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TOP 10 RUNWAY SHOWS OF 2018

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2018 was something of a year in transition for fashion. The most anticipated shows were from designers entering big houses, but they weren’t necessarily the best shows overall.

Instead it was a year when the newer upstarts showcased why you should be paying attention to them and the stalwarts showed just why they are so highly-regarded.

So this year’s list is filled with new entrants alongside some designers that stepped outside their boundaries to great success. Here are the 10 best runway shows of 2018, in no particular order.
01

PYER MOSS SS19

Pyer Moss is one of the breakout designers of 2018 and his Spring/Summer 2019 show was the reason why. In a sight not seen before at a New York fashion show, Kerby Jean-Raymond took fashion week attendees to Brooklyn, specifically to Weeksville Heritage Center.
Introducing a choir dressed in all-white on the grass surroundings, the result was an all-encompassing show that took a look at the African American experience and, most importantly, created beautiful clothes.
Mixing a collaboration with FUBU alongside his own range — which varied from the high-end pieces you’d expect to see at NYFW, to T-shirts with images of what Raymond described as “just black people doing normal things.” The result was a show that was memorable in just about every way.
02

A-COLD-WALL* SS19

A-COLD-WALL* is known for its conceptual explanations of its clothing and Samuel Ross’ SS19 show was perhaps the perfect distillation of that ethos. The show, which was in a sparsely-decorated part of the Truman Brewery in East London, was likely the only one that came with a pair of protective goggles, face mask and ear plugs.
When the show started it quickly became clear why all three were needed, with a large fan making a near-obscene amount of noise throughout the show. While attendees included the likes of Virgil Abloh, the focus was on the perfectly avant-garde show.
03

032C FW18

032c’s Fall/Winter 2018 show displayed just what’s achievable with a bit of imagination. Taking over a grand museum space in Florence, the magazine/store/brand produced a show that was the very definition of juxtaposition.
Combining ballet & hip-hop dancers, a violinist, their own staff as models and a rousing projected rendition of a hooligan choir singing Savage Garden’s “Truly Madly Deeply,” it was quite the experience. Every sense was used attending this show and that’s all that can be asked for.
04

WALES BONNER SS19

Grace Wales Bonner’s shows have essentially become the stuff of folklore. Editors are known to solely travel to London to attend this show, a true sign of just how important the designer is to the landscape.
Her latest show, Ecstatic Recital, used a 1971 Ram Dass book titled Be Here Nowas a primary influence. The show also mixed in references from Alice Coltrane and sculptor Terry Adkins to create the typically ethereal show that Wales Bonner is known for.
05

CHARLES JEFFREY LOVERBOY FW18 & SS19

Charles Jeffrey Loverboy’s show is also guaranteed to be a Show and both shows the designer produced this year were just that. A defiantly London designer, Jeffrey unapologetically makes clothes for club kids, while his fashion week presentations basically cross over into the realm of theater.
Making spectacular use of a limited budget compared to some of the powerhouses, Jeffrey has consistently displayed a true showman’s approach, leaving audiences in awe or, during Fall/Winter 2018, covered in glitter. It was impossible to pick one show over the other, so we’ve included both.
06

UNDERCOVER & TAKAHIROMIYASHITATHESOLOIST SS19

Pitti plays host to a bunch of seminal shows and this year was no different. When UNDERCOVER and TAKAHIROMIYASHITATheSoloist were first announced as a joint show, visitors were keen to see exactly what would happen. And they sure didn’t disappoint.
Using both sides of an extensively long runway, the two brands showcased why each one is important in its own manner. One used tech-ninja references, while another went to 2001: A Space Odyssey, but both perfectly blended into an eerie yet touching show.
07

MARINE SERRE SS19

Marine Serre is one of the breakout designers of this year and her Spring/Summer 2019 show was an example of why she garnered all the plaudits. The collection, at least 50% of which was made from upcycled materials, took place on a bridge in Paris overlooking a public park.
The models were a mixture of local entities and children, and the show also display the brand’s foray into menswear, a first for the label. The resulting collection saw exuberant takes on male silhouettes for a seasonal range that’s sure to become a sought-after brand for those who want something different.
08

JACQUEMUS SS19

Taking place on the Calanque de Sormiou on the outskirts of Marseille, Jacquemus’ menswear debut didn’t even take place during the official schedule, but still made a big impression on the fashion world. The show was rumored for months, with little to no concrete information about the show becoming available.
When the collection was unveiled, it ending up being a louche dressers paradise, with loose-fitting, beach-ready outfits alongside lightweight knitwear and a variety of denim designed for the warmer months. It’s the kind of collection that’s both eye-catching and wearable, a rare combination.
09

