EDITOR’S PICKS ARISE DAY 2
ANDREA IYAMAH- I love how the designer flirted with different prints from animal prints, to graphic prints and tropical inspired prints. Known for breath-taking , well cut, ultra-feminine aesthetics, Andrea Iyamah did not disappoint. She also played with neutral and jewel tones, a favourite of mine being this metallic burnt orange pleated playsuit that’s reminiscent of night parties in the south of France or some exotic location.
LULU-The brand created by international super model Oluchi showed a variety of thoughtful intimate wear from body suits to shapers for women and even men. The mostly black collection which had a very dominatrix theme running through closed out with Ojy Okpe in a midnight blue lace and sheer bodysuit and fluid robe.
KENNETH IZE- again showed why he’s one of the most brilliant designers of his time, his signature handwoven cotton fabrics gave life to the most exciting colourful stripes and prints. The pieces featured his signature loose tailoring, frayed hemlines and abstract layering. It was hard to pick a favourite here.
The MAISON ARTC showing was very reminiscent of African royalty with pieces ranging from a gold embroidered coat which opened the show, to face print dresses and skirts worn by both male and female models, wax prints and lots of Masai references. It was a very straight to the point edgy collection that I found memorable and interesting.
TRIPPLE RRR BY ROBERT CAVALLI- showed an impressive menswear collection which borrowed from androgyny as is common with most menswear brands as seen in this gold and deep green print semi fluid robe and tailored pants. Other pieces featured bold Zebra stripes, pastel tones like mint, powder blue and blush, velvet and soft cotton.
WUMAN BRAND- One of my favourite collections on the runway was this showing of pattern drawing on fabric by Wuman. An exciting offering of separates and dresses made for what was to me the perfect capsule wardrobe. My favourite is this A-Line skirt in minimal, camel and white complimented nicely with a mesh insert see through stripe-pattern blouse.
DAVID TLALE- The South African brand’s showcase was very Afro- punk, the collection had pieces from high shine structures pants to luxurious flowy silks, organzas and textured/feathered pieces, the showing featured a slightly goth and grunge-y theme.
Nigerian label GOZEL GREEN is mostly known for their abstract shapes, unusual cuts and unconventional designs. A personal favourite from me is this burgundy, white and teal midi dress with a top half pattern that is reminiscent of playing snakes and ladders as a child.
It was all silks, feathers, sequins and everything chic and luxurious on the LANRE DA SILVA AJAYI runway. As models strutted down the ramp, what caught my eyes was this quirky metallic silver culottes paired rightly with and equally interesting asymmetrical blouse in rich green. The models were dressed in a semi Sicilian widow theme adorning black and gold lace head scarves and deep red lips.