Visual artist Toyin Odutola and musician Solange Knowles speak about their processes and collaboration for NOWNESS.
My mind is already being blown by some of the Menswear assortments coming down the runway during Fall’14 shows in London this week. So far a few notable mentions are the designer duo Agi & Sam with their graphic West African meets Savile Row patterns, textures, silhouettes, and layered styling. Another duo that continues to get it right are father and son designers Casely-Hayford who used luxe fabrications such as fur and leather to create blocking details throughout jackets and shirting, and whose color palate ranges from fall neutrals to pops of brights in whimsical prints. Even the more classically tailored Rake collection inserted bits of geo patterns and new bottoms silhouettes for this Fall. If the shows so far are any indication, I’d say that Menswear is really shaping up to be something new and fresh this go round.
Artist friend, Zina Saro-Wiwa‘s installation, Eaten By The Heart explores “the mapping of emotional landscapes, its resulting performative behaviors and cross-cultural implications” for Africans. I have had the pleasure of viewing part of the full project and it is truly a brilliant and reactionary body of work that taps into emotions and intimacy in a tender and telling moment. Above is a clip from the work, which is a part of a collaborative project called The Progress of Love, between The Menil Collection in Houston, The Pulitzer Foundation in St. Loius, and Centre for Contemporary Arts in Lagos.