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Edmond, Adesuwa, and Dior. Inspiration from Africa

Happy Sunday everyone. Trust you are all well and 2020 is off to a good start.
So if you have been checking out my insta stories in the past 48 hours then you would have noticed a debate happening that involves African fashion, Dior, and Adesuwa. After a healthy exchange via DM, Adesuwa and I thought it would be great to open up this convo to everyone. A healthy debate is would be great.
Allow me to summarise:
1. I made a few stories encouraging designers from Africa to step up their game as the world is looking at the continent for inspiration, citing Dior’s 2020 Cruise collection as an example.
2. I also encouraged consumers to support African craftsmanship by purchasing goods esp emerging talents.
3. This led to me citing Dior’s prices as high compared to local artisans, tailors, and designers in Africa. Dior’s prices are completely justifiable as they are a luxury brand.
4. I then dug up the old Dior Cruise 2020 collection video Narrated by Adesuwa where creative director Maria categorically denies the collection was not African inspired. See video here
5. Adesuwa went on to imply that now that Dior is in Africa, the continent wouldn’t be “this mystical place that no one knows about”. I strongly objected to this statement and others like it in the video.
To be clear
I welcome
  • The fact that Dior worked with artisans in Africa
  • Inspired by African patterns and Silhouettes and craftsmanship
  • In fact, I welcome and celebrate everything Dior did creatively with this collection. I also do not have a problem with the price tag as it’s in keeping with Dior.
I Object to
  • Dior’s Creative Director not referencing African inspiration. Outrightly denying it’s not African
  • Adesuwa implying that Africa is a mystical place that no one knows about before Dior came in.
A gentle suggestion was for Dior to have highlighted the stories of the artisans they worked with to create a clearer picture of the origins of the collection.
As you can see from the screenshots and videos, I truly encourage a healthy debate/discussion on this topic.

What do you guys think? Does Dior have anything to answer for? Could Adesuwa have worded her description better?

Thoughts below

Break up to make up in style | Cuts for Him

It has been a minute since I did any proper blogger around here. Many apologies to you all. I curated a big event on the 20th of September with the theme ‘Fashion as An Art Form’ for Fashion Industry Insiders. My biggest event to date and I am thankful to God for an amazing team that made it a success. You can check out some of the pictures on the @fashionindustryinsiders page.

Based on the topic name “breakup to make up”, I am sure some of you thought I meant this in a relationship context lol. Far from it. I think I would leave that for your relationship gurus out there.

Break up to make up is specifically talking about suits and how to get the best out of them. The typical suit by definition is a full garment with Jacket and trouser made out of the same fabric. Full suits are generally formal or at least smart depending on the type.

If you are a ‘tailoring look’ kind of person as myself, there is one skill you must master. Breaking up full suits to form mix and match combos. This skill is particularly important if you do not have a many of suits at your disposal

I don’t know about you but I think there is so much fun in deconstructing (as it were) a suit to form a new Continue reading Break up to make up in style | Cuts for Him

London Fashion Week Men’s Day 2 | Runway on the streets

I have dubbed this piece Runway on the streets as the level of sartorial style was incredible during the AW19 season. East London was awash with brilliance from Londoners.

I am also pleased to share with you my outfit which got me featured in several world-class magazines such as Evening standard magazine, Esquire, GQ and more.

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Photo by Rikesh

This look was inspired by the movie “The Great Gatsby” where scene after scene was packed with sartorial excellence. This Continue reading London Fashion Week Men’s Day 2 | Runway on the streets

London Fashion Week Aw19 Day 1 | Cuts for Him

London Fashion Week AW19 was one of the best as far as street style was concerned. It was a real pleasure to mingle with other creatives to show what London was all about in style. I personally think moving the event to Trauma Brewery in East London was inevitable seeing the direction the fashion scene was going.

When it comes to streetwear, London is one of the leading cities in the world with east London serving as the creative hub.

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I was left a bit disappointed with the brands that showed this year. I did not feel inspired by most of the collections I saw. Out of about 10 shows and presentations, there were only three brands that saved the whole season which are Labrum, Oliver Spencer, Continue reading London Fashion Week Aw19 Day 1 | Cuts for Him