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2012 Arise Magazine Fashion Week: Maki Oh



Maki Oh was a major star at the 2012 Arise Magazine Fashion Week. The talented young designer is still in her 20s but as they say “age aint nothing but a number” as she proved with her delightfully youthful yet absolutely refined collection.

The spark in this collection was the details – a snippet of lace here and a naughty cut-out there – demure hemlines, whimsical prints, beautiful muted colours – it was magical!

Congrats to Maki Oh on her Designer of the Year award. We’ll see her in New York for the Spring/Summer shows.



  1. no dignity

    March 12, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Was there…..lovely show…show them wat uv got @ d mercedez benz fashion week….

  2. Personal Shopper

    March 12, 2012 at 3:54 pm bobbies am seeing? Nice

  3. Rex

    March 12, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    I will never understnd the point of humiliating women by showing their private parts on the catwalk…totally distasteful, unafrican, debasing and CHEAP! …and to think it’s a female designer? Sellout!

    • Hiiiiii

      March 12, 2012 at 6:14 pm

      shut up. thanks!

    • Juwon

      March 12, 2012 at 7:11 pm

      Why does he/she need to shut up? Since you know everything, you should equally know EVERYONE is entitled to their opinion. If it isn’t ok with you, move on.

    • Hiiiiii

      March 13, 2012 at 3:13 am

      lil mama/man i don’t know everything.but since you say i do, it is EQUALLY RIGHT for me to voice my opinion, and if it is shut up, well too bad, live with it… and in ur words, move on!

    • Max

      March 12, 2012 at 7:18 pm

      Hi Rex, i’lld like to know you, just so i can get a sense of where the shameless ignorance is coming from. Thanks.

    • adaku

      March 12, 2012 at 10:03 pm

      That looks like a wardrobe malfunction to me if you’re referring to the bare boob. That obviously wasn’t the “look” the designer was going for.

    • chioma

      March 13, 2012 at 4:45 am

      Abeg relax…it is SEXY…and anyway, it wasn’t intentional, if you look again you will see that that alighnment of the stripe on the shirt that was supposed to cover the nipple shifted a bit…make we hear word, Madam Saint.

    • Nnamdinho

      March 19, 2012 at 8:24 am

      Rex you are absolutely right..don’t still get the point in the senseless nudity

  4. Sia

    March 12, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    She’s a beast. Every piece is beautiful. Congrats Maki Oh

  5. clapyourhandz!

    March 12, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    perfection as a cocktail. creative, innovative and delish! all i can say is ‘cheers’

  6. cynthy

    March 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    There isn’t any african touch about this designs, clan’s is far more better

    • twildbaby

      March 12, 2012 at 6:25 pm


    • Hiiiiii

      March 12, 2012 at 6:26 pm

      please enlighten me. what about clan is better? comparing mediocre clan to maki oh is an insult. like comparing beyonce to rihanna, tueh i spit! lool

    • Max

      March 12, 2012 at 7:13 pm

      Hi Cynthy, you’ll do well to do your research, the fish embellishment is sewn on with rafia, the splash print and fish motif is achieved using local tye and dye methods (thats always been how she makes her prints) how much more african can you get. Feel stupid yet?

    • hmmm

      March 13, 2012 at 3:26 am

      there isn;t anything african about this? really? with the rafia detail, and the adire-eleko fish print? nahh, u tripping boo boo… what about clan i more african i beg of you?

  7. non professional opinion

    March 12, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Im so happy for this girl. I’ve loved every collection from the debut and this one shows how much she has matured as a designer and her training shows in the craft and cohesion of this collection. She will knock them dead in New York. All the best!

  8. Lady Jaye

    March 12, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Err….ok. An ok collection, but most definitely NOT deserving of designer of the year award.

  9. Joy

    March 12, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Maki Oh is like one of the best designers ! This collection has a story, great cuts, and tailoring, i love Maki Oh so much, and I’m so happy she’s presenting in New York! Good job !

  10. Me

    March 12, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    where is our African-ness please?

    • non professional opinion

      March 12, 2012 at 6:31 pm

      the clothes are lined in batik and the fish print is a classsic symbol from adire eleko.

    • hmmm

      March 13, 2012 at 3:24 am

      true african-ness will be walking around naked… that is how it was before the west came in and “civilized” us… still searching for ur true african-ness? walk around naked boo boo 🙂

  11. Ib

    March 12, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Ok.i now know why

  12. chinwe

    March 12, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    @rex u’ve jst stated my exact feelings,I know hw dis models feel wen such clothe are placed on dem but dey hav no choice bcos de’ve got to make ends meet.this designers shud pls try to put demselves in the shoes of this models,there is no level of civilization dat is goin to accept dis kind of exposure.

