British Nigerian Men’s wear designer, Tokyo James recently unveiled his SS19 collection: Alien in Africa. It was first debuted at the South African Menswear Week earlier in the year, in July specifically.
Tokyo James reveals in an interview with Elle, that the name ’’Alien in Africa’’ was inspired by his relationship with his dad, he only recently just met his dad for the first time, which sorta made his dad an alien in his life. This is quite relatable to a majority of people who have had little or no relationship with their fathers and is in fact quite common in most African societies.
The collection features bright colors like Lilac and peach, then transcends to juxtaposing dark shades like grey and black. The aesthetics was brilliantly structured, to suit the man who can wear bright colors and is secure in his masculinity. Lets take me for example, LOL.
He also tapped into a trend, which was a huge feature in most international shows this season. The embellished name written boldly on the leather bags is a strong case of the obvious logo trend, as can be seen on the snake skin leather bags.
One major feature in this campaign that caught my attention, would have to be Tokyo’s infusion of the not-so-regular living ornaments, snakes. You can see the models being accessorized with actual snakes as snake skin was mostly used in the pieces, from the bags to the wonderful blazers. The idea of infusing the live snakes as ornaments was brilliant on the part of the creative team, it certainly would have been a lot less interesting without the reptiles. But hey folks, do not try this at home.
Tokyo James’s style is one that is structured, fresh, and different. With each collection he puts out, he has established that fact and this is definitely no exception.
Check out Images below;
Photographer: Anika Molnar
Styling: Daniel Solomon
Creative Direction: Tokyo James
Model: Dylan Wentzel