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NYFW: This Is What Studio 189's First Fall Collection Looks Like

The sustainable fashion brand co-founded by Abrima Erwiah and Rosario Dawson once again levels up this fashion season.

Sustainable fashion brand Studio 189 debuted a stunning fall collection in celebration of their 6-year anniversary at Spring Street Studios during New York Fashion Week.

Sunday Best—the brand's first fall collection—is a color-rich nod to vintage family portraits we know so well taken by the revered photographer Malick Sidibé, Moroccan artist Hassan Hajjaj's eclectic contemporary work, as well as Phyllis Galembo's portrait-style documentation of West African masquerade costumes.

"When we walk around Ghana, for example, we see so many well-dressed people that is reminiscent to us of the old studio style portraits," Abrima Erwiah, co-founder of Studio 189 with actor Rosario Dawson and co-creative director, says in a statement. "We love the idea of people dressing their best—a market seller, a street vendor, a doctor or a lawyer—everyone looks equally amazing."


Opting for a presentation in lieu of their straight-forward (and fabulous) runway show last year, their diverse and inclusive models donned the brand's new editions of floor length ruffle skirts, wide-leg, fitted jumpsuits with blouson sleeves along with pouf blouson sleeves and neck ties to their existing silhouettes. Vibrant hues of indigo, brown and yellow earth tones, with pops of bright red, blue, green and hints of red are a constant in the collection.

Studio 189 continues to be steadfast and consistent in their mission to innovate the value chain of a single garment. "The Fall 2019 collection was designed with taking key lessons learned from the past, applying them to present day, in order to design a product that is made with the next 50 years in mind," the brand declares. "Our goal is to design products that are built to last and can stand the test of time with circularity in mind."

The brand collaborated once again with their artisans and production facility in Ghana, as well as linking with the UN Ethical Fashion Initiative in Haiti and Burkina Faso, as well as design company Xoomba in Burkina Faso.

Take a look at our favorite looks from Studio 189's Sunday Best collection, photographed by D'Anthony Photography, below.

Courtesy of Studio 189.

Courtesy of Studio 189.

Courtesy of Studio 189.

Courtesy of Studio 189.

Courtesy of Studio 189.

Courtesy of Studio 189.

Courtesy of Studio 189.

Courtesy of Studio 189.

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Courtesy of Studio 189.

Courtesy of Studio 189.

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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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