Ajak Deng is perfection in Elizabeth Kennedy’s Resort 17 collection

What better way to make a fashion comeback than fronting the editorial campaign for one of the most beautiful resort collections of the season?

You’ll remember that earlier this year, thanks to widespread systematic racism in the fashion industry, Sudanese born Canadian model Ajak Deng retired from fashion. Thankfully she decided to step back into the ring, reintroducing herself to us in grand style, and proving why she is one of the best models in the game, period,

Now before we get to the clothes themselves, we have to say we are super, super happy with this new wave of interest in models of colour, with Mame Titicamara headlining the Roksanda Resort 17 collection and Mayowa Nicholas becoming the first Nigerian model/African born model to front a Dolce and Gabbana campaign, all with beauty and hair looks that are decidedly African. We hope that this is more than just a trend and that Ajak Deng has come back to a better, far more inclusive modelling industry.

Now let us talk clothes.

Elizabeth Kennedy is heads and shoulders above everyone with this collection. This isn’t her most experimental work but she shows a depth of skill that is humbling, crafting clothes that mold like second skin, each silhouette ultimately super flattering. It is hard to find a collection where we like every piece, but this one we love, unhindered, for its simplicity and mastery of craft.

It almost makes us wish we predominantly didn’t review African designers. Thank God they chose Ajak Deng as the front for the campaign.

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