Chanel’s Métiers d’Art 2017, Ritz Paris

This year Chanel celebrates the thirteen years of its craftsmanship shows at Gabrielle Chanel’s home for over 30 years: The Ritz. As many years of workshops of excellence celebrated through exceptional parades paying tribute each year to a different city. Continue reading “Chanel’s Métiers d’Art 2017, Ritz Paris”

Ousmane Saw, Larger Than Life

Ousmane Sow, a luminary figure of African contemporary art, died early Thursday morning in Dakar. He was 81. “He takes with him the dreams and the plans that his body, too tired, did not wish to follow,” Sow’s family told Agence France-Presse.

Born in the Senegalese capital of Dakar in 1935, Sow was one of Francophone Africa’s most prominent artists. He was known for sculpting his imposing creations without the use of a model. He spent most of his adult life between Dakar and Paris, where he first moved when he was 22.

As a young man, he found odd jobs in the French capital and sought overnight shelter at police stations and hospitals, apparently in exchange for fresh bread in the morning. He enrolled at a physiotherapy school, where he was able to indulge and develop his fascination for the human body.

Sow had already begun modelling sculptures with the use of stones on the beaches of his home country. In Paris, Sow’s work caught the eye of his teacher and one of his sculptures was even displayed in class.


First exhibition

In 1960, following Senegal’s independence from France, Sow returned to Dakar where he held his first exhibition.

But it was to be decades before he would gain recognition in his adopted country.

Sow finally captured the attention of Europe in 1999, when his giant sculptures of wrestlers were exhibited on the famed Pont des Arts bridge (photo below) near the Louvre Museum in Paris.

He exhibited work in France, Germany and Italy. In 2013, he moved all the work he still owned to a museum in Senegal, including “Great Men,” which featured historical figures such as Charles de Gaulle and Mandela. Sculptures of Martin Luther King, Muhammad Ali and Gandhi would be included in his gallery of men who “helped me not despair of mankind,” he told AFP at the time.

Of his Mandela sculpture, Sow said that “he extends his hand to keep corrupt African heads of state at bay”.

The burly giants were sculpted from the artist’s trademark mixture of clay, rubber, straw, and coated in an all-weather coating.

In 2013, Sow became the first African artist admitted to France’s prestigious Académie des Beaux-Arts (French Academy of Fine Arts).

Elected to French Academy of Fine Arts

The sculptor was elected to the prestigious Academy – one of France’s five creative “Académies” – at a ceremony in Paris in December 2013 during which he dedicated the honour to “all of Africa, its diaspora and the great man who has just left us, Nelson Mandela”.

He also paid tribute to his late countryman, Senegalese writer Léopold Sédar Senghor, who was the first African to be elected to the Académie française (France’s academy of French language) in 1983.

At the Academy, Sow was seated in front of Jean Cardot, who praised Sow extensively during the ceremony. “You are an example of the richness and marvellous diversity of the artistic expression,” Cardot said. “What daring! What achievement!”

“You have the instinct, as old as humanity, of a sculptor,” Cardot told him.




– With l’Agence France Presse

Icons Of Modern Art

This is one of the biggest exhibition in Paris this Autum ! From October 22nd until February 17th, Fondation Louis Vuitton presents the exhibition Icons of Modern Art – The Shchukin Collection. Continue reading “Icons Of Modern Art”

Sharon Jones, The Lady of Soul Music

Sharon Jones, the fiery soul singer who spent decades in obscurity before becoming a Grammy-nominated soul and funk vocalist with her longtime backing band the Dap-Kings, died on Friday of pancreatic cancer. She was 60.  Continue reading “Sharon Jones, The Lady of Soul Music”

Merci Mrs Obama!

When I created The Soul Edition my ambition was to give a better representation of certain issues, some artists, entrepreneurs, models, designers, places, that are not usually represented in mainstream medias. The Soul Edition answered a need expressed by many of you dear readers. Continue reading “Merci Mrs Obama!”

