WALES BON­NER

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At just 27, Grace Wales Bon­ner has al­ready proven herself to be a se­ri­ous force in fash­ion. Born to an English mother and Ja­maican fa­ther in Lon­don, she launched her menswear label shortly af­ter grad­u­at­ing from Cen­tral Saint Martins in 2014. The col­lec­tion was met with crit­i­cal ac­claim and saw her awarded Emerg­ing Menswear De­signer at the Bri­tish Fash­ion Awards in 2015 and the LVMH Young De­signer Prize in 2016. Bon­ner is a highly in­tel­lec­tual de­signer, with in­spi­ra­tion from lit­er­a­ture and his­tor­i­cal sources ap­par­ent in the com­po­si­tion and mes­sage of her clothes. Her first show, for ex­am­ple, was marked by a dis­play of mil­i­tary de­tails and shell em­bel­lish­ments in­spired by an ex­plo­ration of the crown­ing in 1930 of Haile Se­lassie as em­peror of Ethiopia. In an in­dus­try where few black de­sign­ers have gained in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion, Bon­ner’s work stands out, not only for her pris­tine tai­lor­ing but also for its rel­e­vance at a time when crit­ics are call­ing for greater di­ver­sity and gen­der-neu­tral dress­ing. Whether it’s a fig­ure-fit­ting leather suit or a crisp linen shirt, Bon­ner’s sim­ple yet pre­cise sil­hou­ettes make her clothes al­lur­ing for women as well as men, which has led her to in­cor­po­rate wom­enswear in her re­cent sea­sons. Wales Bon­ner is avail­able on­line at Matches Fash­ion.

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