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The Fashion of Cultural Diversity! View Maki Oh’s Fall 2015/16 Collection

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Maki Oh‘s new collection for Fall 2015/16 explores the idea of adopted identities as a result of West Africa’s history with cultural appropriation. The collection seeks to tell this story with layering, asymmetrical hemlines, sheer inserts and more giving life and depth to the pieces.

According to the brand –

As an advocate for all things truly African, Maki Oh uses true African textiles like Adire, Aso-oke, Akwa Ocha, Oja and more to continue to illustrate to the world (and Africans) that we have desirable, couture quality local textiles. Ankara fabric (Dutch Wax) does not have it’s origins in Africa. It is imported from Holland, India, Turkey, China and even England. But the world, and even some Africans think this fabric is African. Holland’s Vlisco’s current website proudly states “Vlisco has been romancing the men and women of Central and West Africa for almost 170 years and has been embraced as the very fabric of life in many societies.

This season’s collection is particularly fascinated with how these fabrics were perceived to be African, along with other concepts that have been adopted  from continents around the world, and how they have found home in West Africa. The fabrics used in the Fall 2015/16 collection are filled with silhouettes, prints and embellishments that have been inspired by total adoption of foreign ideas that also have similar reference to traditional Nigerian attire.

Examples include – A traditional adire print ‘Omi’, (water) covers a dress with a fish-like fin, mirrored-fishes swim across dense cotton trousers, an iridescent fin swims down the sleeve of a silk blouse and more.

The colour palette – white, blue green, marine blue, mirror silver, sand and black is found in both, the original and adopted imagery and myths.

See the collection below;

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Watch the Maki Oh Fall 2015/16 Film below;

Photo Credit
Photography
: Reze Bonna (Instagram: @RezeBonna)
Models
: Idia Aisien (Instagram: @DoctorIdia) & Joyce Chidebe (Instagram: @Jade_Zi)
Photo Source
Style.com

 

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24 Comments

  1. S!

    March 27, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    Avant-garde!

  2. zillion

    March 27, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    With every Nigerian designer trying too hard be eccentric , wonder who makes the appropriate ‘wearable’ clothes.

    Some nice pieces regardless.

  3. rita

    March 27, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    seems like a by force creative… but it was far from it!!! couldnt even pass for weird… this is just poor direction and the creative director needs to try harder.. and the model casted are not appealing to even look at. the stance they were going for def was not needed in thoes heavy garments.. sometimes easy as stand smize and pose goes a long way!!

  4. EJ

    March 27, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    love,love,love the collection. please can anyone help with where I can get her cloths in lagos.

    • Zoe

      March 27, 2015 at 10:57 pm

      You can get her pieces at Alara Lagos, it’s at VI

  5. Tosin

    March 27, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    I see what they mean when they’re always like Maki Oh is original. Yeah, very. Cool. Hot. At the same time.

    • Fashion Blogger

      March 28, 2015 at 11:32 am

      Not really.

  6. kay

    March 27, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    There is something classy,yet demure about Maki o designs that makes me go uuummmnn……

  7. bruno

    March 27, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    what should we do with these chunky wires, lets put them on the floor cause it will the photos look more artistic.
    nigerians, smh.

    who is the creative director of the photo shoot?
    the burglary proof and curtains and wires on the floor,are distracting as hell.

    the clothes look basic, poor execution and poor taste. poor delivery poor presentation also.

    I have been hearing the name maki oh, (denola grey wore one of your pieces, it was a velvet suit, I did not like it at all)

    this was a complete let down, a big disappointment. pls stay away from velvet a.k.a akwa oche. it is very difficult to make that material look expensive and lux

    • David

      March 28, 2015 at 8:28 pm

      sharrap there biko. The velvet suit was not made by maki oh so park well before you start spewing nonsense. I love Maki’s pieces and i love this collection.

    • Mrs. to be

      March 29, 2015 at 12:25 am

      You must be Maki Oh or affiliated with Maki Oh. You know too much about the collection to not be.

  8. *curious*

    March 27, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    Lovely collection

  9. Agatha

    March 27, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    I love, all.

  10. amy

    March 27, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    Classless is d word

  11. *Real* Nice Anon

    March 27, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    Amazing silhouette and you can tell that the materials are of wonderful quality. The finishing you guys.. The proof of everything is in the finishing. I enjoyed it all. Love the slip ons too. Bravo!

  12. Team Nene Leakes

    March 27, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    ………. That annoying white cable – as long as it was lying there I didn’t see anything Pfft. The last dress is nice – not understanding the pom poms

  13. molekor

    March 27, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    I think her strengths are in her separates… her blouses, skirts, I love the cut of her pants too. Nice fabrics too.

  14. Ayoola

    March 28, 2015 at 1:48 am

    She’s such a bad model… the clothes are far from stylish with the ugly furry sandals or flipflops… she was trying so hard to find something to bring all the pieces together and all she could find were those hideous green puffs ?. Nigerian designers…artists in general should just be theirselves and own their lines….this problem used to be with the musicians,still is by the way…but its now rubbing on our designers

  15. Fashion Blogger

    March 28, 2015 at 11:30 am

    There are several copycat concepts from some recent Western designer collections like Jonathan Saunders. However poorly executed. I can see it. To sum it up, bad copying and trying too hard.

  16. Fashion Blogger

    March 28, 2015 at 11:36 am

    There is some Stephane Rolland copying as well. All those ruffled looks attached to the dresses. Why do the models’ faces look so sweaty and greasy? Was there no makeup artist on set?

  17. Angel

    March 28, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    A breath of fresh air, I like. The collection is for creative fashionistas who knows how to style the individual pieces and make it their own, it’s not for everybody.

  18. E

    March 28, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    What kind of lackluster corner-of sitting room modelling is this? Like seriously? Models posing between a window and a door ? And the curtain loose in some pics and tied up in others is for what effect? Even the clothes sef. And then the slippers and socks? Nawa

    • Mrs. to be

      March 29, 2015 at 12:28 am

      LMAO @ E

  19. Opara Boy

    April 20, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    Nice collection. Definitely fashion forward and and people that are just dissing the dresses should chill, less dissing more constructive criticism . It isn’t easy, it takes gut to be doing your own thing. So kudos Maki oh. Keep Improving

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