Okada Men for Highsnobiety

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 left to right: FRAMES BY Cutler + GROSS, Gucci

left to right: FRAMES BY Cutler + GROSS, Gucci

photos by Stephen Tayo / frames styled by Alexander-Julian

“nigeria's okada bikers could be the freshest people on earth”

— Highsnobiety

It might seem surprising, but some of Nigeria’s sharpest sartorial efforts can be found on the backs of the motorbikes zipping through the streets of Lagos. The bikes are known locally as keke or okada, a play on now-defunct Nigerian airline Okada Air due to their riders’ ability, albeit terrifyingly, to get you from point A to B. Riding the streets of Lagos all day can leave your eyes vulnerable to all kinds of dust and debris in a city of 21 million, and the bikers protect their peepers with pure steez.

As many Nigerians will testify: no matter the situation, style is never worth sacrificing. You’ll frequently find okada riders decked out in the most extravagant eyewear, from large embellished hot pink frames to gold-trimmed cat-eye lenses. If you’re going to hit the Lagos streets, it’s got to be done in style.

I teamed up with local photographer Stephen Tayo to capture the infamous okada bikers of Lagos in the most lavish eyewear of the season.

read the full story on Highsnobiety.com >>

 LEFT TO RIGHT: SUNGLASSES BY OFF-WHITE x WARBY PARKER, CUTLER + GROSS

LEFT TO RIGHT: SUNGLASSES BY OFF-WHITE x WARBY PARKER, CUTLER + GROSS

 LEFT TO RIGHT: GUCCI FRAMES, ADAM SELMAN x LE SPECS SUNGLASSES

LEFT TO RIGHT: GUCCI FRAMES, ADAM SELMAN x LE SPECS SUNGLASSES

 DOLCE & GABBANA EMBELLISHED SUNGLASSES

DOLCE & GABBANA EMBELLISHED SUNGLASSES

With their lack of appropriate headgear and outrageous, sometimes comically overloaded cargo, the okada riders aren’t always popular with government and locals. They are usually depicted as rough and rowdy biker boys, but for okada riders, ferrying people and goods to and fro is a no-fuss way to make a living.
 SUNGLASSES BY GUCCI

SUNGLASSES BY GUCCI

 Left to Right: Vintage Dior Frames, Driver’s Own.

Left to Right: Vintage Dior Frames, Driver’s Own.

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Despite numerous attempts to remove okada from Nigeria’s roads, they have survived time and again, and their drivers are all the more fly for it.
 SUNGLASSES BY LE SPECS

SUNGLASSES BY LE SPECS

Mr. Porter's "Mr. P" x NY Mag's The CUT

The CUT x Mr. P

featuring Taj Reed

photographs by Travis Matthews

styled by Alexander-Julian

Styled four looks for Mr. Porter x NY Magazine’s The CUT utilizing all pieces from Mr. Porter’s “Mr. P” essentials collection.

read the full article at TheCut.com >>

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PRODUCTION CREDITS

Photography by Travis Matthews

Styling by Alexander-Julian

Art Direction by Sam Kim at New York Stories

Produced by Aydah Albaba

Grooming by Sae-Ryun Song

World of WearableArt for L'Officiel USA

photography by Marissa Findlay.

World of WearableArt for L’Officiel USA

Every year New Zealand hosts the World of WearableArt (WOW) Fashion/Art Exhibition, where designers from all over the world create intricately designed garments for the chance to win the Supreme WOW Award at the exhibition’s extravagant Awards Night ceremony.

This year WOW celebrated 30 years of “taking art off the wall and onto the human form” and in celebration of 30 years, I made it down to Wellington to catch the Awards Night ceremony and watch the eccentrically awesome display. I then worked with the WOW team to select and shoot some of my favorite pieces from the show.

The amount of time and work put into each garment, to me, was reminiscent of the attention and detail put in by the famous ateliers of Paris and Milan to couture garments. So, I wanted to shoot these pieces as such, bold, avant-garde, and bare––a true welding of the worlds of art and fashion.

check out the full story at lofficielusa.com >>

   Echoplex - Goddess of Reverb   by Natalie Hutton  (Melbourne, Australia) //  Winner: Avant-garde Section

Echoplex - Goddess of Reverb by Natalie Hutton (Melbourne, Australia) // Winner: Avant-garde Section

   Spirit Bone   by Guo Xiao Tong  (Beijing, China) //  Winner: Weta Workshop Emerging Designer Award

Spirit Bone by Guo Xiao Tong (Beijing, China) // Winner: Weta Workshop Emerging Designer Award

   Ernst Haeckel’s Bride   by Nika Danielska  (Wroclaw, Poland) //  Runner Up: Supreme WOW Award // Winner: Under the Microscope Section

Ernst Haeckel’s Bride by Nika Danielska (Wroclaw, Poland) // Runner Up: Supreme WOW Award // Winner: Under the Microscope Section

  Chinese Opera  by Chan Wai Tung  (Hong Kong, China)

Chinese Opera by Chan Wai Tung (Hong Kong, China)

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L'Officiel USA: Modern NY Sophistication

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L'Officiel USA: Modern New York Sophistication

In an era when the boundary between formalwear and streetwear is ever more blurred, tailored pieces mingle with graphics, logomania, and enormous shades for the coolest Fall 2018 menswear inspiration.

Fall Editorial shot for L'Officiel USA by Noa Grayevsky.

Styled by Alexander-Julian Gibbson

check out the full Editorial at LOfficielUSA.com

 Full look by Dior

Full look by Dior

 Leather coat and top by Fendi, pant and gloves by Moschino, sunglasses by Rein

Leather coat and top by Fendi, pant and gloves by Moschino, sunglasses by Rein

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 Full look Calvin Klein 205W39NYC

Full look Calvin Klein 205W39NYC

Photographed by Noa Grayevsky
Styled by Alexander-Julian Gibbson
Stylist Asst: Evan Lawson
Grooming: Admin Rivero
Models: Jonah and Prynce (Red Models)
Photo Asst: Amanda Unger
shot at  Urban Myth Studio

AVHS [on film] for GALORE

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Partnered with Manual NYC to shoot NYC photographer Adrienne Raquel in the summer's final ode to glitter on their 400 ISO Fujifilm Disposable Cameras for Galore Magazine. 

 

check out the full story at Galoremag.com >>

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BTS Video shot and edited on the iPhone 8+.