Solange Knowles Taps William Okpo To Design Another Classic Puma Sneaker Collection

Browse through our gallery of Solange Knowles' Puma collection designed by William Okpo and others.

Everyone's favorite fashion forward iconoclast and artist Solange Knowles is back to wow us with, not one, but two sneaker collaborations with Puma. The Wild Wonder and Behind The Bazaar sneaker collections, designed by sisters Lizzie and Darlene Okpo of William Okpo, Gerlan Marcel of Gerlan Jeans and photographer and designer Hisham Bharoocha, remixes two of Puma's classic sneaker models: the 'Heritage Suede Classic Wn's' and the 'Trinomic XT2+.' Green and blue neons mixed in with gold and zebra print give the Wild Wonder sneaks a punch of color for the fashion risk taker. While the blush tone sneakers etched with black lines give the Puma classics in Behind The Bazzar a feminine edge. The collection is sold over at Opening Ceremony, Urban Outfitters and a few other stores. Paul Jung shot the lookbooks for both collections.

After taking the reigns last year as Puma's art director and creative consultant, Knowles curated her first line, the Girls Of Blaze Disc Collectionthat were co-designed by William Okpo, Marcel and Bharoocha. “I really wanted to make a collection that spoke to the girl like me, that may not historically be a sneaker chick, but loves style and has fun with fashion,” she metioned last year to InStyle about the first collab. We hope Solange will continue to represent for the stylish girls in her creative endeavors.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video)

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