Teddy Ondo Ella- Review flightofspice.com

Teddy Ondo Ella- Review flightofspice.com

STYLING: MOBALAJI DAWODU

Sometimes I like to see Art as beautiful and ornamental but most of the time I believe it is a reflection of the artist´s reality or fantasy. Of their imagination or their surroundings. A Sanpshot of society and emotion at a given point. Fashion is no different.

This is why I love seeing a collection so deeply rooted in a culture and someone´s story. Specially when their story intersects a little bit with mine. After living in Kenya for some time I became sensitive to certain issues and developed akin to the culture.

Teddy Ondo Ella’s namesake collection (SPRING / SUMMER 2018 RUNWAY SHOW) is the result of his African heritage, worldly upbringing and lifestyle. By drawing inspiration from his time abroad, he is celebrating a fusion of European and American culture – through his lens of modern African elegance. Like any good storyteller, Teddy Ondo Ella goes beyond the physical garments and invests meaning into all his collections. Strongly influenced by anti-colonization that took place in Africa during the 1960’s and his Gabonese roots, Teddy Ondo Ella the collection pays homage to a more inspired time in men’s fashion, while also rejecting modern-day, mass media culture, stereotypes and cultural appropriation.

The presentation at ARTBEAM last Monday was stunning and the collection a delight. The suggestion mix of African Kikoys and military berets spoke deeply about the story behind them and a violent ceremony opened the show to set the scene.

I hope to se a lot more of Teddy Ondo in NY.

 

Teddy Onda Ela, New York Mens, Spring 2018, July 10 2017

 

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ESTILISMO: MOBALAJI DAWODU

A veces creo que el arte es puramente belleza y ornamental, pero la mayoría del tiempo  me parece que es la refección de la realidad y fantasía del artista. Es parte de su imaginación y contexto, una fotografía de la sociedad y emoción del momento. Me pasa exactamente lo mismo con la moda.

Es por eso que me encanta ver colecciones enraizadas en una culturas e historias personales. En especial cuando tienen algún paralelo con la mía por que me ayudan a entenderla. Después de vivir en Kenya un tiempo me sensibilicé a su situación y cultura.

La colección de primavera verano de Teddy Ondo Ella’s 2018 es un reflejo de su historia y una perspectiva de su natal Africa después de haber vivido fuera. Cuenta la historia con colores más vividos y con personajes marcados por sentimientos de anti – colonización, so solo de manera histórica pero casi rechazando la colonización de medios moderna.

La presentación se llevó a cabo en ARTBEAM, NY, y fue todo un espectáculo. Inició con una violenta danza africana y la colección sugirió kikoys (los pareos africanos) y gorras militares en un mismo atuendo.

Quiero ver más de el en NY.

Teddy Onda Ela, New York Mens, Spring 2018, July 10 2017

 

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