Iké Udé: Style and Sympathy

Iké Udé: Style and Sympathy

Fashion is an uninformed, thrilling desire to be in agreement with the majority and style is a cool intelligent refusal to disagree.
— Iké Udé via Guest of a Guest

If a single question exists at the heart of this space, it is this: what is style? It's a difficult question to answer in the world we live in today, a world that is inundated with fashion, one in which fashion and style are all too frequently confused. Rarely, a voice comes along that has some of the answers. I recently discovered the work of Iké Udé and in the short time that has passed since I learned of his art and writing, he has both illuminated so much of my thinking and thoroughly inspired me. He'll undoubtedly be a frequent figure around here. For now, here is a piece he wrote in the prologue to his book, Style File: The World's Most Elegantly Dressed, accompanied by images from his series Sartorial Anarchy.

 

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Style and Sympathy, written by Iké Udé and published by Harper Collins in Style File: the World’s Most Elegantly Dressed (2008). Pictures are from his 2010 series Sartorial Anarchy and copyright Mr. Udé.

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