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)
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.
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@walesbonner’s latest collection dives into the sonic style of Lovers Rock, elevating the eclectic uniforms that made it such a memorable subculture in 1970s England. The collection is tailor-made for nights out at the dancehall, but still features plenty of sportswear and cozy knits appropriate for WFH. "Lovers Rock is a genre created by Jamaicans in the UK, a sweet mix of reggae and soul music," says designer Graces Wales Bonner. "The collection felt like a reflection of my family and I wanted my community to see themselves in it." #NotinParis
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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.
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.
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.