Hi all!! This week, let’s look at some nice work by Maki Oh, a Nigerian based Fashion House 🙂 The Sissi’s file below!
Sissi’s African Designer File
The Brand: Maki Oh
The IT Factor: To me, what makes this brand unique is the use of ‘non-traditional’ African materials. As an example, I love how she has applied the Nigeria aso-oke fabric into her design. If you are in-between fashion, like most in Africa, you get a mix of both worlds
The Inspiration: “Challenge prevailing notions of beauty”. To me, it sounds more like everyday life. For the fall 2014 collection, the inspiration was madness. The brand’s main designer saw a woman in a mirror who looked half mad half normal…For summer 2014, the inspiration comes from splatter of blood and woman’s confusion regarding their place into society so they move from feminine to boyish 🙂 I wish I could see all that into her designs but when did I start to pretend to be that deep?
The Designer Behind the Brand: Amaka Osakwe. Her biography is available on Wikipedia, but again am just inspired by her enterprising attitude
Notable Awards: I could not find much within my deadline but as I get to know more about the brand, am sure to update the Sissi’s A&F File. Checkout some of their collection items over at Style.Com
Sissi’s Notes: The collection items are very much western or metropolitan to me, but I like the nice touch of material other than the Dutch Wax print. Am inspired by some outfits and not as much by others, but overall, one more designer on my watch list. Some of my favorites below.