OZWALD BOATENG The thing about Oswald Boateng is that his col­lec­tions al­ways feel like the fresh­est thing ever to grace a runway – an as­ton­ish­ing truth if one con­sid­ers the num­ber of years he’s been do­ing this. His col­lec­tions still raise skin bumps and neck hairs. Is it sim­ply raw, rag­ing tal­ent? Or is it the pre­ci­sion of a Swiss clock­work mind that leads to the Ozwald ef­fect? The dif­fi­culty is that ev­ery col­lec­tion pro­vides ex­am­ples that ar­gue both cases! This col­lec­tion took us to the fa­bled city of Wakanda – but was it re­ally Wakanda or in truth Oswald Land – A vi­sion of an Africa so sar­to­ri­ally el­e­gant, so mag­net­i­cally res­o­nant that it can only ex­ist in the cre­ator’s mind.

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