    • Hiiiiii

      March 13, 2012 at 3:15 am

      no level of civilization u say eh? u do know that before the west came into Africa, we were all naked right? so what civilization are u referring to mama?

    • anonymouspesin

      March 13, 2012 at 5:41 pm

      so before the west came in, we were all naked and perambulating on stage? pssshhhh! stop using this excuse. being naked was a lifestyle, parading it was not. overzealous twit 🙂

    • chinwes brain

      March 15, 2012 at 2:39 pm

      can i just say how daft and small minded you sound…. pls enlighten yourself for d sake of the world…

  13. MrsD

    March 12, 2012 at 7:29 pm


  14. Tolu

    March 12, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    I lov d designs except 4 d ones dat r chest opening.thumps up Maki

  15. konnie

    March 12, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Love everything eemm I mean almost everything bu the free show. Always uneccessary. I will assume it it a wardrobe malfunction.

  16. Truth teller

    March 12, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Wen I watch a Versace show I am wowed. So is my gh meant to wear fish prints? I tink arise before time already picked who dey will take to ny. Clan is way beta. No beef. Dis is so regular.

    • Hiiiiii

      March 13, 2012 at 3:17 am

      how i know you are maybe confused is that you mention versace and clan in the same light.. you are moved by versace and you think clan is better than maki oh? say whattt??? what about clan is better oh? i am really curious

  17. she's Alex

    March 12, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Nice breast! *straight face*

  18. Joan

    March 12, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    I’m a model,and yes it feels rili nt nyc waking up to see ur boobs all around d web, well guess dats prt of d payment! Lol

  19. gilbert

    March 12, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Nice collection but not extraordinary

  20. sunny

    March 12, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    love some of the pieves but am not too sure about the playboy print, i always associate it with sleep wear

    • hmmm

      March 13, 2012 at 3:22 am

      it is not playboy people, it is a fish print which is a classsic symbol from adire eleko. gosh i wonder if y’all read or research before commenting, y’all be finger happy, excited to type and all

  21. OmoBolanle

    March 12, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    I am not blown away by this collection!

  22. $hawlaar

    March 12, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    Too bad all that slipped out…I’m sure it wasn’t intentional

  23. christy

    March 13, 2012 at 12:12 am

    Well rounded bOob,atleast

  24. Os.

    March 13, 2012 at 3:43 am

    beautiful. love me some maki oh.

  25. allen

    March 13, 2012 at 6:11 am

    I actually like.

  26. jmayaki

    March 13, 2012 at 8:47 am


  27. Africhic

    March 13, 2012 at 9:35 am

    I am not impressed……………all you Anna Wintour’s on Bella Naija dont bite me oh!

  28. Couture By Makioba

    March 13, 2012 at 11:34 am

    i think i like Maki Oh’s collection this time around…last year’s collection was a mess to me….

  29. eye

    March 13, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Maki Oh wowed everyone! She deserved every bit of it!

  30. Mo

    March 13, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Third pic! That dress is FAYA!!!!!! Love it

  31. chinco

    March 13, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Na wa oooo. Some ppl r really taking ds. Comments personal. To think some actually return to reply. SMH… Anyway, I think its a classy collection (an unbiased and unprofessional opinion)

  32. Miriam

    March 13, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Beautiful,love every piece.job welldone dear

  33. Junebug

    March 13, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    I love me some maki oh but this collection didn’t do it for me. There were a few really nice pieces but most of them where a bit non-descript in comparison to her previous collections. I wish her the best for NYFW.

    Ps…booobs!!! #okbye

  34. pam

    March 13, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    this collection will get attention at NYFW… she already gets great mentions from an international crowd. may not be to conservative naija tastes but clearly shes doing something international buyers like

  35. pam

    March 13, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    the collection seems somber but at least one can see its actually a collection and not random cuts, finnishes and fabrics and prettily lined up. love the adire lining and the bamboo pieces edging the lace bra top

  36. Truth teller

    March 14, 2012 at 12:46 am

    @ hiiiiii- take it or leave it, dis hype is undeserved. I am fiery critical and dis didn’t wow me neither of me perch askin dis for someone. Color blocks are quite on point but it didn’t wow me and it damn random @ Pam- maybe British Pple. These prices are damn bland. Hate it or love it, I av passed my MSG nd it’s done it purpose ” stickin to the ryt place” ; ur brain.

  37. Naimah

    March 15, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    @ truth teller pls step aside! She deserved it, guess u don’t have a good taste for fashion, ds is too dope! What are u on abt????? Marki Oh squeeze urself inside selfridges not debenhams… U re damn good! SNM!!!!

  38. BellaMay

    March 16, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Lovely .. enjoyed her collection. The leather shorts with lace trimmings – fantastic. Great job Maki Oh !

  39. ima

    June 14, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    beautifully done. i am more dan impressed, i am dazed. you all would see mine soon.

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