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Prêt-À-Poundo: Top 5 Menswear S/S 13

This is a Top 5 showcasing the best of the best menswear for Spring/Summer 13 Collections.

Dear gentlemen,


Here we are. You probably saw our Top 5 Womenswear S/S 13 last week and maybe thought that you'd be left on the side. You were wrong. We went through many collections and this seems to be the best of the best for the original man that you are. Let's do a quick survey: do you like something bold that doesn't feel like a costume? Do you like African prints? Do you like it when the outfit is ready? Do you like to be trendy and edgy? Do you like the idea of being part of the sapeurs? Do you like colors, bold statements, and emerging fashion? Do you like to have a masterpiece in your closet? Do you like individual signature in design and exclusive material? Do you like when it's perfectly fitted? Well, if you checked any of these, you're going to love these 5 collections.

Designer Hakeem Adeyinka Balogun - King Hakbal(Nigeria)

Collection: The Dapper Men Collection/ The Urban Royale Collection

Inspiration: "The ethos is all about sartorial elegance."

Little extra: Balogun is many celebrities' favorite designer.

Designer Laurence Chauvin-Buthaud - Laurence Airline(Ivory Coast/Paris)

Collection: Koutoukou, a tropical drink from the Ivory Coast

Inspiration: "Re-imagining the African continent’s cultural inheritance in a way that fashion and ethnic cultures can successfully collaborate to create possibilities for the future is the driving force behind LaurenceAirline."

Little extra: The way she uses bazin and traditionnal damask cotton (popular in West Africa) will keep you cool during the summer.

Designer Abenaa Pokuaa - Ohema Ohene(UK/Ghana)

Collection: Ohema Ohene S/S 13 Collection

Inspiration: Ohema Ohene blends quintessentially British styling with West African textiles, which is representative of London’s multicultural population.

Little extra: They do womenswear as well.

Designer Ozwald Boateng - Ozwald Boateng(UK/Ghana)

Collection: Ozwald Boateng S/S 13

Inspiration: "True to his pioneer spirit, Ozwald Boateng consistently breaks new ground, combining fashion, design, art and architecture."

Little extra: Boateng is charismatic and also one of the most talented and creative menswear designer of this last decade.

Designer Ian Audifferen - Tzar Resort(Nigeria)

Collection: Oasis of Calm

Inspiration: Bold and edgy menswear which can be borrowed by the women around you.

Little extra: Everyone can rock these tee-shirts and shirts with a vintage or African-inspired feel and as a bold statement, they'll make your outfit shine. Plus, the pieces are unisex.

Photography- Alistair Englebert Preston/ Model- Wale Bello.

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Hugh Masekela's New York City Legacy

A look back at the South African legend's time in New York City and his enduring presence in the Big Apple.

In Questlove's magnificent documentary, Summer of Soul, he captures a forgotten part of Black American music history. But in telling the tale of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, the longtime musician and first-time filmmaker also captures a part of lost South African music history too.

Among the line-up of blossoming all-stars who played the Harlem festival, from a 19-year-old Stevie Wonder to a transcendent Mavis Staples, was a young Hugh Masekela. 30 years old at the time, he was riding the wave of success that came from releasing Grazing in the Grass the year before. To watch Masekela in that moment on that stage is to see him at the height of his time in New York City — a firecracker musician who entertained his audiences as much as he educated them about the political situation in his home country of South Africa.

The legacy Masekela sowed in New York City during the 1960s remains in the walls of the venues where he played, and in the dust of those that are no longer standing. It's in the records he made in studios and jazz clubs, and on the Manhattan streets where he once posed with a giant stuffed zebra for an album cover. It's a legacy that still lives on in tangible form, too, in the Hugh Masekela Heritage Scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music.

The school is the place where Masekela received his education and met some of the people that would go on to be life-long bandmates and friends, from Larry Willis (who, as the story goes, Masekela convinced to give up opera for piano) to Morris Goldberg, Herbie Hancock and Stewart Levine, "his brother and musical compadre," as Mabusha Masekela, Bra Hugh's nephew says.

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