Kroo Town Road label-addict, aptly named Versace, has a particular formula when getting dressed in the morning. Contrary to the advice of every second fashion editor/stylist/model/commentator in the world, he likes to dress head-to-toe in the same designer. The day I bumped into him it was all about Gucci…
…with a hint of LV -check that mobile phone case. Versace describes himself as a ‘fashion man’ and is all set to compete in the Royal Brotherhood Social Club Triple K Designing and Beauty Contest. The three Ks being referred to here stand for Freetown’s trendy inner-city fashion hotspots – Kroo Town Rd, Kroo Bay and Kingtom, not the Ku Klux Klan in case you were confused.
Wishing you lots of luck Versace, judging from the poster I think you have a pretty good chance of beating Baby Sal, Opoku, Queences, Isatu Barrie and Sheik ‘P’. Actually Sheik ‘P’ is going to be hard to defeat, but if there’s anyone who can grab that US$1000 in cash with both hands, it’s you Versace.
While the UK Government has generously dished out the bulk of the cash to support Sierra Leone’s Ebola response, there is one man behind the walls of the mighty donor office in Freetown who has held the fort in the style stakes. Simpson cuts through the ‘office attire in the field’ that surrounds him with colour explosions, Africana swag and a self assured cool unrivalled by anyone in the entire British civil service.
Simpy’s wardrobe is no doubt killer, but it’s his unwavering confidence that really elevates him into the realms of a Freetown ‘IT’ man. “I’m not really into fashion I just know how to make things match and look fabulous. I can make anything work”. He claims to have a wardrobe the size of Posh Spice with more than 15 pairs of shoes, 10 pairs of jeans and too many Africana garments to count. And while fashion is not a competition, Simpy knows where he ranks, “Who’s the best dressed person in your office Simpson? I don’t even have to think about that, me of course”. Let’s explore Simpy’s best looks.
This two piece Africana is one of the best examples of a men’s matchy matchy I’ve seen. The X factor here is in the tapering at the ankles that creates a narrow silhouette. “I got my tailor to use zippers around the legs, I like the skinny look”.
A clean canvas of crisp white linen is brought to life with a splash of geometrical shaped embroidery in primary colours.
Not one to let a trend pass him by, Simpson adds flare to a basic pair of skinnies with his own take on the Addis Ababa shirt, this version was custom made by the genius responsible for all these original looks, Simpson’s tailor – Mr Bilor.