Monday 4 October 2010

LFW Diary SS11 Highlights: Bunmi Koko

Founded in March 2009, Bunmi Koko is a brand I hadn’t heard much about before the recent LFW. Specialising in couture womenswear and RTW fashion, Bunmi Koko fuse luxury design with artistic illustration - the sister side of the business - to create sculptural, elegant and handmade garments – with a wow impact.

With a growing portfolio of products ranging from women’s, men’s and kid’s wear to lingerie, accessories, eyewear, swimwear footwear and beauty – this Nigerian inspired/ heritage brand are diversifying to offer their fans a range of products and services inspired by illustration: book and CD covers, movie posters, editorials, advertising, merchandise and special commissions.
After a bit of research I’ve discovered a fair bit about Bunmi Koko and am a bit shocked to realise that they weren’t on my radar, which begs the question; why?! With signature headdresses, a plethora of bright colour and pattern, this is a collection that for want of a better phrase - is right up my street. With several press pieces consisting of oversized pom-poms teamed with fringed visors, I have it under good authority that models opened the presentation with an authentic war dance, bringing together a show that sounds as if it was larger than life.

Entitled Matriarchy, Koko’s SS11 collection is clearly inspired by Nigeria’s tribal culture, and corresponding traiditional costumes, rendering me gutted to have missed this salon show as it subsequently became one of the most talked about shows (among the people I know and those I overheard).
With a successful 2010 under their belts - becoming Finalists at the 2010 Grampian Awards for Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year in Scotland as well as winning the African Fashion Award for the Emerging International Designer of The Year in Johannesburg – who knows what accolades 2011 will bring.

*Images throughout courtesy of Felicities Designer Showroom.

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