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Change your Style, Another one! Maki Oh presents Spring/Summer Collection Inspired by growing up in Lagos



Maki Oh recently unveiled the lookbook for its Spring 2018 Ready-to-Wear collection. The head designer Amaka Oskawe draws inspiration from her childhood in 1995 Lagos, where the privilege of youth washed out the sound of harder times.

The collection reflects the colour, pragmatism and the effervescence of a Lagosian childhood with games like Ayo, Change your style, and those improvised in the classroom: notes passed under desks and cheeky words spelt on calculator screens by inverting them.

The uniform of birthday parties, festive occasions and Sunday dress which were referred to as Aunty give me cake dresses are marked in the collection with bulky, layered tulle in blush pinks and nudes. Whilst the unbridled sense of freedom in playing dress up in parents’ closets are present in oversized silhouettes and light wool blend suiting.

Traditional Nigerian dying technique adiré features lines from suwe– a hopscotch type game often marked out with a stick and played in the sand. As well as stars and crescent shapes inspired by Tales by Moonlight – a show aired on national television in the 90’s that featured didactic fables told to groups of children by an elder under a mango tree.

See the collection

Maki Oh Lagos | @maki.oh
Photography: Amandla Baraka | @amandlabaraka


  1. sesede

    September 19, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    She is just too good…. Thumbs up for makyyyy

  2. Joke

    September 19, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    All of this ‘woke’ talk. The collection is greatly underwhelming. She needs to buckle up.

  3. oga okus

    September 19, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Maki O and JBL have the same creative direction, they should just work together already.. Btw these clothes are so basic, I guess the afro centric Americans is her market cos i see them wearing these pieces just so they can ”connect” with their roots. Next Please

    • Olori

      September 20, 2017 at 4:23 pm

      I agree.

  4. Baby gurl

    September 19, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    I actually love it. But it took a second take to fall in love with the collection. Amaka doing things at her own pace in her own way.

  5. Letty

    September 19, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    Thanks but no thanks

  6. godwin

    September 20, 2017 at 12:46 am

    Absolute NO. The design and stitching quality is so below par. She is declining at a very fast pace. This could have been Wana Sambo with her over designed but poorly stitched pieces.

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