AFRICAN FASH­ION

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Nige­rian de­signer Ja­son Por­she (22) has a new col­lec­tion that chal­lenges norms about what is ac­cept­able and ex­pected for menswear and wom­enswear. The col­lec­tion is called Kairos & Chronos, kairos be­ing the Greek term for an op­por­tune time, and chronos be­ing the lapse in time.

Por­she chose the col­lec­tion name (and th­ese some­what con­tra­dic­tory terms) to con­vey his dis­tur­bance of gen­der norms. The menswear col­lec­tion has struc­tured, well-tai­lored suits and gar­ments in fresh lime green and peach colours, which are tra­di­tion­ally con­sid­ered fem­i­nine. The shawl lapel on the lime suit is sim­ply fab. The wom­enswear is struc­tured and has strong lines, such as in the A-line coat, and makes use of red and black for a dra­matic ex­pres­sion of dif­fer­ent sides of the de­signer’s state of mind.

Porsche told the The Guardian, Nige­ria: “I feel that a man should dress to impress. I feel that a man could dress how he wants to be ad­dressed. Am­bi­tious is the new sexy. Kairos is cre­ated for the men with goals, as­pi­ra­tions and dreams ... The wom­enswear col­lec­tion, how­ever, comes with lim­ited colours and it con­nects with my mood in a way.”

The wear­able-art col­lec­tion is also a re­sort or Spring/Sum­mer Col­lec­tion, but fea­tures trench coats and blaz­ers that are tra­di­tion­ally au­tumn/win­ter sta­ples. Yay for more cloth­ing that chal­lenges gen­der norms!

Visit ja­son­por­she.com to see more of Por­she’s work

NEIL PENDOCK with GRE­GORY MUTAMBE

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