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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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Hugh Masekela's New York City Legacy

A look back at the South African legend's time in New York City and his enduring presence in the Big Apple.

In Questlove's magnificent documentary, Summer of Soul, he captures a forgotten part of Black American music history. But in telling the tale of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, the longtime musician and first-time filmmaker also captures a part of lost South African music history too.

Among the line-up of blossoming all-stars who played the Harlem festival, from a 19-year-old Stevie Wonder to a transcendent Mavis Staples, was a young Hugh Masekela. 30 years old at the time, he was riding the wave of success that came from releasing Grazing in the Grass the year before. To watch Masekela in that moment on that stage is to see him at the height of his time in New York City — a firecracker musician who entertained his audiences as much as he educated them about the political situation in his home country of South Africa.

The legacy Masekela sowed in New York City during the 1960s remains in the walls of the venues where he played, and in the dust of those that are no longer standing. It's in the records he made in studios and jazz clubs, and on the Manhattan streets where he once posed with a giant stuffed zebra for an album cover. It's a legacy that still lives on in tangible form, too, in the Hugh Masekela Heritage Scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music.

The school is the place where Masekela received his education and met some of the people that would go on to be life-long bandmates and friends, from Larry Willis (who, as the story goes, Masekela convinced to give up opera for piano) to Morris Goldberg, Herbie Hancock and Stewart Levine, "his brother and musical compadre," as Mabusha Masekela, Bra Hugh's nephew says.

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