Lookbook Nkwo releases quirky denim styles for S/S'I6 ‘Modernity’ Collection

Fast rising fashion brand Nkwo releases quirky denim styles for latest Spring/Summer 20I6 ‘Modernity’ Collection. Peep a look...

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Nkwo releases an array of oversized quirky pieces for latest Spring/Summer 2016 collection.

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Nwko Spring/Summer 20I6 ‘Modernity’ Collection

 

Taking on oversized frayed denim tops/blouses, skirts with models with blunt fringe haircuts, the presentation of the collection was fired up with the looking the 'unusual parts'.

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The collection done in predominant denim and 'aso-oke' includes de-constructed shirts, tops, pants and more in standout styles. The pieces are edgy and plain mindblowing.

The inspiration for this collection was doing Africa modern. I have been doing a lot of work/research with artisans in Nigeria, many of whom are probably the last in their line of craft. A lot of the handicrafts are being lost as there is a general lack of understanding of just how valuable these traditions are. Some of the processes are time consuming and outdated and the artisans and their children feel that a more ‘Western” way of life is the best way forward. I feel that a deeper understanding of these traditions will move us towards innovation and a new way of thinking that is not Western but truly modern and that is what inspired the collection.

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play Nwko Spring/Summer 20I6 ‘Modernity’ Collection

 

For the clothing our starting point was a modern interpretation of a classic and traditional style of dress, the buba and iro (for women) and the buba and sokoto (for men)- pronounced “boo-bah and ee-roh/sho-koh-toh” .The look, which consists of a simple wide-sleeved top and wrapper or trousers is a long-standing part of traditional West African culture, predominant among the Yoruba people of South West Nigeria.

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play Nwko Spring/Summer 20I6 ‘Modernity’ Collection

 

With the use of distressed denim, organza embellished with decorative panels of raffia and hand-made lace, aso-oke (a local handwoven textile) cut in beautifully structured shapes, we created a collection of unique pieces that transformed this most traditional form of dress from tradition to modernity” the brand's creative director Nkwo Onwuka revealed about the collection.

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