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GEORGIE’S REVIEW: WALES BONNER SS21

Tue 29 Sep 11:04 am

What would have been Wales Bonner’s debut show in Paris, was with thanks to the pandemic, a beautiful film shot in Fort Clarence Beach, Portmore, Jamaica. Boys biked around the beach, hopped on the sand. It was a visual feast and made one yearn for a time of pre-pandemic travel.

This was a progression from her AW20 collection, which paid homage to Bonner’s heritage, Brixton and the Windrush generation. This season, we were transported to Jamaica with a decidedly more casual collection that found luxurious elements in the fabrications, stitching, silhouette and tailoring.

Bonner’s collaboration with adidas continued with free-flowing track shorts, jackets and patterned tracksuits, the latter fantastically 70s and tapered. Sharp blazers, waistcoated elements and stiff-denim two-pieces were a divine addition of structure and luxury. A world away from Bonner’s decadent couture-like creations of yesteryear, this was a lot more commercial and consumer-savvy, but no less poetic or powerful.