Ozwald Boateng’s AI x Harlem

By Ayoka Lucas
Images from @BKBMG & Ayoka Lucas


On the eve of the Met Gala last night’s fashion show was so important and monumental. Ozwald Boateng delivered his AI presentation to a packed house at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. A collection filled with the genius that is Boateng. AI represents more than what you may think. It broke down into several meanings, artistic intelligence, ancestral identity and authentic identity as it flashed across the video backdrop on the stage. What a style and star studded celebration with a sea of celebs (Jamie Foxx, Idris Elba, Chris Rock, Edward Enninful, Omari Hardwick, Malik Yoba, Jesse Williams, Dapper Dan and so many more) embracing each other and gathering like it was a reunion. Boateng cast an incredible selection of diverse models and stars including Jidenna, Diggy Simmons and Michael K. Williams to name a few. The spirit of the Apollo mixed with Boateng’s unparalleled design aesthetic and the illustrious gathering of fashion aficionados and stars makes this one for the books. In another universe where there is a black ‘Met’ Gala … Ozwald Boateng would lead us! Theme? Africanism and AI.





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