Tuesday 4 August, 2020

J’can daughter Grace Wales Bonner rekindles reggae with new exhibit

Award-winning British fashion designer Grace Wales Bonner is born of Jamaican parentage. (Photo: walesbonner.net)

Award-winning British fashion designer Grace Wales Bonner is born of Jamaican parentage. (Photo: walesbonner.net)

Grace Wales Bonner (GWB) is the daughter of an English mother and a Jamaican father.

GWB followers would reckon that the London-born designer is heavily influenced by her Jamaican roots.

In fact, the 28-year-old's dossier is a representation of '70s Jamaican-English culture influences in art, photography, and design.


A collection built on satin bomber jackets – and the kind of Adidas-esque track pants every Marley would wear – GWB has repeatedly presented a Carib appeal.

Wales Bonner, for short, has been the brand name of GWB’s award-winning fashion design house.

GWB presented recently for Highsnobiety’s Not In Paris exhibit – curated by Highsnobiety and presented during what would have been Paris Men’s Fashion Week.

“Not In Paris” is an exhibition celebrating creativity in the age of remote interactions – viewers get to understand GWB’s ingenuity.

The Louis-Vuitton Moët-Hennessy (LVMH) prize recipient revealed the notes for her latest presentation in a recent interview with Highsnobiety.

She recalled: “The collection really felt like a reflection of my family and I wanted my community to see themselves in it.


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I was particularly inspired by John Goto’s documentary of teenagers at Lewisham Youth Club in the ’70s, which is an era I often come back to in my collections.”

She has a knack for amplifying minimalism to a palatable two-, three-, or four-toned garment.

Be it a hooded jacket in black, yellow, and two shades of orange, or a black pant with a distorted red and black inseam; GWB makes even the simplest garment desirable.

Feather-embellished jackets and dual-layered trench coats give but a taste of the designer’s flair.

And, the cooler the climes, the more Wales Bonner hopefuls envision themselves in one of her two-toned shearling body warmers.


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Sharing the spotlight in the Wales Bonner vignette was Saint International stunner Romaine Dixon.

Since appearing in the Wales Bonner Autumn/Winter 2020 preview, Dixon’s image was plastered on a supersized billboard for French department store brand Printemps in the City of Lights.

Additionally, Dixon has had several editorials and runway shows for Fendi and Dior Homme, to name a couple.

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