For SS20, the third installation of the Barcelona-based designer’s Spirit Series came ready to party
There are many sides to Wekaforé Maniu Jibril and in the heady surroundings of Le Chinois - a small club in the Paris suburbs - we got to see more than a couple. The Nigerian-born, Barcelona-based designer, whose eponymous brand explores the exoticism of the black body and the Nouvelle Afrique, is also the host of Voodoo Club. Quite possibly his city’s coolest party, it’s an inclusive space that was primarily created to familiarise people with the Wekaforé aesthetic and support the brand. This season, as a part of his Spirit 003 presentation during Paris Fashion Week, the essence of Voodoo Club came with him. Collaborating with La Creole, the dancefloor was throbbing with sets from DJs from around the globe.
In true Wekaforé style, the SS20 collection similarly pulsated. Describing the look as ‘Primitive-futurism’, Jibril’s trademark leather cutaway vests were paired with slick, skin tight leggings while two-tone trousers and tunics met their match in knit tops whose loose structure brought to mind medieval chainmail. A collection that was designed to be danced in, for sure. And to aid those dancing feet were his collaborative trainer designs with Asics.
A composer not only of fashion but music too, this undisputed talent is also the frontman for Ego Sex, a Barcelona trio whose music can best be described as trance jungle blues.
Listen to Congo, the latest offering from the band, here.