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Prêt-À-Poundo: Top 10 Style Guide and Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes Video

This is our Top 10 Style guide pictures and behind-the-scenes video featuring emerging designers, Okayplayer shop and mainstream, photographed by Rae Maxwell.

We've been providing you with exclusive fashion editorials featuring a blend of our original Okayplayer and Okayafrica tees alongside emerging and mainstream fashion. Our goal was to create and introduce another window to your shopping targets. Open your eyes to endless possibilities, unique designs of unique and innovative features that are quite diverse. Of course, it's always left up to you to decide what and where you're buying, but cool designs are not that easy to find. These 4 editorials were a melting pot of a talented creative team, incredible designs, beautiful models and locations. Photographer Rae Maxwell captured the essence and spirit of each of her subjects. She has an eye that catches beauty’s fleeting moments — revealing them underneath the surface. Al Malonga‘s fashion styling doesn’t incorporate anything exuberant; it’s all kept in a bold and edgy subtlety. Last but not least, the make-up and hair work done by Cat Alexis and Afi Bijou, respectively, played a key role in the characters’ portrayal. I'd also add that chief makeup artist Michela Wariebi provided excellent work on the two last editorials.


We rounded up our  Top 10 Style Guide shots and give you an exclusive behind-the-scenes video, shot by Herman Jean-Noel (of Neglakay Productions) and edited by Rae Maxwell, in which you'll discover the two first editorials featuring the entire team. You can find a lot of pieces on our online store. One last thing: allow yourself to be bold, fresh and free.

Browse through our previous Style Guides: The Dapper Real Live Show, Rock Your Punk Fela Tee, Wax Doll Rag Doll, Prints Patterns &... Prints!

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Interview

Adekunle Gold Is Living His Best Life

We speak to the Nigerian star about how marriage and fatherhood have led him to find both newfound happiness and newfound freedom as an artist.

''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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