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BN Style Presents Emerging Fashion Talent Week – Day 2 – AKPOS OKUDU – “Cocktail Hour” Spring/Summer 2011

For Day 2 of our BN Emerging Fashion Talent Week, we have selected designer, AKPOS OKUDU, the eponymous label by Port Harcourt based designer, Akpos Okudu.



BN Style kicked off 2011 with a special feature on the “11 Young, Fabulous & Talented Designers to Watch in 2011″ – Click to Read.
Starting things off with that feature was no accident.
One of BellaNaija’s major goals for 2011 is to promote the next generation of talent across all fields – from fashion to music, movies, science, entrepreneurship and everything in between.
The BN Style team is pushing forward with this mandate, this week, we will be celebrating the “BN Emerging Fashion Talent Week“.
Everyday of the week, we will feature a lookbook from a promising design label. Some were included in our “11 for 2011″ list and some were not, however they are all immensely talented and breaking boundaries in their own unique ways.
For Day 2 of our BN Emerging Fashion Talent Week, we have selected designer, AKPOS OKUDU, the eponymous label by Port Harcourt based designer, Akpos Okudu.
The 24 year old designer is a graduate of the University of Port Harcourt. She started sewing as a young lady – taught by her grandmother and then launched her label with a self-produced lookbook published via her blog – in 2009. In 2010, the label employed the services of a business manager and is now working towards developing and expanding the Akpos Okudu fashion brand including plans to add an accessories line.

The collection presented here is named “Cocktail Hour”. In a statement released by the designer, she shared the inspiration behind the collection – “This collection is inspired by everything from my favourite cocktails, to the colorful lorries I see all around my city – Port Harcourt and even the colours of my rusty generator. Cocktail hour is a mix of vibrant colours (because I believe colour really looks beautiful on women) and textures, which I have combined to create clothes that are fun, feminine and chic.

This collection is presented in a unique way as two lookbooks were shot to depict the clothing “outdoors-y diva” and “indoor belle”.



Indoor Lookbook
Photography: Victor Udoh
Photo Editing: Owhonda Nwokekoro
Models: Faith Ogei | Ivy Okoronkwo | Dora Alieze
Makeup: Grace Duke
Styling: Akpos Okudu
Shoot Location: Novotel – Port Harcourt

Outdoor Lookbook
Photography: Victor Udoh
Photo Editing: Owhonda Nwokekoro
Models: Omotola | Chito
Makeup: Omoye Osayande
Styling: Saze Osayande
Shoot Location: Bishops Cottage, Lagos

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  1. Zara

    February 22, 2011 at 4:40 am

    WOW!!! The collection is gorgeous! I love the fabrics used.

    • Lady Gaga/French Niara

      February 22, 2011 at 3:51 pm


  2. ty

    February 22, 2011 at 4:53 am

    these r some classy and unique pieces. i would totally wear most of the designs. hot pieces


    February 22, 2011 at 5:34 am

    i love it! totally wearable.
    although not really unique, they are still some nice pieces. i think i really wanna put some of these in my wardrobe, just hoping they don’t cost an arm and a leg though. lol

  4. Dola

    February 22, 2011 at 5:37 am

    this is totally chic! i would love to try everything! HOT! HOT!! HOT!!!

  5. StayWithME

    February 22, 2011 at 5:40 am

    i hate these models. horrible posing.

    • G

      February 22, 2011 at 9:10 am

      How can u say dat? How can u day u “HATE” d models, do u know them or u just dislike the way they posed? mchewwww!!!!

    • Esther

      February 22, 2011 at 10:35 am

      Well, hate is extreme but I would say really bad pose!! So not professional, but I have realized that girls in Nigeria once they seem tall and someone mistakingly flatters them that they look like models then they began to feel like one and even eventually try to pursue a career in it and the result is what you see here…….

  6. Layo

    February 22, 2011 at 5:53 am

    Very nice outfits…totally dig the 7th and eighth outfits…lovely pieces….could definitely rock those to any where!!!…..

  7. sweetie

    February 22, 2011 at 6:27 am

    Really classy, Love the whole collection

  8. chipsy

    February 22, 2011 at 6:59 am

    i love…actually see myself wearing these outfits

  9. vikky

    February 22, 2011 at 7:07 am

    great designs n beautiful models, very wearable outfits, me love it

  10. labelle

    February 22, 2011 at 7:13 am

    beautiful,catchy,colorful.i like ,i like.

  11. Hotchocolate

    February 22, 2011 at 7:32 am

    i will wear all of ’em wow!!!!

  12. sam

    February 22, 2011 at 8:47 am

    Beautiful as always… I’m loving everything I see..

  13. Miss J

    February 22, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Lots of Colour in this collection. It would have been nice to see more close ups of the outfits. Other than that this collectionis a job well done

  14. zara

    February 22, 2011 at 9:27 am

    nice! really nice

  15. faith

    February 22, 2011 at 9:28 am

    yeah…lovely collections….definitly wearable…***bigsmiles***

  16. Oma

    February 22, 2011 at 9:37 am

  17. storm

    February 22, 2011 at 9:39 am

    really wearable pieces. well done, akpos!

  18. ihy

    February 22, 2011 at 9:40 am

    very wearable collection but why are the models so not creative with their poses, they’re giving us celebrity-hands on the waist-poses, they’re models not celebrities.

  19. Ronnie's Jeans

    February 22, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Love ’em.Very wearable.see myself in some of these.Good job!

  20. Angela

    February 22, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Lovely collection, and sweet colours too.

  21. Den

    February 22, 2011 at 10:11 am

    beautiful,how do we contact the designer?

