A magnetic gaze, shaggy hair and the attitude of a model: King Owusu is the third artist chosen by L’Officiel Hommes to wear and interpret Xacus shirts. His particular good looks have not gone unnoticed in the fashion world, but it is his creative imagination that has made him one of the emerging names on the art scene. Owusu (22) is an Anglo-Ghanaian illustrator who grew up in a family of artists and specialised in Graphic Design at London’s Central Saint Martins, one of the world’s most prestigious art academies.
Life, inner conflicts, and everyday events are the inspiration for his works. A black pen with a large tip is all he needs to draw the thick strokes that he transforms into a story or character, in a style not a little unlike that of Keith Haring’s pop art. King Owusu calls himself a “spirit” who takes inspiration from all of the different facets of life; his energy and approach to art is reflected in his wardrobe. For him, elegance is linked to memories of parties in the Ghanaian community in London, and to the magical, regal bearing of the guests. Elegance therefore is a concept that comes from his origins and traditions. But when he is working in his studio, he prefers comfy, layered looks that leave him free to experiment and get dirty while he draws. His choice of Xacus shirts for the L’Officiel Hommes shoot represents the way he is: attentive to detail, but light at the same time. In one shot we see him in a casual outfit with a formal touch, where the key element is a white cotton poplin shirt worn tucked in, sleeves slightly rolled up, and collar unbuttoned to reveal a black top. In the other, an oversized poplin shirt with a Liberty of London micro floral print is worn open, over a t-shirt. A choice that represents his taste for a relaxed, comfy mood.
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