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Collection Conversations with Eki and Richard: Fashion Peacocks and Minimalists



BellaNaija Style presents Collection Conversations, a weekly round up of all the collections and look books from Nigerian designers featured on BN Style from the previous week. Collection Conversations features Eki Ogunbor & Richard Akuson sharing their individual thoughts on featured collections from the previous week.


Eki: Richard!!!

Richard: So dear, what do we have for this week?

Eki: Johnson Johnson, D’Afie, Maki Oh.
First is Johnson Johnson with ‘The Legacy’. Like you said, I could see Uti in these piecesJohnson_johnson_2016_3

Richard: The second I saw the collection it screamed Uti and his friends. I’m not sure that’s a bad thing.

Eki: No I don’t think it is, I think Uti is quite stylish

Richard: Oh yes, I must say, I didn’t find so much to look at in the collection

Eki: How so?

Richard: Felt Like a de ja vu, Like I’d seen the pieces somewhere elseJohnson_johnson_2016_1

Eki: Doesn’t menswear have that effect though?

Richard: Largely, But I always feel there’s always room for more, you know.
But maybe that’s me being impossible

Eki: I feel like once you venture into classic menswear, suit, tux, blazer, this is what you get. Except you want to be like Maxivive last week and really go beyond the norm.Maxivive_2016_4Another thing that sets them apart is fit and tailoring which is so important and I think Johnson made a great attempt at that
And I happen to really like that classic menswear look so I’m all for it

Richard: So, which is your fave look?
And I completely agree with you, But somehow, I just always want more. I want to see that even in the normal, you’re owning it.

Eki: The one with the teal pants and brown blazer, But I think this might be a styling thing for me. Oliver…


Richard: Lol And really I don’t always know what I want until I see it!

Eki: Confusionist ! So what’s your fave?

Richard: Hahaha
Urhmm, can I pass please?

Eki: Ok sir, Moving on to D’Afie with ‘Tiki

Richard: You’re a darling ?
Lord I love ?

Eki: Me too!Look4Maison_D'afie_AW16_Selects_DNG_5

Richard: Absolutely, The finishing, the fabrication, the cuts and silhouettes.
Oh my God, Absolutely exquisite. Can I say that this designer did not break any school of thought to make this? But the sheer attention to details and everything in between really really uplifted the collection to something out of this world

Eki: Yes. The fabrication, this is what I was referring to last week with proper treatment of silks and other delicate fabrics. The silhouettes are simple classics we’ve seen before, mid century like you said but the details added made such a difference

Richard: Oh I see. And you can tell the difference

Eki: Taking classics and putting your stamp on it. I’m all for that. Every woman can wear something in this collection. And another thing that excites me for is when you can mix and match different pieces from one collection?
Tho there isn’t a lot of that here cuz it’s mainly shift dresses but I can’t get enough of them I want all the dresses in my size!

Richard: Exactly, As separates and sets. It takes a seasoned designer to perfect that
Girl, I’m with you on that!!!!!

Eki: No Richard, you can’t wear it!!! ? Don’t worry I will help you wear it
Pick your fave

Richard: The aqua mint shift dress with the exaggerated motifs on it
Oh lordy, I wish I could ??


Eki: Ooooh yes love it. That’s one of my faves too, But my pick is the skirt
Print and lace together have a special place in my heart


Richard: Oh, I feel you!! The featured image that has the adire accent twirl has a special place in my heart too ❤


Eki: Drum roll please
Maki Oh

Richard: Lord!!! You want to give me a heart attack!!
Yes Maki Oh. It’s how she keeps reinventing her offerings. Every season and continues to blow us out of our minds. It’s like her creative juice never runs dry. But yes, for Maki Oh, the devil is in the detail. She is super detailed07-maki-oh-fw16

Eki: I agree. Those pearls, subtle pleats…

Richard: Notice the dotted pearls on the pieces? The pleats, the tracings, the plisse insert. Which Lisa Folawiyo used amazingly too when she debuted at the New York Fashion Week some seasons back. They’re both amazing talents

Eki: Don’t even get me started on Lisa!!! Love her ? But yes it takes a certain kind of creative to bring these little details together and create a master piece. Yes they both are.
And I think Maki hit that balance between wearability and creativity we spoke about last week

Richard: Yes she did. Without a doubt. And that’s a key note
You notice how she often has frills and ruffles in her collection and still manages to keep them fresh and new each time?

Eki: Yes some pieces aren’t everyone’s cup of tea with the tulle and mesh, but I think there is something for everyone here.
The fashion peacock and the minimalist
And the point I made about separates you can style in multiple ways… She did that

Richard: True! Yes, Her clothes will absolutely do well as separates and sets.
So, I hate to rush us, But which is your fave piece?