Tea Time in Johannesburg

After  eleven years at GE, where she held leadership positions in several divisions across the world Swaady Martin, an Ivorian entrepreneur, decided to follow her passion for African culture & tea, and founded Yswara a growing home-grown African global luxury tea brand four years ago. Continue reading “Tea Time in Johannesburg”

African Fragrances x African Contemporary Art

Prepare yourself for a powerful olfactive trip to Africa. Roads, the niche perfume label,  recently unveiled a quartet of fragrances inspired by the continent. In addition to the limited edition fragrances, Roads have commissioned four visually and geographically diverse African artists to create packaging artwork to accompany each fragrance. Continue reading “African Fragrances x African Contemporary Art”

Gucci Envy

London Zhiloh, Tami Williams, Salem Mitchell, Saleh Marley, Okay Kaya, and Gabrielle Richardson our favorite models of the moment are killing the latest Gucci collection in the streets of New York through the Autumn light!

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Diverse Beauty

After photographing the actress Lupita Nyong’o, Alexi Lubomirski was so impressed by her natural beauty that he felt she didn’t need studio lighting because she radiated light from within. He was then inspired to create a book, which represents diverse beauty without boundaries. Continue reading “Diverse Beauty”

The Inspiring Beauty Of ‘Moonlight’

“Am I a faggot?” Chiron asks. “You could be gay,” Juan tells him, “but you don’t let anyone call you no faggot.” This line is part of the heartrending scene of a new indie film we loved: Moonlight by Barry Jenkins . Continue reading “The Inspiring Beauty Of ‘Moonlight’”

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Inner Beauty Matters

A wind of change is blowing on beauty industry. For the past few months the industry has made very strong statements. Continue reading “Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Inner Beauty Matters”

Hair is in the Air

Solange Knowles just released “Don’t touch my hair”, a new title from her album “A Seat at the Table ” and it immediately resumes the beauty conversation on social media that started a month ago. Continue reading “Hair is in the Air”

Eden, DJ

Eden Hagos is gracefully bring an East African past into an American future.

Eritrean by way of Los Angeles, Eden Hagos brings visibility to those future sounds that you can’t quite put your genre finger on. Deeply rooted in underground hip hop, sample-based, percussion-heavy tunes and future bass, Eden’s ear for unique sounds has kept her digging since her uncle gifted her with her first Fugees album at age 16. Continue reading “Eden, DJ”

Soul Escape: 95 at Morgenster, South Africa

Morgenster Wine & Olive Estate is hardly a new kid on the block. A rich olive and wine farm that dates to 1711, it sits at the gateway to the Western Cape wine-growing region and is a mere 35 minutes from Cape Town, nestled in the landscape of Somerset West. Continue reading “Soul Escape: 95 at Morgenster, South Africa”

Grace Wales Bonner: Black Male Identity

Grace Wales Bonner, a true gifted designer who has become known for collections that explore black culture and identity, has won the LVMH 2016 prize for emerging talent. Last November she already won the Best Emerging Designer prize at The British Fashion Awards… and she is only 25 years old! Continue reading “Grace Wales Bonner: Black Male Identity”

Africa Bag!

Recently Christian Louboutin joined forces with longtime friend Valérie Schlumberger founder of CSAO -La Compagnie du Sénégal et de l’Afrique de l’Ouest- and the women of La Maison Rose to create the unique and vibrant Africaba day bag. Continue reading “Africa Bag!”

Abstraction by Julie Mehretu

Julie Mehretu is a key african artist of her generation with a growing international exposure. Born in 1070 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,  her family moved to the United States in 1977. She graduated from Kalamazoo College in 1992, and began pursuing an art career independently before she enrolled in the MFA program at the Rhode Island School of Design. Continue reading “Abstraction by Julie Mehretu”

Louis Vuitton Cruise 2017, Rio de Janeiro

Sport is chic! That was the message Nicolas Ghesquière sent to fashion world Saturday afternoon. He sent it from the Oscar Niemeyer–designed Niterói Contemporary Art Museum, an architectural marvel perched on a cliff that looks like it could have landed from space or emerged from the sea in Rio de Janeiro. That is where the Resort show for Louis Vuitton happened. Continue reading “Louis Vuitton Cruise 2017, Rio de Janeiro”

Soul Escape: Casa Marques, Rio de Janeiro

Personalized guesthouses are a very good alternative to a luxury chain. The intimate 12-room property Casa Marques is one of our favorites  guesthouses of Rio.  Housed in a late colonial mansion among the verdant hills of Rio’s boho Santa Teresa neighborhood, Casa Marques compliments its heritage and surrounding vistas with a good dose of modernity that mixes local design icons and fresh street art names. Continue reading “Soul Escape: Casa Marques, Rio de Janeiro”

Hidden Figures

Forget the usual masculine and white astronaut image. In “Hidden Figures”, a book by Margot Lee  Shetterly and a feature film based on the book, by Theodore Melfi, you’ll meet African American women: Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson who formed part of the country’s space work force, or that this group—mathematical ground troops in the Cold War—helped provide NASA with the raw computing power it needed to dominate the heavens.

