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Head of State | New York Fashion Week: Men’s

According to designer Taofeek Abijako, “Fulfilling All Righteousness” — Head of State’s NYFW: Men‘s presentation — was the “analysis of social and cultural impact of colonialism in West Africa.”

The collection took inspiration from African contemporary photographers and artists such as Seydou Keita, Clic Clac Baby, Malick Sidibe, and Samuel Fosso.

Photo by Seydou Keita

 
Head of State | NYFW: Men’s

 

“These photographers not only captured the effort of a society’s attempt to return to normality, but also the elegance and free spirited manner that filled the atmosphere of newly born nations in Western Africa.”

Intellectual gloss aside, the collection’s deft interpretation of improvised chic created a memorable collection, with skillful color blocking and inventive pairings that felt natural, even as they showcased a “2.0” street style sensibility.

Abijako is the kind of designer who makes the difficult appear effortless. We look forward to seeing more next season.

Abijako makes the difficult appear effortless

Clic Clac Baby

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