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Arise Magazine Fashion Week 2012 [Day 4,Trio 1]: Christie Brown, Phunk Afrique & Buki Akib

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Christie Brown

Christie Christie Christie, you had me at your last show and you’ve still got me. A great winter colour palette with browns, teal, navy and royal purple working deliciously together. Look closely for the mass of velvet and notice the Satin, two fabrics working very well together this season. Sheers are still at the top of the trend list and Brown proves this so. Really loving the splashes of wax print to decorate the collection adding further consistancy. Brown not only jumps on the trend of the decorated side panel for the trouser leg witnessed by Calvin Klein and Balenciaga at this years F/W shows, but maintains her high necked attire throughout. And you know I love my high necks.

Watch Christie Brown Backstage at Arise Magazine Fashion Week 2012 below, just before her runway debut:

Phunk Afrique

Lots of lustre and length. Phunk Afrique blends a western idea of “tribal print” (zebra prints) and traditional African fabrics together which I cant say that I have seen before. Though I’m usually not a fan of animal print I don’t mind her use of yellow and black for this collection and admire her sleek silhouettes. This concept of east verse West has potential, however the combination of colour and fabric didn’t have the kick it was intended to have. The collection was inconsistent at times, although one can notice the high neck trends, lustrous fabrics and oversized sleeves also witnessed in other designer assemblages so far.


Buki Akib

Buki! We like! Not for every male out there of course, but definitely for the brave hearted who don’t mind showing a little nipple in the Winter months. Yes there was netting and loose latex like fabrics in violet and silver (not the best colour choice for men, but hey – who doesn’t like a little risque). I felt I was taken back to the 1990’s grunge theme and then brought back to the future with pieces such as the matching poncho and Harem pants and then the cropped black leather trousers paired against the African print oversized vest. The colour palette was mainly restricted to black, white, and brown – either in solo form or a combination of all three. Very different… very interesting.


Images: Kola Oshalusi

HFA is choosing to feature select designers from the Arise Magazine Fashion Week Show this year until the full basis/criteria on which the designers are given to show with the platform is clear.

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