Style

Orange Culture's Nigerian Staircase-Inspired 'Dovetail' Collection

Nigerian menswear label Orange Culture Presents their Resort 2015 collection 'Dovetail'.

Nigerian designer Adebayo Oke-Lawal's Orange Culture label release their Resort 2015 collection Dovetail, which draws unlikely inspiration from staircases in Nigeria. "The imperfection of staircases in Lagos, Nigeria doesn't necessarily take away from [their] beauty as the... lines, joints and dimensions make each step an exciting adventure, a step into an airy discovery," the designer explains, "the staircases have a rustic appearance that reinterprets the natural structure of wood and inspired the prints developed for the collection." Well, we definitely love the idea and appreciate the patchwork happening on the garments' oversized pieces. The mix of materials is audacious and makes the whole collection stand out. Scroll through our gallery to view the photographs and if you want to talk about it, tweet @okayafrica with #orangeculture.

Style

'My Dark Twisted Fantasy' Lookbook By Nigerian Stylist Richard Akuson

Nigerian stylist Richard Akuson unveiled his 2015 lookbook, entitled 'My Dark Twisted Fantasy'.

Emerging Nigerian stylist Richard Akuson recently unveiled a 2015 portfolio lookbook featuring his own perception of the trendy woman. His My Dark Twisted Fantasy photo series portrays a strong, bold and nonchalant feminine character  (it also takes its title from Kanye West's 2010 opus). Akuson's girl is very much laid-back, she's a fashionista despite her will. She knows how to effortlessly pair stylish garments to put together a look in any environment. She's trendsetter no matter what her intentions might be. Akuson explained his ideas about the lookbook, stating:

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Arts + Culture

Joana Choumali 'Hââbré' - Scarification Portraits in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire

Ivorian photographer Joana Choumali's portrais of scarification in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire

Ivorian artist Joana Choumali's portraits carry a tremendous raw truth with them. Her Hââbré, the last generation project documents a fading generation of Abidjan citizens with facial scarifications. As the practice becomes more uncommon, Choumali decided to create one of the only contemporary digital records of scarification. She explained to Afropunk: "This practice is disappearing due to the pressure of religious and state authorities, urban practices and the introduction of clothing in tribes. In many villages, only the older people wear scarifications. This series of portraits lead us to question the link between past and present, and self-image depending on a given environment. Opinions (sometimes conflicting) of our witnesses illustrate the complexity of African identity today in a contemporary Africa, torn between its past and its future. During my research, all I found were pictures from the beginning of the century, taken by ethnologists, and only a few contemporary images. I also had trouble finding people to photograph because of their rarity. This “last generation” of people bearing the imprint of the past on their faces, went from being the norm and having a high social value to being somewhat “excluded”. These last scarified are the last witnesses of an Africa of a bygone era." Scroll through our gallery to view the photographs and if you want to talk about it, tweet @okayafrica with #joanachoumali.

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