Afrique & Fashion: Duro Owulu

The designer spotlight this week is on Duro Owolu.

He was born in Nigerian but is based in London.  Duro came into the fashion spotlight in London in 2004 and is famous for his bold use of bright African prints and tailoring of the 70’s.  Apparently, according to NY MAG, Duro became famous in 2005 for the “Duro”, a high-waisted patchwork boho dress that gathered attention from Vogue and Barney’s.

I got to look at his Fall 2014 collection and loved the richness of colors.  Interestingly, Duro also had a line with JC Penney but it is not available anymore (link).

Four main items from his Fall 2014 collection receive five stars from Ebelandi, see below.  I particularly love the skirt with leather belt at waist and the richness of the blue and red dress.  You can checkout his full line at Owulu’s homepage. Let me know what your thoughts are!

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Photo courtesy of NY Mag

Afrique et Fashion: Bags @ FashionGhana

Fashion Ghana is offering an array of pretty bags with the Dutch Wax fabric (some have matching pumps too!)  You can visit their website to see more. My personal favorites below:

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Review: J.Crew Collection Glow Stripe Jacquard Pencil Skirt




Got this skirt during the sample sale because I was attracted by the neon green but did not recollect it being part of this season’s catalog. Was I surprised when I saw it online and even more when I saw the price tag! My review below.

Pros: heavy material. It looks and feels like cotton to me but the fabric content reads wool and polyester. It is pretty warm and the neon green provides a nice accent to the African-like pattern. I love the length on my six-feet frame as it hits right at my knees.

Fit: I believe it runs slightly bigger than regular. I took my regular size and should have sized down but I like the fit nonetheless

Cons: The shape is not a true pencil. It bulks up at hips and is tighter at the knees (I don’t know what’s the fashion word for this style). The added volume at the hips is not too bad but may be a deal breaker for some. Another deal breaker is the price online. I would not pay close to $400 for this skirt with my budget.

Sissi’s verdict: Keeper! Waiting in the cold for the sample sale may have been worth the experience after all 😉

Have you tried on this skirt? Please share!