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Prêt-À-Poundo: Top 5 Womenswear S/S 13

This is a top 5 womenswear collections spring/summer 13 featuring designers Selly Raby Kane, Taibo Bacar, David Tlale, Stella Jean and Black Coffee.

July is here and summer is too. We've compiled a top list of womenswear Spring/ Summer 13 collections for you. From casual to evening wear, you won't be disappointed by these looks — don't be surprised if you become the it-girl of the summer by picking some of these pieces. In our minds, these outfits shine by themselves due to their fabric, structure, shapes and couture. You probably won't have anything to do but wear them with nice accessorizes, shoes and purse.. When it gets to fashion and clothing, it has to be easy in order to be fun. Don't get us wrong, there's no particular order, all collections included in this Top 5 Womenswear Spring/Summer 13 is absolutely gorgeous and edgy.


Designer Selly Raby Kane - Seraka (Senegal)

Collection: ICONIC

Inspiration: Fantastic movie genres, travel, people, colors, music, cartoons, and streets.

Little Extra: Upcoming Collection Teaser Video - Inner Cruise is a short film directed by Tom Escarmelle (White Owl Prod.) inspired by designer Selly Raby Kane's next futuristic collection. Based on a fantastic and poetic premise, Inner Cruise reveals a new facet of Dakar city and explores the possible interactions between fashion and cinema, light and shadow.

All pictures by Eduardo Acevedo / Styling Quanasia Graham / Model Angelina Lee / Make Up Milan Staples / Hair Aretha Covington

Designer Jacques Van Der Watt - Black Coffee (South Africa)

Collection: IMPRINT

Inspiration: Created through hand-rendered patterns embellished onto delicate mesh dresses, the collection palate also reflects the vivid tones found in contemporary ceremonial garments and adornments from central Africa.

Little extra: Designer Van Der Watt has talent when it gets to clear contradiction between bold patterns and feminity.

Designer David Tlale - David Tlale (South Africa)

Collection: TRANSCENDENCE, New York Fashion Week debut

Inspiration: "I draw inspiration from designers such as Alexander McQueen and Jean-Paul Gaultier. My ultimate inspiration comes from God." But also, “features fashion in a sweeping TRANSCENDENCE, in celebration of the spirit we share beyond nuances of culture, history and geography.”

Little extra: Talent and humility is always a great combo, it adds more talent and charisma. He also does menswear.

Designer Taibo Bacar - Taibo Bacar (Mozambique)

Collection: "Best emerging designer" - Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Africa

Inspiration: “I make clothing for women. By that I mean the feminine woman, the one who knows how to express her femininity in all contexts, who knows how to walk, talk and act like a woman. Imagine even a woman in the military, I do it for her.”

Little extra: The mix of couture and prêt-à-porter is always stunning.

All pictures by Mercedes Benz Fashion Africa

Designer Stella Jean - Stella Jean (Italy and Haiti)

Collection: WAX PRINTASTIC

Inspiration: A brave and sophisticated collection which conceptually and instinctively overcomes all time and space boundaries, going towards new and exciting destinations.

Little extra: Stella Jean knows how mix different clashing prints.

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Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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