OCHIAGHA: Meena’s SS’16 Lookbook

Mar 8, 2016 | Beauty, Fashion, Look Book, Runway, Shows

Last year, I had an insightful conversation with the Creative Director of  MeenaUju Offiah. We discussed  The Lagos Fashion and Design Week and her collectionUju took me on a spectacular journey of her fabric design framework; she created prints using the  NSIBIDI writings of the Ancient Ibo times,  to tell a story of  struggle,hope and and victory. I was inspired and awed by the sheer creative genius. I couldn’t wait to see the collection.. and amazing it was! Hers was by far one of the best shows at LFDW 2015!

Meena: OCHIAGHA (NEORETIC WARRIORS) .

We drew inspiration from various sources for our Spring/Summer 2016 collection. As our first venture into custom made prints, we were influenced by”‘NSIBIDI’. Nsibidi is a pre-colonial symbolic means of communication among the Ibos, in the South Eastern part of Nigeria. The symbols were arranged in clusters to tell a story of victory, resilience, love & hate, peace & unity of a Nigerian“.

Details are influenced by strips (ropes) to create a bound effect of unity and peace amidst the challenges & insurgencies ( in the Northern part of Nigeria) we are faced with as a nation. Further details are flap layerings of shapes- trapeziums, triangles and rhombus. Hand embroidered Nsibidi symbols also run through the collection.Architectonic undertones which is our core is visible in origami details and sophisticated cuts.

 

See photos below:

 

LOOK 18A SS 16 LOOK 20A SS 16 LOOK 19 SS 16 LOOK 10 SS 16 LOOK 2 SS 16 LOOK 11 SS 16 LOOK 13 SS 16 LOOK 8A SS 16 LOOK 4 SS 16

LOOK 1 SS 16

LOOK 16 SS 16 LOOK 17 SS 16 LOOK 12 SS 16 LOOK 15 SS 16 LOOK 14 SS 16 LOOK 9 SS 16

 

LOOK 6 SS 16

 

 

LOOK 5 SS 16 LOOK 7 SS 16 LOOK 3 SS 16

 

Genius!!

xxxx

Zinkata

 

Credits:

PHOTOGRAPHY: Lakin Ogunbanwo
ART DIRECTION: Lakin Ogunbanwo & Uju Offiah
MODEL : Aduke of Beth model
MAKE UP: Stella
HAIR: Bernard

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