A. Sauvage Spring/Summer 2012 Collection
Anyone who’s been following TheCreativeRoutine for awhile should know of my affinity for British-Ghanaian fashion designer and filmmaker Adrien Sauvage. Personal stylist turned fashion designer/filmmaker/photographer, A. Sauvage is a creative polymath who had the internet going crazy last year when he released the initial collection for his eponymous line, along with the short film/lookbook and numerous photo series that accompanied. His lookbook, “This is Not a Suit”, showed at Sundance and had everyone from GQ to Vogue singing his praises.
Sauvage is hitting 2012 head first, having released his Spring/Summer collection on New Year’s Day. It’s a striking offering: a collection of white and camel tones, double-breasted tuxedo blazers, and placket pockets. Sauvage’s new collection combines modern, minimalistic design with traditional African prints and imagery.
All the pieces are beautifully crafted, that’s a given for him. What’s most impressive for me is the way he gracefully incorporates different elements of West African culture and style into a traditional Western silhouette. His kente cloth designs are great. Utilizing the traditionial Ghanaian fabric, he spawns gold, square-end silk ties and impressive black-on-black tuxedos. Not to mention that several of his shirts even have kente placket detailing.
Along with the black, kente DB tuxedo, my favorite look would have to be the short sleeve ensemble. Part of the brilliance of this collection is the subtleties Sauvage throws in there. His short sleeve look is immediately reminiscent of all the iconic photos of West African college students in the 1970s that I grew up seeing. I’d wager that the family photo albums of countless first generation Nigerian-Americans and Ghanaian-Americans are peppered with similar imagery.
(via street etiquette)