StyleMeet GQ Style Fashion Editor Mobolaji Dawodu
10 questions for GQ Style's high-flying, hat-wearing, trend-setting fashion editor.
Mobolaji Dawodu's eye is so good that even Instagram posts his Instagrams. As fashion editor, Dawodu styles the magazine's fashion shoots (the fall issue (the fall issue, featuring Jared Leto looking fly, is on newsstands now), and on our newly-launched online home Dawodu will be helping you raise your game—today when we challenged him to pick the freshest stuff he could find on the buzzy e-comm site SSENSE this week. Here, we let him (and that Instagram) do the talking.
GQ Style: What was your last job?
Mobolaji Dawodu: I used to work at The Fader. We did a lot of traveling abroad. I probably went to 25-30 countries with them, just me and a photographer. We used to take a bunch of clothes, and cast people all around the world. I was style editor at-large. Very at-large. I did that for 11 years, because I was free. I’m still free—now I’m just putting a bit more emphasis on the clothes.
You’re known for your incredible hat collection. What’s the hat philosophy?
I go through moments with hats. I used to have dreads, and I cut my dreads so I could wear hats. I don’t even go to the corner store without a hat. If I don’t have my hat on I feel like I’m gong through something. I have a lot of hats, that’s all I’ll say.
Last clothing purchase?
I had nine kaftans made when I was in Uganda a month ago.
Favorite place to shop?
I like to get my clothes tailor-made. I don’t go shopping much. When I travel abroad I get my stuff made for me in Africa and Asia. I would like to shop online more, but I just need to touch the clothes and the fabrics, you know?
Favorite spot to travel?
I do not have a favorite spot. I’ve been to so many beautiful places in the world. 50-60 countries, and there is no favorite because the world is beautiful. Diverse and beautiful.
Who’s your personal style god?
Michael Jackson. People don’t give MJ enough credit. People always want to diss Mike, but his influence is everywhere. I will also say I always go back to Miles Davis. Because Miles Davis’s style, like his music, evolved with the time. And that’s why he takes the cake.
What was the thought process behind the fall Jared Leto cover you styled?
It was all about color. And because we did it during the shows when we were in Milan, we liked the idea of doing the shoot with all Italian designers. And we wanted something that got to the original idea of GQ back in the day, and that’s how the Leto cover came about. It was a throwback to an old Richard Gere cover.
What does personal style mean in 2016?
Personal style always means the same thing, whether it’s 2016 or any other year. On one level it’s about understanding what fits you well, and feeling comfortable in your skin. You want to feel comfortable going out. But most importantly, it’s about having an opinion. Personal style is all about having an opinion about the clothes that you wear.
What style vibes are you feeling as we enter Fall/Winter?
I’m looking forward to turtlenecks. I’m the turtleneck god. I only wear turtlenecks in the winter—you’ll see.
Any message for the GQ Style reader?
Be yourself, keep it premium—and have an opinion!