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Collection Conversation with Eki and Richard: The Womenswear Formula ctd.

Eki Ogunbor



BN 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.


Eki: Next is Akpos Okudu. It’s cute but there’s a lot of tulle

Richard: Yes. Just too much tulle, frills and ruffles, I can not even see the definition of the model’s body and that’s what’s most worrying. Like in the picture above, I can hardly differentiate the model’s waistline and bust.

04 - Akpos Okudu - BellaNaija Style

Eki: ???? Richie rich

Richard: It’s just a straight line that does not flatter her figure at all. It’s unfortunate Lol

Eki: ??? Do you have a fave? Cuz I don’t really know how I feel about this collection I like the colours and how feminine it looks

Richard: And I have seen this detachable train enough to last me 3 more lifetimes, it should please stop. I beg every soul reading this. Please let this stop. Did you mean the femininity of the colours or the designs?

09 - Akpos Okudu - BellaNaija Style

Eki: The designs with all the embellishments, tulle, lace and florals etc But the colour scheme I also like, it adds to the femininity too. Inspired by pink skies and sunsets.

Richard: Here’s the sash-like waist line extends too much, making her have an unusually long trunk and that pushes the crutch area downwards making her legs look very short. It’s a matter of proportions here

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Eki: And maybe the pose isn’t really helping ?

Richard: Here too, no waistline definition, just straight lines on the opposite ends and the concentration of embellishments on the bust area makes it look heavy and flat, no definition again

015 - Akpos Okudu - BellaNaija Style

Eki: Yes, I see what you mean

Richard: Well, in summary, I disagree with you, I don’t find this collection feminine at all. Just the colour scheme nothing more

Eki: And the fabrics

Richard: Ehn? They weren’t put to good use, so again, I disagree

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Eki: Alright next is Night Flower Plus by Aisha Abubakr Luxury Designs. I like the stripes !

Richard: I do too. At the core, this is the usual tunic based menswear collection but where Aisha Abubakr Luxury Designs shines the brightest is with that kimono-like floral sky blue tunic and blue pant. That’s a perfect blend of Northern Nigerian influences with Oriental influences

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Eki: Yea it’s my second fave

Richard: You prefer the striped one yea?

Eki: I love stripes but this blue one I really like as well

Richard: Yes. But for next time, I hope they’re able to do more, from finishing to presentation. Models look amazing but somehow the clothes don’t seem to sit well on their bodies

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Eki: I noticed too. Yes I also want more, Ok, I guess we are done

Richard: Yasss!!

Eki: Congrats on your new vlogs by the way!

Richard: Thanks dear. ?

Eki: BNers, watch Richie’s vlogs Get Pink with Richard‘ So that when he blows he can remember me.

Richard: Awww, hahaah thanks love. You is beautiful, you is kind, you is a lady. Thanks, I hope they watch, like, share their thoughts and subscribe

Eki: And I is loyal. Me too

Richard: ??


Just incase you missed part 1, read it here. This weeks title was inspired by Richard & Eki’s conversation and the classic silhouettes of womenswear, the recurring formula that always seems to work.

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. bruno

    July 14, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    this is my first time reading this ur segment, Collection Conversation with Eki and Richard:

    and both of u are playing good cop bad cop

    eki is the good cop while richard akuson (a.k.a alexander chung) is the bad cop.

    • Tutu

      July 15, 2016 at 9:28 am

      It comes off as Eki not having a mind of her own and almost always agreeing with Richard and Richard trying to form bad cop.

      Let me even go and watch the vlog.

  2. Joke

    July 15, 2016 at 5:31 am

    Collection Conversations really? We want our industries to grow and you are here sabotaging them. Bad mouthing the hard work of these designers, out in the open like that! What does it get you guys? Much needed content for Bella Naija abi? Do you want to kill their businesses? This should be something you email in private to the designers so they can do better. Instead here you are pointing out the flaws to the whole world and attempting to destroy their hard work. As for you Eki Ogunbor I don’t know your other stuff, but as for you Richard Akuson you should really be ashamed of yourself. These designers are much better at what they do than you are at what you do, so you are in no place to point out their flaws. As you are pointing a finger at them, the other four point right back at you. Focus your time and energy on developing yourself including the extremely low standard of your terrible “Get Pink with Richard.” Oniranu.

    • Tutu

      July 15, 2016 at 9:32 am

      I think this segment would actually help the industry grow. Designers would start paying more attention to detail when they know that people are watching and they are going to be on “Collection Conversations”. This is brilliant!

      However, Richard maybe you should start dressing better. I’ve never seen you look dapper. #JustSaying

      I like Eki sha. 🙂

  3. Cynthia

    July 16, 2016 at 5:27 am

    This really does not help the industry in anyway. Their criticism does not look into what will improve skill. Imagine saying something like “I’ve seen cape too many times” or something like that. So because you have seen capes designers should stop making it? Are you their sole customer? Do yoi know the process they went through to arrive at that design?

    A real critisism will look into things like finishing, fabric quality, price points, compare to the designers last collection, they even look into customers response. Its not all about couture dresses and red carpet clothes. Abi do you wear formal dresses everyday? So if a designer designs something regular it just means her/his target market needs that. Know who they’re selling to before criticizing them. You don’t expect a 2000 naira dress to be made with silk. Now if i put a satin dress for 35k then you can bash that. You guys should stop being lazy and do some proper research before criticizing.

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