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Collection Conversation with Eki & Richard: People Are Working | Part2

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.


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Eki: Hesey Designs next, the accessories brand

Richard: Not my kind of stuff. Don’t get me wrong, I like the exuberance of their choice of prints. But don’t like the finishing and execution of their work or products. Looks amateurish but I do like that string clutch, but even the clutch, just like the rest of their designs have been over done. Worst of all, the bag literally done in the shape of a stiletto is a really bad idea

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Eki: Dang! Richard you really went in on them o! I agree that ankara bags have been over done at this point and they need to look for more things I think thats why they tried the hand luggage style which I havent seen yet, don’t know if you have but I haven’t. And yes the shoe clutch isn’t my style either but someone out there might like it, you never know. My fave is definitely the pink clutch

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Richard: Hesey isn’t my cup of tea. Next?

Eki: Fratres

Richard: Nothing spectacular about the designs, just the same suits as we’ve always known them. Beautiful campaign though

Eki: Yes great styling and I like the models used

Richard: And somehow, I found my self looking at the surroundings than the clothes

Eki: Yes I loved that as well but I think it worked well for the Fratres man “contemporary gentleman and his desire to look good while ascending the ladder of success” like they mentioned.

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That being said I don’t have a favourite outfit but I do have a favourite picture and it’s this one above because of the surroundings like you said but with me (instead of the model) in a vibrant maxi dress ?
I think if they tried using contrasting colours with the background it would have worked better, this blue suits is too blue for the blue background.

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This grey suit is too grey for the grey floor and white walls
Same with this. The clothes blend too much, It’s only the chair that’s standing out when it should be the suit

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Richard: Hahahah. Yes, I see that. I clearly see your point and agree with you. Hopefully they take note for next time.
My favourite picture

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Eki: Yes I like that one too. The clothes look very well made which helps a lot and I like the contrast of the very dark model and very fair one. It’s like me and you ?

Richard: Hahahahahhahahahahah Yes, that’s very true. Chai, biko you’re too fair. Only God knows how I’ll end up looking in that video we shot

Eki: Sh!!! Richard you’re already Spilling the beans about the video! You sef! Oya next is FIA

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Richard: Hahahaha ?
Wrong choice of model, no offense to her

Eki: Really!?

Richard: But a softer looking model would have softened the edges of their clothes better. As it is, the clothes are already edgy, using an edgy model again only makes it overbearing

Eki: ?

Richard: And not just the clothes, even the location used is ‘wild’ so a fragile looking face would have balanced it well

Eki: I guess there IS such a thing as too much edge. Oh ok I think I see your points

Richard: And the clothes, lol, I can’t

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Eki: I like the idea of the clothes on some ladies who’ll rock it well, just not me. I’m not very edgy but I like the matching print set and the fringe skirt. Any faves for you?

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Richard: I mean, I always ask for fashion forwardness, but this here I can’t explain. The black and white plaid culotte and kimono perhaps

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Eki: Lol I thought you would say no faves because it’s not bad!

Richard: Lol. Trust me, it was a seek and find for me

Eki: ?ok


Here’s part one incase you missed it, click here.

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. .....just saying

    July 1, 2016 at 6:52 am

    The question I have is, what have is what brick and mortar products have Eki Ogunbor & Richard Akuson produced before? Then we can have a conversation. It’s so easy to be a critic that knows the way without the ability to drive the car. Hian.

  2. Rer

    July 1, 2016 at 7:45 am

    Nice design and very creative I must say. Please I earlier requested for a good fashion design school/ tailoring school and I got good reviews, but the problem is that they are far from where I live. Please, I know I’ve got a passion for fashion design but I don’t know where to start from. Please can someone recommend one in Abuja?
    Help a soul bring her dreams into reality. Thanks

  3. Ezinne Osuagwu

    July 1, 2016 at 8:55 am

    @Just saying- Being a critic doesn’t mean you must already have an established brand. Critique is good for the soul, it gives you a sense of how your collection rubs off on people, and helps you improve.

    For hesey’s designs, I agree that the finishes are amateurish, look at how they “hemmed” the bags. I don’t see a lot of oomph there. I like your critique on the Fratres collection, the models blended into the background. But for FIA, I did like some pieces in the collection, the black oversize bubble sleeve for one.

    • ...just saying

      July 1, 2016 at 2:32 pm

      No, It only gives you a sense of how your collection rubs off these two people and these two people only. I’ll pass on taking feedback on my fashion brand from a man who wears bum shorts and doesn’t dress well enough to make red carpet appearances Thanks

  4. Tosin

    July 1, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    it’s only you that will know who is too edgy. abeg abeg.
    anything ethnic, i’m feeling. Grace Jones edgy is only the beginning.

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