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Prêt-À-Poundo: Soucha at Black Fashion Week Paris

Cairo-based Tunisian native fashion designer Soucha at Black Fashion Week Paris.


Cairo-based Tunisian native Soucha is a talented fashion designer who graduated from the famous Academia Della Moda in Florence. He's been working with top Italian fashion houses and has made a name dressing celebrities from the Egyptian and Arab entertainment world. His label was launched in 1997 and has been considered one of the leading fashion trendsetters in the region. Soucha is now focusing on getting more exposure in the US, London and Paris. 

During Black Fashion Week Paris Soucha presented his brand new collection. The designer used various materials to play with light, define shapes and accentuate skin tones. He brilliantly brought dramatic tulle, embroideries and beads on the catwalk. What caught my attention were the incredible satin trims conforming and structuring the dresses. Ever more stunning: one of the models was sporting a satin trim headpiece. All pictures by Nicolas Romain.

*Designer Soucha

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Born in Kenya, Mau spent his life oscillating between the East African nation and England, followed by a short stint spent furthering his studies in New York. In a full-circle moment, mau uprooted his life in the big apple amidst the madness pandemic and made the move to Nairobi.

Listening to the MFN EP feels like diving head first into a pool of Mau's consciousness. He once spoke about the conflict between telling his fans to share their grief while withholding his own, but his latest offering MFN is far from stoic. The project marks his evolution from Kamau Wainana, the soft spoken kid with loud ambitions to mau from nowhere, a trailblazer defining music within 'Nu Nairobi.' As he gets less attached to being defined by a certain space, it's entrancing to watch him find comfort in his craft instead.

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This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.

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