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‘Melodic, Mellow & Earthy Rhythms’- Eki Orleans presents “Nostalgia”



After a successful showing at the 2012 Arise Fashion Week in Lagos, Nigeria and Zip Zone during Paris Fashion week, designer Hazel Aggrey-Orleans lets us in on the  inspiration behind the brands AW12 collection.

“This latest collection is thoughtfully named ‘Nostalgia’ as the designer looked to her roots for inspiration.During the creation stage for this collection, Hazel found inspiration in objects that symbolized music and movement. Through exploring the rich history of Africa, Hazel was quite taken with the calabash musical instrument and its importance in African culture. Referencing the sensual shape of the calabash and its melodic, mellow and earthy rhythms, Hazel created prints that are bold, feminine and in a word stunning.

Each print tells a story and coupled with the delicate draping, curve-enhancing and flowing silhouettes of the collection, Hazel has created a design narrative that invokes the feelings of joy, freedom and sensuality associated with the rhythmic sounds of the calabash. As a result, this collection allows the wearer to celebrate history in a modern, fresh and high fashion way.

The A/W campaign was recently shot by  French photographer, Mario Epanya
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  1. Tiki

    April 3, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    I like the 7th dress in the row, but there’s nothing eyecatching about all of ’em!

  2. burnt

    April 3, 2012 at 1:36 pm


  3. Dee

    April 3, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Love! Great presentation/photography.

  4. twiaaaa

    April 3, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    i wait for the day i will see some UNIQUENESS from an african fashion designer. Same ole ish.

    • MissA

      April 3, 2012 at 4:01 pm

      WHat to you is uniqueness?

    • akeem

      April 4, 2012 at 11:14 am

      There are designers doing creative things (like Maki Oh) but this Eki Orleans collection is boring and the inspiration statement didn’t convince me. Neither did the model and pictures. I look forward to the next collection though.

  5. Ms Yeny

    April 3, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    BORING……………….I like the blue shoes tho

  6. Nikki

    April 3, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    Beautiful pieces…especially the 1st, 34rd 4th and 5th dresses! * i want the 1st one*

  7. Nikki

    April 3, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Beautiful pieces…especially the 1st, 3rd and 4th dresses! * i want the 1st one*

  8. TopeTohBaddd

    April 4, 2012 at 1:21 am

    I love so much, wish I was not broke 🙁

  9. Taiwo

    April 4, 2012 at 10:06 am

    They are beautiful and well put together. Great photography too.

  10. lorenz

    April 5, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Common! Do u guyz honestly think she no try? Nice… I think they’re nice.p

  11. marvel

    April 5, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    I second that, Lorenz. Not bad.

  12. jmayaki

    April 6, 2012 at 5:24 am

    i m nt sure ……………………………y did they use the same fabric or the same pattern of fabric? cloth don finish 4 market?

  13. Francesca

    April 6, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    The collection is really nice. That shade of blue is gorgeous. Its perfectly normal to see color repeated a few times in a collection… As long as each look is unique ofcourse. Its supposed to be cohesive so everything flows as one collection. Love it!

  14. iamfascinating

    April 7, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Love the first dress best! Top original skincare products now available by order, check out

  15. Priscy

    April 11, 2012 at 10:03 am


  16. kimbim

    April 18, 2012 at 7:03 pm

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