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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A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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