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MBFW S2013 Ozwald Boateng

Designer Ozwald Boateng was born in London to Ghanaian parents. It was his fathers suits and sense of style that inspired him to enter the fashion world. At the age of 23, he opened his first shop in Savile Row selling suits. He seized the attention of the fashion world when he staged his first show in 1994 during Paris Fashion Week.  He soon became known for his unique interpretation of classic British tailoring. This season Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Spring 2013 saw the return of the ARISE collective. ARISE African Icons show featured five designers with Ozwald Boteng absolutely owning the finale. It was great to see all the African Fashionistas flaunting a brilliant array of African Fashions. I met photographers and fashion press that had crossed the pond to cover the show. Boateng's PR also prevailed upon stylist/blogger Harrison T. Crite, to not only write a review of the show; but to be involved in styling as well.

Boateng opened to a packed house with a showing of the trailer for his documentary, followed by models taking to the runway in suits of mostly black and grey tones. Boateng brings an amazing energy and crispness to menswear that is truly exciting. Of course if we're talking suits you know that there is the famous "twist" These suits are not for the fashionably timid, it's the reason his designs have been embraced by red carpet celebrities. The color options he sent down the runway for his superbly tailored suits were  refreshing, bold, and fun. The inclusion of Ankara fabric in the blazers, shirts, and suits served as a seamless bridge between traditional and modern influences. The use of warm and light colors in the linen shorts are perfect for spring, and the knitwear in bright reds and greens complimented the shirts marvelously. It was great seeing models sporting dreadlocks, tattoos and natural Mohawk variations, the styling was awesome. Kudos to Ozwald Boateng for a truly versatile and marvelously tailored show, it was to say the least very Posh.

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