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African-Inspired Prints With An Easy-To-Wear Twist: Les Enfants Sauvages

A snippet of Les Enfants Sauvages Spring/Summer 14 Collection.

A woman sitting on a stool is playing the ukulele; she's wearing a cute dress with a large line of strong-pattern fabric and flat shoes. That's how you step inside the world of contemporary label Les Enfants Sauvages: "a Montreal-based studio working with fabrics from different cultures. It freely combines tradition with modernity, the local, and the foreign. We make clothes for the free and independent human beings." Marie-Christine Quenneville, the brains behind the brand, constantly reinvents herself through a blend of African-inspired prints and oversized ready-to-wear pieces.


Quenneville states, "[the] collection is inspired by Haitian voodoo, particularly the representation of the spirit goddess Erzulie.  I am interested in feminine figure and I linked that to the Japanese mythology of the spider Goddess Jorogumo. The fabric I use is always the starting point of my creative process, and I worked this time, with a spider motif fabric. [That's] where I elaborated the concept from. The spider symbol also a strong meaning in Africa, as it is presented in the film KwankuAnanse (whose filmmaker, Akosua Adoma Owusu, wore Les Enfants Sauvages dresses at the Toronto Film festival)."

"[I was also inspired by] images of American vernacular jazz dance and the crazy dance parties in private Afro-American clubs back in the 1920s and 1930s. The feel a joy that emanates form those party are palpable to me. As voodoo travelled to the south of the United States I saw it blended in the society of the era. This era was greatly represented by the drawing of the artist Bill Traylor. There's a shadowy mood and, to give you an image of the collection as a whole, it'd be like a secret society in a Louisiana village in the 30s — everyone gathering around a pond under a full moon in their very best attire to dance old dances." Her Spring/Summer 14 collection is definitely a combination of stylish easy-to-wear pieces. You'll be to purchase it here starting March 2014.

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The Fugees Will Be Playing Live Concerts In Ghana & Nigeria

Ready or not.

The legendary Fugees have announced that they will be reuniting for their first shows in 15 years for a string of concerts across North America, Europe and West Africa.

The reunion tour will be celebrating the anniversary of their classic 1996 album, The Score.

Ms. Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel will be embarking on a 12-city global tour, which will have them landing in Nigeria and Ghana for a pair of December show dates — we'll have more details on those to come.

The tour starts this week with a 'secret' pop-up show at an undisclosed location in New York City on Wednesday (9/22) in support of Global Citizen Live. The rest of the dates will kick-off in November and see The Fugees playing concerts across Chicago Los Angeles, Atlanta, Oakland, Miami, Newark, Paris, London, and Washington DC, before finishing off in Nigeria and Ghana.

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