Pitti Uomo this year had a section dedicated specifically to african designers titled AFRICAN CONSTELLATION. Now being a trade show, showing at Pitti Uomo as a brand is a great exposure and that is where I discovered this gem of a brand surprised at myself how this genius of a label was hidden for so long. What many designers are pretty much cautious to venture into, is the very essence of this brand’s core foundation; prints for menswear.
Using batik fabrics, javanese patterns and wax block printing techniques, the brand is making some quirky strides within the fashion circle. What is epic is their collaboration with VLISCO fabrics that gives them an array of options of vintage and fun patterned fabric that forms the dna of their brand. Bringing the past to the present and within the future, I love that that they despite usually sticking to classic silhouettes, which is a smart move considering the overpowering print, they do break it sometimes, leading to some interesting results.
The brand rests on bringing out the bold and brave personality of everyone focusing on their distinct individuality. Their prints tell a sort of visual story. The collection at Pitti Uomo was about surprising oneself with unexpected results on a journey. The influence came from the idea that the best-laid plans may lead you in unexpected directions to discover unknown elements of life. African rituals that remain out of the light might be frightening, but the experience enriches and inspires you.This season’s introduction of Le Bobo line explores this voyage of discovery across a canvas of shirts, shorts, and trucker jackets, t-shirts. Shirts and t-shirts are longer in length and bring digital prints and recurring mask motifs to the collection. The collection also presented many of the emotional states of the designer himself, with each print reflecting a certain part of his emotion laid out in print.
One of the most surprisingly fun resulting collection, I was totally into the brand (I also found out a friend had modeled for them…lol). The prints were fun and totally up my alley, my love for prints especially within menswear painted with such brazen strokes just had me drooling all over their clothes… be it the big bold ones or the smaller ones. What I personally liked how they styled it and put the whole look together. Heck!! they even made a kurta look good with a jacket… something I am sooo not a fan of. Just made my hear skip lots of beats.
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