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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Designers Mathew Williamson & Duro Olowu Keep it Afri-Chic at London Fashion Week

Two designers, Duro Olowu and Mathew Williamson, with their Afri-chic collection, emerged as our favorites from the recently completed London Fashion Week.
Duro Olowu: You would have to be under a rock not to know London’s fashion designer Duro Olowu. Former lawyer turned designer, Olowu is half Nigerian and Jamaican. His breakthrough came when Vogue’s Sally Singer and Barney’s Julie Gilhart became fans of his empire waist kimono styled print dresses that are now his trademark. Olowu, within a year of bursting onto the fashion scene, showed his autumn/winter 2006-7 collection in Paris. For Spring 2008, Olowu, inspired by the vibrant colors of India, still gave a very cool African take to his collection from little design details to his colorful prints.
Check out some of our favorites:
[All photos by Marcio Madiera]




Mathew Williamson
is famous for his love and use of colors. Inspired by the “batik from Africa and the beading from the Masai tribe” plus we think a recent acquisition of the brand by TSM, Williamson for Spring 2008, showed beautiful fluid dresses, with African as well as Native American prints,that oozed super natural, sexy and easy glam. Check out our picks.



4 comments:

SET said...

I SAW THESE AND FELT WOW SOMEONE IS BEATING US TO SOMETHING WE COULD DO BETTER. WELL MATTHEW HAS THE EXPOSURE.

Ladybrille said...

Set, gurlfriend I hear u! But I really think African designers have the exposure just like Mathew does. It is the INTERNET! We need to use it more!

G. Kofi Annan said...

Well said.

At this point any African designer can put forth a good effort to get their designs seen by those who matter. An I suggest we do just that

Your interview with Jack Yan gives some good pointers as well.

SET said...

I AGREE WITH YOU LADYB, NO WEBSITES NOT PICS ANYWHERE AND SO WE SEEM TO BE BE LEFT IN THE DARK.

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