Maki Oh is easily one of my favorite brands and it made its return to New York Fashion Week after a bit of a break. Though Amaka Osakwe is among the most well-known and coveted designers in her native Nigeria and Africa as a whole, this collection is here to make the entire world cognizant of her brilliance and design prowess.
Osakwe was inspired by a romantic and almost true to life story for the assortment—one in which a stylish middle-class girl travels across Lagos by danfo to visit her sweetheart. That amorous influence rendered itself in sultry cutouts, transparent fabrics, and shiny, come hither fabrics.
The way the brand plays with traditional Nigerian adire prints and patterns is masterful. Juxtaposed against one another in two different hues with plays on varying shapes for the ultimate handmade sensibility—these pieces are made for those who like to be seen. You really have no choice in looks like this any way.
Solange is a fan of the brand and I can certainly see her in a strapless red dress with an artful tie accent, as well as a festive fringe-detailed frock in the same fiery hue.
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*Images courtesy of Vogue.com.