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Prêt-À-Poundo: Top 3 Black Fashion Week Montreal Collections

This is a top 3 Black Fashion Week Montreal Collections and a recap of the event.

Adama N'Diaye hit the fashion world once again with the Black Fashion Week concept. N'Diaye, founder of Adama Paris, Dakar Fashion Week and Black Fashion Week got a great deal of media attention thanks to her event's choice of name. She stands for her great cause and is spreading it around the world. The first edition was in Prague, followed by Paris and recently Montreal. All editions have been a success and she clearly made a buzz by exposing Black and African designers. "Black Fashion Week aims to raise awareness of the contemporary black creation beyond African borders and show more diversity on the catwalk with models of all origins and creators from different horizons." At first sight, may we all be inspired by the boldness and, most importantly, the perseverance exhibited by N'Diaye, whose work is effective despite the lack of resources and proper media attention at this time.


Black Fashion Week Montreal 2013 - Adama Paris

Adama Paris

We've compiled our Top 3 Black Fashion Week Montréal Collections. The designers selected are Senegalese Adama N'Diaye, Ivorian Elie Kuame and Montreal label RUSH Couture by Claudette Floyd. We welcome their emphasis on looking for a signature as a designer and delivering nice collections with an array of ultra-feminine pieces, mix of materials, bold prints and patterns.

Black Fashion Week Montreal 2013 - Elie Kuame

Elie Kuame

While we laud the courage and commitment to a beautiful initiative and cause, we still have to assess the content of the event. Is Black Fashion Week stifling boldness, creativity and innovation by prioritizing designers and models of color? We have to ask ourselves what our motivation is and how to achieve it without compromising the first goal. For Montreal, our questions are: was it a lack of money? Ressources? Time? Don't get us wrong, this isn't about all the designers present, but we were surprised of some of the collections at the Montreal edition — they were just "normal-already done-nothing special-déja vu." To cut it short, there was nothing new here, it was all warmed-over.

Black Fashion Week Montreal 2013 - RUSH Couture

Rush Couture by Claudette Floyd

Our concern is simply that some of the designers might corrupt the event by pulling down the quality level. It cannot credibly be proclaimed that because of lack of exposure that any designer and model of color should be part of the event. In order to help reverse the current trend, we have to focus on content, talent and creativity or it will run out of steam. Make no mistake about it, there's all the potential needed to fill-up the lack of diversity and ethnicity on the international runway and create a favorable fashion environment.

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Tems Is Just Doing Her Thang In New Music Video 'Crazy Tings'

The Nigerian songstress is hell bent on taking over your summer playlist and it's getting harder to resist.

It has been a fantastic year for Tems. The Nigerian singer, producer, and songwriter achieved a platinum record for eternal banger Essence, her collaboration with fellow Nigerian superstar Wizkid, an MTV EMA nomination for Best African Artist, a billion worldwide video views, and over 350 million audio streams. Not to mention featuring on Canadian rapper Drake's blowout album Certified Lover Boy, the singer has also sold out every show she's booked.

The release of Tems's sophomore EP If Orange Was a Place solidified her place amongst the greats and it was received with gusto by fans and international audiences. A month after the release the Afrobeats singer has graced fans with a sultry music video to go along with equally as tantalizing lead single Crazy Tings. Conceptualized by the multitalented Tems, and directed by UAX, the music video follows a sensual Tems as she sings about needing space from a lying partner.

International audiences continue to rave over the songstress, with Tems delivering an impressive US TV debut on late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! this month. Essence continues to top international charts. While becoming the official song of the summer, the track peaked on the Billboard 100 Top 10, becoming the most Shazamed song in the United States and was remixed by Canadian musical heavyweight Justin Bieber, becoming the first song written by Nigerian artists to hit No.1 on Urban Radio.

Tems has been producing consistent hits since her debut in September 2020, and a year later, the singer's immense talent is securing her reputation as a world-class superstar.

Check out Tem's music video for single 'Crazy Tings' below

Tems - Crazy Tings (Official Video) www.youtube.com

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