Category: vintage

THE GHETTO PROJECT

A ghetto is an area of a city lived in by a minority group, especially a run down and densely populated area lived in by a group that experiences some kind of social or economic restrictions, pressure and hardship. Ghetto was originally used in Venice to describe the part of the city to which Jews were hampered and ghettoized. But the term has since been applied. In the world today, almost every developed country still has at least one ghetto. That’s not much of a surprise though.

Well, before I continue, let me describe the concept of this editorial. The ghetto project is an initiative I developed with the team in celebration of my birthday that’s around the corner. That’s good news right?. This project was carried out to give a synopsis of lifestyle in a ghetto. Its like a form of appreciation and commendation for the struggle of every individual that dwells in a ghetto. This is not a regular fashion editorial, its more of a lifestyle thing.

Carefully considering a ghetto, you will agree with me that life is not easy here. There are obvious features of a ghetto lifestyle, many of which are not palatable at all. I can categorically call it a naturally occuring vintage and outmoded life existing in a new age that we are in now. Look at the quality of the buildings. The old and archaic structures found in here. The ill hygiene is alarming.

A ghetto inhabitant never allows all those determine his joy instead he keeps pushing and struggling for something more deserving.

A ghetto boy puts up little or no smile because of the kind of life he is subjected to live. All he is interested in is an improved life.

At a point of his life, he is made to enjoy life the way it appears to him (still clamouring for a better life beneath). He is now left in the impasse of choosing whether to stay with his present situation or pursue that comfortable life that he wished he had. He is left in between two thoughts

Grown ups here compulsorily (in any way) have to fend for a very large family of theirs . It’s really hard to believe that some families of maybe seven kids live on only one aged and anemic bike. It’s really that bad.

Shoutout goes to every young boy in the hood that have been left alone at an early age to nurture their dreams without assistance and encouragement from anywhere. Just keep your dreams and ambition alive and nurtured in any way it can. It will pay off one day.

Today in the world, there are so many styles, from fashion to art, culture, literature etc. that have now naturally identified with the ghetto life. An example is the ripped jeans trend. Asides being popular in the late 1980s during the hard rock/ heavy metal era, ripped jeans have had a root from some very old ghettos. They were actually distressed jeans and were not intentionally ripped unlike the trendy ones we have today.

Personally, I think the ghetto lifestyle has gradually grown into a brand of its own and will always be appreciated by an average country man. What do you all think guys. Kindly drop your feedbacks in the comment box below.

Outfit – T-shirt by Super gold polo x Distressed jeans by Lee x Moccasins by Dockside Sebago x timepiece by Chanel.

Photographer – Replicas Concept

Director – Osunsanmi Olugbemi

Stylist and writer – Babalola Jesudara

FASHION, ART and CULTURE.

Hello people! what’s popping? Hope y’all doing fine today? So.. I decided to prepare this editorial at this period because of how much fashion, art and culture are so intertwined today. Honestly, if I had a chance to write this article all over, I would probably call it “THE TRINITY”🤔.

You surprised? Owk let’s see why as we get down to business.

Fashion defines your style and is generally defined as ones personal appearance. I would also simply define Art as pure beauty. Culture is a way of life. It is arts collectively (art, music, literature and related intellectual activities considered collectively). Culture is related to arts in the sense that it is the knowledge, and sophistication acquired through education and exposure to the arts. You should be gradually getting the twist right now.

Fashion is so much allied with the two subjects of art and culture because they are influences to fashion and style to a very large extent. My love for the culture of a particular tribe or group of people may prompt me to wear a particular print. Nowadays, asides solely representing a tribe or culture one belongs to, fashion lovers now wear prints that represents other tribes and ethnicity.

They even go as far back as about 3000BC to wear prints from cultural clans that existed at those times. For this editorial, I carefully selected a vintage shirt with prints from the very popular and powerful Ancient Egyptian kingdom.

