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ARISE L’Afrique-À-Porter: MOMO

Ijeoma Balogun

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This collection for MOMO (headed by designer, Fati Asibelua) was centered on showcasing her love for opulent fabrics. She explores traditional couture brocades, jacquards and silk to create delicate textured  pieces with a leopard print fox fur coat in the mix, organza linings and silk georgette bindings.

Opting for a sharp silhouette in black and navy blue, she adds a splash of colour with pink and a feminine allure with the floral accented pieces. She makes an effort to transform the fabrics into contemporary mainstream designs by featuring easy- to- wear cocktail dresses in this collection, which are glamorized by the fabric mixes and detailing on the bodice and skirts and a fur coat , which was definitely an  interesting addition to her collection.

With this collection, I sense her desire to appeal to a wider range of people and cultures ,but at the same time, she tries to ensure that each piece still reflects its African roots.

The collection is simple, and its message its clear; she celebrates the richness of  fabrics by presenting a collection that embodies an eclectic blend of textures with her individual interpretation of traditional African print.

My favourite piece in this collection is the the Little Black Dress. I love the dramatic details surrounding the shoulders, the contrast of a plunging neckline with a long-sleeve. It’s one piece that  stands out in this collection; lovely textures; and a flattering cut!

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

13 Comments

  1. joe

    March 6, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    this is very nice…………….. i love all of them well done momo

  2. maxine

    March 6, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Great collection well put togother……….. this is like what you see on 5th ave new york.

  3. Terence Sambo

    March 6, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    ouuuuuu d jackets r def speaking to me. Im guessing all of those short dresses are gonna be paired with tights to be pulled off successfully in winter….glad Momo decided to leave Maxi dresses out of the collection. Good stuff!!!!!!

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  4. Ada Owerri

    March 7, 2010 at 5:53 am

    Hmmn, I see what you mean. I love the lbd. She’s done a great job

  5. ann jones

    March 7, 2010 at 10:15 am

    ohhhhh…..very glamorous… im so happy to see what nigerians can do,
    well done

  6. daisy

    March 7, 2010 at 10:19 am

    omg………. this is great momo………. i will call you chanel of nigerian… i love it
    good collection

  7. liz

    March 7, 2010 at 10:24 am

    yeh i see what you mean very chanel ………great work very clean i love the colours……… the black dress and that jacket i want that now……… lol
    well done momo

  8. stef

    March 7, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    very intelligent pieces am very pleasseeeed , momo hope to see u soon on some of the fashion cities of the globe

  9. ashley banks (new york)

    March 7, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    momo what can i say…………. you always ahead of others……… i like the clean cut and the simplicty of your collections,
    it will sell in any part of the world…….. good work momo

  10. mimi

    March 7, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    just can wait to see u in the stores in ny the simplicity of your cuts are stunning, stayed focused gal.
    Remain who you are, very wearable job weldone.
    you stand out all the time.

  11. ThePoet

    March 10, 2010 at 2:03 am

    Sorry dolls, nothing fashion forward about this line. Plain repetition

  12. ThePoet

    March 10, 2010 at 2:07 am

    Love, how does this even speak to you? There’s no winter in Nigeria FOA and the clothes are just copy cats of Yankee stuff, and no I’m not saying Momo should wrap everything in ankara so it would be “African”, but it’s just not fashion forward. Too repetitive. I’m just replying cos I like your sense of style luvie. xoxo

  13. bumi

    March 14, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    you dont know fashion my dear……….. think b4 u talk people just come on this line and talk any how………. u can see the show is in paris not in africa it means the buyers will come from there not in africa……………. so is winter collection… u must have fashion sense b4 u talk,

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