In the Congolese capital of Brazzaville, there lives a community known as the “Sapeurs”. Their dynamic sense of style takes inspiration from the traditionally stunning bright colors of their home country, and that of their former European colonialists.

Two worlds come together in the form of dress,

There’s something so fresh about cultural integration, particularly when such a mergence takes place aesthetically within a sphere of clothing. When colours and textures and customs and styles come together, on equal level,  to tell an array of stories in  pain, struggle, opportunity and triumph.

I love it. I love

Fashion Forward’s season 2 came and went like an “all types of wear” whirlwind of wonderful. An organized frenzy of collective talent on display over-drive, presented to the masses in exquisite form. Already, inarguably, the Middle East’s perfectly produced fashion platform… Too perfect, almost.

“Oh? How’s that?”

Well, a stage

One often finds it hard to rate Kim Kardashian, but this… well, hats off. Nicely done.

Actually, more accurately, hats off to God, for creating that face.

Stephen Rolland, HIA magazine and the team, for this rather on-point concept.

And finally, all involved designers, for all that incredible attire.

 

One of these pictures comes off a Parisian catwalk.

The other, from a small town in East Africa.

Well… How about that.

The debate between “inspiration” and cultural thievery, continues.

 

There’s this popular monthly music festival in Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi. It’s called “Blankets & Wine”. I was in town. I was invited.  There were due performances by South Africa’s Tumi & Volume and Kenya’s own Sautisol. And so, off I went.

 

The added pleasure of

Capturing some of the prettier sights at last week’s Michael Kors gathering, which took place at a lovely little venue called ”The Farm”. Situated somewhere significantly remote, outdoors, rather green, very fresh. A tastier Dubai find. Kudos to the ”Qode”.

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It’s not often one’s committed to a series of occasions – all in one night- on every possible end of the social scale…and Dubai’s probably the only place on the planet where this would even be possible.

In light of the UAE’s upcoming 41st birthday, it’s only fair we highlight just how madly