Edun’s design collective has often referenced Mickalene Thomas’ photography book, “Muse,” which includes the artist’s Polaroids, collages and portraits of black women inside colorful, retro-furnished interiors strewn with African patterns and textiles. For fall, after the whole team journeyed to Africa together for the first time, the book resonated even more strongly.
They approached Edun’s latest lineup with elements of contrast in mind — maxis versus minis, sleek versus voluminous, modern versus raw. It resulted in an eclectic collection that worked artisanal textiles and graphic patterns into urban, street-ready silhouettes. Zebra stripes, one of the collection’s signature motifs, showed up on a silk dress with a knotted, cutout waist and hand-printed leather trousers.
One of the coolest looks featured yellow textured patent leather from Morocco, which the team fashioned into a cropped motorcycle jacket, trousers and gloves to match. Other standouts included a black coat and miniskirt with inventive wool and leather embroidery in an alternating stripe pattern. Chunky sweaters, hand-knit in Madagascar with 3-D texture, made for luxurious layering pieces to style underneath dresses and leather bra tops.