As the style editor of The FADER, Mobolaji Dawodu tends to take a behind-the-scenes approach to style After all, it's his name you find in the credits for editorial shoots, music videos, and commercials. The New Yorker has styled a number of easily recognizable projects — namely, and recently, Solange Knowles' stunning FADER cover. Of course, it takes a true, fashion savant to translate his artistic vision into a personal wardrobe. And, especially for summer, Dawodu does not hold back.
Dressed dapper with the perfect mix of graphic, standout prints, this stylist, costume designer, and casting director breaks down a few of his staple pieces for us. A blend of basic and bold, classic yet colorful, Dawodu is a style star who leads by example. Consider us followers.
My style in six words or less:
"Comfortable, classic, and colorful."
The greatest style lesson I've ever learned:
"Be yourself. Be comfortable. Don't wear things that don't suit or fit you. Don't try too hard — it shows!"
My boldest summer style move that I wouldn't attempt any other time of the year:
The dressing difficulties I've had to overcome:
"Not wearing the same outfits two or three days in a row!"
My first major, big-ticket style purchase:
"Vintage shearling coat from What Goes Around Comes Around."
My favorite up-and-coming designers:
"Maki Oh, Lou Dalton, Public School."
My style theme song:
"'Jack Johnson' by Miles Davis."
I could never, ever part with:
Styled by Laura Pritchard, Hair by Bethany Brill, Makeup by Tiffany Patton
Look 1: Steven Alan Floral Cooper Shirt, $178, available at Steven Alan; Levi’s denim; Jack Purcell white sneakers, $60, available at Converse; Vintage white hat.
Look 2: Mobolaji Dawodu multicolor graphic shirt; Dockers orange/red pant; Jack Purcell white sneakers, $60, available at Converse; Agnes B. cream blazer.
Look 3: Vintage multicolor top; Vintage white hat; Levi’s khaki pants with side pockets; Jack Purcell white sneakers, $60, available at Converse.
Photographed by Geordy Pearson