Come here, Rude Boy, boy, can you style it up?

I love the small details in design.  From the stitching on a garment, the hidden fixings on an object, the branding placement, the shadow gaps between walls and floor, to the props used on a back bar display.  It’s all the small details that really help convey the object’s/wearer’s/place’s personality, and they’re  not something that you necessarily appreciate at first glance, which makes them all the better when you do notice them.

Back in the summer, a friend and I went to the ‘Return of the Rude Boy’ exhibition at Somerset House.  Now, I must admit, I didn’t know what a Rude Boy was (!!!) but absolutely loved the photographs and garments on display.  The stylistic lengths these boys (and girl!) go to is just amazing. It’s all about the sharpness of suit, the shine on the shoes, and yep, the small details unique to their outfit…..

DESIGN DEVOTEE RETURN OF THE RUDE BOY DEXTER DE LEADUS PIN

Love Dexter de Leadnus’ pin

DESIGN DEVOTEE RETURN OF THE RUDE BOY 1

Outlaw Now Here/Outlaw Nowhere? You decide.

DESIGN DEVOTEE RETURN OF THE RUDE BOY 2

Natty Bo

DESIGN DEVOTEE RETURN OF THE RUDE BOY 3

Bevan Agyemang & Macharia Brian Gathii

DESIGN DEVOTEE RETURN OF THE RUDE BOY GARY POWELL

Gary Powell- turned up trousers with acid yellow socks. Check out the shoes.

DESIGN DEVOTEE RETURN OF THE RUDE BOY KILLER SHOES

Love the text printed on the tassels, and the background colour change on the badges.

DESIGN DEVOTEE RETURN OF THE RUDE BOY SUNDAY BEST

Trouser brace strapping detail, and embossed leather tag on the Sunday Best box.

monochrome rude girl

Monochrome Rude Girl- contrasting black and white patterns, and pearl earrings.

Open leather suitcase totems were a clever and appropriate way to display more Rudie photographs….

RETURN OF THE RUDE BOY DISPLAY CASE

Exhibition detailing

Unfortunately the exhibition has finished now, but you can find out more information about it here or on the Somerset House website.  The exhibition was put together by Dean Chalkley (all photographs feat. in this post were taken by Dean) and Harris Elliot.

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2 thoughts on “Come here, Rude Boy, boy, can you style it up?

  1. leonie klara says:

    awesome pictures- really share this opinion on the small details that really pimp your style! the little pistoles are just so cool! xxx

    for more fashion and inspiration head over to my blog http://www.fashionlifestylefood.com

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