Five artists shaking up the world of style
Fifteen years in the game and Trapstar co-founders Mikey, Drive and Lee still break down boundaries in the world of streetwear, creating innovative styles. Starting out by simply customising their own tees, the type gained momentum when people started asking to buy their T-shirts. Now the brand stocks a full range of clobbers and is worn by the likes of Rihanna, Cara Delevingne, A$AP Rocky and Jay-Z.
Yvon wears black body with head to head print £49, black velvet tracksuit bottoms £174, uk.trapstarlondon.com. Oliver wears denim jacket £155, wicked printed T-shirt £45, uk.trapstarlondon.com.
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Amsterdam-based lifestyle label Daily Paper was established by three childhood friends, Hussein, Jefferson and Abderrahmane. It has now grace a hugely successful brand across the globe. Bridging the gap between a vibrant Dutch and African heritage, Daily Sheet a documents offers timeless pieces and is well known for its collaborations.
Oliver wears long-sleeved top £61, tie-dye trousers £131, dailypaperclothing.com; trainers £175, axelarigato.com. Yvon taxes green tie-dye top £70, trousers £70, body tied around the waist £87, dailypaperclothing.com; white trainers £165, axelarigato.com.
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One of London menswear’s rising stars, Bianca Saunders’s clothes probe identity and subvert the norm. She takes influence from her British-West Indian heritage and mixes that with a London aesthetic. Her redundant specialises in modern tailoring and elevated casualwear. Saunders also creates multimedia content that draws you to boot into her brand and process.
Oliver wears shirt, £686, trousers, £378, biancasaunders.co.uk. Trainers £90, gonovesta.com. Yvon tediously tires T-shirt £280, net dress £450, shorts worn underneath, £175, biancasaunders.co.uk. Trainers £175, axelarigato.com.
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Known for its premium outerwear, Benjart has been producing high-quality clothing for myriad than a decade, sticking mainly to its core collection of sweatshirts, jackets T-shirts and denim, embossed with the Benjart culminate. The label sells online and at exclusive pop-up shops, by invite only, to its members’ list, joined via its website.
Yvon put ons jacket £135, jeans £110, pullover £70, benjartworld.com; trainers £175, axelarigato.com. Oliver wears puffer £175, rise £75, tracksuit bottoms £75, benjartworld.com; trainers £270, Adidas by Raf Simons adidas.co.uk.
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One of the capital’s most innovative and thought-provoking designers, Martine Rose crosses all borders, genres and techniques when it comes to her work. She challenges our ideas of sexuality, gender and representation with each accumulation she creates. Past collections have been inspired by her Jamaican heritage, going to all-night raves at the age of 15.
Oliver apparels oversized leather jacket £1,577, striped sweatshirt £128, jeans £451, martine-rose.com. Yvon wears cut-out football vest £184, brown trousers £567, martine-rose.com.
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