I matched it with a constrasting purple Ankara trouser. Ankara clothes are one of the very trendy items when we talk of cultural representation in fashion nowadays. They have become very adaptable so suddenly and already creating a niche for dominance. Gone are the days where an Ankara trouser could only be worn together with an Ankara top of the same print. Ankara trousers and shorts are now worn with shirts of any type. They could even replace your suit pants and replace them perfectly.

Well, like I say, fashion and art are love birds. You hardly find where these two are separated. The prints on our clothes is art, the beautiful things we wear is art, the colourful places we take photos is enough art itself. Even the manner of combining and putting together of various items to give one outfit is art too. So tell me how fashion and art are not connected.

The location of this shoot series says it all. I would just say Art is the new monarch of the Fashion Empire today. He cannot be overthrown until further notice.😁

Our everyday activities have a way to naturally make us appreciate how well fashion, art and culture work hand in hand. From the demonstration of a very busy city, to the love of “urban fashion” and style to the adoration for art. This just reminds me of one of my previous editorials – The average man, his fashion, and his environment.

Apart from the art of combining colours and items, One can go as bold as wearing an outfit that has all of a vintage touch, an African print and a sporty look in one. Though it may appear so strewn, but then its not. Its just a typical symbol of urban fashion and style which gives you the ability to showcase your creative powers.

I hope everyone can now perfectly juxtapose between these three weighty words and now know why Fashion, Art and Culture can be called a TRINITY. Bye people🤗

Outfit- Ankara trousers x Vintage shirt (by Tomobird) x Adidas superstar shoes x Leather watch (by Chanel) x Beads (by Judith Iloba)

Styled and directed by Babalola Jesudara

Photography by Replicas Concept

VINTAGE – from retrospective to retroactive 

And then there was this day. I was at the counter in a mall. A Lebanese rushed to me and she was like “oh yeah, I like your retro so much”. I was already thinking🙄 what does she mean, which of the retros is she saying o. Before I knew it she had already introduced herself as Mrs Ajam who’s husband was on a contract in Nigeria. She seemed frustrated as she was unable to buy in Nigeria those retro clothes she wore back then in Lebanon. Well that’s by the way💁. Have you wondered why vintage is often referred to as “retro”. Is it because they are retrospective or retroactive. You wouldn’t know tho. But trust me they are actually retrospective and retroactive at the same time . Confused right?😒. 

If you often see vintage as a style that contemplates the past,hmmn then you might be referring to the “retrospectivity” of it (if there’s a word like that). But you might see it as a style that has extended in scope, application and influence from its years of production till date then your own “retro” is retroactive. Personally, I see vintage style as one of those styles that have moved from retrospective to retroactive because they are still very much in vogue and season. I mean for a style that was established years back still holding its influence today in the fashion industry and  society at large, its a👍from me

Guys at this point. Let’s be always careful of never confusing antique clothing with vintage clothing. Antique clothes were produced and worn before the 1920s and then vintage clothes were produced after the 1920s and were worn from that time till about 20years back from now. Isn’t that quite interesting. You may now ask “Dara does that mean antique clothes and vintage clothes are both retros”🙄. Without hesitating  I would say yes. But then retro is actually used more for vintage clothes because the vintage style has both the retrospective and retroactive qualities whereas the antique clothing has just the retrospective qualities because it is not in season as much as the vintage style is. I hope I made a point right there. Vintage is now gradually becoming classic and based on logistics might eventually become the new classic (just saying tho). A classic style is/was never out of style. Vintage is coming to stay irrespective of whether it was once out of style. But trust me vintage may never go into extinction for the second time. It is now worn comfortably with different other items that are typical of other styles entirely different from pure vintage style.

It also dances well to the tune of trends(like the dab trend)😜 kidding. Thanks to fashion urbanization and regeneration.

Costume- vintage shirt by tia x moccasin shoes by sebago x watch by Chanel x aviators by Dior x fedora hat by borsalino