It’s hard to imagine a world without colorful and eye catching fabrics. In fact, many fashion labels (especially those influenced or started by African Designers) seem to gravitate towards that direction.However, the fashion brand Nike Oyelami Ekineyo makes bold claims of the opposite truth, via a collection of minimal skirts and dresses, using ‘African accents.’ Inspired by soft colors and the beauty of minimalism, this rising fashion brand has been seen on celebrities like Jill Scott and Tamar Braxton.
The Brooklyn based, part Nigerian, African fashion designer Oyelami has a full line of printed and solid basics, pieces that can be mixed and matched, and edgy feminine clothing to fit your stylish needs. One of her body-con dresses, named “Babe” seems to be the crowd fav, the chief, out of her collection.‘Babe’ has been seen on celebrities such as Nicole Ari Parker and Tika Sumpter.
Spring 2011 and summer 2011 collections celebrated feminine silhouettes with graphic prints on skirts, cropped and fringed tops. Ekineyo’s fall collection, “Color in Transition” presented us with the color-blocking trend in dresses, jackets, and body con dresses. The intricacy of her designs are featured in details such as fringes, sheer panels, and draping.
Other elements of her design that stood out to us, were the strategically placed Geometric shapes on the silhouettes of dresses and pant/top combos. Adding flair to Ekineyo’s pant and top combos–perfect for those a la mod moments–were the dark indigo and midnight blues.
Hands down, we would sacrifice our wallets for her collection as long as we can be a part of the clan that wear her flattering pieces, fit to vogue. Ekineyo provides color and minimalism for fashion-followers to praise.
Whether you’re fashion show hoping from New York Fashion Week, or attending the highest-esteemed events in Lagos, Nigeria — no matter where you are– this collection adds a little je ne sais quoi your personal style.