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ARISE L’Afrique-À-Porter: Christie Brown

Ijeoma Balogun

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The collection presented by Ghanaian designer Aisha Obuobi was one of my favourites. Clean cuts, solid lines and that alluring touch of retro/slightly futuristic glam embodied the pieces in the Christie Brown collection.

Drawing on various sources for inspiration, including prime-time animated sitcom The Jetsons, the pieces in the collection are modern but the silhouettes remain reminiscent of the fashion of the 40’s.

The collection is coherent as one piece naturally diffuses into the next. She manages to achieve that sense fluidity as one skims through each piece in a collection. There is consistency in the cuts, in the communication of the theme and how it translates to each piece within the collection.

Apart from the cut which will be extremely flattering to the feminine frame as it made to accentuate her curves, the sleeves and necklines are definitely a strong point to these designs. The over-exaggerated pockets add that extra edge that makes a simple cut seem a little more complicated.

Each piece from this collection is very wearable. I found it really difficult to pick a favourite because I could so easily see myself in all! However, I am a huge an of the Jumpsuit! It’s on trend for the fall and can easily be dressed up or down with nothing taken away from the design.

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Ex-Style Editor at Large - BellaNaija.com , Now Founder/CEO Redrick Public Relations Limited. @ijeomabalogun

5 Comments

  1. Ndy

    March 6, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    Hmmm i really like the fabric

  2. adelana

    March 7, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Christie Brown once again shows why she won the emerging designer of the year award at ARISE fashion week last year. Aisha has so much potential. I like this collection. It is clean, wearable and this is a real ready to wear capsule collection. The suit for work, the jumpsuit for a relaxed day witn friends, the dress for cocktail party etc..
    loving it!

  3. Ozzie

    March 7, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    African fashion is really coming of age. First they took NY fashion week by storm, now they are invading Paris. I heard that Aisha Obuobi is going to be on a panel discussion the business of African fashion at Columbia University on March 26th. Oluchi will also be there. I saw it on their website: http://www.aef2010.com

  4. ngum

    March 7, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    our designers really didn’t disappoint! i’m proud of them all.

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