by Emmanuel Sadi.
The fall 2014 presentation by Maki Oh showcases pieces with easy silhouettes, pairs of track pants, a soft silk blouse and a lean tailored dress with some slouch to it. This presentation isn’t defined by the look of the clothes but by the feel of them.
Amaka Osakwe drew her inspiration from a story. She imagine a woman in the mirror reciting the song lyrics, “Tell me I am the only one, even if you choke.” She went on to say that the vignette presents the question: Is the woman mad or not? She emphasized that by toying with themes of madness, un-madness, love and anti love.
She made use of the traditional Nigeria Aso-oke with lurex thread, pulling out lux gobs of fringe out of selvedge and translating prints such as her Yoruba lyrics to the song lyrics into hand-applied lettering.
The mesmerizing creativity of Amaka’s mind is without a doubt, fascinating. Collection after collection she refuses to be distunguished by style or tradition, using aesthetic sophistication to chaperone her intelligent work of art. It’s impossible not to notice the hand of an artisan in her work as it strengthens with each collection.
A true definition of design.
Check out the photos of Maki Oh’s fall 2014 presentation and let us know your thoughts in the comments.