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‘Contemporary Africa’: Orleans Designs Spring/Summer COCO collection.

Ijeoma Balogun

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Orleans designs is a London based women’s wear and accessory brand. Their Spring/Summer 2010 collection presents African prints in 100% silk.

Hazel Aggrey-Orleans, the designer behind this collection ‘has been inspired by the cultural richness on her upbringing on West Africa’s tropical coastline and the urban expanse of London metropolitan mosaic’. This comes through as she opts for a contemporary take on African textures, by fusing the vivacity of African prints with the delicate texture of silk. The pieces are soft with a nice flow enhanced by the choice of silk, as the African prints are given more movement.

Clean cuts, vibrant colours and prints, soft drapes embody the pieces in this collection, which are very reminiscent of summer time with an air of freshness to each piece.

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Contact details : 0044 (0)775 441 7565 / [email protected]
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All garments can be ordered using the contact button with prices on request. As of mid March, Orleans Designs will have an online shopping site.The goods can be shipped wherever.

10 Comments

  1. boogsy

    February 10, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    yay…. an English Designer used African prints…Hurray for world peace!mchewwwww

  2. Ladi

    February 10, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    not the first though. Matthew Williamson is the biggest ‘culprit’!

  3. Caramel4u

    February 10, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    see beyonce and alicia rocking it too….http://omg.yahoo.com/photos/alicia-and-beyonce-rock-rio/3603/6

  4. Femi D

    February 10, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    great idea. some nice garments.
    @boogsy: i don’t mind designers being inspired by other cultures especially if they were brought up in it like this particular designer. by the way african print as we know it was not invented by africans. it came from indonesia after world war II when african soldiers fighting for their colonial masters brought it back as gifts. don’t take my word for it. go and research. bottom line. everything comes from somewhere. i”m glad africans embraced print wax instead of dismissing it as un-african.

  5. anon

    February 10, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    @ FemiD:

    I believe it orignated from Holland, not Indonesia. Vlisco (a Dutch brand) still has a virtual monopoly on wax print. But I could be wrong.

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    Also, everyone’s inspired by everyone. A lot of African “designers” simply make african print pieces in the image of european (if I may call it that very loosely) designs they like. Nothing is 100% original jo. And African Print isn’t “special”. Anyone can do whatever they like with it; just like some African designers do whatever they like with all sorts of other fabrics as well!

  6. Jen

    February 11, 2010 at 4:57 am

    Actually, Anon, you’re wrong. It originated in Indonesia and The Vlisco, Dutch brand got influenced by their wax methods. And Africans fell in love with it and companies like Nichem and the closed down ones in the north caught on.

    Watch Vlisco admit it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aMD0zDfMI8 A pretty cool short video on Ankara.

  7. Jen

    February 11, 2010 at 5:10 am

    African American designer, Boxing Kitten!

  8. Kemi

    February 11, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Actually She is half African 😉 Translating the prints to silk may make the fabric more globally appealing in some countries as used by Marc Jacobs, Duro Olowu, Marni, Dries Van Noten etc. Well done Orleans!!!

  9. Femi D

    February 11, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    kemi, i am glad you see what i see. i am a designer and to me, african print on silk opens up a whole other echelon. lets face it, the cotton ankara is made from is not exactly the most luxurious fabric in the world. even as far as cotton goes, it’s one of the lowest grades.

  10. Terence Sambo

    February 13, 2010 at 5:37 am

    i love the feather hat….d designs are cool. D green fabric is catchy :o]

    http://onenigerianboy.blogspot.com

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