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Bunmi Koko Unveils “Matriarchy” at 2010 Africa Fashion Week

Ijeoma Balogun

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Bunmi Koko showcased their collection on Day 2 of Africa Fashion Week.  For this collection, Bunmi Olaye chooses to go regal expressed with an Edwardian tilt, structured cuts and the richness of red and gold.

She infuses lots of texture in this collection, created with  Tye and die, and geometric print fabrics, embroidery, leather, fringe details, sequins, fur, metallics and the exquisite drapery we see with the skirts.

The power trouser suit is brought back with a lot more pizzaz ; with plunging necklines, peplum jackets, bishop sleeves and a vibrant print! The skirts are kept playfully short and the leggings with interesting side fringe details.

She really pushed the envelope with this collection; and presents us with something new!  She works with more textures and fabrics than we are accustomed to and that’s essentially what you expect from designers; to continue expanding and exploring, but still maintain their unique aesthetic and point of view and that’s exactly what she does with this collection quite effectively.

The woman in the collection, is designed to be the absolute matriarch; a ruler and dominate of high fashion pieces either in her choice to dare in statement print or be bold and beautiful in red cocktail dress.

View “Matriarchy” below:

Credit : Simon Deiner/SDR Photo

14 Comments

  1. cynthia

    July 2, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Loves the fireceness of some of the fabric colour and designs. Well done!!

  2. Otaki

    July 2, 2010 at 11:24 am

    not impressed. sorry.

  3. Toothsy

    July 2, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Nice

  4. brooks

    July 2, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    niceeee

  5. MiZ Attitude

    July 2, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    strange

  6. Ibo Omoge

    July 2, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    LOL @ Otaki…Nigerians are so hard to impress. Chai!..I like her designs though. She’s bold. I like that she’s thinking outside the box. She mixes her colours and materials very well. Not the usual “ankara overkill” most of out designers do.

  7. konnie

    July 2, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    I only like the red top/dress. Quite pretty. The rest, aaagh. I look forward to seeing who will wear…….

  8. Titilola 'Esther's' Akinkugbe

    July 2, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Bunmi KokO KokO, so proud of you love. I love the collection. great work lovely keep it up. Hott, Hott, Hott.

  9. moi

    July 2, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Love it

  10. LoluEK

    July 2, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    Nothing THAT original. i can see Alexander Mcqeen in the designs + the designer is channelling marc jacobs as well (he is wearing a skirt, just like Marc Jacobs did for his Spring 09 collection). I dont know whether to like it or not.

  11. jukal

    July 3, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    interesting collection though is it just me or are all the silhouettes similar this season amongst all designers

  12. Blossom

    July 5, 2010 at 10:46 am

    It’s original but they just do not in any way look wearable..
    Even if the un-couture them to suit your preference and all…

    A+ for effort though! 😀

  13. MatiuGordon

    July 10, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Fanstatstic collection ,…vibrant print and the draping very well done …and mad kudos to Francis for rocking the kilt …I wish you had done wrapper instead.-delta or Efik style

  14. Orhecks

    October 21, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Kudos to Bunmi! I like the fact that she’s bold and fierce in combining aesthetics, vision and intelligence in her designs…well, I see a bit of Alexander McQueen in her designs but sometimes, someone’s sense of originality may just run the same course as another’s…in all, this is a fearless display and totally different from the boring and ubiquitous Ankara designs that we have being seeing in recent times.

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