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Mac Phiri for Orla Kiely Menswear Debut Collection Lookbook

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Friday, May 2nd, 2014

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Irish designer Orla Kiely known for her prints took the opportunity to try something new for John Lewis on the occasion of their 150th anniversary and  expanded her existing offering into menswear, available exclusively at John Lewis now. South African model Mac Phiri was the poster boy for the riviera inspired collection featuring cool and vibrant beach separates.

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£90; Orla Kiely at John Lewis, johnlewis.com

Orla Kiely Swim Shorts

£40; Orla Kiely at John Lewis, johnlewis.com

Orla Kiely Sweartshirt

£45; Orla Kiely at John Lewis, johnlewis.com

Boohooman Launches in The USA

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Friday, May 2nd, 2014

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Fast fashion’s newest name, boohoo.com, proudly launches its menswear component, boohooMAN, in the United States for Spring/Summer 2014. The collection boasts a large selection of exclusive, in-house designed, fashion-forward looks for men; all retailing for under $100.00. The United Kingdom-based ecommerce retailer has been quickly gaining momentum in the men’s market, targeting fashion-forward, individually minded guys.

Virgos Lounge Launches Sister Clothing Line V Label London

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Thursday, May 1st, 2014

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Lower prince points, less bling…YES PLEASE! Virgo’s Lounge are back in a subtler form with their diffusion line V Label London. The new label still retains a lot of the sister labels character and vibe but is less glittery and more affordable. A good direction for the label as I considered Virgo’s Lounge core aesthetic was formed almost solely on a trend that’s long gone. This might be good for the brand and might even prove more popular. Only time will tell….shop the collection now here.

South African Model Mac Phiri for Mathew Miller X Ben Sherman Capsule Collection Lookbook

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Thursday, May 1st, 2014

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London-based Mac Phiri is everywhere now, in every blog you go on, every magazine and i only just found out he was of South African heritage :) … This season Ben Sherman collaborated with British menswear designer Mathew Miller on a 6 piece capsule collection.

Identifying with youth rebellion and the pressure to conform, Matthew decided to champion truth above trend. His trademark investigation of traditional structures subverts with our iconic house check and DGF chest badges proudly adorn crisp white cloth.

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LMLM by Loza Maléombho SS14 Gladiator Sandals Available NOW

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Thursday, May 1st, 2014

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 The wait is over for you all who been lusting on the LMLM ss14 gladiator sandals by Loza Maléombho. Head here now to snap them. Limited quantities available.

A. SAUVAGE IPHONE HOLDER

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Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

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London based A.Sauvage has added this luxe logo embossed black leather iPhone case to it’s accessories offering for spring summer 2014. It would cost you £125.

Angelo Van Mol Spring Summer 2014 Footwear Collection

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Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

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Royal Academy of art Antwerp graduate Angelo Van Mol’s career was off to a bright start when his graduation collection won him the best menswear designer award at Arise Magazine fashion week years ago. He moved to London to horn his craft on Savile Row with a coveted head designer role at Ozwald Boateng. He has since moved on and focused on the foundation of  mens wardrobes, shoes. His footwear always had intricate details and it comes as no surprise that he’s focusing on footwear for now. For ss14 he continued production in Italy with the skilled artisans he’s always worked with to make sure the desired level of craftsmanship was attained. He’s been able to fuse Savile Row elements with his more avant-garde aesthetic and in the process created hybrids that work well in formal or informal occasions. Shop the collection here now.

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David Bowler Creative Director Visits GQ Italia’s Offices in Milan

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Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

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Pade David Bowler, creative director of luxury menswear label David Bowler visited the offices of GQ Italia and shared these photos today. Bowler is currently on a production trip for his labels leather goods.

Afritribe Launches its Duality Collection

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Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

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 Afritribe is back with its new duality collection which feature symbolic designs the label is notorious for. There’s also some accessories thrown in, with these wayfarer style logo sunglasses which would come in handy for summer. The new duality collection is available online now at afritribeshop.com

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Brother Vellies SS14 Springbok Congo Sandals

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Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

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Brother Vellies has loads of goodstuff packed into their spring summer 2014 collection and these Springbok Congo sandals were  Handcrafted and sourced entirely in South Africa. They are not for the average Mary and would definitely need someone who’s got a vibe that pulls it off. Retails here.

Hassan Hajjaj’s Biker Chic Barbie Dolls Series

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Monday, April 28th, 2014

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Moroccan born and London based Hajjaj fuses ,logos, objects, vibrant colors and textures, all with that cool Africana vibrancy.  His biker chick Barbie dolls are dressed in mini djellabahs and face veils, or niqabs. In the series designer logos are paired with the conventional patterns of Middle Eastern rugs.  Hajjaj manages to fuse pop culture and brand logo craze with North African lifestyle. 

