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Ankara in Chic! Fenix Couture presents its 2013 “Ihotu Collection”



Fenix Couture Ihotu Collection - May 2013 - BellaNaija007

We work to stamp our brand into the consciousness of the fashion world” – these words form the mission statement of design label Fenix Couture and they seem to be doing just that with their 2013 “Ihotu Collection”.

The Canadian based brand owned by Josephine Akioyemen designs and creates women’s couture with a special preference for working in ankara. The name of the collection which translates into the “Love” collection in Idoma is aimed at “making elegant women bloom like cherry blossom flowers“. The collection is filled with different styles in lively print colours specifically designed to accentuate natural feminine beauty.

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Photography: Julius Ding
Make- Up Artist: Nicole Ostonal
Model: Gabby

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  1. Kamal

    May 27, 2013 at 11:54 am


  2. ucylo

    May 27, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    lovely lovely lovely

  3. Toke's Accents

    May 27, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Nope, putting regular ankara styles on a tall slim yellow girl will not make me buy it for four times the price.

    • TwerkTeam

      May 27, 2013 at 6:09 pm

      At least the slim yellow babe looks Nigerian! lol

    • ChicEmpress

      June 5, 2013 at 7:55 am

      EXACTLY! That’s what I thought!

  4. KEKEM

    May 27, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    beautiful,love the fact dat the model was wearin diff shoes,i will so rock those dressses

  5. Mz Socially Awkward...

    May 27, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Very nice. Bia, BN, una no include web address or such-like, make we click go find whether we fit afford some of the baffs? 🙂

    • Rachael

      May 27, 2013 at 12:44 pm

      Their website is www.

  6. Nimi

    May 27, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Lovely designs….I’ll show them to my Tailor!

    • whocares

      May 27, 2013 at 4:38 pm

      lmaooooooooooooooo.. i think the idea is to go to the website and buy the lovely designs? loool. i joke. your comment cracked me up too much.

    • Bisibabe

      May 27, 2013 at 5:39 pm

      Lmao. Yes oooo

    • Sariyu

      May 27, 2013 at 6:06 pm

      Looool! i thought the same thing tho!

  7. Morning dew

    May 27, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Werkkkkkkkkk!!!! Yep I said werk!!! Love everything,, clean, simple, love!!!

  8. truetalk

    May 27, 2013 at 12:21 pm


  9. Amaka

    May 27, 2013 at 12:24 pm


  10. Veronica

    May 27, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    I like! I like it a lot I blogged about it here

  11. joseph

    May 27, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    this mmmmua! how can we get this?

    • Fenix Couture

      May 27, 2013 at 6:45 pm

      You can get them at Cheers.

  12. Retrochic

    May 27, 2013 at 1:03 pm


  13. Berry Dakara

    May 27, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    I LIKE! A LOT!

  14. odoyi

    May 27, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Rly nyc! the designer frm Benue?

  15. Awaiting Moderation

    May 27, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    we have seen these styles plenty times.But this was well made!I love all them all

  16. toya

    May 27, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    one word , AWESOME.

  17. Demmy

    May 27, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Beautiful. Love it! xx

  18. Organics by MelVee

    May 27, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Simple and chic designs. Love!

  19. Topsy

    May 27, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    D babe sabi pose o…shez rily flexible

  20. Roseline

    May 27, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    beautiful……………….i like them all

  21. brown. sucre

    May 27, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    I. Love all d pieces shown,good job.

  22. ogo

    May 27, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    oh my word!!!!!! all designs are FABULOUS!!!!! absolutely love ’em

  23. A

    May 27, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    iLike iLike iLike…. U had me after d first 3 pictures and the model nailed it #POW! 🙂 Would definitely rock each and every piece (price permitting)…..

  24. toyosi

    May 27, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    That red dress is giving me life! So lovely

  25. Demi

    May 27, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Please go and kneel down and thank your model, because without her this is absolutely Nothing and definitely not a collection. I’m not hating oh, it’s called ‘my opinion’

    • Fenix Couture

      May 27, 2013 at 6:29 pm

      Thank you. Your opinion is highly valued.

  26. joy

    May 27, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    if u like it dat much make sure u slim cuz its meant for slim ladies. what bothers me this days is dat everybody seems to like everthing but cannot fit into it. just saying.

    thnk God am slim *wink*

  27. taiwo

    May 27, 2013 at 6:28 pm


  28. Chi

    May 27, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Her clothes are absolutelyyyyy gorgeous!!! Had her for a fashion show here in Toronto and she had one of the BEST collections I had ever seen. Gabby looks stunning as always!

  29. Adjoa

    May 27, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    OMG love it.

  30. Anita....

    May 27, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Yup…..just went to their website nd the clothes are expensive.Dont get me wrong these clothes are beautiful and well made buh 300 US Dollars for an Ankara dress?…haba,how much is six yards of material in Ogbete or Balogun and how much will Aunty Nneka charge me to make it.

    • Iphie

      May 28, 2013 at 7:03 am


  31. Akpeno

    May 27, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    Very nice! Dem try well well…… Now wia my tailor make i show am lol!

  32. Akpeno

    May 27, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    Ok serious now……Just went to their website… Not bad… Small advice maybe adding a size chart can help because a medium is not a medium everywhere… Many websites have a size chart that shows measurements in inches or centimeters this helps the buyer in choosing the right size for the designs… For e .g 34″ – 38″ bust, 26″ – 30″ waist, 34″ – 40″ hips = Medium…. And so on… My 2 kobo

  33. damepenelope

    May 28, 2013 at 2:22 am


  34. Ola

    May 28, 2013 at 4:51 am

    just lovely lovely! I would buy every piece if the price is right


    May 28, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Timeless pieces, every woman needs to have them in her wardrobe. The aim of showcasing/ ehibition of ones Collection is not just for you to save the pictures and give then to ur tailors. Nigerians should learn to patronise and encourage hardwork…. fllw me on twitter @houseofzino.


    May 28, 2013 at 8:55 am

    This outfit are classics,this is a true result of hard work and must be coming from within for any designer to produce such awesome collection..please ladies and gentle, lets encourage this great work coming from our naija sister.

  37. comment awaiting moderation!

    May 28, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Oh money were are thou?

  38. The Real Madam the Madam

    May 28, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Lovely collection. e cost sha o. $130 for the lovely pants. Yep, I’ll just show it to my tailor 😀

    • Oaken

      May 30, 2013 at 6:34 am

      This is affordable o…compared to some Ankara pants I ve encounterd at Victoria island, Lagos state of Nigeria

  39. Hadiz

    May 28, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    very nice.

  40. Mickey

    May 30, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    i love BN comments! too funny. 😀
    yep..i know that was off point…Loool

  41. juliet

    June 2, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    beautiful…i love them all

  42. Ann Onu

    June 6, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    These are magnificent.They are smart and bold in their simplicity. They speak sartorial elegance. Make I try whether I go fit afford the blue dress. BN captured the essence.Ankara in chic indeed.

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