What more does this post need to say? It’s dreary outside so it’s the perfect time to bring out the brights. Imagine a sea of black umbrellas on Oxford Street, and you bring out this Prada (sorry I mean H&M) striped confection, and who says winter must be greys, and blacks? I don’t see how a mood can’t be perked up with this hot pink number from Dune (which is surprisingly spacious, my 400D SLR fits in there with a little room left for the basics), bangles from Ituen Basi, or even this Prada ( oops, I did it again) Traffic People clutch with chain handle. If you didn’t already hear I have been appointed Accessories Editor at Slink Magazine, so look out for my Accessories feature in the February issue, with the cover star Whitney Port first plus size winner from Americas Next Top Model.
Tribal, is a trend designers, and the high street turn to again, and again; Asos Africa, and H&M most recently creating accessories, and garments inspired by African culture, and prints, but it’s always great to come across the genuine article. African materials and print tend to have a story, a sense of tradition, beyond fashion, and when a designer harnesses that the wearer can appreciate it past the inital fact that it just looks nice. An exhibitor at clothes show London, Ituen Basi is a brand specialising in the celebration of the ubiquitous Nigerian print in all its glory. Christened ‘ankara and beads,’ Key pieces include fitted evening dresses, 70’s inspired tunics, relaxed flapper inspired dresses and Ankara accessories. I snapped up an armful of bangles, as the brand are not based in the UK, but are stocked in Nigeria, and South Africa. Pieces are available online by request.
By the brands own description ‘ankara and beads’is a stylish dialogue of elegance and sophistication punctuated with eclectic and whimsical exclamations. The collection is a dramatic explosion of colours. The prints recall a familiar place and time. Ituen’s fresh design interpretation and fabric treatment beckon a new era of Ankara designs. Her fabric treatment creates texture while introducing fun and surprise to celebrated prints.”