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Prêt-À-Poundo: Black Fashion Week Paris - LaQuan Smith

LaQuan Smith at Black Fashion Week Paris.


LaQuan Smith is a young and talented African American fashion designer. He's the founder and CEO of his eponymous women's clothing brand LaQuan Smith, which is based in Queens, NY. Smith has been making clothes since he got a sewing machine for Christmas when he was 13. Since then, he has been creating fantastic custom pieces for an array of celebrities, pop culture icons and artists including Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Tyra Banks, Sessilee Lopez and fashion personality Andre J., among many others. 

His collection has a futuristic and colorful look (gold, electric blue, green, yellow...) featuring structured shapes. High-waisted skirts and panties, dresses made with a mix of materials - pvc and gold pieces - give a holographic effect and elongate the body's silhouette. All pictures by Nicolas Romain.

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Interview

Interview: Mau From Nowhere Reinvents Himself

The Kenyan artist goes soul-searching with his new MFN EP.

Movement is the crux of mau from nowhere's music—the hip-hop and afropop undertones that dominate his work present a well-traveled artist.

Born in Kenya, Mau spent his life oscillating between the East African nation and England, followed by a short stint spent furthering his studies in New York. In a full-circle moment, mau uprooted his life in the big apple amidst the madness pandemic and made the move to Nairobi.

Listening to the MFN EP feels like diving head first into a pool of Mau's consciousness. He once spoke about the conflict between telling his fans to share their grief while withholding his own, but his latest offering MFN is far from stoic. The project marks his evolution from Kamau Wainana, the soft spoken kid with loud ambitions to mau from nowhere, a trailblazer defining music within 'Nu Nairobi.' As he gets less attached to being defined by a certain space, it's entrancing to watch him find comfort in his craft instead.

In this interview below, we demystify the man behind the music by discussing love, growth, disappointment and the recurrent themes of familial and romantic relationships.

This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.

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