DIASPORA—Our latest deep dive into fashion from Africa and the diaspora brings us to Telfar Clemens, the Liberian-American designer behind TELFAR. When it comes to consistent, forward thinking style that’s simultaneously cerebral, Clemens’ brand is the one to watch.
The FW/17 collection “continues the designer’s starkly original, trend-agnostic, anti-identitarian, deconstruction of garments and their meanings,” TELFAR Studio says. “This season, the body’s meridians are fault lines in which not only colors and fabric—but entire genres of garment can give-way to another: creating hybrid forms like puffer-peacoats; track-jacket-dress-shirts, wool-slack-pum-pum-shorts and cargo-knickers.”
“A jewel-tone palette in nylon, knit, wool, cotton, fleece and denim appear at times all in a single garment, creating a total-look that is impossible to place. Somewhere between Patagonia and Shenzhen TELFAR continues to visualize an empty horizon in a fashion industry where more and more people, crowd an ever narrowing aesthetic consensus.
2017 is a good year not to fit in.”
Take a look at our favorite looks from TELFAR’s FW/17 collection below.