NOTEWORTHY | The Smarteez of Soweto
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NOTEWORTHY | The Smarteez of Soweto

As Rod Stanley of Dazed and Confused explains, the Smarteez are “too young to really remember the struggle for apartheid, they’re less politicised and claim that their ‘struggle’ is now one against blandness and conformity – to them, it’s all about partying, self-expression and challenging stereotypes.” In a similar vein to the Sapeurs of the … Continue reading

BOOK | Gentlemen of Bacongo by Daniele Tamagni | A look at La Sape and The Sapeurs of the Congo
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BOOK | Gentlemen of Bacongo by Daniele Tamagni | A look at La Sape and The Sapeurs of the Congo

Excerpts from the pictorial book Gentlemen of Bacongo (2009) by Daniele Tamagni: “The Société des Ambianceurs  et des Personnes Élégantes, otherwise known as La SAPE, is one of the world’s most exclusive clubs. Members have their own code of honour, codes of professional conduct and strict notions of morality.” “In the Congo ‘elegance’ is very … Continue reading

IN THE NEWS | New York Fashion Week Gets Diverse With Models
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IN THE NEWS | New York Fashion Week Gets Diverse With Models

New York Fashion Week for the Spring/Summer 2013 season just finished and according to Jezebel, it was the most racially diverse season ever when counting the models that were used. “For the second time ever (and the second season in a row), white models actually comprised just less than 80% of the total model pool. … Continue reading

THOUGHT PROCESS | Questioning Authenticity and Street Style
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THOUGHT PROCESS | Questioning Authenticity and Street Style

When it comes to thinking about street style and authenticity, I have more questions than answers. To start, Ted Polhemus explains the concept of authenticity and street style in his book Street Style: From Sidewalk to Catwalk (1994) as such: “The Street is both the stage upon which the drama unfolds and the bottom line … Continue reading