London is home to a number of successful rappers and music artists. One of those leading the way is South-London rapper Dave, or Santan Dave as some may know him. Born in 1998, the arts were always an inspiration,and he was a keen drawer before turning to music and rapping – he is now grade 7 in the piano.
All artists take inspiration from all sorts of influences,and Dave is no different. Inspired by film soundtracks, he lists the likes of Interstellar, Man of Steel and Bravehart amongst his highlights. And with Lana del Ray and Pink Floyd being some of his favourite artists, Dave has a wide cultural range of music influences which shine through in his productions.
His performance at the Brits 2020, where he performed his song Black from the Psychodrama album; included a moving freestyle speech where he criticised Boris Johnson and the Conservative government, the Windrush scandal, the media’s treatment of Megan Markle and the failure to re-home the Grenfell survivors; and was hailed by the music industry as one of the greatest Brits performances and “the best political speech … in a decade".
At an age of just 21, Dave shows an emotional maturity far above his peers. By winning the Best Album award at the Brits and the Mercury Prize for his album Psychodrama, he became only the second artist in history to have received these awards in the same year. Below are some of my highlights from his looks, and how you can copy his style.
Suited and Booted
Every man needs a suit in his wardrobe. Whether for a job interview, daily wear or for a wedding or award ceremony, it’s just a fact.
As per the pictures above, for events Dave usually wears a suit which is quite outlandish and vibrant. This probably wouldn’t work for everyone, and unless you have a number of suits, I would recommend staying safe with a grey or blue suit. These colours are timeless on a suit and will fit any occasion whereas a patterned suit may not.
When it comes to where to buy suits, there are a number of fantastic options on the high-street. Topman, River Island, Zara and Moss Bros are good options, but personally I find that Next, M&S and TM Lewin all offer excellent suits in a variety of fits at a great price-point.
Streetwear culture has exploded into a multi million-dollar market, with brands such as Supreme and Palace now coveted across the spectrum and no longer just niche brands.
When it comes to styling streetwear, there are a few rules which MUST be followed:
1. Don’t mix brands – so you can’t wear Adidas with Nike, Puma with Fila.
2. Full set tracksuits get a bad name but, in my opinion, they are in and perfectly acceptable to wear indoors or outside.
3. Oversized? Yes. Baggy? No.
I'm a big fan of Stone Island and their tracksuits, particularly this one in grey.
Sneakers have always been a fashion staple, from the simple all white trainer, to iconic styles such as Adidas’ Stan Smith or the Nike Air Force 1. The rise in “sneaker culture” can be seen prominently in high end fashion, where brands such as Balenciaga, Gucci and Dior are all producing their own sneakers and muscling in on this market that is dominated by the traditional players.
Top of my list currently are the Lacoste Storm 96. Originally released in 1996, it has been brought out of archive and remains untouched for complete authenticity. The silhouette and strong lines tap directly into the current trend for all things athleisure, and the heritage detailing provides the finishing touches.
For more sneaker inspiration, check out the article written by Charlotte Smith on some of the top sneakers seen in films.