Perfectly suited

Two loosely complementary trends emerged at September’s LFW which used African style as a jumping off point. Paul Smith (above) was inspired by the Congolese ‘sapeurs’, (well turned out gents of the Society for the Advancement of People of Elegance) who have recently been documented in a rather lovely photography book for which Sir Paul himself has written the preface. As luck would have it, an invitation has come my way to the exhibition preview next week. Gentlemen of Bacongo is on for two days only from 27-29 November (12-8pm) at Londonewcastle Project Space, 28 Redchurch Street, E2 or you can buy the book here.

Also on the African fashion tip, Aquascutum’s Michael Herz told me he was channelling Malick Sibidé’s legendary portrait photographs of Malian youth when dreaming up the SS10 collection, deliberately clashing it with the utilitarian Britishness of Aquascutum’s heritage. As a lover of a certain type of energy in photography, whether that’s from searing colour as in the Bacongo book or a general upbeat mood as in Sidibé’s monochromes, these images are always an absolute pleasure to behold.

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7 Responses to Perfectly suited

  1. That's Not My Age says:

    Ah yes, I was looking at the lovely 'Gentlemen' book last week and thinking what a lovely Christmas present it would make. I'll try to go to the exhibition, so thanks for the tip – and love the black & white shots too, they are very fine.

  2. Sister Wolf says:

    GREAT photos, thank you!

  3. Miss Cavendish says:

    Beautiful pink suit, beautiful photos . . .

  4. Susan says:

    Ooo, looks like Ozwald Boateng…

  5. Style Mews says:

    i'm keeping my eye on bowler hats.. me think they're on their way in again…

  6. enc says:

    They are great-looking photos and clothes. I love it when men wear bright colors.

  7. M says:

    beautiful images, luv the colors they wear specially the pink one

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