Nkwo releases an array of oversized quirky pieces for latest Spring/Summer 2016 collection.
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...
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'.
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 Some of the processes are time consuming and outdated and the artisans and their children feel that a more ‘Western” way of life is the best way forward.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.
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.
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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