Drummer Ginger Baker’s collaboration with the Nigerian musician Fela Kuti was the inspiration behind Oliver Spencer’s fall collection that saw young — and not-so-young — models march down the runway to Afrobeat tunes.
“It was a collection for him and his travels, particularly when he went to Africa. He was very Savile Row, a bit hippy and he liked the African textiles. It was about the way he put it all together,” said Spencer, who layered up relaxed tailoring and loungewear in idiosyncratic ways.
The collection certainly did have personality. He worked with potato stamp prints, a checkered patchwork design for jackets and houndstooth fabrics. There were also monochrome stripes and colorblocking for cardigan sweaters and other knits.
Among the standouts was a cerulean blue-check coat layered over a white ribbed roll neck, three-button vest and ankle-length trousers. Models carried luxe leather holdalls and wore knit hats and fedoras, giving them a dose of the dandy.