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Beau Monde Society’s Fashion Envie To Bring A Weekend Of Sustainable Fashion To NYC

Join Okayafrica at Beau Monde Society's 4th annual Fashion Envie event April 22 & 23 in New York City.


Last year Beau Monde Society brought us this stunning beachside photo story with Rwandan model and artist Lilian Uwanyuze. In April, the New York City-based eco-focused fashion communications agency will present its 4th annual Fashion Envie (Fashion + Environment + Life) weekend in NYC. The two-day event consists of panels and fashion presentations featuring some of the hottest ethical designers and artists. Okayafrica is excited to be involved as a media partner.

Ringing in the weekend on Friday, April 22, the first-ever F.U.N conversation series and press event, hosted by Al Malonga of Wardrobe Breakdown, will focus on the importance of a sustainable future. The series features a talk and panel on “Sustainable Future” with Tessa John-Connor (@afroista), Reuben Reuel (DEMESTIKS NY) and self-portraiture artist/blogger Teff (The Expressionist). Press can RSVP to attend the Friday event at beaumondesocietyPR@gmail.com.

On Saturday, April 23, which also happens to be Earth Day, Fashion Envie returns for the fourth time ever under this year’s theme, Oxo M o n o c h r o m e. The culmination of Beau Monde Society’s work in the ethical and afro-future sphere over the past year, the event features a fashion presentation curated by Creative Director, Jennifer Nnamani, and featuring Erika Mizuno, Fancy Muffin, Kahkti, Marielle|Ejiama and Nyorh Agwe. Tickets to the Saturday Fashion Envie event are available here.

In anticipation of this year's Fashion Envie, Beau Monde Society have shared an all-new photo editorial showcasing the four designers featured in the Oxo M o n o c h r o m e presentation.

FASHION ENVIE’s Oxo M o n o c h r o m e presented by Beau Monde Society

Photography/Art Direction: Teff

Makeup by Makeup Pro

Hair by Lea DeLoy

Styling/Creative Direction/Production by Jennifer Nnamani

EAUSEENON featured in FASHION ENVIE’s Oxo M o n o c h r o m e presented by Beau Monde Society.
Fancy Muffin featured in FASHION ENVIE’s Oxo M o n o c h r o m e presented by Beau Monde Society.
Nyorh Agwe featured in FASHION ENVIE’s Oxo M o n o c h r o m e presented by Beau Monde Society.
Marielle|Ejiama featured in FASHION ENVIE’s Oxo M o n o c h r o m e presented by Beau Monde Society.
Kahkti featured in FASHION ENVIE’s Oxo M o n o c h r o m e presented by Beau Monde Society.
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A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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