Dawodu and French photographer Fanny Latour-Lambert capture the essence of style in Dakar by approaching young Dakarites in the fast-growing city that's becoming the hub for the most innovative creatives in Africa.
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“Dakar is a very cool, laid-back place,” says GQ Style fashion director Mobolaji Dawodu. “And one thing that stands out? The clothing. They're not scared of any type of print. The prints and colors are dynamic.” Dawodu and French photographer Fanny Latour-Lambert touched down in Senegal on the final day of Ramadan with several suitcases of clothes and some camera gear. The plan? To meet and shoot a few dozen Dakarites who exude a natural cool, whether they're wearing traditional patterned boubous or a floral Off-White suit. “There are a lot of beautiful, elegant people in Dakar,” Dawodu says.
In a crowded fashion season, the pieces that left the deepest impression on Dawodu did not hold back on prints and patterns—that were as celebratory as the garments you’ll find on the streets of Dakar. So every piece of high fashion Dawodu brought to Senegal was covered in the best bold designs of the season. And like we found when we visited Fela Kuti’s shrine for the holiday 2017 issue of GQ Style, the juxtaposition of local attire with designer fashions proves that for some, style is simply inherent.
Written by Samuel Hine