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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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Hugh Masekela's New York City Legacy

A look back at the South African legend's time in New York City and his enduring presence in the Big Apple.

In Questlove's magnificent documentary, Summer of Soul, he captures a forgotten part of Black American music history. But in telling the tale of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, the longtime musician and first-time filmmaker also captures a part of lost South African music history too.

Among the line-up of blossoming all-stars who played the Harlem festival, from a 19-year-old Stevie Wonder to a transcendent Mavis Staples, was a young Hugh Masekela. 30 years old at the time, he was riding the wave of success that came from releasing Grazing in the Grass the year before. To watch Masekela in that moment on that stage is to see him at the height of his time in New York City — a firecracker musician who entertained his audiences as much as he educated them about the political situation in his home country of South Africa.

The legacy Masekela sowed in New York City during the 1960s remains in the walls of the venues where he played, and in the dust of those that are no longer standing. It's in the records he made in studios and jazz clubs, and on the Manhattan streets where he once posed with a giant stuffed zebra for an album cover. It's a legacy that still lives on in tangible form, too, in the Hugh Masekela Heritage Scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music.

The school is the place where Masekela received his education and met some of the people that would go on to be life-long bandmates and friends, from Larry Willis (who, as the story goes, Masekela convinced to give up opera for piano) to Morris Goldberg, Herbie Hancock and Stewart Levine, "his brother and musical compadre," as Mabusha Masekela, Bra Hugh's nephew says.

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