Inspired by Elizabeth de Lanux, for his 10th year anniversary Duro Olowu gets our fashionable juices gushing and strongly nearly makes us defiant of the biblical commandment – Thou Shall Not Covet’ with this utterly divalicous collection for his A/W 2014 Ready To Wear Collection at London Fashion Week.
Showcased at the Savoy, the collection was an infusion of vintage art deco glam, vibrant gay Paris of the 20’s, sublime hues and textures so rich at first sight – you just want to caress. Now on the structures and cuts? Fair to say we’ve been bowled over, so must stop typing as we are utterly moorishly in-love!
“Fabric is the one thing that we all have in common, it’s a universal language. You will find denim in Lagos and Tennessee.” – Duro Olowu.
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Sartorial chic sets the tone for this collection. Sharp lines provide a fabulous frame for Vlisco’s exuberant prints, while exaggerated shapes show off the collection’s interplay of form and colour. The collection features four coordinated colour stories, which allow designers to make matching outfits.
This 60’s inspired cape dress shows off the whole fabric, with the print starting on the shoulder and finishing on the hem. The simple, square shape provides a stunning backdrop for the geometric print.
A simple shift shape makes the most of the bright colours in this bold all-Java outfit. The strategic placing of the playful print creates a flatteringly feminine shape. Give this just-above-the-knee style a chic spin with high-heeled sandals, a colourful clutch and a matching scarf.
Like the expressionist art that inspired the fabrics, this outfit ignores all the rules. It teams a bomber jacket style with voluminous sleeves, while adding a slouchy-chic fit to tailored trousers. Effortlessly elegant, this urban look in an oversized print is sure to get you noticed wherever you go.
Constructed entirely from 100% silk fabric, this floaty tunic top beautifully accentuates the painterly feel of the trompe l’oeil print. The edge line of the scarves creates a stunning contrast seam feature, incorporating the famous Vlisco border trim. Team with sleek slim-line trousers and simple high-heeled sandals for a contemporary look.
Mixing up different patterns in the same colour family creates an eclectic effect. Here, a geometric pattern, a swirly floral and a playful print have been combined in an outfit that features both sharp en soft sartorial touches.
Statement prints are still at the top of the fashion hit list. Use them to dramatic effect by placing the fabric symmetrically, so that the design repeats itself at the shoulders and sleeves. Featuring a beautifully placed floral motif, this piece uses the darker fabric on the side panels to create a sleek, slimming silhouette. Team with classic black accessories to set off the vivid colours.
Complicated to construct, but dazzlingly simple in effect, this outfit is an ode to the terrific art of tailoring. Perfect placement of the fabric in this cape dress allows the print to continue uninterrupted in a bold, beautiful line and leap to life.
Strong, sharp tailoring in a bold ball print creates a fabulously feminine suit that brings together the best of both worlds. This style is an excellent example of Vlisco’s contemporary approach to style. For a polished look, wear with simple accessories, such as high-heeled sandals and an oversized clutch in matching colours.
Team street style with red carpet glamour for the ultimate in high-low contrasts. This bold jacket in degradé floral print looks great with a long, flowing gown in photo print silk. Mixing up different patterns in the same colour family creates an even more playful effect.
Inspired by cheetah print, this sophisticated fabric puts a contemporary spin on classic style. The cut-out shoulders of this polished piece add an ultra-feminine touch. Mix up your accessories to wear this dress to a business lunch or when heading out to after work drinks.
This fashion-forward outfit was inspired by menswear tailoring. It is sure to make you feel comfortable yet chic. The 100% silk suit in vibrant fuchsia and sky blue is an ode to colour blocking, a major theme of the Jeu de Couleurs collection. The edge line of the scarves creates a stunning contrast seam feature, incorporating the famous Vlisco border trim.
Sharp lines provide a fabulous frame for Vlisco’s exuberant prints in this outfit. The cut of the 60’s inspired top provides a stunningly simple canvas for the bold pattern of the fabric. Team with sleek slim-fit trousers in a contrasting print and an oversized bucket bag to create an elegantly eclectic mix ‘n’ match look.
This piece features the same print in two different colours, punctuating the vivid colour palette of the Jeu de Couleurs collection. A refined and elegant look is achieved through the precise placement of the fabric so that the pattern continues in another colour. The darker fabric has been used on the side panels to create a sleek, slimming silhouette.
Fashion’s florals are in full bloom in this feminine dress, which plays with colour and form to create an interesting silhouette made of square, pointy shapes that softly drape. Made with almost a whole yard of fabric, the dress echoes the colour blocked theme of the Jeu de Couleurs collection to perfection.