adidas Originals and Wales Bonner “Black Sunlight” collection

November 17th, 2021

adidas Originals and Wales Bonner “Black Sunlight” collection

It’s called Black Sunlight and is the latest A/W 2021 Adidas by Wales Bonner collection. This collection marks the epilogue of the trilogy: the first one A/W 2020 “Lovers Rock” reflected the british- jamaican community in the Seventies and the second one S/S 2021 “Essence”, an exploration of the dancehall music in Jamaica in the earlies 80’s. With Black Sunlight, the designer turns her attention to the culture and researchers, poets and artists of the Caribbean communities on which Latin American thought and Black British intellectualism is reflected.

The apparel and accessories, characterized by the Adidas hallmarks and invigorated by the inimitable touch of Bonner, are entirely inspired by the lines and silhouettes typical of the 80s including t-shirts, trackpants, tracksuits and a reversible bucket hat. Inherent hybridization (Jamaican father and English mother) coupled with a natural inclination towards studying, help Grace Wales Bonner to develop a particular creative sense that in 2009 resulted in her enrolment at Central Saint Martins in Fashion Design. The designer debuted at London Fashion Week with a cultured and deeply intellectual men's collection, filled with references to black culture, freeing herself from any iconographic references to street style. Three years after launching her label, in 2014, she is defined as the new promise of London Men's Fashion week, a recognition that culminates the following year with the Best Emerging Designer for Men award at the British Fashion Awards and then, again, in 2015 the LVMH Prize as Best Emerging Talent.

During her academic years, Bonner not only refined her drawing techniques and delved into the world of fashion, but also developed a strong interest in black culture in all its forms (literature, writing...).  She expands on what she defines as "black rhythmicity" in the works of artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Kerry James Marshall and how they were able to bring African tradition into Western culture and art forms.

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