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2012 Arise Magazine Fashion Week: Poisa



Bold prints, bright colours, and futuristic accessories including silver combat boots and gas masks adorned the models as they walked down the runway in Poisa.

The men are not left out in this collection from the Kenyan designer. She presents a new take on ties – in bright contrasting colors in vertical stripes and a square end – giving it a fresh quirky look.

The women’s silhouettes ranged from militant to demure, yet all vibrant.



Photo Credit: Kola Oshalusi

Ink Eze is the Founder of, a platform for sharing African traditional styles. She Modern Culture and Media at the Ivy League Brown University. She honed her skills in advertising and digital media at one of America’s leading tech companies in marketing. She became BellaNaija Weddings editor in 2013, and Assistant Editor of BellaNaija, heading the lifestyle section - Style, Beauty and Living until January 2017. Under her leadership, BN Weddings gained international prominence and became Africa’s foremost wedding media brand with millions of followers across several platforms and coverage on BuzzFeed, BBC & more. #AsoEbiBella became’s top feature, with over 1.8 million followers on Instagram. She conceived of BBN Wonderland, Nigeria’s top bridal event since 2015 with Baileys Nigeria. Now she spends her time on AsoEbiBella, and has executed marketing campaigns with local and international brands including HP Nigeria, Orijin and Sunlight Detergent. and sharing her insights with the world. For more Ink, join her on @Ink.Eze | @AsoEbiBella


  1. fabulous_guy

    March 11, 2012 at 12:06 am

    First! Yay! Creative pieces, but hardly wearble! They seem prepared for deep sea ddiving tho! She is …..well…..big

    • annie

      March 11, 2012 at 2:20 am

      The thing is most of dese pieces are not wearable but could be used for a music video just lyk beyonce’s run the world and lots of lady gaga’s clothes nd rihanna’s but dis is 9ja…..

    • Misty

      March 11, 2012 at 6:44 am

      Does one’s size mean that one can’t be creative or be in fashion? The clothes are wearable the accessories are what are quirky and fun! Atleast she was bold enough to think out of the box! I liked the blue and red jackets, I want one for winter!!!

    • Becca

      March 15, 2012 at 10:21 pm

      That’s why they’re on a runway. If you knew anything about fashion, you’d know that “Wearable” clothes are not for the runways

  2. Juwon

    March 11, 2012 at 12:22 am

    Ahn ahn….. I can’t and won’t lie, i do not really understand these outfits(if i can call them that)…. Someone would comment now and say…OMG beautiful pieces, totally wearable!!! RME

  3. I talk am

    March 11, 2012 at 12:42 am

    Under water inspired…

  4. Linda

    March 11, 2012 at 12:43 am

    lol is all I can laugh

  5. sunny

    March 11, 2012 at 12:47 am

    I love this collection, its very avant garde but when you separate the pieces they are very wearable. The last 2 gowns are a dream

  6. Dee-USA

    March 11, 2012 at 2:09 am

    Avante kini? Abeg stop jo. Me too, lemme stop as well.

  7. Sash

    March 11, 2012 at 2:42 am


  8. Truth teller

    March 11, 2012 at 5:14 am

    Avant grande my ass. Dis is nuttin avant grande buh trash btw, I love d male collectn. D first dude in d pic is hot. Dayum!

  9. Jimmy

    March 11, 2012 at 7:48 am

    This hurts! Good Nigerian designers tried to get in for arise,they didn’t accept,politics toooo much! See what’s this on the runway now?

  10. mimi

    March 11, 2012 at 9:01 am

    tried too hard 2 be creative…..not feeling at all!wats wit d surgical mask abi na tube?nicki minaj or wat?smh…..

  11. marvel

    March 11, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Every show needs a Galliano.

  12. ms pretty

    March 11, 2012 at 9:49 am

    OMG, what s this? oh no – the models all look like overstuffed penguins

  13. triangle

    March 11, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Denrele’s people. He shud have modelled for them cos dis is his day look. LOL

  14. Me2me

    March 11, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    so make i enter water

  15. Berry Choco-Latte

    March 11, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    The last two blue and white floor length dresses are gorgeous!

  16. cynthy

    March 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Is tis wat dey wear in their country,cuz me I won’t go there anytime soon. LWKMD

  17. dorothy

    March 11, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    the only wearable ones were the last two gowns…..dats for the ladies wear, the rest are something i dont understand but definitely not avant garde…NO NO NO…

  18. sunny

    March 11, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    evidently most people here dont understand fashion or the meaning of Avant Garde, a designer can throw together some trash bags and it still passes for Avant Garde. Just so you know Avant Garde and Haute Couture aren’t the same thing. At least she used different silhouettes from the majority of the other designers who all either did blazers or that over done lady gaga puffed sleeves, time for African designers to take risks and become innovators instead of being inspired by RNB singers

  19. Turayo

    March 11, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    I like this though.

  20. stepho blaize

    March 11, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    ooookay d designer explains it all… no wonder..

  21. understanding of fashion

    March 11, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Well done to this lady for her absolutely beautiful pieces and they are wearable..This is exactly the direction we want to see fro african designers.. totally competing with anything displayed in paris or london fashion weeks..nice one..

    @sunny… calm down.. this is a step in the right direction..even you have to admit that

  22. Titi

    March 12, 2012 at 1:32 am

    Loved the white dress

  23. COOC

    March 12, 2012 at 6:41 am

    Oh look !!!!! children, a designer that is concerned about Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Iran’s nuclear ambitions. I guess gas masks may be part of our everyday attire in the near future so why not find a way to incorporate in our wardrobe..

  24. honeyblue

    March 12, 2012 at 9:02 am

    This is called coming to america part 2

  25. Eggy*Posh

    March 12, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Abeg forget d gas masks and sometimes overdone styling jo…all d pieces r very wearable if properly styled…I guess d crazy styling was jst for some crazy effect or sth bt d designs r nt dt bad jo…

  26. fokasibe

    March 12, 2012 at 11:03 am


  27. Yvonne

    March 12, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Disregarding the unecessary mask and all, the pieces are very nice and wearable. iLike!

  28. Mena Oudha

    March 12, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    she obviously put a lot of effort into this. kudos.

  29. pynk

    March 12, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Eyah they didnt call Derenle to model for them!

  30. Kenyan sister

    March 13, 2012 at 12:08 am

    Abeg leave my sister alone Jo, I loved her pieces..

  31. Ejiwunmi

    May 10, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Wen person dey go space, den u can wear dis abi wen the person don die. U can also wear dis

  32. mach

    May 28, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    yay ………………now this is creativity

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