The designer (Kayinsola Onalaja) who might be known to some as the lady behind the unconventional yet wearable brand, Onalaja or to many as the lady, who debuted her collection at Heineken Lagos Fashion and Design Week 2015. She is successfully bridging the gap between her Nigerian roots and the western culture through Italian design aesthetics, and infusing British ethos.
The brand portrays the average woman with a modern day appeal, but with old fashioned aesthetics. Kayinsola successfully connected with every woman on her Wednesday night showcase (judging from standing ovation). Showcasing as the tenth designer of the night, Onalaja SS17 featured cold shoulder tops, shift dresses, ruffles and strong African stone embellishments, while telling unique stories with the pieces. The collection summed shades of brown (tan, caramel, and chocolate) bits of black and white each engineered to represent beauty; Black beauty.
Written by: Merhdor Attah
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