Here’s a tale of how a 17 year-old girl from Nigeria turned her art blog into an internationally recognized fashion label in the blink of an eye. Seven years ago, young Dumebi Iyamah moved to Canada, where she started blogging about art, painting and photography.  She is skilled in these three areas and enjoyed writing about them. Eventually, her friends and family suggested adding another topic to her blog: Sewing.

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On a cold and windy Saturday night last month, a long line of people huddled in coats stood outside of ABV Gallery in Atlanta. The line  wrapped around the side of the building. The gallery, located off of Auburn Avenue, was debuting its eponymous winter exhibition- ‘A Better View.’ Crowds swarmed in to admire and discuss the paintings of more than 50 artists from cities and countries around the world, from Portland, Oregon and Venice, California to Portugal and Australia.

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The fusion of androgyny and minimalism is not an uncommon trend in high fashion but no designers create the soft blend of masculinity and femininity like Singapore-born designer Max Tan Shu Lin. The self-identified “garment engineer” is known for his eponymous womenswear label MAX.TAN which features the edgy yet elegant designs ideals of transformation and deconstruction. Many high fashion designers make the common mistake of simply assuming that androgynous fashion is either tomboy-ish or effeminate. But Max Tan displays androgynous fashion as epicene or fashion that involves characteristics taken from both male and female fashion trends. MAX.TAN, according to its website is, “Serious but never severe, minimal but never simple, fragile but never weak.” His clean-cut designs have graced many runways and sheathed the bodies of top super models. MAX.TAN is for the chic and polished lady with a peculiar twist.

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With the internet making fame so easy these days, it makes the standout of true talent that much harder to identify Some talented souls refuse to stand in the shadows though. Being a smart, funny, and skilled individual can put you into the spotlight. Internet sensation-turned-cable star, Issa Rae has used all of the above with a dash of personality to reach the top, and right now she’s on fire.

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There is an unfathomable power emitted by art that uses urban landscapes as its canvas. It is not exclusive to those of a certain social class or within art circles; it is accessible to all. It does not rely on an unchanging gallery space to be seen or understood; it adapts to the fluidity and movement of its dynamic surroundings.

Brazil is certainly a beautiful location.Crystal blue waters, a radiating sunset and an intense love for soccer is what popular culture tends to focus on when it comes to Brazil. Interestingly enough, Brazil also offers a very hip fashion scene. Take fashion designer and Sao Paulo native, Pedro Lourenço, for example. Even though he is just 24 years old, he already has demonstrated his work at Fashion Week and has collaborated with respected brands such as Nike, as well as Mac Cosmetics, who described him as having a “couture-like sensibility and meticulous attention to detail.”

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