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FEATURE: Legendary indie fashion brand XULY.Bët took NY Fashion week by storm with traditional wax-printed fabrics and head wraps

This past Wednesday, legendary indie fashion label Xuly Bët showed their Summer/Spring 2017 collection at New York Fashion Week. The ready-to-wear collection, made by Malian fashion designer Lamine Badian Kouyaté, was created with traditional wax-printed fabrics, head wraps, and more. The brightly colored collection mixed denim jackets with chunky platforms, athletic two-piece sets, jumpsuits, mixed patterns and more. Very cool collection, check it out below.

By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor


Photos by Randy Brooke

*Erin White is an Atlanta-based writer and AFROPUNK's editorial and social media assistant. You can follow her on Tumblr or friend her on Facebook. Have a pitch or an inquiry? Shoot her an email at erin@afropunk.com.

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Comment by AFROPUNK on September 16, 2016 at 5:52pm

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Comment by Rosenda on September 16, 2016 at 5:49pm

Wonderful!!  I remember first hearing about Xuly Bet back in the very late 1980's. 

That CNN Sunday morning tv show "Style with Elsa Klensch" reported his first fashion show.

Xuly was known for making outfits cut up from other existing clothes that he refashioned into beautiful wild one of a kind creations, but he didn't have any funding from anyone to stage his first show.

He asked several professional model friends he knew to model the clothes, then he got an old yellow school bus.  He found an old empty park area outside of Paris where no one lived, and he made up flyers to announce and invite many different fashion publications and buyers from stores.

The morning of the fashion show, all the press photographers and buyers who were intrigued drove out to this empty area with nothing but dirt lots and trees and waited. 

The bus arrived, and stopped.  All of the models dressed in Xuly's beautiful fashions got out of the bus, walked around outside very dramatically, stood and posed for photos, then they got back on the bus and drove off.

The next day he'd gotten all kinds of calls from press and fashion buyers wanting to order his creations.

The film footage that they narrated on the Style show was really awesome and just blew my mind how he came up with the idea to do the best he could to get as much notice and attention with the resources he had.

VERY cool!!


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