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Gallery: Africa Fashion Week London [Day 3]

This is the Africa Fashion Week London's day 3 recap with a gallery.

On day three, Africa Fashion Week London (AFWL) got bolder and more distinctive. Fashion from the continent and its diaspora has a huge potential for growth; it's true that it can become more productive, but we need to be wider in the way we spread the word about it. Exposure is requested for all these incredible talents and visions.


There was a mix of womenswear and menswear on day three but none of the designers tried to impose a single form of beauty — they accompanied each woman in bringing out her own unique beauty through stunning pieces. This said, they celebrated the essence of handcrafts translated in collections with seductive silhouettes for a sensual powerful woman who embodies the quintessence of chic.

Here are more names to keep an eye on: Afro Fashion, AFT (African Fashion Today), Alicia Mullings, Aamaa à la Mode, Arachnid Creations, Didi Creations, Dzyn, Elegante by Tinnah Styling, Ella & Gabby, House of Opiah, Jessicah Baah, Kaveke, Killian De Burgh, Mademoiselle Anglaia, Metisse, Monis Fashion House, Otuedon, Rouge Vallari, Sascha, Simeogieme, Yutees and Zizi Cardow. See the gallery above.

If you want to talk about it, tweet #pretapoundo.

 

 

 

Interview

Interview: Mau From Nowhere Reinvents Himself

The Kenyan artist goes soul-searching with his new MFN EP.

Movement is the crux of mau from nowhere's music—the hip-hop and afropop undertones that dominate his work present a well-traveled artist.

Born in Kenya, Mau spent his life oscillating between the East African nation and England, followed by a short stint spent furthering his studies in New York. In a full-circle moment, mau uprooted his life in the big apple amidst the madness pandemic and made the move to Nairobi.

Listening to the MFN EP feels like diving head first into a pool of Mau's consciousness. He once spoke about the conflict between telling his fans to share their grief while withholding his own, but his latest offering MFN is far from stoic. The project marks his evolution from Kamau Wainana, the soft spoken kid with loud ambitions to mau from nowhere, a trailblazer defining music within 'Nu Nairobi.' As he gets less attached to being defined by a certain space, it's entrancing to watch him find comfort in his craft instead.

In this interview below, we demystify the man behind the music by discussing love, growth, disappointment and the recurrent themes of familial and romantic relationships.

This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.

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