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Orange Culture takes Italy! Adebayo Oke-Lawal Showcases S/S2016 Collection at Pitti Immagine’s “Constellation Africa” Runway

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In May we shared exciting news that Nigerian menswear designer – Adebayo Oke-Lawal of Orange Culture would be showcasing his new collection at a special edition of Pitti Immagine‘s 88th show titled “Constellation Africa.

Together with other African designers such as Ivory Coast & UK designer, Alexis Temomanin of Dent de Man, South Africa’s Laduma Ngxokolo of MaXhosa by Laduma and Angola’s Tekasala Ma’at Nzinga & Shunnoz Fiel of Projecto Mental; they would be representing talent in menswear under the umbrella of African Fashion.

Yesterday, Thursday 18th June 2015, the show went down in Florence, Italy. Orange Culture showcased its Spring/Summer 2016 collection to a bevy of fashion insiders, editors and other designers. The pieces entailed illustrative art with African connotations – like a fisher man in a canoe, the words ‘Canoe’ spelled out on shift shirts, jersey tops, flared & tailored pants, sheer shirts and more.

Adebayo shared his gratitude via Instagram saying – “Thank you so much everyone for all your support! See you next in South Africa and Lookbook coming soon! Special thanks to @EthicalFashion @PittImmagine“.

Earlier on before the show he posted – “Rehearsals – I cant believe this is happening – I just have to keep thanking God – but I just feel it isn’t even enough. Thank God on my behalf! Thank you @EthicalFashion and @PittiUomo for believing in this guy with an awkward but unique vision“.

View the collection below;

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The Ethical Fashion Initiative is a flagship programme of the International Trade Centre – a joint agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organization.

To find out more, please visit – http://www.ethicalfashioninitiative.org/

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Vittorio Zuniro Cellotto

18 Comments

  1. Nneka

    June 19, 2015 at 10:37 am

    I like it…weldone

  2. Tru

    June 19, 2015 at 10:43 am

    Well done!#GoingPlaces

  3. Marc Francis of Chelsea

    June 19, 2015 at 10:53 am

    Slay them all! Amazing collection.

  4. NACHI DIVA

    June 19, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Impressive!

  5. PRINCE

    June 19, 2015 at 11:01 am

    nice but where person wan wear this kind designs go. #justasking

  6. bruno FIERCE

    June 19, 2015 at 11:13 am

    poorly made clothes as usual.

    the collection is so cliche. nigerian designers have zero taste.
    wtf is this. was the designer going for a bohemian look or hippie look or something.so disorganised. poor tailoring,poor construction, poor fabric choices.

    this is an EPIC FAIL for me.

    • Marc Francis of Chelsea

      June 20, 2015 at 9:27 am

      Anna NOT AT ALL Wintour

      What are you talking about?

      These models are Italian and were provided by Pitti.

      The fabrics are perfectly fine and are actually of high quality. I dare you to name three distinct fabrics in this collection and tell me why they are “poor” here.

      You’re clearly an oaf who feels you need to insult to be considered as having a valuable opinion.

      Cliché? Where? Did he make suits? Have you ever seen any piece from this collection somewhere else? Do share.

      There’s a reason Orange Culture and NOT any of this country’s trash menswear designers was selected (the only Nigerian label) to take part in this show and Elle Italia already gave his show the highest praise.

      So shut up and go back to the hole you crawled out from to find data and comment.

      x.

    • polypoly

      June 23, 2015 at 4:45 pm

      u are filled with hate….haba!!! kilode now??

      Bayo ur head dey dia jor…better pikin….my coworkers were raving about these pics till I went closer and saw it was ur name….hahaha. see me famzing as usual, oh yea he is Nigerian…lol

      keep making us proud bayo….let the haters like Bruno trash seethe…

  7. bruno FIERCE

    June 19, 2015 at 11:30 am

    I forgot to add, the models are not even handsome to look at.

    nigerian designers pls if u make ugly clothes at least hire sexy beautiful models, so we can have something beautiful to look while our eyes are being assaulted by your hideous clothes.

    that’s all (anna wintour voice)

  8. Priscy

    June 19, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Not to hate on ur hustle but…”What is this?”

    • Oluwaseun

      June 19, 2015 at 12:52 pm

      Worn not written

  9. Oluwaseun

    June 19, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    Lovely collection. Creative!

  10. Que

    June 19, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    Well done Adebayo, just well done…..

    • Que

      June 19, 2015 at 1:37 pm

      I actually believe these are better made than I have seen before, and also better thought out too….so kudos for the progress -that’s what we like to see and encourage… while my personal style isnt as quirky, I like the slouchy tailored looks and that woven embroidery detail on the tees are everything…, all that was needed was better steaming after unpacking the garments….. forget fashion illiterate critics and just keep climbing! Xxx

  11. BEAUTIFULNBLESSED

    June 19, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    HMM.

  12. kay

    June 19, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    Well done! But are there n black models in Italy? I only saw one black guy.

  13. akeem

    June 20, 2015 at 5:26 am

    Anything I can’t rock is bleh to me

  14. Emy

    August 25, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    These outfits are great, albeit a little over the top for me.

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