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Carole in Cannes

Carole Bienaimé Besse in Cannes for the 69th Cannes Film Festival. We love her Diane Von Furstenberg blue dress, her Miu Miu clutch and Céline sunglasses. We also really like her necklace by Raphaele Canot and her bracelets from CSAO. A perfect summer look.

Mary Sibande: The Future Is Female

Mary Sibande art work is powerful that is why we want to focus on her today. Through her art she tells the tale of her alter-ego Sophie, a domestic worker who finds refuge in dreams where she emancipates herself from the ghoulish realism of an ordinary existence, cleaning other people’s homes. Continue reading “Mary Sibande: The Future Is Female”

Cannes Crush: Ruth Negga

Ethiopian-born, Irish actress truly impressed us in her role of Mildred Loving. She totally embraces Mildred’s personality in Jeff Nichols‘ drama: “Loving”, beside the amazing Joel Edgerton who plays Richard Loving. We really hope she’ll win the best actress award on Sunday and an Academy Award next year.

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Grupo Antillano, The Art Of Afro-Cuba

Being in Cuba for Chanel Cruise‘s presentation is the occasion for us to focus on Grupo Antillano, an Afro-Cuban visual arts and cultural movement that thrived between 1978 and 1983 and has been virtually erased from Cuban cultural and artistic history.  Continue reading “Grupo Antillano, The Art Of Afro-Cuba”

Swimming With Lisa Marie, SS 2016

When we talk about high-quality swimwear and elegant design Lisa Marie Fernandez name always pop up first in the conversation. Known primarily for its neoprene swimwear, the Lisa Marie Fernandez line has been the go-to for the jet set. Continue reading “Swimming With Lisa Marie, SS 2016”

Africa’s New Golden Oil

First, there was Argan and Jojoba oils, and then coconut oil. Now, Marula oil has stormed the market and seems like it might have even more benefits (and staying power) than the rest.

The oil, derived from the indigenous Southern Africa Marula tree, can be used on its own as a cold-pressed, unrefined oil, or as an ingredient in other skin and hair products. Marula oil  has a lot of selling points. It’s moisturizing, but it won’t clog your pores. “It’s rich in essential fatty acids that mimic those that exist naturally in the outer layer of the skin,” says Joshua Zeichner, an assistant professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. It also contains the antioxidants vitamin C, vitamin E, and flavonoids. But the best part? It’s a surprisingly nonoily oil: “It’s quickly absorbed into the skin without leaving you greasy,” says Zeichner.

 It’s actually 16 percent higher in antioxidants and fatty acids than Argan and Jojoba oil, not that anyone’s judging.) Adriana Martino, co-founder of NYC’s Skinney Medspa, says. Plus, she adds, Marula oil’s benefits work far into the future, too, thanks to ingredients that “fight against free radicals in your skin, which lead to cell damage and aging.”

Martino finds the oil “perfect for the winter months, as it has a bit of thicker consistency than other oils, so it creates a barrier against harsh winter conditions.” Yet Marula oil is also rich in omega-3, which allows for faster absorption into the skin—so although it is a thicker oil than some of its counterparts, it sinks right into the skin, leaving it smooth and silky, not greasy.

As for who should use Marula oil? It’s great for all skin types, which is one of the reasons Tiffany Masterson, founder of the skincare line Drunk Elephant, calls it her “star ingredient.” When she was in the early stages of developing her collection (which launched at Sephora last month), she came across Marula oil while scouting ingredients and instantly sensed its power. “As a facial oil devotee already, I recognized immediately how quickly it absorbed and just how amazing it felt on my skin,” Masterson said. “It was a no-brainer to thread it through my entire line.”

