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    Duro Olowu, creator of the eponymous label was born in Lagos, Nigeria to a Nigerian father and Jamaican mother. Currently based in London, he is best known for his innovative combinations of patterns and textiles that draw inspiration from his international background. In Duro’s FW 18 collection, Hannah’s influence came through in the sculpted coats that were cut with geometric-print bell sleeves. The silhouette came in various eye-catching versions, including one in wool with a jacquard patchwork sleeve. Duro Olowu Autumn Winter 2018 Collection.Duro Olowu Fall Winter 2018 Collection.

    LUIS MONTEIRO/ COURTESY OF DURO OLOWU

    Duro Olowu Autumn Winter 2018 Collection

    Words by Christina Madry

    D uro Olowu, creator of the eponymous label was born in Lagos, Nigeria to a Nigerian father and Jamaican mother. Currently based in London, he is best known for his innovative combinations of patterns and textiles that draw inspiration from his international background.

    Duro Olowu- Photo by Edd Horder for W Mag

    This season’s collection was inspired by two muses: Pauline Black, the frontwoman of the revival band the Selecter, and Hannah Höch, a German artist that was part of the Dada movement.

    Pauline Black was born Belinda Magnus in 1953 to Anglo-Jewish/Nigerian parents. As a baby she was adopted by a middle-aged white couple in England, and became Pauline Vickers. After dropping out of the college, Pauline trained as a radiographer at a local hospital. In her spare time she taught herself to play guitar and began to sang at a back room folk club. One day in May 1979 she went to a rehearsal with a group of musicians and left as the lead singer of two-tone band The Selecter.

    Pauline Black by Courtesy The Selecter/ Hannah Hoch "The Beautiful Girl"

    Hannah Höch, widely known as “Art’s Original Punk”, was one of the originators of the photomontage. A political iconoclast, she actively critiqued prevailing society in her work, and it was reflected in both her personal and professional decisions. The influence of her style has been traced in the cut-up aesthetic of the punk movement, which launched just after her death in the early 80s.

    In Duro’s FW 18 collection, shown during London Fashion Week, Hannah’s influence came through in the sculpted coats that were cut with geometric-print bell sleeves. The silhouette came in various eye-catching versions, including one in wool with a jacquard patchwork sleeve.

    LUIS MONTEIRO/ COURTESY OF DURO OLOWU

    LUIS MONTEIRO/ COURTESY OF DURO OLOWU

    Known for his floral motifs we saw them on velvet robe coats trimmed this season. The floral mini-skirt suit, worn with white Chelsea boots, was new for Olowu. The presentation captured the rebel yell of youth with grown-up finesse.

    LUIS MONTEIRO/ COURTESY OF DURO OLOWU

    Like Pauline Black, Höch had no trouble holding her own in a male-dominated element. Their inspiration lent Olowu’s signature feminine dresses and blouses a graphic beat.

    LUIS MONTEIRO/ COURTESY OF DURO OLOWU