  22. Hali

    February 22, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Great collection!… modelling 101

  23. Mee...

    February 22, 2011 at 10:29 am

    me like all

  24. AK

    February 22, 2011 at 10:33 am


  25. ngum

    February 22, 2011 at 10:48 am

    love the colours. can see these in Mango.

  26. abiye

    February 22, 2011 at 10:56 am

    I’m sooo proud of Akpos, she’s really young and very talented. She did the bridesmaids’ dresses for my friend’s wedding, and i must say, that’s the only bridesmaid dress i have that i can totally rock anywhere, anytime!!! big ups girl!

  27. Kaltume

    February 22, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Beautiful designs!

  28. Deola Adelekun

    February 22, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    I love akpos!!! Thumbs up girl!

  29. dora

    February 22, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    decent clothes but poor execution as is the case with most Nigerian designers. Do better

  30. mbabazi

    February 22, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    reaaly nice and wearable pieces.

  31. Chibaby

    February 22, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    The short dresses are designed my styles. All is lovely.

  32. anuri

    February 22, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Luv luv luv!!!!!!!! Totally amazing

  33. Miss ATL

    February 22, 2011 at 2:50 pm


  34. nenye

    February 22, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    That’s my girl. So proud

  35. Summer

    February 22, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Just beautiful. I even loved the setting for the pictures…were these taken in Naija?. My sister, you did good. Wishing you the best and God bless you and your endeavor.

  36. Chizy

    February 22, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    wow, these are really nice, realistic and wearable. awesome

  37. Ty

    February 22, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    wow!luv em all.u r rily talented girl and u’ll go places .Amazing designs……me like.

  38. kunbistic

    February 22, 2011 at 5:41 pm




  39. chicnicity

    February 22, 2011 at 6:05 pm


  40. anon

    February 22, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    great clothes, totally wearable

  41. kreamy

    February 22, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    DiS gal’s got talented. Lovely collection!!!

  42. Lolz

    February 22, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Awesome!!!!!!! Absolutely love this collection….fresh!! I kept wishing the page wont come to an end! Very well done Akpos……………..I most definitely will c u soon

  43. loli

    February 22, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Collection is ok…bad photography though..some of the clothes should have been steamed they look wrinkled. And the models don’t show off some of the clothes properly with cheesy poses. Wearable clothes–bad presentation.

  44. Bisi BusyBee!

    February 23, 2011 at 10:10 am

    sooo on point! lovely fabrics, good color combo, pwetty models infact akpos u too gbaski!!! cheers,BusyBee!

  45. Omoye Uzamere

    February 23, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Very good job Akpos! You must have worked your ass off for this. Congratulations

  46. wahida shoo

    February 23, 2011 at 11:49 am

    waoooooi like that dresses

  47. bobbydox

    February 23, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    wow thumbs up to bellanaija team for highlighting the fresh and creative minds of this one of a kind designer Ejiro Amos she is one hell of a fantastic designer that every young Nigerian 21st century lady should don at least 1-2 of her collections so that the dudes would most definitely check them out

    • kosipimples

      February 23, 2011 at 2:23 pm

      bobbydox everly coming with his grammar and story…lol, big ups brudda!!

    • bobbydox

      February 24, 2011 at 10:57 am

      lol but its true or!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  48. amaka

    February 23, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Akpos u’v really got talent! wat i like most is dat d cloths are totally wearable. go gal! ! ! u’l b hearing from mi soon…………….

  49. Nneka Alfred

    February 23, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    amazing collection…..looooovvvveeee d fabrics used,combination and designs

  50. Miss Face

    February 23, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    Really, really nice but the finishing quite poor. I noticed akpos on one post BN did some weeks ago i think on petite le marche if i am not mistaking, and i kept rooting for her. Okay, this is my advice to akpos: you are young, talented and creative, your pieces are wearable and one can easily relate to them, however, u may need to work on the finishing and attention to detail and the sky would be ur limit.wishing u all the best!

  51. meet nigeria

    February 24, 2011 at 8:09 am

    Kool we need more of these exposures, thanks bella nija

  52. brownie

    February 24, 2011 at 10:56 am

    get pieces and wearable from top to bottom. Remember that we are not this skinny what about +size dresses

  53. honeybee

    February 24, 2011 at 11:42 am

    The collection is beautiful to say the least. Photography iS CRAP! Some pictures are too dark, you can hardly see the clothes!

  54. Domina

    February 24, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    lovely dresses. me likey!!!! the designs are fab…totally wearable….. great work girl.

  55. yoma

    February 24, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    amazing stuff..bella+lots of stylish friends hav got me lookin alot more at fashion things…not ‘unmentioning’ dat akpos is an exceptionally talented creative i met a couple of yrs ago in uniport nd she is as fun as her collections are…big ups grrl-u just dey is da steppin stone!

  56. missy

    February 24, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    nice designs!

  57. itchy fingers

    February 25, 2011 at 10:44 am

    D models make these clothes look drab & tacky. D clothes are lovely & wearable. Be careful not to continually repeat designs, it takes the edge off your creativity

  58. O

    February 25, 2011 at 10:52 am

    2 words: POOR LIGHTING

  59. konnie

    February 25, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    i love akpos’s design. actually have a few clothes of hers and i havent been disappointed. personally i tink shes a lovely and adorable young lady and it radiates in her handiwork . i advice people to wear akops okudu clothing and u’ll not be disappointed.

  60. NwanyiOma

    February 26, 2011 at 12:07 am

    Lovely pieces, bad poses…

  61. zinni

    March 7, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Not well sewn…change your tailors

  62. amanda

    April 12, 2011 at 9:36 am

    wooooooowwwww!!!! Akposssss, nice nice pieces… u’re truly an amazing designer. I am proud of ya

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