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Lalesso Unveils Resort Collection 2015

Cape Town Fashion Week 2015 unveils first Lalesso Resort Collection

Lalesso recently showcased their first ever resort collection Sultan's Parade at Cape Town Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015. The exclusively summer label, which was recently nominated for this year's Kenya Fashion Awards as Established Designer of the Year, describes itself as a luxury fashion & lifestyle brand that "supports transparent, sustainable, eco and ethical fashion." Inspired by the East African khanga cloth of Kenya, co-founders Alice Heusser and Olivia Kennaway launched Lalesso in Cape Town in 2007 by releasing 100 of their trademark Lalesso skirts. Now having expanded into a resort collection, Lalesso unveils more of Kenya's vibrant prints and patterns in easy, free-flowing silhouettes. From kaftan dresses and rompers to two-piece beach-ready ensembles, looks from the Lalesso resort collection retain an elevated sophistication even when paired with summer's most comfortable outdoor footwear. Take a look for yourselves in the above gallery, featuring South African model Aluad Deng Anei in Lalesso.
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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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