After seeing Skepta pull off what was essentially a golf outfit at a Love party at Annabel’s last year, it was obvious that this man wears the clothes and never lets the clothes wear him. There’s something immensely endearing about the amount the grime star cares about what he wears: he raps about his sometimes-troubled relationships with brands (binning them one moment, hitting the frow the next), strikes up friendships with designers (from Christopher Bailey to Yoon and Karl Lagerfeld to Nasir Mazhar) and has an uncanny understanding of how to dress to occasion (from the red carpet to the rave).
As he launches his second Nike Skair sneaker (it’s available from 18 May) and his Spring/Summer Mains line (both collections heavily coordinated bright whites with sports blues and reds), we flashback to some of his most significant looks, which take in tracksuit culture, couture, fresh threads and well-worn favourites.
Skepta’s friendship with the Verbal and Yoon from the Japan-based label Ambush, has led to some key looks, most significantly this patchwork denim boilersuit, teamed with a basic black Supreme cap. He chose the brand’s statement chain necklace for our April GQ cover with Naomi Campbell; and since Yoon is now heading up jewellery at Dior Homme under Kim Jones, expect him to dripping in their stuff very soon.
“I like the little fucking Del Boy hat he’s wearing in that pic, and the round John Lennon beams. He looks cool, man. Odd and cool. I can’t wait to meet him,” Liam Gallagher told NME after seeing the rapper in one of his Pretty Green T-shirts (accessorised brilliantly with two bunches of flowers).
#CozyWorld pretty much sums up the LGBT-friendly duvet coat from Christopher Bailey’s final Burberry collection, which sees Skepta cast as a present-day Joseph in his amazing Technicolor dreamcoat.
The simplicity of England’s red away strip, crossbody bag and gold chain grounds the grime megastar in straight-forward lad culture and is the kind of look that led to articles like “17 Times Skepta Was The Most British Person On Instagram.” He looks great in the Nigerian kit too.
“Thank you to the Baale, Chiefs of Odo Aje and King for presenting me with my chieftaincy title today. I am honoured and will continue to put time and love into Nigeria, especially the community of Odo Aje,” said Skepta aka Joseph Olaitan Adenuga Jnr when getting made chief amuludun of Odo Aje in Nigeria back in April. The navy blue agbada is traditional beauty itself.
Moncler x Craig Green
Man’s not hot in the Moncler x Craig Green exaggerated puffa, even when drinking a steaming All Press coffee.
Frowing with Lily-Rose Depp, Rita Ora, Pharrell and Cara Delevingne at Chanel’s AW17 show, Skeppy looked jiggy in a blue and cream tweed blazer that was toned down with black tee and trainers, plus the same cap and glasses seen in the below GQ Awards look.
Burberry, GQ Men of The Year
There’s already a prepossessing geezer edge to this clean-lined Burberry overcoat, crisp white shirt and flat cap, but then the flamboyant embellishment, skull bracelet and black hole shades add to the sense of total sartorial confidence.
Skepta walked the runway for Nasir Mazhar in a special collaboration for the designer’s Spring/Summer 2015 show. It’s a no-nonsense, thoroughly London look, especially with the black Nike Air Force Ones on foot. The afterparty they put on at London’s Metropolis strip club made this collection even more unforgettable.
It’s a red carpet takeover in tartan trousers, black trench, bucket hat and, to bottom it all off, a pair of Virgil Abloh’s Nike Air VaporMax from his mega hyped “Ten Icons Reconstructed” collection.
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