In this shoot (shot in conjunction with Highsnobiety), Mercy wears items she has carefully sourced from vintage outlets, fused with contemporary wares.
Alongside bold custom made boots and outlandish touches, classic menswear pieces are repurposed and re-vitalised with Mercy’s touch evolving them into sleek and chic items that rep a sense of finesse and elegance.
Alongside new graphic shirts from Prada, a Yohji Yamamoto bag and contemporary staples like Converse All Stars, the look becomes an embodiment of Mercy’s curiosity and desire to be herself.
Despite her young age, Mercy is someone whose approach signifies the level of maturity she has.
Alongside her work as a model Mercy is also a writer, with her new project People Of Colour Collective (POCC) offering an online magazine designed to champion and promote an array of artists she has a passion and respect for.
As the name suggests, the project is designed to highlight non-white creatives from fashion, art, film and photography which Mercy describes as a space “for us, by us”.
This approach of championing others is something I see her doing in her look too; she plucks seemingly other worldly pieces and coaxes and nurtures them into being something that is a carefully considered and valid part of her look.
In the age of hype, this mindset of appreciation that comes from walking her own walk is something that is highly commendable.