19-year-old Nigerian-born designer Taofeek Abijako, is the youngest ever to premiere at the mens New York Fashion Week.
The collection, titled Genesis, paid homage to ’70s Afro-Futurism styles and West-African youth culture.
Abijako premiered his collection from his line Head of the State+.
“Genesis is the translation of Afro-futurism portrayed by the likes of Parliament-Funkadelic and Sun Ra through the lens of West African youth – while at the same time celebrating the vibrancy of West African youth culture in the ‘70s and drawing parallels to modern time.”
“The continuous homage to Fela Kuti is also portrayed.”
Taofeek is making a case for youth culture.
He is showing other young designers that they can bypass the fashion industry’s hierarchy and even establish a solid brand with minimal financial backing or formal training.