Bringing back the codpiece

I took a glamorous mini break recently to the bustling provincial town of Makeni. Fashion wise I wasn’t expecting much from this ‘poor cousin’ of Freetown, BIG MISTAKE.


Ice cream seller ‘Azonto Ice’ blew my snobby preconceptions out of the water when he strolled past. This avante garde vision in layered lycra looks like he just stumbled out of an Andy Warhol-hosted soiree. The sexy Santa themed leotard, policeman’s hat, short tie and hipster glasses make for an explosive ensemble – but my eye balls were immediately drawn to the elegant black pouch strapped to Azzie’s groin – a CODPIECE. Oh please can this be the start of a revival. The ever-functional codpiece has been around since the 16th century, made a brief comeback through the heavy metal fashions of the 80s and 90s, but nothing since then. I say get out there and buy one today before Stella McCartney teams up with Goop to do a vegan/organic/bespoke/limited edition capsule range. Before long Primark will be on the bandwagon and it will be dead in the fashion dustbin. Don’t delay, strap on a codpiece today.

Trad vs Cutie Style

An emerging trend of 2014 that just cannot be ignored is a more androgynous, less traditional look being embraced by the sisters of Freetown. Local MC ‘Do That’ is all over this trend and prefers it to the Africana three piece her mum likes to see her in.

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“I call this look ‘cutie style’, it’s my professional image,”. Do That says that a pair of tights and simple tank are a standard look for her these days. And what about trad? Does she still have time for a head wrap and some matchy matchy? “I’m an African woman, I will choose that sometimes”.