Though Masterson’s line only focuses on skin, she also swears by virgin Marula oil for her hair. “When used on hair, it hydrates, repairs, moisturizes, and helps reduce frizziness,” she says. “I’ve found that it makes the best hair serum, and I also use it as a pre-conditioning treatment before I shower.” Great for hair, skin, and the anti-aging fight: Could it be time for an oil upgrade?

For skin care, try: 

Acure Marula Oil
This product is a slightly more affordable version of the pure oil (you can buy a 1-ounce bottle for less than $20). To use it most effectively, apply the oil right after washing your face. “Dot the oil all over the area you want to cover, then rub it in, and connect the dots,” says Zeichner, who recommends layering other products over it. Because the oil absorbs into skin so well, it helps other products you slather on over it absorb better, too. « If you apply an oil before your anti-aging cream, the oil molecules behave like tiny Trojan horses, tricking the skin into letting active ingredients—like retinol,glycolic acid, and vitamin C—deeper into the skin and closer to the collagen-producing fibroblasts, all without irritating the surface,” says David Colbert, a dermatologist in New York City.

Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil
The entire Drunk Elephant line includes marula oil (the brand’s name comes from the idea that elephants get drunk when they eat marula fruit), but this no-frills oil is our favorite. “Pure marula oil may be especially appropriate for people with sensitive skin,” says Zeichner. This one has no added fragrance and made our tester’s dry winter skin noticeably softer and dewier after just a few nightly uses—not an easy feat.

African Botanics’ Pure Marola Oil
It is an anti-aging savior. Rich in essential fatty acids and Vitamins C and E, this weightless botanical moisturizer deeply nourishes and hydrates the skin while helping to build collagen and increase elasticity. It will revitalize your complexion by giving you a radiant, youthful glow. Amino Acids help cells renew and combat premature aging – Antioxidants soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles – Suitable for all skin types

Pure Marula Oil by John Paul Selects
Light and hydrating, Pure Marula Facial Oil absorbs quickly into the skin without a greasy after-feel providing immediate and long lasting hydration and improved skin elasticity. Pure Marula facial Oil by Marula Pure Beauty Products is the only doctor endorsed, scientifically validated facial oil, with 60% more antioxidants than the leading Argan Oil.

For hair care, try:

Carol’s Daughter Marula Oil Softening Serum
Formulated specifically for curly hair, this serum smooths frizz and softens ringlets, leaving them glossy and soft. Our curly-haired tester liked the thin consistency because it allowed her to easily spread the product evenly through her hair.

Nexxus Oil Infinite Nourishing Oil
This smoothing serum works wonders on coarse, thick, frizzy hair. The blend of marula, babassu, buriti, sweet-almond, macadamia, and sunflower oils (say that five times fast) tames flyaways, smooths split ends, and detangles knots when applied to towel-dried hair and boosts shine when skimmed over dry, styled hair.

MarulaOil Rare Oil Replenishing Shampoo & Conditioner
Both products are infused with marula oil, so they’re intensely smoothing and moisturizing. But hydrating as they may be, the combo is surprisingly lightweight; our tester with fine hair used them and noted that her hair was shiny but not limp or greasy.

MarulaOil Rare Oil Treatment

This multitasking product can be used on hair and skin—and we love it equally for both. Our curly-haired tester raved about its thick, flyaway-taming consistency. Applied to damp or dry hair, it adds tons of shine and moisture to ragged, sad-looking ends. The lingering fruity-floral scent is just an added benefit.

Bob Marley’s Natural Beauty

It seems that the effortless and natural stunning beauty of Bob Marley has been bottled. Inspired by the lush herbal remedies of Jamaica and Bob Marley’s reverence of nature, Marley Natural, the new lifestyle brand created in collaboration with the singer’s estate, introduced earlier this year its Hemp Seed Body Care line. Continue reading “Bob Marley’s Natural Beauty”

Made In Africa By Aurora James

Aurora James, founder of Brother Vellies is becoming a big accessories designer in the industry. She sealed her it girl reputation when Kanye West came to the presentation of her Spring Summer 2016 collection last September at New York fashion week. Continue reading “Made In Africa By Aurora James”