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Tiffany Amber: Redefining the African Princess

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Chanel Iman in handbeaded Ankara trench with belt

Chanel Iman in handbeaded Ankara trench with belt

The Tiffany Amber collection was chic but not effortlessly so, and that’s perfectly fine. With intricate beadwork and embedded jewels, Folake Coker’s designs successfully appeals to royalty. The braided head crowns were an appropriate and elegant touch. Drawing on the classic shapes and feminity of Europe and the vibrancy of Africa, the FW collection of heavy shaunting silk slips and Irish linen coats are mixed with traditional Ankara fabrics. Folake Coker wants this to be a seasonless collection that feels as easily at home on the streets of Zurich, New York, London and Lagos.

Silk chiffon patchwork gown with hand beaded corset (Worn by Lakshmi, India)

Silk chiffon patchwork gown with hand beaded corset (Worn by Lakshmi, India)

Deep purple cuffed shift dress with hand beaded motif (Rahma, Somalia)

Deep purple cuffed shift dress with hand beaded motif (Rahma, Somalia)

Apple Green Dress patterned with wooden beads (Jaunel, Jamaica)

Apple Green Dress patterned with wooden beads (Jaunel, Jamaica)

Violet gown with Ankara ruffled neckline (Eva, Czech Republic)

Violet gown with Ankara ruffled neckline (Eva, Czech Republic)

Royal blue silk gown with strands of freshwater pearls

Royal blue silk gown with strands of freshwater pearls

29 Comments

  1. michelle

    February 16, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    too basic disappointed must say….

  2. Qed

    February 16, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    emm….freshwater pearls, would love to see the dress up close

  3. GeekGirl

    February 16, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    not really feeling Tiffany amber’s collection!not that she should have put overly creative outfit on the runway but damn its NYC fashion week and i dont think the outfits popped at all….
    i however like the apple green dress..
    i love the suede pumps especially the one Chanel Iman is rocking!i want!i like

  4. Nonny

    February 16, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    U guys should SHUT UP abeg………..ur obviously clueless about fashion….what were u expecting to see!!! It’s her first time, and her clothes should be wearable….at least for now

  5. Anu

    February 16, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    I bet you won’t be saying the same thing if it was channel, versace or dior’s collection

  6. michelle

    February 16, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    ehmm @ nonny before you tell people to shut up it is so obivious that you are the one who doesn’t know about fashion, why are fashion designers invited back on shows like these, it’s because of their ability to pull of a very impressive array of designs and styles, how many people that show at new york get the chance to show in paris and all other important fashion shows even at ready to wear shows, not a lot… trust me chanes are she won’t be invited back because of just according to uk telegraph (which by the way i think would be the best of all reviews)
    “Tiffany Amber’s collection featured silk shantung and traditional ‘Ankara’ fabrics, with intricate shell and bead embroidery” i mean that says it all.. interpretation ” boring and yeah so you can put some embroidery and beads together on silk/cultural/ethnic materials, pls love, matthew willamson’s done that, show us something different…”

    @anu please tell me you had a jaw dropping moment or a dreamy look when you saw the designs..chances are you didn’t did you?

    No no no we could never say such if it was versace dior or it’s chanel by the way not channel
    (maybe you were watch channels station while typing this..)

  7. GeekGirl

    February 17, 2009 at 12:28 am

    now its a crime to air one’s opinion sensibly ..one cannot even say anything without somebody venting their anger!
    na wa o! Bella, your website is now a place where frustrated people come to rant…now person go dey fear to say anything now!

  8. Ms Wura

    February 17, 2009 at 2:14 am

    I bet the recession really hit hard as the fashion shows were a bit on the safe side or plain boring… sigh, I hope the economy pics up pretty soon. I wonder if African especially Nigerian designers can take advantage of the recession abroad and turn out awesome designs the spotlight needs to be focused on Africa we are doing soo much oh soo much especially in the area of fashion. 🙂

  9. Eva

    February 17, 2009 at 2:22 am

    I was expecting more from her NOW…..KAI…we Nigerians HAVE BIG MOUTHS..SO WITH ALL THE TALK TALK WEY WE DEY DO…NA THIS thing DEY BRING TO NEW YORK FASHION SHOW! KAI!

