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Republic Of Foreigner (R.O.F) Debuts 2012 Resort Collection – ‘Echizen’

Ijeoma Balogun

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Founded in 2010, Republic of Foreigner is a Nigerian apparel brand established with the aim of bringing out the spirit of freedom in all the ladies out there. Sisters, Carmen & Selina Sutherland, are the creative forces behind Republic Of Foreigner. Their designs are inspired by folklore, Afrobeat culture, vintage relics, and exude a mutual love of film, art, and design. Operating from their hometown of Lagos, Nigeria, this bohemian inspired fashion duo produce eclectic designs for the modern hippie. The label is out with its Resort 2012 Collection entitled Echizen.

About The Collection:
The Echizen Collection is a dynamic fusion of chic Bohemianism and the natural world. The name of the collection was literally inspired by a beautiful yet invasive species of jellyfish called echizen found in the Pacific Ocean.

The collection represents a mix of gauche and glamour—staying true to the designers’ tradition of mixing their easy boho-inspired aesthetic with contemporary African and world culture. Ideas for the collection were derived from vintage photographs of Italian Gondoliers in boater hats, and characters observed in films such as The Chicken Ranch (1970s), West World (1973), Dune (1984), and Giacomo Pucini’s opera, La Bohème.

Coupled with these influences, movement, shape, and colour all play a big role in the collection, as do graphic prints, textures, and trimming—all working together to celebrate women, beauty, simplicity, aggression, everyday life, and change.

View the full collection below:

Lookbook Credits:
Photography: Folarin Shasanya
Model: Monishade Gbobaniyi
Styling & Art Direction: The R.O.F Team
Make-Up: Seun for Blush Beauty
Graphic Design: Spark Creative
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42 Comments

  1. stella

    August 3, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Nice!

  2. slash

    August 3, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    wow!!

  3. ibogal

    August 3, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    The model for try change shoes nah. More than 10 outfits with same shoes,error

    • vivienne

      August 3, 2011 at 6:14 pm

      I tire o! thot I was the only one that noticed

    • Me

      August 4, 2011 at 8:52 pm

      The label was not showcasing the shoes. If anything, its the clothes that you should be talking about. Besides, its not the model’s duty to change her shoes. She’s pretty much a living mannequin that wears what she’s given.

  4. Tama

    August 3, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    beautifulllll

  5. samsiebop

    August 3, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    From a very hard to please customer like me…I think this is stunning
    Maxi skirt,slim pants,green,blue..on point!

  6. Glow

    August 3, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    There are some serious outfits among these. Absolutely fab.
    Well error with the shoes but it’s about the clothes anyway.

  7. aLittleHumor

    August 3, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    ohhhhh!!! these things look too yayaya on my eyes! 🙂 ok I could actually wear some….:) nice!

  8. notaplayahater

    August 3, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    i believe line 2 of ‘about the collection’ shoulda been beautiful yet EVASIVE species of jellyfish’; not invasive….

  9. toyhin

    August 3, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    the outfits are nice….. the shoes didnt do it for me at allll

  10. blessed!

    August 3, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    love everything! need to get some stuff from ROF! amazing!

  11. ify

    August 3, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    lovely hats, lovely dresses, lovely everything lol

  12. zeenie

    August 3, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    beautiful!!! i love em all.. and the photographer did a great job.

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  14. mary007

    August 3, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Good use of the fabrics!

  15. A

    August 3, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    WOW! Nigerians are trying sha! I love everything! beautiful!!

  16. myHairmyBeauty

    August 3, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    WOW! this is quite creative, I’m definately getting the HATS!

    myHairmyBeauty.wordpress.com

  17. bobbydox

    August 3, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    i so much love the concept of this shoot nice one from the R.O.F team

  18. bebe

    August 4, 2011 at 12:20 am

    stunning!…d designer creted really gr8 n beautiful stuff from our local fabric…pretty!

  19. omoge

    August 4, 2011 at 1:50 am

    hmm. it is just there

  20. dlapikin

    August 4, 2011 at 2:56 am

    Are they showing the girl or the clothes? nothing I have not seen before…

  21. Temi

    August 4, 2011 at 8:22 am

    I love this!

  22. Bolanle

    August 4, 2011 at 10:39 am

    These dresses are sick!!! i love it 😀

  23. Daniel

    August 4, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Man u 2 much, i luv ur songs, nd i dey fill, check in ma house, check in ma car, check in ma shoe, check in ma belt. U r d best african rapper.

    • Tiki

      August 4, 2011 at 2:54 pm

      You sure you in the right place, luv?

  24. Consuella

    August 4, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Love the floppy hats.

  25. Me jare

    August 4, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    I ♥

  26. Bachellorette

    August 4, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Infact, naa only shoe the model wear sef…. hahahahahaha

  27. adaeze

    August 4, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    am not feeling one single outfit here, d long floral gowns mght be managed, am not sayin the clothes are totally bad, bt if a designer wants to go all the way to launch a line, at least u should mix and diversify the dreses so dat u just dont av one stereotyped kinda fins

    • lola

      August 4, 2011 at 8:07 pm

      What long floral gowns??? Nigerians too dey hate sef. Where u last see something like this for dis country?

      From an avid shopper, I love ALL of these! The purple dress and the trousers–amazing!

  28. Adannaya

    August 4, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Well done ladies, very creative , loving the summer hats.

  29. Adannaya

    August 4, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Well done ladies, very creative, loving the summer hats

  30. eaglechild

    August 4, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    The brand name is hilarious ‘Republic of Foreigner’. I love d picture poses

  31. Sndra

    August 4, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    This is exactly how to do African Print…Thanks!

  32. fpr

    August 4, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    its a blend of vivienne westwood n mango…love the quirkiness n sensuality it embodies… designs are very original…cool!

  33. chioma

    August 4, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    The ankara hats I love….

  34. wisper

    August 5, 2011 at 3:26 am

    Inspired by d guiter and clutter! nicey

  35. adaeze

    August 5, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    @lola since u need it spelt out, the floral prints in the last pics and the ones above it. if u dont understand d meaning of ‘individual opinion,’ marry ur lecturer for sme explanations. ptcheeeeeeeeeeeeeew

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  37. _

    August 10, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Lol @ some of the comments, I love ROF!

  38. abi

    January 20, 2013 at 12:50 am

    love love love!!!!! addicted to ROF. first place i can actually really shop in lagos

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