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Nigerian Menswear Brand Tzar Shares 'Joy Ride'-Inspired Resort Collection

Ian Audifferen's Nigerian menswear brand Tzar shares a quirky 2015 resort collection inspired by a 'Joy Ride' while holidaying.

Nigerian designer Ian Audifferen says Tzar, his Lagos-based label, is inspired by "the ethos of the metrosexual man that focuses on changing the conventional face of men's fashion with its quirky designs, construction, sharp silhouettes and resplendent prints. It's all about incorporating elements that represent both form and functionality." With their resort 2015 collection the brand continues to craft quirky, conceptual-driven menswear.


After dropping an entire wardrobe inspired by exotic birds last year, Tzar now looks to the thrill of a Joy Ride for their latest line of shirts. "This particular collection was created based on a the sights and images encountered on a joy ride while holidaying," Audifferen told Okayafrica. "My favourite elements of monochrome and bright hues come into play, vivid prints and a mash up of sporty ensembles with oversize laid back t-shirts and sweatshirts." See photos from the Joy Ride lookbook, modeled by Victor Kwen and shot by Jerry Rotimi, in the gallery above. Keep up with Tzar on Instagram and Twitter.

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Influential Louis Vuitton And Off-White Designer Virgin Abloh, Dies at 41

The popular Ghanian-American designer had been battling a rare form of cancer in private for several years.

The fashion industry has lost a talented, unique, and boundary-pushing influence this weekend.

41-year-old Ghanianian-American designer Virgil Abloh has died after a 2 year battle with a rare form of cancer, a statement from his associates LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton said on Sunday. Abloh, founder of luxury streetwear brand Off-White, and artistic director of men's wear at French fashion house Louis Vuitton leaves his wife Shannon, and 2 children - Lowe and Grey. Chairman and CEO of LVMH Bernard Arnault said in a statement, "We are all shocked after this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom." "The LVMH family joins me in this moment of great sorrow, and we are all thinking of his loved ones after the passing of their husband, their father, their brother, or their friend," he added.

After the news broke on Sunday, Abloh started trending on Twitter, with fans of the designer remembering his influence on music, art, and fashion. The 1990s saw Abloh DJ and the creative director once told The Guardian in a 2016 interview, "When the phone is off, I play my favorite songs really loud for myself, and I'm not talking to anyone. I'm not managing anything. It's just like a time when I can listen to music… I'll be DJing after I'm done designing or doing anything else." Virgil got his hands into designing album artworks after strumming up a friendship with American rapper Kanye West before becoming the creative director of West's DONDA Creative House. More recently known for his creative streetwear brand 'Off-White' the designer became popular among fashion-conscious youngsters and will forever be immortalized.

A statement posted to Abloh's Instagram explained that "Virgil chose to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing numerous challenging treatments, all while helming several significant institutions that span fashion, art, and culture"

Friends, fans, and colleagues took to social media to share their well-wishes for Virgil as he transitions to his next destination.



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