New York Fashion Week: Men’s SS18 is OVER! The fashion at NYFWM this year was different to say the least. At a time when the African aesthetic is still painfully self-conscious and somewhat obvious and conservative, New York fashion is about a kind of letting go of all that. Rumpled and patchwork, it seemed to be fashion displaying a kind of Camu-esque existentialism rather than nodding to obvious standards. To put it bluntly, I doubt you’d get into any top nightclub in Lagos with some of the attire.
From Balenciaga there was a relaxed hobo-ish family vibe. David Hart thrilled with a Cuban inspired get-up, slightly insouciant suiting. Wood House was in a playful preppy mood. Hugo Boss stunned with a hint of Miami Vice in his laid-back, floaty suits. Head of State echoed a disorder of military precision inspired by the Nigeiran political regime. This was statement fashion, a time to really put aside what you think you know and open you’re mind up to new ideas. An antidote to the alpha-jostling politique displayed by Trump, Macron, Putin etc right now. It was a reassuring individualism and a confidence not from gloss or labels to chiselled jaws but simply wearing one’s own body politic and sticking to it.