Grace Wales Bonner continues to revolve her seasonal collection around the exploration of African diaspora and historical narratives. For SS20 "Mambo" collection, Grace borrows themes of military detail, evening wear, and black ballet dancers of the '40s and '50s for a minimalistic collection that explores black identity and Afro-Cuban aesthetics.
She also implements '80s New York hip-hop culture into the collection with a strong collaboration with adidas Originals. Reinventing luxe sportswear and informal tailoring, the collab brings many highlights including a selection of Three Stripe-adorned tailored track pants, and a variety of vintage-inspired adidas Originals sneakers, appearing in brown leather, dusty pink suede and white Primeknit are just a couple of highlights from the partnership.
Elsewhere, “Mambo” is riddled with polka dots and floral print designs as well as mainline looks, such as a brown suede belted coat, a dusty pink ruffle-front shirt, and a standout Cerulean blue-hued silk two-piece.
“I’m not necessarily recording something that’s real, but exploring a romanticized, fragmented way of thinking about a culture or an idea of beauty,” she tells Vogue. “I guess the way I think about time is pretty jumbled… and I think that’s maybe why Cuba’s quite an interesting place to think about because, there, time is kind of frozen.”
Take a closer look at the Wales Bonner SS20 “Mambo” collection in the gallery above.