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Emerging Fashion label Pearls & Portraits Debuts with Feminine Silhouettes & Retro Prints! View the Lookbook

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We love it when emerging designers come out with strong debut collections because that will determine the tone they set for their entry into the fashion world. For Nigerian Designer Wunmi Akinsola, entering strong is definitely what was on her mind when she created her label – Pearls and Portraits‘ debut collection.

The designs are inspired by picturesque prints each telling a story through each piece. The inspirations vary from pearl divers to jewellery shop front windows and more. The London-based label created printed tailored garments with luxury fabrics embroidered with gold detailing and Wunmi created some of the prints from her photography, paintings and drawings.

The aesthetic is based off of the elegant female who loves bold statement designs. The tailored shapes and retro prints can transform seamlessly from day to night and we are loving all the pieces. Check it out!

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Photo Credit
Photography: Sophie. P
Makeup: Alison Cameron
Styling: Wunmi Akinsola

To find out more about the brand, visit their website: www.pearlsandportraits.com | Follow them on Instagram: @pearlsandportraits | Find them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pearlsandportraits | Follow them on Twitter: @pearlsandportraits | Find then on Tumblr:  http://pearlsandportraits.tumblr.com/

 

Jennifer is the Beauty Editor & Style Representative of BellaNaija.com. Get in touch - Send an email to: beauty(at)bellanaija.com or style(at)bellanaija.com | Follow us on Instagram: @bellanaijabeauty OR @bellanaijastyle | Follow us on Twitter: @bellanaijastyle

27 Comments

  1. rocky

    September 26, 2014 at 11:14 am

    And the model is white because… Either way, the collection’s great.

    • George

      September 26, 2014 at 12:19 pm

      All this talk about the models being white is getting a bit old. It’s like saying why did Naomi Campbell model for white designers. . . It’s fashion in 2014; let the clothes do the talking. FWIW, I love the collection!

    • Belle

      September 26, 2014 at 1:00 pm

      It’s not getting a little old, it’s something that needs to be address, at this stage where we as a race have high buying power, then we need to start demanding for people who look more like us, there needs to be a balance, If black designers are not braved enough to use black models for promotion, who is going to use the black models.

    • Tolani

      September 26, 2014 at 1:29 pm

      Very different. Black models are struggling to find work because designers do not book them. Fashion business has always focused on the elite class=white people. That is where it all began. Why use black models to sell your designs to white clients? Unfortunately designers haven’t moved away from that elitist mindset because luxury fashion isn’t as exclusive anymore. Your model represents your ideal client. I don’t have an issue with using a white model because the label isn’t based in Nigeria and is catering to a broader client base. It would have been nice to include a black model if she had her Nigeria based clients in mind. Much respect to Maki Oh for going against the norm by using only black models to showcase her previous collections. Her target market isnt Nigerians because her collections appear on Style.com first.

    • fashion from Dubai

      September 26, 2014 at 1:41 pm

      So this young designer (I follow her on instagram and I believe she is only 20 or 21) should risk her career, company and livelihood just to make nigerians happy when it is clear it is not her market and that she doesn’t live there. Please think guys. It’s easier said than done.

    • Fre

      September 26, 2014 at 3:55 pm

      Off point

  2. NNEKA

    September 26, 2014 at 11:30 am

    FABULOUS

  3. Zainab

    September 26, 2014 at 11:45 am

    I love every piece, the pants & blazers especially. Great job Wunmi.

  4. nene

    September 26, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    she’s selling clothes to nigerians with a white model? who is her target market segment? caucasians or africans?

    • Meme

      September 26, 2014 at 1:08 pm

      Why can’t it be both?

  5. cici

    September 26, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    From what I can see on their website, they have gone past the nigerian market with stockists in Dubai and UK only. If it’s based in the UK, then I can understand the white models maybe.
    Nice pieces also.

  6. NaijaPikin

    September 26, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Loveeeeeeeeeeeeeee this collection. Nice, clean, cohesive collection. And wearable pieces.

    Wetin concern me concern the model. All i see are well made clothes. But what if this babe is her friend and decided to model for free? what if her fee was the cheapest? what if they are business partners in some way? The point is you don’t know and you won’t know.

    If it bothers you so much, then its not by force to buy, move on and support only designers with black models. it’s crazy how pple fighting against racism somehow find themselves promoting racism.