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LAURENCEAIRLINE E-SHOP LAUNCH

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Monday, April 28th, 2014

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Ivorian label Laurenceairline recently launched its online store front bringing the labels offering to a wider audience and more directly. Before now Laurenceairline was sold at concept boutiques like Merchants on Long in Cape Town and other niche ones in Asia and Europe. The online store offers single pieces and gives you a 10% discount if you buy a full look.

Shem Paronelli Rebrands and is Set To Release New Collection

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Monday, April 28th, 2014

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Shem Paronelli brand first burst into the scene about 3 years ago and was a champion for everything handmade and crafted in Nigeria using quality materials. For over a year, the creative director went silent in his quest for rejuvenating the brand. Good news is its back, and looking a lot better and finer with age. Some shoes have been released as part of the 2014 pre-collection and the main one would release soon.

Ozwald Boateng and 32 Londoners on The London Eye – May 1st

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Monday, April 28th, 2014

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Jacqueline Shaw the Director of Africa Fashion Guide would be giving a talk on Ozwald Boateng for the  32 Londoners on the London Eye event on May 1st. The event celebrates the contribution of 32 Londoners to the cultural life of the capital and of course Ozwald’s contribution to the world of style and tailoring has been enormous. Amongst the amazing array of other speakers and Londoners, Lesley Anne Philips will be speaking on Naomi Campbell’s contribution to fashion in the city.

What I Wore: Yesterday (Outfit Post)

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Sunday, April 27th, 2014

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I slightly need to figure out more interesting title’s for my outfit posts but hey, until then these bland ones would have to do. These photos were shot by my friend, Samson Soboye (Soboye creative director).

Hat: (as usual) Major || Neckerchief: Soboye || Sweatshirt: Trine Lindegaard SS14 || Jeans: Topman Cropped || Shoes: Topman

NY Times: In Lagos, the 1% Takes Stock

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Sunday, April 27th, 2014

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A burgeoning wealthy class is settling into one of Africa’s fastest-growing cities, attracting designers, world-class architects and a growing creative community that seeks to preserve its culture through art and fashion.

The Land Cruisers and Range Rovers began lining up on a steamy Sunday afternoon outside Tafawa Balewa Square long before sunset. The banking tycoon Otunba Subomi Balogun was hosting his 80th birthday party and nobody wanted to be late, and there was also the matter of inching past the press of beggars living in the square’s arcade. Once through a security line, women in gold headdresses and men in white robes disembarked. Balogun lives in a mansion modeled on the White House, furnished entirely in white and gold, and the invitation had asked guests to wear his favorite colors. NY Times

OHEMA OHENE GEO NEO SS14 COLLECTION

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Sunday, April 27th, 2014

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 London based Ghanaian label Ohema Ohene is back with the lookbook for its Geo Neo spring summer 2014 collection. As usual the label works with vibrant prints creating basics and formal suiting, shirting and shorts for both men and women. Head here to see more and shop the collection.

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Carmelo Anthony in Ozwald Boateng

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Sunday, April 27th, 2014

Carmelo Anthony in Ozwald Boateng

Carmelo Anthony attended the “For the Love of Cinema” dinner hosted by IWC Schaffhausen and Tribeca Film Festival at Urban Zen on 17 April 2014 in New York City. The American professional basketball player, or husband to LaLa Anthony if you watch ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’, wore a plum coloured Ozwald Boateng suit over a Prada knitwear from Spring Summer 2014. He accessorised with two tone brown lace-ups, and presumably an IWC Schaffhausen timepiece. What He’s Wearing

Agi & Sam Shortlisted for Woolmark Prize

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Sunday, April 27th, 2014

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Design duo Agape Mdumulla & Sam Cotton of Agi & Sam have been announced as one of nineteen European nominees for the Woolmark Prize. As a UK representative, they will have the chance to scoop the first dedicated menswear award in the initiative’s three-year run. If Agi & Sam are successful, they will receive $50,000 Australian Dollars (£27,900) and join four other menswear finalists at London Collections: Men in January 2015.

Styled by Me: L.A.X ft Wizkid Ginger (Video)

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Saturday, April 26th, 2014

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The video for L.A.X ‘s Ginger song featuring Wizkid is finally out and I get to see the fruits of my labour :) … the video was shot on location at the London Motor Musuem and I was assisted by Ada Enechi. Big thanks to Trine Lindegaard, Temomanin PR, Blow PR and B-Side by Wale for loaning me garms I used in styling.