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Maki Oh Fall 2018 Collection
Amaka Osakwe, who created Maki Oh, was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria. Amaka (Maki) Osakwe received a BA in fashion studies from Arts University Bournemouth in the UK, before returning to Nigeria to launch her fashion label Maki Oh.
Amaka Osakwe, Maki Oh Designer
Maki Oh is a womenswear brand that fuses traditional African techniques with detailed contemporary construction. Maki Oh has been worn by Mrs. Michelle Obama, Lupita N'yongo, Solange Knowles, Leelee Sobieski, Alek Wek and Thandie Newton. Maki Oh was also one of two Africans to become a finalist in the first LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers. The line is made entirely in Nigeria and is celebrated for reflecting the region's diverse creativity. The fashion brand's first collection was presented for the Autumn/Winter 2010 season.
Osakwe entitled her latest Fall Winter 2018 collection Ala Koba, which translates to ‘someone who gets you into trouble’. In this collection she explores the idea of lingerie dressing and what a woman wears behind closed doors or what she calls “lazy sensuality”. The show opened with a coat covered in her trademark batik pattern, a Yoruban dye technique known as Adire. During the spring summer 2018 season the designer introduced tailoring into her line. We noticed this seasons strongest pieces drew from tailoring and what the ‘Maki Oh girl’ is wearing from day to night.
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It was the more austere day to night looks that were the strongest, specifically the silk dresses: one with the classic Adire print and the other in a rich blue color with tiny buttons. The floor length emerald green double-breasted coat is the piece that is going to be the one that women will covet this season. We are sure that this collection will attract the attention that Osakwe’s made-in-Africa label always deserves.