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Collection Conversations with Eki and Richard: I’m a Classic Man



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.

So, let’s get started.


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Eki: So first we have Makioba for the curvy/plus size ladies and it features Taje Prest and the creative director herself Makioba Olugbile

Richard: Ok. So. I don’t know how else to say this, but these clothes make the models look bigger

Eki: Lol! Hm, I don’t see it o, how?

Richard: The embellishments, appliques, extra-large pockets, the adornments on the bust area

Eki: Ok, now I see, drawing attention to those areas

Richard: The photographer did not help Taje’s cause here.

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Richard: She looks really stunted! And that’s evident of a bad photography, the picture makes her look really short. A good photographer would have maneuvered and given an illusion of a longer frame

Eki: Oh! True, could have been better

Richard: I am really not feeling this collection and presentation. It’s a really busy collection as it is and shooting it in a busy garden was ill-advised

Eki: Maybe they did that because of the whole floral thing going on? For me, like every other collection, I like somethings and others I don’t really like. I also feel like even though the collection has a floral theme there were hits and misses. The first white cold shoulder dress with floral print I like.

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Eki: Then these other two dresses I like

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Eki: All the other appliqué stuff, I’m not quite sure about it, maybe I’d have to see it in person and I don’t like having that impression with lookbooks. I want to be sold at first glance, not make excuses

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Richard: This collection is too busy to have these many flowers form the backdrop. I can’t concentrate on anything; not the clothes, not the background and definitely not the models. So, what’s the point??

Eki: But they look like they had fun tho!

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Richard: And lately I’ve been seeing designers front their own campaigns. I think that’s not a great idea. I feel that’s really unnecessary.

Eki: Lmao

Richard: For a lot of designers, I feel they crave the spotlight as much as their work which is really bad, let your clothes do the talking

Eki: Maybe they feel like no one can do it better or have the same emotion they want other models to have when wearing the clothes? I don’t know really

Richard: Be in the background, and don’t compete for the spotlight with your work!

Eki: Maybe the want people to connect more with them? Lmao I’m full of maybes today! So I take it you don’t have a fave?

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Richard: A well told story can do that. I don’t see Adebayo Oke-Lawal being in his campaigns yet we always know what he’s going for. And he allows his brand make all the noise. That’s a good example of how to keep a good distance. Yes, I don’t have a fave.

Plus you know you can build a personal brand independent of your line? For instance, if at all I have a personal brand as Richard Akuson, I have tried to make it independent of The Pr Boy or anything else I’ll be doing in the future. Except where it becomes absolutely necessary or it’ll naturally need to feed off each other. But this is not a branding class so, let’s move on!

Eki: No but we’re enjoying the lecture! Lol and I totally agree about the independent brands and letting your clothes do all the talking, but yes moving on its Kamsi Tcharles next

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Richard: This is LIFE itself! I love it all, classic suits but very refreshing with the prints. I’d wear a nicely tailored wax print coat, pant and shirt any day, any time as separates

Eki: ?

Richard: But I like this

Eki: Yea I can see that! I like it too

Richard: And it features the gentleman himself, Ric Hassani!

Eki: I thought you wouldn’t because sometimes you hate ankara but maybe it’s the tailoring that has you really excited?

Richard: Yes, the tailoring is good and the prints are really vibrant

Eki: Yes

Richard: Yet they work perfectly which is really good

Eki: I looooove the coat with the ankara collar

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Richard: And although made up of different prints, the collection still manages to look cohesive

Eki: And the styling and creative direction is great… It all reminds me of Jidenna too because of the ankara

Richard: Yes!

Eki: Yes! I think those things make the it all come together even with the different prints. And the posing, the background, the simplicity makes you appreciate the pieces. Reminds me of Uju Marshall in Woman by Aisha for Collection Conversations last week

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Richard: Yes!!!

Richard: Completely by the way: This is a public service announcement: Fashion Week is upon us: LFDW is starting 26th-29th of October. Expect more on this from me in the near future.

Eki: Oh true! Looking forward to it. So, I’ve picked my fave although the I really like everything. What’s yours?

Richard: Hard to pick but this pose looks so good

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Richard: Honestly I like them all and I’d wear them all


Today’s title was inspired by a popular song by the classic man himself Jidenna, who took Lagos by storm recently. See our posts on his visit to Lagos here. See you next week!

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



    September 6, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    The conversation between Eki and Richard was a complete realistic one from proffessionals. They called a spade a spade. They just echoed my thougts.The Makobia pieces where lovely, The photography was bad and it made that blue dress on Taje look all over the place. Although the short dresses where very lovely. Then the men Ankara collection is life simply put…

  2. Ethio

    September 6, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    conversation? i hear, Richard praises the pieces he likes and eki agrees with him all tha way with her contributions basically being a “lol” “yes” or an “i thought so too”

    • Ezinne Osuagwu

      September 7, 2016 at 10:02 am

      I’m gna have t agree with you. Eki, Richard always overshadows the conversation and you basically just agree or disagree with a few lol, okays. I’ll like to know why you like some and why you hate some. From your perspective. See you at the next convo


    September 6, 2016 at 10:02 pm


  4. Tosin

    September 7, 2016 at 8:11 am

    The world should have taxed clothing long ago. We don’t need more clothes. People used to have one, two, three, maybe four, and now some people have more than four-a-week and we’re still saying buy and troway while people are at war someplace else. Hmm, we need to think.

    Also, Gentleman.

  5. NIC

    September 8, 2016 at 12:28 am

    How are the dresses busy but these screaming loud suits isn’t? Mtchewww lol. And there’s nothing wrong with designers modelling their clothes as well… there’s no one formula on how campaigns should be in terms of who models. The same way I believe a director can be an actor and writer of a movie unless they overdo am like Rukky Sanda who be the writer, director, producer, cinematographer, lead actress, costumier and so on hehe. PS: I agree the photographer didn’t do a great job with angles when it come’s to the female models but floral and pocket details made their waist line to look smaller not bigger. It seems like Oga Richard had it out for the designer of the women’s clothes cuz some of the comments had elements of shade and nitpicking rather than constructive criticisms. At least I’m glad you didn’t say anything about the knees of the male model in shorts ○_○

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