  10. xoliquoricexo

    February 17, 2009 at 3:59 am

    i quite like this collection actually. granted, nothing revolutionary going on here but i’m a girly girl and this is right up my alley.

  11. Lamide

    February 17, 2009 at 10:03 am

    I really like these pieces. Simple, chic, and girly 🙂

  12. da1stlady

    February 17, 2009 at 11:09 am

    eva i dnt recall any1 makn a big fuss over the fashion week..i agree she did not bring it at all!!!

  13. Trendy

    February 18, 2009 at 5:26 am

    Exquiste!!! I’m in love.

  14. tomi

    February 18, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    GeekGirl SPEAK YOUR MIND!

    Check out the poll on ladybrille you will see that a lot of people agree with you.
    The collection DID leave a lot to be desired and the defensive nature of Nonny’s response tells me that deep down she probably agrees with you.(or is legally blind!)

    She has been doing shows for ten years now and with the exception of the fiasco that was “Countdown to a decade” this is the weakest collection she has ever shown, even with the desperate addition of the Jewel by Lisa-wannabe pieces, the looks gave me a general sense of……whatever!

    A wasted opportunity for sure.

  15. nnenna

    February 18, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    im loving that violet dress, infact i want…the best out of the lot u must admit…

  16. ART LOVER!!!!!!!!

    February 18, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    1. Jewel by lisa is not the only person allowed to bead ankara, it was done before she even started her label.

    2. Tiffany Amber did a small collection because all african designers were meant to. So that it COLLECTIVELY adds up to represent africa, which is why all designers came out together at the end of the show.

    3. Please please please, if u dont work in the fashion industry in Nigeria please do not leave ignorant comments. ALL THESE DESIGNERS HAVE COME A LONG WAY THAT IS WHY THEY WERE CHOSEN.
    – please dont waste your time criticising other peoples accomplishment and focus on what you can do to better yourselves.

    loads of love cheerios…

  17. marian o

    February 18, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    I’m disappointed. The collection isn’t bad but she’s definitely done much better stuff in the smaller arenas. Hoped she’d really bring it this time now that she had this great opportunity. The pieces aren’t cohesive either, throwing beads on random dresses doesn’t make it a collection. Better luck next time.

  18. marian o

    February 18, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Where was Deola Sagoe abeg? How come she wasn’t included in this? Her va-va-voom factor was sorely missed.

  19. Zulu Rose

    February 19, 2009 at 4:54 am

    Duro Olowu was also sadly missing in action.
    But a great show none the less. And the after party was BEAUTIFUL.

    -Alex
    http://www.zulurose.com

  20. vusibalala

    February 19, 2009 at 8:33 am

    Not badmouthing anybody on here, but as a designer, what i see up there isnt a collection, it is just pieces of diffrent outfits put together. And most definitely, Tifany Amber has shown better pieces in the past. And when a label is chosen to be a flag bearer of our great nation in such an event, nothing but the very best is expected. Deola Sagoe would sure have done a better job. The pieces up there are all nice but leaves me absolutely nothing to think about.

  21. tomi

    February 19, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    1.Jewel by Lisa doesnt own beaded ankara but that preppy DVF knockoff look is very much her thing and a “new direction” for Tiffany Unoriginal.

    2. The size of the collection doesnt mean it shouldnt be cohesive. That is an amateur approach and unforgivable for a designer with 11 years of experience in the industry.

    3. I work in the nigerian fashion industry so I guess that means Im allowed to comment?…..Gee! thanks for your permission.

  22. Ummilolo

    February 20, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    I can’t comment on the “cohesiveness of the collection” but what I can say is this: I want that Trench!!- and everything else.

  23. chii

    February 20, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    I love your commentaries…on point

  24. mulimuli

    April 14, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    i agree as a collection the pieces where not cohesive, didn’t look as if there was a theme,pattern or paticular structure to the collection only maybe that the fabrics used are african.

  25. CHUKWUDOZIE DURU

    June 21, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    Good work i want you Tiffany to get her trade mark on all her design whether good or bad, we should start to appreciate what we can do and reduce our depedency on western design even though they last long , i believe that with exposure and time we will level up with them.
    go Tiffany girl !!!!!

  26. me

    June 21, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    so loving u!

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  28. honeyb

    June 8, 2010 at 7:28 am

    the colection wasnt it at all,i expected more

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