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Backstage At Kinshasa Fashion Week 2014

View our gallery of photos from DRC's Kinshasa Fashion Week 2014.

The second annual Kinshasa Fashion Week took place last week, July 18 - 20, at the DRC capital city's Shark Club. Collections from both local and international designers were showcased on the first two days, while the event's last day was designated to an expo open to the public. Kinshasa Fashion Week Coordinator Natalie Bono summarized the exhibition's intent, "We do it because we want to expose or give visibility to our Congolese artisans... and to allow an exchange of culture and knowledge." Aimed towards strengthening a platform that will inspire future young designers in the DRC, this year's KFW featured the works of students from the Institut Supérieur des Arts et Métiers (ISAM) who premiered their first collections. Take a look at Everyday Africa's Jana Asenbrennerová's KFW 2014 behind-the-scenes shots.

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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

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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