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The Making Season 2 – Shoot 2: “Lure of the Exotic” by Chechi Arinze



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After a successful premier edition, BellaNaija Style presents another edition of The Making, a fashion and photography project initiated in 2011 to provide visibility for unknown creative designers and open up distribution and retailing channels for their brands.

For its second edition, the creative team behind the project Insigna and the BN Style team will bring you designs from 10 designers. At the end of the season, one out of the 10 designers will walk away with a cash prize as well as retail and sponsorship contracts.

Yesterday we kicked off with Telvino Kouture, now it’s time to check out Chechi Arinze‘s pieces.
Brief Bio
Uchechi Arinze was born to a Nigerian father and a Guyanese mother. Her mother owns “Audari”, a fashion design house where she began to develop a passion for fashion. Uchechi’s a graduate of Architecture from the University Of Lagos.

In 2009 she entered The Ade Bakare young designer’s competition where she came in second place. This opened her to the possibility of fashion design as a full time career.

She has a ready to-wear affordable line called Eznira which is characterized by trendy fashion forward pieces consisting mainly of batik print and linen. She has worked backstage at the Fela Show & Arise Magazine Fashion Week 2011 . Uchechi was also part of Mai Atafo Inspired‘s design team which involved styling, assisting in design and working on various collections for different fashion shows.

The theme of the shoot is “Lure of the Exotic”. According to Insigna, the collection portrays the wardrobe of a free spirited working class lady who has a top sense of style and likes to be the center of attention.

Check it out!

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Designer: Chechi Arinze
Photography: Babz Bamiro
Photography Assistant: ID Asumah
Stylist: Ify Onyido
Make-up artiste: Bisola (Ashabee)
Make-up products: Kuddy Cosmetics
Model: Stephania Bassy (BETH Models)
Location: Studio Wellbrook Lagos

T: +2348033791809
E: [email protected]

For more info on The Making project, log on to their website –


  1. comment awaiting moderation!

    June 16, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Father lord,what if I’m not a woman,or may be what if I’m not slim and tall??

  2. Uby

    June 16, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Nothing New

  3. Amirah

    June 16, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Lovely collection..

  4. Oma

    June 16, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Congratulations Uchechi your pieces are beautiful!!!

  5. sandra

    June 16, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Beautiful collection

  6. xxxxx

    June 16, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Nice. I like!

  7. preye

    June 16, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    me likey.. simple

  8. Turayo Tijani

    June 16, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    And the exotic part? Some of the clothes are pretty good. I’d wear some of them

  9. Fabulous ££

    June 16, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    wow..beautiful designs and colours

  10. Keeping it real!

    June 16, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Not bad but I am not wowed!

  11. eloho

    June 17, 2013 at 8:52 am

    So Bassey is a BETH Model and a contestant of Miss Nigeria – seen!

  12. ushees

    June 17, 2013 at 9:46 am

    i like,i love…Exquisite i must say! can wear anyday anytym!!!

  13. X-factor

    June 17, 2013 at 11:00 am


  14. Zero

    June 17, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Last dress…nice fitting ‘n pretty..lovely model

  15. tia

    June 17, 2013 at 11:43 am

    lovely collection chechi

  16. ditto

    June 17, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    I love this!! pretty, easy to wear for most pieces and affordable from what I hear. nice one chechi!

  17. Ijay

    June 17, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Very proud of you Uchechi, keep up the great work

  18. amarachi

    June 18, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Ur doing a great job keep it up

  19. ogo

    June 19, 2013 at 1:16 am

    Great talent, I luv your work

  20. June 22, 2013 at 1:54 am

    Good attention to detail….

  21. Foluke

    July 15, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Thumbs up, Uchechi!

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