This might be the best Nigerian mens fashion collection we’ve seen this year! Russell Solomon brand is a new name to us but we’re already loving everything about the. The Nigeria-based mens style house comes a a new urban Nigerian menswear cult brand that mixes street, urban and formal wear sensibilities to come up with its own interpretation of a contemporary menswear staples. ‘It’s a cool brand made for cool kids’ says menswear stylist turned designer – Gabriel Solomon (Read this urban definition of cool kid for a laugh). We can’t agree more with Gabriel. This collection does bring an air of freshness to these fashion streets.
In terms of the process behind the collection, Gabriel’s creative process was influenced by his experience in dressing Nigerian pop-culture royalties such as Don Jazzy, Banky W and inspirational rapper Jesse Jagz.
The Fall17 Skin Collection features Italian linen, nylon, polished cotton and soft wool, with detailed hand knitted embroidery to attempt a creation of sorts inspired by the likeness of God’s own greatest creations. The concept of deity is referenced as inspiration of the collection. The designer explores dynamism of the human nature and of God’s own multi-dimensional creation. Accents of traditional Nigerian tie-dye fabrics are used across the collection, re-worked coats, onesies and trenches are hard to miss.
It’s interesting that the designer combines different fabrics in this collection which make sense and fit brilliantly together as seen in the collection. It would have been odd to imagine what the mixture would have been but this turns out really well. In general, Nigerian mens fashion is coming to a point in which it’s taking a center stage in the Nigerian fashion market as a whole. We’re looking forward to seeing more designers taking bold steps in their collection like Russell Solomon.
If you intend to be admitted to the school of cool kids, we suggest buying a Nigerian brand and most especially a Russell Solomon piece. Have a look!