Day 2 yasssss!!! It was so much better than Day 1, and no, it was not just because the show commenced early (well if you consider 8:05pm early compared to 8:20pm the previous day). The night started with a monochromatic showcase by Fruchè. His collection featured high slits, peplums, broad shoulders, puff sleeves, black and white pant suits. We thought we were up for a completely monochrome collection, only to see primarily colors of rose red, daffodil yellow and blue gowns. Faux leather and nylon details on the sleeves also accentuated the mid gowns. A T-shirt painted with acrylic had the inscription; ‘Feminist AS F***’ in the 12-piece collection.
Ladunni Lambo served everyone with an aso-oke twists on skirts, jumpsuits and paired with white palettes (Sidenote: She was our fav!)
Kiki Kamanu had everyone screaming Yasss! with a t-shirt inscription ‘Hillary 2016’. Chigurl came as the third model with a black and wine fringe detail dress. Everyone went crazy with varying pitches of screams, from different angles of the room. The theme changed to afrocentric vibes as models bounced while walking to the upbeat, and not strutting as they walked in lemon dresses with tassel details and patent 4-inch heels, cotton tops with aso-oke shawl with lettering; ‘got suya?’.
DÈJĺ ENIOLA came on board with earthy tones of blues, greens and blacks. His SS17 featured well-crafted unisex blazers and tuxedos. Amede came next; the feminine brand had various patterns and colors of adire (tye and dye) printed on flimsy chiffon material. The collection was perfect for both dry and wet season.
POC often misinterpreted as Papa Omisore Clothing (the creative director), but stands for People of Colors served tan prints, playsuits with overemphasized pockets and coordinating flat footwear. The brand Maxvive is known for disapproving norms, stereotypes and taking bold steps. This year wasn’t any different. Flats with connected socks, black laces on the hair of models, and patent open slides. A short pop-drama is one which would not be forgotten soon. ‘More coke please’ were printed on T-shirts in a subliminal manner. A second segment dubbed ‘Bodun exclusive’ sponsored by Micserah, had models with chalk painted hair and zombie apocalypse parades. RÈ displayed a chic, flirty of pinks, blues, and spiral patterns perfect for summer.
Gozel Green owned by the creative twin sisters, titled the showcase Figures in the Dark (Songs of Freedom). The showcase had a distinct feature, models with encyclopedias in their hand, while strutting. Unlike the theme, we saw bits of warm colors, knitted buttons and pinafore dresses with removable tops. Moofa reminded us how cool berets can be. The collection had models with black, white berets, and eyes kitted with dark glasses. Black dresses and rose embellishments at top, side and mid areas of dresses were in total sync with the berets.
Studio 189 showcase can be summed up as edginess at its peak. The show had common forms of African textiles; aso-oke, wax and shift cuts. The showcase was over 25 pieces (which was the longest of the night). IAMISIGO, a flip of the creative director’s last name ‘OGISI’ opened with a black dress, matching black hat tapped with colors of the Ghanaian flag. Her collection unintentionally featured similar pieces of Scqueeze (the diffusion line) but with ruffles and reds and white. Siphosihle Masango opened with black one piece and monokini swimwear, male models on skirts, and gold crowns sitting perfectly on the head of each model. The South African designer, David Tlale on the other hand had black pinstripes, clear cuts and acid wash blazers and paint drippings with open back. Another memorable moment was that of three models moving together in a white oversized top. When many thought the showcase was over and the lights dim, five models with white dresses, flirty, fur and African patterns with a twist.
Ejiro Amos Tafiri showcase theme, ‘rural paradise’, commenced with an inspiring video of her growth as a designer and how she wants to impact emerging designers through her design school. She did not let us down with pieces crafted featuring head wraps, velvet, sequins, high waist slits, and toned dresses. Gold and silver stiletto strap sandals and butterfly shoulder made of sheer.
Images – Kola Oshalusi
Written by Merhdor-Attah