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Riky Rick’s Is Now The Most Stylish Performing Artist In SA

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Riky Rick, also now known as King Kotini, has certainly carved a unique space for himself within the South African Hip Hop space. In 2016, we’ve seen not only his visually captivating style transformation. From authentic, simple but hip street swag to some of the most dramatic fur coats we’ve seen in our red carpets.

Riky Rick - Most Stylish Rapper in SA

But while that first happened with his sound, the rapper is now taking seriously his love for fashion. And now that the David Tlale underwear range ambassador has also scored himself an SA Style Award for Most Stylish Performing Artist In Music, his ascension to being a fashion icon is getting pretty serious.

Riky Rick - Most Stylish Rapper in SA

His hit Sidlukotini is all about how he wants people to know how much not only he loves fashion, but fashion is a big part of his core artistic expression.

Riky Rick - Most Stylish Rapper in SA

This past year, we’ve seen the Sondela hitmaker ruffle some feathers with fashion risks. One such famous moment was social media reaction to his outfit at the SAMA music awards, which saw him combining styles from different eras and subcultures.

Riky Rick - Most Stylish Rapper in SA

In particular his shoes sparked raving debates.  The upperlife cleats are in fact Gucci princetown leather slippers exclusively customed designed for Riky Rick by John Born. They are also leather painted.

Riky Rick - Most Stylish Rapper in SA

There was also the shorts.

Riky Rick - Most Stylish Rapper in SA

But being a fashion would require one to break many of the rules that have come to define what’s acceptable. That’s why when asked about the criticisms, Riky Rick revealed that he’s really been losing no sleep.

“I’m not aware of anyone saying anything about me. I just keep it fresh all the time. I keep on top of things and on top of the case. I keep it simple all the time”, he said to TshisaLIVE. 

Most times though, Makhado is simply making headlines whenever he hits the red carpet, an act which he appears to take quite seriously.

Riky Rick - Most Stylish Rapper in SA

His Instagram page has become a vibrant constellation of his playful, yet effective taste in clothes. Fans have become used to being treated to high quality snaps depicting the rapper giving his outfits a visual story.

Riky Rick - Most Stylish Rapper in SA

And because Riky knows that his fans are appreciative of his fashion, he is rarely trotting without his photographer around. All the snaps here were captured by the talented photographer @Yeahlenzo, who is also making Nomuzi’s Instagram account pop.

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Riky Rick won the 2016 SA Style Award for The Most Stylish Performing Artist in SA.

Riky Rick - Most Stylish Rapper in SA

Snaps showing him with shopping bags are quite the thing over there.

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SAFW Day One – Gallery of The Hottest Action

Here’s a glimpse of the hottest trends, threads, collections and glittering action on the first day of SAFW

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SAFW RECAP

Fashion aesthetes and the South African fashion industry assembled to witness the display of the freshest collections from some of the land’s hottest fashion dab-hands, as well as welcome surprises from new players in the field.

The first day of South African Fashion Week was an explosion of much colour, plenty of experimenting with silhouettes and textiles, and a lot of play on texture. I love the freshness with some of the collections that found a creative way of incorporating the classic ‘African’ aesthetic – playing with traditional patterns – without limiting the scope of what that looks like.

It’s always an exciting time, both on and off the runway.

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adidas Switches up The Nite Jogger

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adidas Originals offers up new iterations of the Nite Jogger model this month, reinterpreting the iconic road running sneaker through another unmissable aesthetic update.

The reflective silhouette returns to stake its claim as an essential for any night time creator, backed with a campaign created by a global network of artists working in their fields of expertise.

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With music by electronic duo Mount Kimbie, British artist and filmmaker Frank Lebon directed the campaign film as a poetic ode to the people and things that thrive in spaces generated by darkness. The campaign demonstrates how night time can act as the perfect backdrop for expression.

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Shining a light on three young creators, the film features New York rapper Wiki, London born poetic singer Obong Jayar, and Cai, a spoken word poet and member of Say it Out Loud Tokyo.

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Illuminating its wearer after dark, the campaign shows how the Nite Jogger silhouette brings together function first technology and forward thinking design, in order to push today’s night time creator firmly to the forefront.

Harnessing the reflective hi-vis technology of its past iteration, the silhouette is engineered for those who know it’s never too late to pursue their vision.

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Accompanying the film are photographs shot on film by London based photographer and multi-media artist Bafic, which oscillate naturally between day and night, demonstrating the unrelenting creative spirit that Nite Jogger shoe seeks to embody.

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Returning this month, the new Nite Jogger sneakers feature lightweight nylon ripstop, soft mesh knit, and suede overlays.

Combined, these materials offer advanced adaptability for the unrelenting grind of 24/7 creativity. Hi-vis reflective details complete the upper, adding a new dimension to the shoe’s name and establishing it as a must have in the arsenal of any creative that thrives at night.

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All of this is then rounded off with a BOOST midsole and durable rubber outsole, resulting in a silhouette that is elevated for comfort and engineered for night time exploration.

The Nite Jogger sneaker is capped off by the message “speed of nite” written in morse code on its outsole and tongue. Offered in a flurry of distinct new colourways, featuring tonal greys, pastel greens, and eye-catching orange hits, the result is a striking expression of the Nite Jogger silhouette’s enduring aesthetic, presented in an exciting new context.

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adidas Consortium Partners With ShelfLife

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Since it first came into being, adidas Consortium has been committed to bringing together partners, retailers and collectives who exemplify a unique, fearless approach to collaboration.

Each new partnership offers up a creative new take on the iconic styles that adidas has developed over the decades. In doing so they shine an entirely new light on the sportswear brand’s high-performance technologies and commitment to craftsmanship.

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The latest adidas Consortium release is a global first that exemplifies the international mindset of the wide-ranging Consortium family.

First launching in 2006, Shelflife are O.G. trailblazers, bringing an utterly distinct, cutting-edge curation of streetwear and sneakers to their South African devotees, via their Johannesburg and Cape Town stores.

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Taking on the formidable heritage of the adidas ZX running shoe series, Shelflife bring their own eye-catching approach to a new iteration of the ZX4000 model.

Viewed straight-on from the outside, the Shelflife version is defined by its understated use of luxurious greyscale nubuck and woven fabric underlays that evoke the historic craftsmanship of the retailers’ home country. On foot and in action however, the medial side of the shoe is revealed, showcasing a colorful, jacquard-printed panel.

All campaign assets for the release were created and shot in South Africa by local creatives Paul Ward (photographer) and Gabrielle Kannemeyer (stylist), further strengthening the bond between one of the most memorable Consortium releases of the year and the place, people and heritage that brought the shoe to life.

adidas Consortium x Shelflife will be available for purchase on April 13th 2019 at the Shelflife stores in Johannesburg and Cape Town as well as online at www.shelflife.co.za from 6pm. Sneakers will be releasing on a first come first serve basis.

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