Fashion Captain: Mekel Bailey

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A Treeless Forest

Our latest top pick is not only a London based fashion stylist but also the Captain behind the edgy looks from our latest CrozNest editorial lensed by Daniel Nadel for Hope St Magazine.

The streets of London have witnessed some radical fashions and hair trends over the years, but one era remains dominant and refuses to stay quiet. Inspired by 70’s punk rock – Mekel Bailey has brought the punk rock era into a new age rebellion. Mekel has taken the ‘harsh element of punk’ and plunged it into the streets, combining anarchy and power ‘to provoke inner strength.’

A Treeless Forest Editorial

‘My main aim was to bring that fight and power to evoke how strong we are as humans. The execution and style of the shoot was not only to use individual pieces by designers such as McQueen and Jayne Pierson – but to set the scene with the urban background. This was such a radical movement in the music and fashion industry – a historic movement which is more relevant now than ever.’

Mekel has worked with the likes of Nicki Minaj and Kelly Rowland – finding his port of call in the creative industries of performing arts, music and fashion. His determined and fighter attitude makes him a credible captain in our opinion with his impressive portfolio and individual styling techniques. The self-taught London lad believes in constantly pushing the boundaries of fashion and to ‘never conform to a 9 to 5, if you want to make it.’

A Treeless Forest
‘There’s so much more that goes on behind the scenes. It’s not just about the final result but all of the components that get you there – the hair, make- up, garments, artists, photographers and the setting. I love shooting outside. It’s where I feel more comfortable – in touch with the elements.’

Taking inspiration from fashion warriors such as Deborah Anne Dyer aka ‘Skin’ – Mekel has used bold prints and new age punk-esc glab reminiscent of the 70’s and stint in the 90’s. We love the denim, oversized jackets and tapered wide legged bottoms rigged with hard metal and frayed edges. Nothing says ‘raw beauty’ more, than rebellious rope belts and caged necks – which are the finer details we adore. The finishing touch to this defiant look is the hair. Jason Crozier – the Director of the CrozNest clan has tamed rowdy locks to create the disordered beauty of punk hair. Slicked, thick braids and anarchic twists frame moody expressions and ‘unruly fly aways’ finishing the look with a punch. Hair envy? Hell yes! Especially in this transitional period from Spring/Summer to Autumn/ Winter. Come rain or shine the new age punk look is a powerful trend amongst the timeless.


Click Here to check out the full published editorial.

Photographer – Daniel Nadel / Kayte Ellis Agency
Stylist – Mekel Bailey for CrozNest
Hair – Jason Crozier / @ CrozNest using Revlon Professional
Makeup – Natalie Piacun / United Artists London using MAC Cosmetics
Producer – Mariana Cardenas / CrozNest
Assistant Producer – Angel Mpofu
Model – Violet Gould / The Hive
Model – Giwa H / Named

Words by Yasmin Graham