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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa 2013 – Samsung #AmazeAfrica: 1981 by Nana Brenu & Adéle Dejak present “Beetles”

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1981 by Nana Brenu / Adele DejakSecond to unveil their collection was Ghanaian /Italian brand 1981 by Nana Brenu & Ugandan/Kenyan luxury fashion accessory designer Adéle Dejak.

Their collection was themed by Beetles. Speaking on their collection here is what the designers had to say

1981 by Nana Brenu said “I was inspired by the delicateness of the beetle’s wings and its hard exoskeleton, translating this into armour-type garments but with a soft feel, using silk organza to simulate the wings and silk gazar and techno wool to simulate the exoskeleton of the beetle.

Commenting on his collaboration Adéle Dejak said “Given the brief, on seeing the Coleoptera beetles, their hard, shiny exterior and fascinating ‘oil in water’ like colours, the Ankole cow horn immediately sprang to mind. Wanting to rejuvenate African luxury, as well as representing the beetle in a contemporary, stylish manner, the shape of the beetle was stripped down and focus remained on the body. In keeping with wanting to create luxurious pieces, black leather was chosen. The black leather is clean cut and bold: minimal – and the horn clasp is reminiscent of the body of the beetle itself, hard, polished, captivating. Horn has been introduced in to every piece from the Samsung #AmazeAfrica collection to remind us of the beetle’s hard, shiny exterior. Recycled brass also played a role in the creation of the pieces, in keeping with the luxury brief, giving the pieces that extra luxurious edge, adding the colour gold.

My Verdict
I cant hate on a clean piece of art and that is what I thought the 1981 & Adéle Dejak collaboration was – clean. I love the simplicity of the pieces and that fact that the 1981 pieces were plane enough to incorporate the subtle edginess of the Adéle Dejak accessories.

Check out the collection and drop your comments.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa 2013 – #AmazeAfrica: 1981 by Nane Kweku Brenu & Adéle Dejak

Genera: Beetles

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Photo Credits: Simon Deiner/SDR Photography

7 Comments

  1. Hausa Girl in Texas

    October 31, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    It’s ok, but not refined or creative.
    Needs some finishing touches.
    The blazer/Jacket The white model
    Is wearing is not aligned right.
    That’s The difference between
    Seamstress vs. Designers

    • Adele Dejak

      October 31, 2013 at 7:28 pm

      Many many thanks Ima 🙂

  2. Patricia

    October 31, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Well done to Nana Brenu and Adéle Deja for all their hard work which paid off last night! They are well established and respected African fashion designers. Adele has just completed her second collaboration with Salvatore Ferragamo earlier this month.
    http://www.adeledejak.com/blog/2013/01/salvatore-ferragamo-and-adele-dejak-bags-for-africa/

    Through the Design Network Africa, she collaborated with Habitat, London along with 15 other designers from East, West and Southern Africa to showcase an exhibition of 20 pieces of contemporary furniture in September 2013 as part of the London Design Festival 2013.
    http://www.londondesignfestival.com/events/graphic-africa

    The African Renaissance is here to stay! Proud to be Naija and African!

    • Patricia

      October 31, 2013 at 2:08 pm

      Well done to Nana Brenu and Adéle Dejak for all their hard work which paid off last night! They are well established and respected fashion and accessory designers. Adele has just completed her second collaboration with Salvatore Feragamo in October 2013 and through the Design Network Africa, collaborated with Habitat, Kings Road in September 2013.

  3. Ima

    October 31, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Good job. Love the pieces. good luck

    • Adele Dejak

      October 31, 2013 at 7:26 pm

      Many many thanks Ima 🙂

  4. Adele Dejak

    October 31, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Thanks so much for promoting Nana and I. Nana Brenu (1981) and I worked flat out for only 3 weeks, without sleeping more than 4 hours a day on this! It was a challenging brief with a tight deadline. #samsung have been amazing to us as have #mbafw. We are just so thrilled. Many thanks Bella Niaja! I am proud to be a Nigerian, (half Tiv have Brit!) Sending lots of love from SA. 🙂

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