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NYFW S2015 : XULY BET and the pop up street fashion show

Parisian designer Lamine Badian Kouyaté, is the founder of Xuly Bet Funkin Fashion Factory. Lamine is originally from Bamako in Mali, he launched Xuly Bet in 1989. His company became known for incorporating recycled clothing and transforming found garments. He is also known for having models from varying cultures and races in his shows. During MBFW 2009, Lamine featured in the African Fashion Collective for This Day ARISE. In 2010 Lamine showed at Africa Fashion Week in Johannesburg. His awards from the industry are well deserved and numerous. While we may not have heard much from him lately, Lamine and Xuly Bet certainly got noticed during NYFW  201.

As NYFW was coming to close on Wednesday September 16, a posting on a model's facebook page announced a Xuly Bet show on the streets of NYC. The models, fashion publicist Kelly Cutrone, the designer, his brother, and some photographers gathered at 33rd St. and 8th avenue. From there they walked to the Moynihan Station, one of the venues being used for NYFW. Once there the models lined up for a presentation and photos. There was also some added excitement provided by the Double Dutch Dreamz troupe from Harlem.

It was a really interesting way to see a collection, it was up close and personal. The models walked past, and at times around people.
The clothes really looked great on the street, the collection was filled with pairings of different African prints as separates combined with funkier themed tops or pants. Lamine has a flair for combining Punk Rock influences with contemporary African fashion. This was a really cool pop up Guerrilla fashion event, I would like to see more of this kind of thing in the coming seasons.

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