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“GIRLS OF BLAZE" collection lookbook by Solange Knowles for PUMA.
Kiko Mizuhara photographed by Ola Rindal for Union Magazine, Fall 2013
Hailee Steinfeld, for ASOS magazine, November 2013.
Nigeria’s Hyena Men by photographer Pieter Hugo
WHEN HARLEM WAS IN VOGUE
African American flappers on the streets of Harem, NY, 1920s
Chiaki Kuriyama photographed by Mika Ninagawa, 2004.
Character portraits for Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, 2012.
The Red Warriors were a Paris street gang who used violent force to remove Nazis from France in the mid-late 80’s.
“Elegance Road” is a photo series by Belgian photographer Alexandre Van Enst that captures the non-conformist style and dandy attitudes of a Kinshasa-based fashion and lifestyle SAPE collective.
The African Society of Elegant People, the “SAPE” was born in the years after the independences of Congo-Brazzaville and Zaire.
Today there are two major schools of “SAPE”, respectively inspired by the French and Japanese aristocracy. They clash with high fashion brands, millimetered steps and gestures, from Paris to Kinshasa, during parades in honor of their founding masters, or simply at the Mass of Sunday.
Codified art of sham, glamor and “hast thou seen” for some, for others the SAPE is a metaphysic, a special relation with the question of being and appearance. Sassy, narcissistic and rebellious, the “sapeur” is a romantic.
“Elegance Road” showcases these heroes of modern times. In the decadent sceneries of the city of Kinshasa, from Lemba to Bandal through Ndjili, Matete and Limete, the “sapeurs” of the “War of hundred years” defy the power in place: the Leopards.
Led by the great masters such as Tshikose, Sesele and Kadhitoza, the Congolese dandies constantly reinvent themselves to shine.
In 1937, two women wore shorts out in public for the first time. They drew a huge amount of male attention and caused a car accident.
Clubbers at the Batcave, a Goth nightclub in Meard Street, Soho, London, circa 1985.
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An exhibition of photographs taken by well-known Indian fashion photographer Rohit Chawla was recently held at the Religare Art Gallery in the capital, Delhi. Titled “Goa Style”, the exhibition showed pictures of foreign travellers visiting the holiday destination of Goa. Mr Chawla says he met these people - whom he calls “nomads” - on the streets of Goa and photographed them at his home, standing against a white wall without any styling or unnatural posing.
He says the “nomads” he met came from countries such as the US, Easter Island, Chile, Spain and Russia. The men and women - with tattoos and body piercings - came dressed in dramatic outfits made with lace, leather, fur and feathers and immediately attracted attention.
Western photographers often come to India to look for “exotica”, so Mr Chawla says he took these pictures to show the “exotic tribe” of foreigners who descend on Goa from all over the world in the winters. Mr Chawla says everything the men and women in the photographs wear is created and made in Goa. "Their style quotient is better than the work of many of the world’s best designers," he says.
Mr Chawla said he had no problem persuading the people to pose for photographs as “Goa is such an easy-going and friendly place” where people trust each other. The photographer says some of the men he photographed could be described as the “global avatar of our own Naga sadhus” - the naked, dreadlocked Hindu holy men who were the biggest draw at the recent Kumbh Mela festival held in the northern Indian city of Allahabad. "They couldn’t tell me why they flock to Goa but many come from colder climes, so it’s not surprising that they want to enjoy the warmth of the beaches during the winter months," he says.
Originally a fashion photographer, Mr Chawla’s photos have been featured in international magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Marie Claire.