  7. SASSYCASSIE

    September 26, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    I find it very foolish for a black designer to market her collection on a black webzine with predominantly black subscribers using white models. You should know your audience and adapt accordingly. Nothing stops you from having different sets of models for your different markets. It’s common sense. Plus this whole ‘don’t use black models if you want to sell’ is pretty ridiculous. Katoucha Niane ,guinean model was Yves laurent’s and Christian Lacroix’s muse and more recently, Asian designer, Ashish Gupta used only black models for 2015 Spring collection.

    If you are too ‘chicken’ to use all black models, at least mix it up. As a black woman with purchasing power, this collection does not speak to me (yeah, I said it!!)

    • Concerned_Boyfriend

      September 26, 2014 at 3:29 pm

      Abeg take several seats. Na only you get purchasing power ?

    • UgoBabeeeeee

      September 26, 2014 at 5:32 pm

      THANK YOU!!!!!!! it is these chicken stock nigerians with colo-inferiority complex making these stupid excuses that black doesnt sell or that that this designers styles wont be bought if a black model shows it….

    • UgoBabeeeee

      September 27, 2014 at 2:42 am

      The article highlights her as a nigerian designer… so on the one hand we are to embrace her as one of us yet on the other close our eyes to the fact that she doesnt value or represent us when showcasing her wares? GTFOH

  8. Concerned_Boyfriend

    September 26, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Wow!…That was not a debut, that was an outright take over.

  9. Tosin

    September 26, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Nice.
    Many of the silhouettes are more geometric than feminine, I think that’s what the terms mean anyway, but still all the clothes are nice.

  10. UgoBabeeeeee

    September 26, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Another lost designer……whether she is selling to just nigerians or the world at large- she can’t use black models? who told you black models do not sell products? who told you the elites who purchase haute coutoure- which this is not – are only whites ? you people foster this myth and that is why people in positions to effect change stay stuck tied to the myth…shame on a black deigner…for being so obtuse….black people are the most imitated in the world stage and you punks want to tell me that a black designer shouldnt use a black model because?????Black people stay stuck….maybe the majority of you commenting havent been outside your villages/small townships- you still believe white is right…..i pity you all…..and your sad shallow lives….trying to imitate whites thats why something like this is okay to you….
    Sad colo-mental inferio complex delusional creatures, the lot of you…….

    • Olori Tari

      September 26, 2014 at 9:57 pm

      Wow baby girl. So much hurt! ” and you punks want to tell me that a black designer shouldnt use a black model”… This is what you picked up from everyone saying her choice of model shouldn’t really be the main focus here ? This is WHAT you made out of the comments ? I wouldn’t even bother explaining AND it definitely says a lot. …The personal attacks and so much name calling and insults is just not it. You better let ALL that hurt go.

  11. Nita

    September 26, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Choi y’all are taking Panadol for another persons headache…what maters here is the fact that she has great designs….DATS ALL

  12. bb

    September 26, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    I no dey buy, I will buy from Asos at least they have black models, y dont u send it to vogue, mumu designer!

  13. Dr. N

    September 26, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Very unique, wearable, feminine, and beautiful. I love

  14. Olori Tari

    September 26, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    BEAUTIFUL. So fresh and crisp ! Some of y”all are always worried about the wrongest thing! Like ughh that model is working IT! Not every day, why is the model blue, black or white. Sometimes, enjoy what is being showcased.

    And some of you lots never get tired of saying the same damn thing. If she looked bad in it , then I will say yeah. But she totally did those fits justice. And then you want to talk about how “lost” she is because she chose what WORKS for HER. Una too much !

  15. signature

    September 26, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    I see all dis talk abt models n i realise most of us r missing d point…focus People!!>>>the clothes!! been following wunmi’s fashion journey since her days on her daisy-mak blog n i must say i lover her creativity n passion in d way she puts her outfits togedr..good job wunmi, best of luck to u on ur new journey…!! D patterns are quite bold, love d blue shades n d illustrations, definitely telling a story here.

  16. Ufuoma

    January 29, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Slayage of the highest order and yes I just made up my own word. For a debut collection it’s amazing. Fresh fun and fashion forward. Go wunmi!

  17. Stella Otuore

    January 29, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Speechless, and wowed keep shinning always. Am more inspired.

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