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  • Francesco Lo Iacono


Updated: Aug 11, 2021

"Red Clay brings together my appreciation of craftsmanship both musically and creatively, highlighting the intertwining relationship between music and fashion." - Nicholas Daley.

During London Fashion Week Men I had the pleasure to attend a one of a kind show. For his AW18 Presentation, Nicholas Daley joined forces with some of the UK's finest jazz musicians, blending music and fashion in a live jazz session. Musicians included Yussef Dayes, Mansur Brown, Alfa Mist and Shabaka Hutchings while poet James Massiah created a spoken word performance to accompany the band. As I entered the presentation I was literally blown away by the performance, so I took some time to sketch Shabaka Hutchings while playing and then I definitely enjoyed the show putting pencils and brushes aside.

The collection, rocked on stage by talented musicians, focuses on the alternate history of tweed and its assimilation into jazz culture. The designer explored the rich and complex history of tweed, including its impact upon popular culture. The collection name, "Red Clay", found its inspiration from Freddie Hubbard's 1970 soul-jazz fusion album of the same name, which Nicholas Daley cites as a personal influence. I was quite impressed by this fashion-gig that certainly add some value to the relevance of fashion shows today.

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