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Photos: Arise Magazine at New York Fashion Week


Yesterday's Arise Magazine's "Made in Africa" fashion show rocked  Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall in New York City,  bringing 7 fresh African designers to New York Fashion Week.

Designers included Tsemaye Binitie, Pierre-Antoine Vettorello, Lanre Da Silva, KLuK CGTD, Jewel by Lisa, Asibelua, and Bunmi Koko; watch out next week for Okayafrica's upcoming exclusive behind-the-scenes video on these young luminaries.

There was a lot of hotness on the runway - with perhaps a notable lack of the most obvious kind of "African-ness" that pops up at fashion shows from the Bright Continent - amazingly proving that not all high fashion inspired by or deriving from Africa must be mud clothed, tribal-looking, or safari/animaled - yes, animaled.

Meanwhile, take a look at the fashion show crowd in the slide show below. Our amazing photographer Gregory Chris captured these dynamic attendees whose fashions were just as aesthetically marvelous as the show itself. "Go big or go home folks" appears to be the secondary, unspoken theme of the show. Enjoy!

 

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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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