives, who would ordinarily not have their story told at the beginning  stages of the careers.

 

Jourdan Copeland fronts Asos Menswear Spring Tailoring

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Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

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Asos enlists the help of AMCK’s Jourdan Copeland to front it’s spring tailoring campaign. Sartorial conundrums coming out of winter are completely annihilated with bright options and some smart cuts. Head to asos.com to shop these looks.

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