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NYFW: David Tlale and BCBG Max Azria Recap S/S 14

This is a recap of Spring/Summer 14 collections presented at New York Fashion Week by BCBG Maz Azria and David Tlale.

Fashion week is taking New York by storm, becoming the bold center of every fashionista. This morning, really early, 9.30am, David Tlale delivered a beautiful and classy collection while enhancing every model presented at the Box in Lincoln Center. One of the OKA's Top list Fashion designers, Tlale became an every year must-see, a destination where glamour and trendy are meeting and blending in a perfect way. This new collection is a mix of ready-to-wear and couture from a classic piece to an extravagant evening gown. In one collection, Tlale will always make sure to have an outfit for every single moment of your day. Everyone will find an attire at her taste. However, Tlale had to respond to a misleading statement issued by the US-based PR agency, People’s Revolution, who recently pulled out of his New York show. We hope it won't diminish the work he accomplished on his Spring/Summer 14 Collection.


As to BCBG Max Azria, we have no words to explain how rich this new collection is. Azria hasn't needed to prove his worth since a long time ago. He will always stand out because of his creativity and the way he keeps reinventing itself. The collection is ideal for a Spring season. You'll find some beautiful prints and also plain colors with incredible shapes and juxtaposition. We love the oversized pieces and the balance between masculinity and femininity, which spotlights the woman's body in an interesting way.

For a Day 1, we definitely enjoyed these two new collections and recommend you scroll through the gallery above.

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Interview: Oumou Sangaré Proves Why She's the Songbird of Wassoulou

We caught up with the Malian singer to talk about her new Acoustic album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

When Oumou Sangaré tells me freedom is at her core, I am not surprised. If you listen to her discography, you'll be hard-pressed to find a song that doesn't center or in some way touch on women's rights or child abuse. The Grammy award-winning Malian singer has spent a significant part of her career using her voice to fight for the rights of women across Africa and the world, a testimony to this is her naming her debut studio album Moussolou, meaning Woman. The album, a pure masterpiece that solidified Oumou's place amongst the greats and earned her the name 'Songbird of Wassoulou,' was a commercial success selling over 250,000 records in Africa and would in turn go on to inspire other singers across the world.

On her latest body of work Acoustic, a reworking of her critically acclaimed 2017 album Mogoya, Oumou Sangaré proves how and why she earned her accolades. The entirety of the 11-track album was recorded within two days in the Midi Live studio in Villetaneuse in 'live' conditions—with no amplification, no retakes or overdubs, no headphones. Throughout the album, using her powerful and raw voice that has come to define feminism in Africa and shaped opinions across the continent, Oumou boldly addresses themes like loss, polygamy and female circumcision.

We caught up with the Malian singer at the studio she is staying while in quarantine to talk about her new album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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