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LargeUp Fashion Fridays: Duro Olowu




Our (stylin') LargeUp fam hip us to Lagos-born, London-based desginer Duro Olowu's vintage floral prints:

The Salon 94 Freemans gallery in New York City is hosting, through March 10, a showcase/pop-up shop featuring the designs—and inspirations of—London-based women’s fashion designer, Duro Olowu. Born in Lagos to a Nigerian father and a Jamaican mother, the vintage print and textile-favoring designer is known for women’s wear that’s reflective of his dual heritage and London upbringing.

Olowu, the British Fashion Council’s New Designer of the Year in 2005 and Best Designer winner at last year’s African Fashion Awards (and the husband of Harlem Studio Museum director Thelma Golden), has long curated, in his London store, a diverse assemblage of “things”— photography, textiles, contemporary art, furniture, music, books— that interest and influence him. These things (along with other eclectic odds-and-ends, including a selection of records curated by Matt Goias of Miss Lily’s Variety) will be on display at the Salon 94 show, along with coats, dresses, skirts, handmade footwear and other designs from his Spring 2012 collection. Ladies, check out some of those designs below the flyer and fellas, get your credit cards out.

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Emile YX? Wants to 'Reconnect The String'

The father of South African hip-hop's latest book release is here to teach you about the culture.

As a father-figure in South African hip-hop, there's a lot Emile Lester Jansen, aka Emile YX?, knows. He'll also tell you, there's a lot he doesn't. But the knowledge Emile has gained, over his 3 decades in music, he's always tried to share with others. His latest project is no different. The Black Noise founder is working on a book that identifies the similarities between Bushmen expression and hip-hop, and how this knowledge can help empower anyone who has a love of the culture.

The book, which will be called Reconnect The String, comes on the back of this year's 21st anniversary of the African Hip Hop Indaba, one of the landmark hip hop events in Cape Town created by Emile, which has helped many an artist launch their career. As a teacher and a musician, he's long been involved in using hip hop to uplift communities—first through the seminal group Black Noise, founded in the late 1980s, with its rhymes rallying against Apartheid, and then through the Heal the Hood organization, a non-profit that grew out of the group's efforts to use its love of hip hop to fuel youth development initiatives in townships on the Cape Flats.

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