Archives for the month of: May, 2012

British Ghanaian designer and bespoke tailor, Ozwald Boateng has long been a trailblazer in the world of fashion. As the youngest, and first black tailor to have a shop on London’s revered Savile Row, Boateng has redefined the way we see the suit. His ultra chic tailoring, as often seen on the red carpet, is not only impeccably stylish, his suits are said to “enhance the personality of the wearer”. The ‘I Love Soweto’ shoot for his SS ’12 collection proves his ability to create looks that are at once refined, whilst being packed with personality. The collection to my eye appears to incorporate influences from the English gentleman and colonial attire to 1930’s Hollywood and the ever dapper Congolese sapeurs. Overall, the collection and the shoot are a reaction to Western fashion’s current take on African style. Of this Boateng says;

“From the beginning I have always wanted to shoot this collection in Africa, and the ‘I Love Soweto’ shoot captured what I was trying to do so beautifully. Spring/Summer 2012 essentially represents a European take on an African aesthetic, and my African heritage coupled with the setting of Soweto really gave the concept it’s authenticity”. – Ozwald Boateng

Sources: Ozwald Boateng & Afroklectic.com

This performance by (one of my faves), Asa is over a year old now, but it still feels fresh and relevant. Check out her beautiful rendition of her classic song, Preacher Man.

Source: Balcony TV London

British Ghanaian designer, Adrien Sauvage’s newest collection is a beautiful mish-mash of contemporary styles, seamlessly tied together with slim fitting silhouettes, exquisite detailing and a muted colour palate. Dashes of his cultural heritage are added through gorgeous tailoring and Ghanaian printed fabric in key pieces.

Source: http://www.shadders.net

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