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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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Prêt-À-Poundo: Style Guide - Photographer Rae Maxwell

This is an interview with photographer Rae Maxwell and her associate Corey Lima about her work, company and collaboration with Okayafrica and Okayplayer.

*All pictures by Rae Maxwell

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Prêt-À-Poundo: Style Guide — Prints, Patterns... and Prints!

This is a fashion editorial showcasing our Okayafrica and Okayplayer Tees with emerging and mainstream fashion designers, photographed by Rae Maxwell.

Fashion is and remains an international preoccupation today. Millions are invested every year: from manufacturing plants, wholesale, retail, stores, fabric industries, media, magazines, online website, blogs, to customers. If we stopped purchasing and stuck to the strict minimum, it'd be an industrial catastrophe and affect our society. Fashion seems to run completely contrary to democracy, where all the citizens supposedly have an equal say in the decisions that affect their lives; this is not because of the fashion industry itself, but due to mass media. The media has covered fashion as long as we can remember (not always as we'd like them to); but it's really easy to forget that mainstream media is not the only source for fashion. Due to a lack of funding and exposure, gifted designers are continually squeezed by established designers and big fashion houses. At Okayafrica, we strive to defend individuality and "fashion freedom" and encourage our readers to look beyond the end of their noses. Let's reverse the exposure, emerging designers vs. mainstream!

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Nigerian Artist Ben Enwonwu's Painting 'Christine' was Recently Auctioned Off in London

The owner of the painting Googled the signature on the artwork and only then realized its enormous value.

The late Nigerian artist Ben Enwonwu is considered the "Father of African Modernism". His 1974 painting of the Ife princess, Adetutu "Tutu" Ademiluyi, was dubbed the "African Mona Lisa" by veteran Nigerian author Ben Okri. The painting of the the young royal of Ife, an ancient Yoruba city in the south-western region of Nigeria, was discovered last year in a London flat after having disappeared for close to four decades. The artwork was then sold a few weeks later for a record-breaking USD 1.6 million More recently, his 1971 painting entitled "Christine", was auctioned off in London after the family who owed it Googled the signature on the painting and realized its enormous value.

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Watch Solo’s Music Video for ‘Two by Two’

The video shows highlights from Solo's wedding.

This morning, Solo shared the visuals for "Two by Two," the lead single to the South African rapper's latest album C.Plenty.Dreams.

"Two by Two" features BETR Gang member, Solo's long-time collaborator and producer, Buks. "Two by Two" sees the rapper open up about his admiration for his wife and admits he will always seek guidance from his parents.

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