Eki: But I wanted to ask you first ?
It is impossible for Eki to pick a fave at this moment. Please try again later.

Richard: Hahahha. This is my fave


Eki: Oh I love that! The embellishments are ??

Richard: This midi length camo epaulette shoulder passant dress with paillette paired with the form fitting boot cut pleated pant with dotted pearls. I absolutely love

Eki: That whole sentence you made ? I love it when you speak fashion. *faints*
My fave I think, because of the styling as well is the one with a combination of beige black and white, I want the bag as well. Solange would kill this look, I love her, she’s my style bestie in my mind.


Richard: Hahahahha You get me so well!!?? Oh i love that too. That’s def for the fashion peacock and Solange’ll definitely kill it, Lol You WISH!

Eki: ? Yes!!!!! And these two I’d want to own.


Richard: I love this for the femininity, Very core. I am in love.


Eki: All in on collection, I can’t deal. Please let’s stop here

Richard: Hahaha Yes

Eki: Similar to our first week, these collections were great. I can’t wait to see which one of these pieces features in our BN Collection to Closet cuz they’re all so good. #BuyAfrican!

Richard: Absolutely. I really look forward to that, And I am really excited. Hopefully next week is as interesting as this!

Eki is the Editor for BellaNaija Style and Lifestyle Editor for She has a Vogue Fashion Certificate from Conde Nast College of Fashion & Design and also attended Central Saint Martins, London College of Fashion and the University of Kent. Eki headed the Design Operations at a top Nigerian womenswear fashion brand before finding love at BellaNaija Style. Eki loves all things creative. Follow her on Instagram @ekiogunbor BellaNaija Style: [email protected] | @bellanaijastyle BellaNaija Beauty: @bellanaijabeauty BellaNaija Living: [email protected] | @bellanaijaliving


  1. Ewa

    March 30, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    Do people really say this- “This midi length camo epaulette shoulder passant dress with paillette paired with the form fitting boot cut pleated pant with dotted pearls. I absolutely love”- ? Still trying to get what is fashionable about Maki Oh’s designs.. I’m so in tune with the designs showcased by D’Afie…

    • tunmi

      March 30, 2016 at 2:40 pm

      I’m just confused. Some things I can wear, but with a plain white shirt or a plain top because that one particular article is doing all the talking. To me, most of her works look like a collage which could work as artpieces or costumes in a film, but not for everyday wear. My best one here is the purple adire skirt, if it has pockets, paired with a plain white short-sleeved v-neck.

    • Laurel

      April 3, 2016 at 8:05 am

      Lookbooks aren’t made for you to wear the pieces exactly like that – you can wear the pieces individually – I would imagine the layering happened because it is autumn winter and it is after all a fashion lookbook – has to be fashion forward and somewhat artistic – not all the looks can be a dress – it has to take some risk – that’s why Maki is were she is as well as brands like Jewel by Lisa and orange culture . The risk factor

  2. BTV

    March 30, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    There is no way I would step out with boot cut pants under a midi dress. However these looks are great as individual pieces but not all together. Adire fabric, great but my best looks where in the solid colors and the one Eki is sure Solange will rock.
    However the week hasn’t ended yet! why the rush
    Again that’s how men ought to dress, stop putting men in gowns and skirts and saying it’s creative.
    All that said, Tesslo Concepts didn’t make it to your convos, i take it as you were in a rush to shower Maki Oh with good words.

    • Eki Ogunbor

      March 31, 2016 at 2:49 pm

      Thanks for pointing that out, we’ll get to it next week! 🙂

  3. my_precious

    March 31, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    i loooovvvee the dark-skinned model’s hair…….

  4. UCN

    March 31, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    Maki Oh still has my heart. Her designs are simple yet not at all simple. Embellished minimalism may be is a way to describe it- if that’s even a thing. I’m so in love with her style I’m talking gibberish. Her designs are on my list of must haves- investment pieces for the wardrobe. One day her designs will be hanging in a museum somewhere (hopefully somewhere in Africa) as one of the first that put Africacentric fashion on the global stage. I want to be able to tell my grand or great- grand kids that I was one of those that owned/wore her designs. Lovely.

  5. UCN

    March 31, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    Thank you Eki and Richard for these reviews.

  6. Janet

    July 8, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    The outfit in the third picture has me cracking up…… hahahahaha. Who is going to wear that? Is that a skirt on top of jeans. Mehn!! I have seen things in this life.?

  7. Janet

    July 8, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    Everything else was pretty nice. Nicely done

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