Okada Men for Highsnobiety

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 left to right: FRAMES BY Cutler + GROSS, Gucci

left to right: FRAMES BY Cutler + GROSS, Gucci

photos by Stephen Tayo / frames styled by Alexander-Julian

“nigeria's okada bikers could be the freshest people on earth”

— Highsnobiety

It might seem surprising, but some of Nigeria’s sharpest sartorial efforts can be found on the backs of the motorbikes zipping through the streets of Lagos. The bikes are known locally as keke or okada, a play on now-defunct Nigerian airline Okada Air due to their riders’ ability, albeit terrifyingly, to get you from point A to B. Riding the streets of Lagos all day can leave your eyes vulnerable to all kinds of dust and debris in a city of 21 million, and the bikers protect their peepers with pure steez.

As many Nigerians will testify: no matter the situation, style is never worth sacrificing. You’ll frequently find okada riders decked out in the most extravagant eyewear, from large embellished hot pink frames to gold-trimmed cat-eye lenses. If you’re going to hit the Lagos streets, it’s got to be done in style.

I teamed up with local photographer Stephen Tayo to capture the infamous okada bikers of Lagos in the most lavish eyewear of the season.

read the full story on Highsnobiety.com >>

 LEFT TO RIGHT: SUNGLASSES BY OFF-WHITE x WARBY PARKER, CUTLER + GROSS

LEFT TO RIGHT: SUNGLASSES BY OFF-WHITE x WARBY PARKER, CUTLER + GROSS

 LEFT TO RIGHT: GUCCI FRAMES, ADAM SELMAN x LE SPECS SUNGLASSES

LEFT TO RIGHT: GUCCI FRAMES, ADAM SELMAN x LE SPECS SUNGLASSES

 DOLCE & GABBANA EMBELLISHED SUNGLASSES

DOLCE & GABBANA EMBELLISHED SUNGLASSES

With their lack of appropriate headgear and outrageous, sometimes comically overloaded cargo, the okada riders aren’t always popular with government and locals. They are usually depicted as rough and rowdy biker boys, but for okada riders, ferrying people and goods to and fro is a no-fuss way to make a living.
 SUNGLASSES BY GUCCI

SUNGLASSES BY GUCCI

 Left to Right: Vintage Dior Frames, Driver’s Own.

Left to Right: Vintage Dior Frames, Driver’s Own.

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Despite numerous attempts to remove okada from Nigeria’s roads, they have survived time and again, and their drivers are all the more fly for it.
 SUNGLASSES BY LE SPECS

SUNGLASSES BY LE SPECS

OkayAfrica // The 10 Best Moments from Lagos Fashion Week 2018

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Photo by Kola Oshalusi.

 

The 10 Best Moments from Lagos Fashion Week 2018

A recap of the memorable designs and raw talent showcased at this year's Lagos Fashion Week.

What is Lagos without the energy? 

In Africa's most populated city, vigor and vibrancy are what cultivate the energy that keeps the city bustling and thriving, despite the efforts of NEPA. That very same energy was definitely present throughout this season's fashion week shows. Afromodernism, theatrical showmanship, and celebrity appearances were some of the themes in many of the presentations, but never in lieu of genuine and raw design talent.

This curated collection of Africa's finest designers managed to keep the audience attention on a rollercoaster ride of discerning moments throughout the ongoing parade of models and garments. To help digest these moments, I've put together my top 10 from the fashion rollercoaster that was Lagos Fashion Week 2018.

 

NY Mag // Everywhere and Nowhere | What it’s really like to be black and work in fashion.

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… But Money and Access Trump Talent Every Time

“Class is a major factor in a person of color’s career trajectory. I’ve been so poorly paid that I’ve had to say, “Look, I cannot live like this.” I don’t have parents paying all my bills. In fashion, there’s always this expectation and assumption of privilege.”
—Alexander-Julian Gibbson, editor

read the full article at TheCut.com >>

Nigerian Creative Roundtable for COVETEUR

-- Photos by Daniel Obasi // Styled by Alexander-Julian (all clothing by young Nigerian designers)

 
 

THE NIGERIAN CREATIVE ROUNDTABLE

for COVETEUR.


 

Gifted with a deep and rich culture, today’s African artists have imagined up a world where these traditions are brought into the 21st century, a cultural aesthetic popularly known as Afromodernism. Nigeria has served as a fashion and music hub for this culture cultivation, leading the pack of African creatives. So I went to Nigeria and gathered some of the new class of influential creative artists for a roundtable shot by Daniel Obasi, the 23 year old photographer/art director, who has been capturing the beauty of these creative minds, including his own, for the past few years. They say humanity started in Africa, if so, Nigeria was definitely where they got fresh first.

––– check out the full story at coveteur.com

Falana

Musician

Age: 28

CV: Musical Artist, “The 5 Coolest Women in Lagos” by Vogue and Nigeria’s Favorite Front Row Musician

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Adekunle Gold

Musician

Age: 31

CV: 2x Billboard Top 10 World Artist for About30 and Gold

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Adebayo

Designer

Age: 28

CV: Designer of Orange Culture

Bai Joiner

Creative Consultant

Age: 24

CV: Creative Consultant for Native Magazine

Eku Edewor

Actress/TV Personality

Age: 31

CV: Host of 53 Extra + plays “Nneka” in Nigeria’s first legal drama, Castle and Castle.

Orire

Designer/Entrepeneur

Age: 28

CV: Designer of Ré Lagos/Owner of Wèré House