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Arise Africa Fashion Week: Ituen Basi

Ijeoma Balogun

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Nigerian designer, Ituen Basi fuses (what seems to be this season’s hottest trend) bright colours with African fabrics in her collection. The collaboration resulted to contemporary ethnic pieces which electrified the runway!

Her designs are feminine, playful and have a sassy flair to them! Which were articulated with shreds and tiers which also sought to give the pieces some texture. She is able to balance the bright colour mixes with simple flattering cuts; and so, the pieces don’t come off as overwhelmingly busy. The pieces in her collection are bold and engaging; they were certainly tailored to make a lady stand-out in them!

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Photo Credit: iFashion

19 Comments

  1. Sasco

    June 17, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Love it, I am so impressed by some of these designers, I love the bangles. I need some to wear this summer!!!!

  2. naijadude

    June 17, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Masquerade costume is simply the word….. thats just the way I see it!

  3. AMAKA

    June 17, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    this collection is a bit dramatic but i love the material so much and the use of colors.
    wow! the colors make your eyes dance.
    and the designer is another nigerian, excellent.
    africa is becomgin a major part of the fashion world and im really proud. thanks bella!
    stay blessed…

  4. Fatima

    June 17, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Very interesting! Love the tassles!

  5. Konye

    June 17, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    ha ha….I def agree wit naijadude on this one- they all look like ‘ojuju’ to me…lol

  6. Nneka

    June 17, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    These models featured in AAFW are the ISH o!!! My goodness!

    They command just as much attention to themselves as the clothes do but without stealing the show. Chai! Such beaurrrrriful women!

  7. Bola

    June 17, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    piece # 7 with shredded fabric from top to bottom & the thigh-high slit is DIVINE!

  8. Bola

    June 17, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    lol, ojuju ke?

  9. licious

    June 17, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    greats ideas, wrong choice of fabrics…sigh

  10. nono

    June 18, 2009 at 12:45 am

    clorfulllll……………….. and magnifique, two thumbs up…………..

  11. Bebe

    June 18, 2009 at 2:14 am

    6, 8 and 15 r hot hot hot!!!!
    fashion is not for the ignorant..hence the reference to masquerade! lol!
    it doesnt have to be about silk, cashmere and dare i say…polyester all d time!
    ankara rocks!

  12. Yaffa

    June 18, 2009 at 11:58 am

    I like 1,2 and 9.

  13. Ranti Ogundipe

    June 19, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    She is the freshest and most authentic talent to come out of the Nigerian fashion scene in years. Her work is undeniably fantastic, the attention to detail and execution is flawless. She is not trying to be anyone but herself, her design are so unique and well thought out. I am tired of seeing so called fashion designers copy cat-ing English designs and rebranding them as some aerie faerie nonsense! Ituen Basi is the best Nigerian designer bar none!

  14. GamGam

    June 19, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    They look like Masquerades who went to see obioma

  15. Tee

    July 14, 2009 at 8:54 am

    errrr…everyone is entitled to thier opinions…so are you. you didn’t need to point out that he/she is ignorant. make ur own comment and move on…

  16. Sia

    July 22, 2009 at 1:29 am

    Hands down, the BEST!

    GamGam, you are BushBush. lolll

  17. vicky

    September 30, 2009 at 10:40 am

    i am 6ft tall and i love fashion

  18. safina

    March 13, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    this is real amazing, to see African make a big path in fashion

  19. lizy

    August 13, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    a bit too dramatic but i love the more elegant outfits, wil wear them any time. kudos

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