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‘A Lover’s Delight’- Christie Brown at 2010 Africa Fashion Week

Ijeoma Balogun

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I fell in love with Christie Brown when they showcased a 5-look capsule collection at the Arise L’Afrique-À- Porter exhibition in Paris. It was designer Aisha Obuobi’s clean cuts, her simple but sophisticated silhouettes that launched Cupid’s arrow straight to my heart and this collection brings me back to what initially got me love-struck!

Like we’ve seen with previous designer collections at Africa Fashion Week, its colour! colour! colour!  and she goes for soft feminine hues; rose pink , yellow, teal and one of my summer favourites- crisp white.

She gives us flow, fit and fashion forward! The button details she uses to accent pockets, necklines, shoulders and sleeves are just absolutely gorgeous, from their alignment and placement to the varying sizes add depth to the pieces.

She does colour block in this collection sensationally well, and the shred details just fit right in.  I really like the way she works with the African print in this collection; from the buttons to how she infuses them with other fabrics, colours and uses it to create texture to her designs and accessories; the statement necklaces would be a nice addition to any woman’s wardrobe.

While I’m excited about the pieces in this collection- the jackets for example are lust wordy, however, I would have loved to see a little editing in the presentation of the collection. The collection consisted of a lot of hits, but there were a few pieces that weren’t as strong.

I’m glad Christie Brown still has my heart racing; looking forward to when the exaggerated pockets and sleeves hit the red carpet and hopefully I won’t be left out!

View collection below:

Credit : Simon Deiner/SDR Photo

36 Comments

  1. ladi

    July 2, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    I love it but a few pieces have that Ituen Basi feel….

  2. msdavis

    July 2, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    Fabulous!

  3. Adwoa

    July 3, 2010 at 12:30 am

    Wow amazing! Very creative, well done Aisha 🙂

  4. Macdegorgeous

    July 3, 2010 at 2:20 am

    I saw this and I thought it was Ituen Basi. cute though

  5. swarovski

    July 3, 2010 at 6:55 am

    @ladi, was goin
    2 say d same thin 2. Lovely collection though

  6. akosua

    July 3, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    beautifulllllllllllll love the ituen basi nc.b mix wicked . well done aisha

  7. Wunmi

    July 3, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Very lovely but SO Ituen Basi.

  8. ruchy

    July 3, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    well tailored..rly nice

  9. Yenih

    July 3, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    WOW!!!! The designs are just mmuuaahh. Very colourful, modern and 100% sexy.

  10. Ebs

    July 3, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    j’adore this collection! nice job.

  11. jukal

    July 3, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    awesome!!

  12. nana aba

    July 3, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    i love the collection . well done miss

  13. THE AMAKA

    July 3, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!
    the whole collection reminds me of candy, yum!

  14. Buki

    July 3, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    A little Ituen Basi….dont you think? but nice.

  15. mariaah

    July 3, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    omyyy i need the entire collectn in my life..the one with all yellow buttons was my best!!
    And I sew almst all d buttons i c
    ud find in my junk plastic on my denim jacket just last month, heehee feel lke a smartee nw..yay me.. 🙂

  16. Femi D

    July 4, 2010 at 1:35 am

    i like it alot. but like people have already mentioned, some of the detailing looks like something ituen bast would do. i hope the designer avoids the ituen basi-isms for her next collection just so that it does not distract from her obvious talent. p.s. it’s cool that ituen basi has an easily recognisable signature.

  17. PalmwineTapper

    July 4, 2010 at 7:07 am

    Is it me or some of the clothes look amateur (white dress w/ bow).
    I like 3,5,6 & a few others though, hot!

  18. cricket

    July 4, 2010 at 8:42 am

    LOL .. some clothes were just over the top .. some got me asking .. “are u for real? a designer for real???” .. some were good as well (wearable) but with same old thing .. nothing with the wow effect .. deola sageo kills me .. that womans creativeness gives me goose bumps .. that’s one designer right there …

  19. Gam

    July 4, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    I love some of the colours on this, lovely!

  20. D.O.T.M.H.

    July 4, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    so are we now saying that any designer that attempts to shred ankara and piece them together is copying Ituen Basi?? I love the coat on the former mnet face of Africa girl btw. I feel like getting it for fall

  21. Ginika

    July 5, 2010 at 7:42 am

    J’adore, I love, I want, I need. Simply beautiful. I think I should go watch the show. Don’t know why I am taking sooo long to decide

  22. yaya

    July 5, 2010 at 8:49 am

    i concur wt D.O.T.M.H.pple tink cuz its ankara,she is copyin ituen buh d truth is ituen does more of frills wt her ankara.luv d collections tho

  23. bee square

    July 5, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    simply beautiful… keep up the good work!

  24. konnie

    July 5, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Nice, Were do we get her clothes in the US?
    That said, there are a lot of pieces that looked like Ituen signature clothes.
    Nice work though

  25. pam

    July 5, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    i love her shredded pieces. i love the button montages,
    i love the way she avoided earth tone palettes most african designers lean to.
    candy colors are yummy and summery
    Fantastic work

  26. Femi D

    July 6, 2010 at 1:20 am

    @DOTMH: Ituen does not have a monopoly on shredding ankara but if I were a designer trying to carve out my own niche, i would avoid anything that would be reminiscent of another african designer.

  27. tee

    July 6, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    i absolutely think this is far better than ituen basi. love all the designs and am looking forward to copying the first one.simply chic!!

  28. FABOLOUS

    July 6, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Totally love it!! AND SO MUCH BETTER THAN ITUEN BASI!SO SUMMERY AND FRESH

  29. Tinky

    July 7, 2010 at 4:53 am

    Her line is refreshing! and oh so colorful! beautiful pieces aisha.thumbs up! we need more african designers like these

  30. Chiccu

    July 7, 2010 at 9:42 am

    I agree with D.O.T.M & yaya, not everyone using ankara is Ituen wanna be. Aisha has her on style. lovely pieces aisha!!

  31. Wunmi

    July 7, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    the 9th dress is very Tiffany Amber – lol

  32. Wunmi

    July 7, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    the 10th

  33. Bunmi

    July 9, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    I really love the colours and the solid bold cuts tempered with the shreded prints
    Very nicely done. I don’t like the dress with the bow nor the huge pockets and
    huge jackets (the blue one). It shuda been either one not both.
    All in all, great job Aisha.

  34. Bunmi

    July 9, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Plus Ituen Basi is more shreds and less structure.
    There are similarities but they are still distinctly different

  35. Taiwo

    August 4, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Loooooooooooooove!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  36. jackee tolbert, 3032 boudinot ave. cincinnati ohio 45238

    March 17, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    how can one buy your design? i love everything i have seen”””””

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