DIOR SS19

Kim Jones made a number of big waves at Dior before his show even started — the first being renaming the menswear brand from Dior Homme to Dior. He took over from Kris Van Assche, who’d run the brand stably though unremarkably for some time. Jones wanted to bring Dior into the modern world and for that he had a little help from his friends.
Thankfully his friends included KAWS, Yoon Ahn and Matthew Williams, all of whom added their own twist in some way. ALYX’s signature belt fixtures made an appearance, while the famous KAWS Companion figure was on prominent display. It all added up to a Dior show like no other before it.
10

MARTINE ROSE SS19

Martine Rose is a perennial favorite at HYPEBEAST, having made an appearance on last year’s list as well. This time, for SS19, Rose took attendees to a council estate venue, making everyone sit on plastic chairs more associated with a fete than a fashion show.
The likes of Abloh were also in attendance here (perhaps taking notes) and the ‘90s Garage soundtrack was a perfect slice of UK life distilled into a single show

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Mr Eazi proposes to Temi Otedola!

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For what seemed like a long while, celebrity power couple—Mr Eazi and Temi Otedola—are finally engaged as Oluwatosin Ajibade better known as Mr Eazi pops the heartwarming “Will you be my wife?” question to his girlfriend of 2 years Temiloluwa Otedola and she responded favourably in the affirmative “Yes” tone.

Fashion mogul and Icon Temi Otedola began dating artiste and music label CEO Mr Eazi in the year 2020 and have been living together ever since in their London apartment, sharing intimate moments, even meeting respective family members. This they’ve both shared in detail on their How Far? With Mr Eazi And Temi Otedola podcast.

Temi announced her engagement by posting the sea-side proposal of Mr Eazi on one knee asking the important question. The video goes by the simple caption of the infinity logo connoting they’re both locked in for life.

Congratulations to Temi Otedola and Mr Eazi!

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Nicki Minaj agrees “Essence” should be song of the year at the Grammys

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American superstar rapper, Nicki Minaj, shares the same sentiments as myriads of Wizkid fans and well-wishers worldwide, in that she concurs to the argument the trendsetting crossover record-breaking single from Wizkid’s 2020 released “Made In Lagos” album, Essence should be in the conversation for the coveted “Record of the Year” plaque at this year’s Grammy Awards.

Although “Essence” did not receive the much desired nomination in the category for “Record of the Year” at the 2022 Grammy Awards, it did get a nod for Best Global Music Performance, the first of its kind.

Irrespective of the snub, Nicki whilie on Joe Budden TV (YouTube) as a guest on the special episode tagged A Conversation With Nicki Minaj & Joe Budden agreed with the host (Joe Budden) when he said “We need people on the Grammy board that know that “Essence” was song of the year” with an exclamatory “Right! Right!” response. She even proffered, “We should have our own Grammy Board“, in support of many and the popular believe that Black Americans or black artistes in general are always stereotyped to a particular category at the award show, if indeed they made it to the top categories, they barely win; Nicki Minaj does not have a Grammy Award herself and that is still a shock to many, especially when considering her refined catalogue of music.

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Pheelz & Buju (BNXN) live the carefree lifestyle on “Finesse”

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After much teasing, the anticipated Finesse by Pheelz and Buju (now BNXN) hit DSPs across the globe and just like the teaser gave off, Finesse is a banger! It is produced by young producer under Pheelz’s wing known as Miichkel.

On Finesse, Pheelz and Buju live their life to the fullest, the carefree lifestyle is what they desire and they are determined to stay on that track for the time being. “I’ve been living the fast life but I see it in slow mo / And you see my lifestyle, I got Gs in the turbo / . . . / Bad girl sey she want Netflix & Chill / So I ja ticket give her warning / If you fall in love, girls it’s certain / You go chop breakfast, I’m not capping“, Pheelz explains on the first verse, even saying love and relationship cannot stop him from living the ‘ballers’ lifestyle; “I’d be dammed if there’s anybody that could be like me / I be like Mo’ Salah, coming up the right wing / I cut through your defender, you no need to tell me / I must finesse / And you know sey me I must net“, Buju braggingly adds on the second verse, saying he can score any chick that catches his eye and dish her the next minute.

listen to the popular joyous chorus “Ah finesse / If I broke na my business / Ama shana e go bright o / Folake for the nighr ohere or on Apple Music.:

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