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Collection Conversations with Eki and Richard: For the Love of Wax Prints and Feminine Fluidity



BellaNaija Style presents Collection Conversations, a weekly round up of all the collections and look books from African 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.

So let’s get into it!


Richard: Which are we staring with?

Eki: Design for LoveDesign-for-love-SISI-EKO-2016_024

Richard: There was a time that I had had enough of wax prints. They were really everywhere and badly done, no less. Then they stopped being everywhere, or not as much anymore and then I started craving and craving until DFL satisfied that crave. This is the ONLY way to design with wax print, I wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s youthful, fun, quirky, modern and quite sophisticated, almost like looking through H&M racks but only in wax print.

Iconola Icon Campaign for 2015 - BellaNaija - November2015009


Eki: ? I like it but I wouldn’t say it’s the only way, I’m still madly in love with Iconola. But yes it’s a good collection.

Richard: Urhmm, not after that their ‘in-the-box’ campaign or so, that was a turn-off for me. Badly done collection with an even more badly executed campaign.

Eki: Badly done? I wonder if we’re speaking of the same brand

Richard: Iconola? I should check to be sure

Iconola 'Icon' 2015 campaign

Iconola ‘Icon’ 2015 campaign

Eki: Their last campaign in 2015 was Icon and it doesn’t look so bad to me. It gives me the H&M feel you spoke off. And somethings in this DFL collection have me confused and some pieces have a lot going on, overall I like it. You know I love prints.

Richard: Yes you do

Eki: One thing I don’t get in this DFL collection is this black piece of fabric hanging from the red sleeveless top


Richard: This black strip adds to the pizzazz biko, especially from an editorial point of view. I’m sure you can ask to have it removed if it’s too much for your style

Eki: Lol ok o. But about Iconola I still think that’s a good brand especially when I see people like Bolanle Olukanni or DJ Cuppy rock their pieces, I’m always so jealous.

Bolanle Olukanni

Bolanle Olukanni

DJ Cuppy

DJ Cuppy

Oh well, my faves from DFL would be the outfit with one print in two colours, this one with the loose top and this blue dress

Richard: Well, it turns out we have same taste in clothing. I also love these 3, they’re in fact my favourites.

design for love collection bellanaija may2016IMG_8154_

Eki: Great!

Richard: What’s next??

Eki: Amarelis, It’s a good one! And it looks very well made

Richard: Oh yes! Really soft and feminine and quite sensual, especially with the fabrication. Yes, very and the model did a great job too

Eki: I can’t wait to see our fave fashionistas in some of these pieces

Richard: Yes, yes!!

amarelis image-163

Eki: Yes she did but she needed better underwear for some outfits. That being said, I love the range of colours in this collection. Just when you think it’s dark, it brightens up! With yellow blue and this lovely salmon colour

amarelis collection bellanaija may2016IMG_8160_Richard: Oh yes, the colour range is quite note worthy. That cream satin set and the yellow dress are some of my favourites. And this such a memorable comeback, wouldn’t you agree??

Eki: Yes I like those too and the salmon one. What do u mean by comeback?

Richard: They stopped designing for some time

Eki: Oh really! I didn’t realise, in that case I agree.

Richard: Well, last week’s collections were delightful

Eki: Yes they were

Richard: ??


Today’s title was inspired by our love for both designers and the great work they put out last week. For the love of Wax Prints from the Design for Love collection (also Iconola) and Feminine Fluidity from the Amarelis Atelier collection.

Photo Credits: Iconola | @iconolabranded, Tope Adenola | @Tope_Horpload, Aham Ibeleme | @ahamibeleme

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 Comment

  1. Tutu

    May 30, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    I’ve been waiting for this post. Its posted on Thursdays though. Eki and Richard are you slacking?

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