Ozwald Boateng’s Spring/Summer 2012 presentation was yet another serving of sartorial brilliance. Boateng invited us to share his personal experience of the Safari effortlessly fusing a “culture-clash” which was evident in the African inspired use of colour and texture sewn in modern shapes and styles. The weary traveller.

The Pioneer. The revolutionary was an audacious reinterpretation of a safari taking into account both an appreciation for traditional pieces and a contemporary approach, adapted to the practical and luxurious style of a modern global traveller.

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Africa is a spiritual home for me. The heritage of the country has always been evident in my designs” – Ozwald Boateng

Presented at the House of Boateng on Savile Row, the mellow sound of Ali Farka Touré filled the store whilst live models stood as still as silence yet poised with charm and confidence. True to the brand, the collection was a beautiful view of Boateng sights and scenes of the African landscape. The palette was vibrant with bold terracotta, burnt orange, rich vegetable greens, stark white, deep indigo hues with chocolate and black to break.  You just got to love Boateng’s use of colour; the man knows his colours.

 

The use of fabrics were equally class yet practical with cotton-linen blends, washed suede. The collection featured the reworking of the safari jacket, a 2-piece mohair evening suit and tailored short suit-key look for SS12. The final touches were on point with calfskin leather luggage bags, the fur-felt hats in show stopping brights and the leather/beaded jewellery. So there you have it The weary traveller. The Pioneer. The revolutionary.

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