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Hervé Léger At NYFW

Designer Herve Leger's Fall/Winter 14 runway show during New York Fashion Week.

This was one of our favorite New York Fashion Week F/W 14 collections so far. Okayafrica favorite Hervé Léger  captured his audience with outstanding designs. It looked like a female army took the runway by storm in his latest show, as the models strutted down the catwalk with a powerful presence. Paired with immaculate staging, the collection featured corset belts, leather jackets topped with fur, and feathers as sleeves, amongst other genius statements. The collection follows Leger's  previous one with another level of je ne sais quoi. From head-to-toe, meticulous attention had been paid to every detail— from the high long ponytails to the high-knee boots. Most of the dresses and skirts came to the knee, showing some skin without feeling absolutely out of winter control. As to the fashionistas who wore bare legs with stilettos in the snow... no comment. Overall, it was a great collection presented by a great designer  that'll certainly be a great asset for next season. Scroll through our gallery to above. If you want to talk about it, tweet @okayafrica with #herveleger and #newyorkfashionweek.

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A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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