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‘Insomnia Luxe’- Chichia London A/W 2010/11 Mini Collection

Ijeoma Balogun

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Chichia London Autumn/Winter 2010/11 collection, titled ‘Insomnia luxe’ presents coveted pieces for the fashion savvy woman.

Although a mini collection, Designer Christine Mhando really stretches out the vision for this collection; sticking to their signature Khanga fabric, she displays a variety of styles; a retro jumpsuit and a blazer, playful shorts, bold dresses complemented by simple silhouettes which are combined with fresh cuts and vibrant patterns like paisley, animal print and eccentric florals.

The fabrics are accented with dazzling embellishments on the neckline, lapels and the body of the garments, which contribute a great deal to the ‘luxe’ of this mini collection. We see 80’s structured shoulders re-enforce their relevance in contemporary fashion and as for the full skirt, it sure seems like it will be extending its reign beyond the bright days of summer.

View the collection below:

26 Comments

  1. Q

    July 15, 2010 at 1:50 am

    yay,Fab designs thru & thru.Love the Last Outfit,she somewhat looks like SJP
    (sarah jessica-Parker) here & the jumpsuit was well accessorized.

  2. WOWzereD

    July 15, 2010 at 2:00 am

    l.o.v.e

  3. Ujubaby

    July 15, 2010 at 2:46 am

    1st 2 comment!

    Wats wiv insomnia? Nyce collection, hate d boobs exposure, but are the clothes gonna give me chronic sleeplessness if I wore ’em. Did she run out of ideas while coming up wiv the name 4 d collection? hmm!

  4. ruchy

    July 15, 2010 at 3:44 am

    first 2 comment…..rly rly rly rly rly koooollll!!

  5. avari

    July 15, 2010 at 5:48 am

    nice collection but the usage of these materials are starting to make all the designers using ankara look alike…

  6. THE AMAKA

    July 15, 2010 at 7:04 am

    lovely!!!
    i would wear that!

    its always hilarious seeing people shout “first to comment” and they are like 3rd and 4th or even 6th. lol

  7. adenike

    July 15, 2010 at 8:41 am

    I love 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8;i can easily wear them.. Good job!

  8. fokasibe

    July 15, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Fashionistry…

  9. Ronnie

    July 15, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Totally love these designs. Ab fab!The models gorgeous too.

  10. J'adore

    July 15, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Yep, I’m getting really tired of ankara(even though these ones are somewhat different)!

  11. Kasaprenko

    July 15, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    I love reading THE AMAKA’s comments, you sound like a fine babe…holla at guys now…
    Lol…

  12. Bola

    July 15, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    hahahaha @ Kasaprenko, u don dey stalk THE AMAKA now abii, take note guys- this is a BN love story in the making

    ehen, im surprised u guys are now talking about over-popularity of ankara, wat about Kemkem studio collection that was shown yesterday…

    This is slightly different from what we see on the regular cuz this is Tanzanian ‘ankara’ and the styles are somewhat more creative

    I’d wear everything in this collection but that 3rd dress is a stunner. Looks like a modified version of the purple dress from her 2010 ‘Made in Dar’ collection

  13. Bola

    July 15, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    updating my comment…

    it’s NOT ankara
    It’s ” khanga ” , an East African fabric, so it is different …

  14. Bola

    July 15, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    omg, sorry

    yea, its her 2009 not 2010 ‘made in dar’ collection

  15. THE AMAKA

    July 15, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    @Kasaprenko
    hey!
    i should holla at who? I didn’t even know guys were on this site.
    lol
    😉

  16. bebe2

    July 15, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    is that FENDI print on the ankara (first pics)…????

  17. Ujubaby

    July 16, 2010 at 1:23 am

    Thank God, I’m not d only one, lol! Well it’s not my fault, I say 1st 2 comment becuz commentaries aren’t yet up on the page. But as soon as u click submit, u find out dat sum1 has already posted a comment.
    @Kasapenko…gee, I sowie 4 u, come on nairaland, and know who she really is. Talkin’ ’bout THE AMAKA, lol!

  18. Ijé

    July 16, 2010 at 1:31 am

    LMAO at “BN love story in the making.” Bella pls feature the wedding on your site o, lol

    Ahhh I love this collection <3 <3 <3. Yea and the model is gorgeous.

  19. Ndy

    July 16, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Love love the prints, really nice collection too, I would wear them all.

  20. mimi

    July 16, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Nice collection… very wearable!! i am getting tired of everyone using the same sleeves though, i want to see something a bit different, fresh and refreshing!

  21. THE AMAKA

    July 16, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    @Ujubaby
    awwwww, you one of my followers over there?
    “come over there and see who she really is”
    and whay does it concern you so much?
    sometimes its better to not comment at all.

  22. Ujubaby

    July 17, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    @THE AMAKA, I know, ryte? lol!

  23. Bukola Are

    July 21, 2010 at 3:11 am

    Love It!
    Fabulous Collection!
    Excellent Presentation!

  24. Mini-me

    July 21, 2010 at 6:05 am

    LoVe it !!!!! One of the best use of ethnic fabric(s) by a designer, I’ve seen thus far.

  25. KB

    July 21, 2010 at 11:25 am

    The fabric used is Khanga Material from the East African Coast!
    It is not Ankhara, but Khanga…google it! ; )

    cheers!

  26. recessionista

    September 2, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    You call it khanga, we call it ankara…still the same thing…as my gran mum would say ‘you tie rope for goat, you tie goat for rope, so long as goat no run….’

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