Eki Orleans is out with its Spring/Summer 2014 collection titled A Slice of Africa.
With this collection the designer presents a sublime visual discourse on the African continent and its relationship with China. The collection has been described as the labels reaction to the growing Chinese investment in Africa; a symbolic representation of the harmonious fusion between the two cultures.
Fusing inspiration from both China and Africa, the collections pieces have prints inspired by African cultural imagery and the other prints with Chinese design elements.
Eki Orleans suggests that the intersection of African and Chinese culture can create something that is beautiful, chic and sophisticated. The designer – Hazel Aggrey-Orleans – elaborated that “With the African-inspired print, I wanted a design that creates the illusion of rows and rows of market stalls and the resulting electricity and energy found in traditional African markets. With the Chinese-inspired print, I was drawn by the beauty of traditional Chinese floral vases.“
Staying true to the Eki Orleans aesthetic, the collection features light dresses in flattering silhouettes in a breath-taking yellow and lime colour palette.
Check it out.
Photography: Jean-Christophe Hermier
Models: Mulan Itoje | Rowena
MUA: Karen Salandy
Hair stylist: Regina Meessen