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Meena’s Spring/Summer 2016 Architectonic Collection

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MEENA_SS16_Lookbook_18Drawing inspiration from things past (Nsibidi) and present (modern construction), Meena in their most characteristic form presents another mind-blowingly structured collection that pays tribute to the age old Nsibidi script filled with ideographic and logographic symbols indigenous and exclusive to the Ibos. For this collection, the story told is one of nationalism, patriotism and steadfastness as seen in the brand’s use of ropes and crocheting which according to the designer is symbolic of “a bound effect of unity and peace amidst the challenges and insurgencies (in the Northern part of Nigeria) we are faced with as a nation”.

As of today, Meena has clearly set its self miles ahead of most Nigerian designers with this masterfully tailored complex collection that can only be compared to Dior Haute Couture’s past collections when Raf Simons was clearly at his best.

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Photography: Lakin Ogunbanwo | @lakinogunbanwo
Art Direction: Lakin Ogunbanwo & Uju Offiah
Model: Aduke of Beth Model Africa @adukebey_ & @bethmodelafrica
Make Up: Stella | @stellasaddiction
Hair: Bernard | @bernardsmiless

Richard Akuson is founder at The PR Boy a boutique media and press relations agency for fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands with a specialty in raising the overall awareness of a brand, product or image of a company or person. Richard is also a weekly columnist at Bellanaija.com ('On The Catwalk' and 'Collection Conversations'), he's also a party host at The Front Row and a vlogger at Get Pink with Richard . Want to reach out? Follow @richardakuson on Instagram and @richardakuson on Twitter or send an email to [email protected]

20 Comments

  1. Majestic

    March 10, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    Iconic designs…Beautiful model

  2. Nuna

    March 10, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Genius!! Meena constantly wows me honestly.

  3. Marc Francis of Chelsea

    March 10, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    FLAWLESS! This is a Nigerian designer guys. No excuse for our poorly dressed stars.

  4. Yaseer's crush

    March 10, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    Beautiful wearable pieces with the checkered outfits looking lyk modified house wear

    • Cabrini

      March 10, 2016 at 11:27 pm

      The white and blue one reminds me of my boarding school

  5. eyen efik

    March 10, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    very lovely collection. thumbs up to meena. true true.

    a note of correction: nsibidi script actually is more common with the efik people and dates back to the 5th century where they were used in their ceramic works. it’s a means of communicating most commonly associated with the ekpe leopard masquerade and secret society. it is from the efik people that it spread to the ibos and ibibios,

    • Nuna

      March 10, 2016 at 3:52 pm

      Here we go again…

    • dem don come

      March 12, 2016 at 2:57 am

      abeg don’t disturb yourself, they never fail, those who know the truth, know the truth.

    • dem don come

      March 12, 2016 at 2:56 am

      hahahaha! owu ya, akuko ifo aghughu mbe.

  6. Bimbo

    March 10, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    Best collection iv seen on Bella naija. Period!

  7. Tosin

    March 10, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    I’m all for it…in theory. Very high drama. Cooooool.

  8. Iyosi

    March 10, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    Gosh I def will patronize Nigerian designers, they are amongst the best in the world

  9. Elizabeth

    March 10, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    All Hail Meena. I only wish this was a ready wear collection. So I could just order online.

    Delightful-love itr\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\

    • Kay

      March 10, 2016 at 7:56 pm

      If you’re in Lagos, pieces are available in Poosh Lagos. Contact the designer (@meenaofficial on Instagram) if you’re not.

  10. Corolla

    March 10, 2016 at 6:53 pm

  11. ada

    March 10, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    LOVE this collection!!! My fave Meena collection so far. The photography on the other hand is ‘somehow’ some pictures lookover exposed. Like the lighting wasn’t done properly. I was actually surprised to see Lakins name at the bottom because his work usually looks more professional.

  12. hezekina pollutina

    March 10, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    yes x 2 y’all! nice. the cuts are great. i think its a bit reaching with the nsibidi aspect cuz really, just seems like an after thought in terms of whole collection.

  13. mike

    March 11, 2016 at 12:51 am

    Is looking like Kanye West rags, pls do something better

    • eky

      March 11, 2016 at 1:35 pm

      Seriously @ mike!!…Haba!!..these are lovely pieces

  14. dem don come

    March 12, 2016 at 3:01 am

    Yessss! show that rich ass Igbo culture, Nsibidi anyi nno oh! Igbo Kwenu!! beauuuutiful pieces.

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