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With growth comes change. And while change is exciting its not always good… well at least not in this case with Mille Collines. For their latest collection showcased at MB Fashion Week Africa last week, the brand wanted to prove a point it seems. A big bold point in the form of typography and graphics. These were splashed generously on layered t-shirts, the words reading, “Casio”, “Real Internet Cafe” and “Timeless Cuts” to name a few. I’m not sure what it meant but it felt a bit like a protest, a toned down version of Chanel’s Spring 2015 show. It also felt like a more serious take on Moschino’s recent collection’s minus the super colourful, playful and gimmickry vibes of those retro chicken ad-inspired graphics of course.
Compared to last season the brands shift was apparent, from last season’s nomadic look with a fresh take on cuts and silhouettes to this season were the brand went super casual. It didn’t feel right and it was difficult identifying this style with Mille Collines. The idea of chino-like pants paired with those dapper sandals worked but everything else was not my cup of tea.
The only memorable thing were the graphics and typography but ironically those were also the two things I wanted to forget. I wouldn’t know what to say about their women’s wear collection because I for one was left emotionless. Maybe it was a case of high expectations – following their impressive showcase last year, l expected so much more creatively.
Innocent Ndlovu is Menswear Fashion Editor at HauTe Fashion Africa. Follow him on Twitter @IamInnocentN and Instagram @Innoegram.
Lagos Fashion & Design Week recently launched a new initiative called LFDW x Retail designed to further position retail as a primary tool that contributes to the growth and expansion of the Nigerian fashion industry, with this it has added 4 Pop Up parties to it’s 4 Day event Schedule, where audience will visit its showroom, which is open (AND FREE TO ATTEND) between the hours of 10AM – 5PM from the 29th of October to November 1st, 2014.
On Day 1: LFDW launches its Retail Merchandising with Luxury T-Shirt Label, Caven Etomi, who have limited edition Caven Etomi x LFDW t-shirts which will be up for sale through out fashion week:
Day 2: Stranger is a concept store based in Lagos, Nigeria offering progressive and directional clothing and accessories, such as Orange Culture & Kenneth Ize:
Day 3: L’Espace, a multi-brand concept store in Lagos, Nigeria. Located in Victoria Island, the store was established on the 18th of December 2011, which features labels from Virgos Lounge to Toju Foyeh. They also are the host of LPM Africa, 1st Pan African pop which features designers from South Africa (Thula Sindi) to Senegal (Sophie Zinga):
Day 4: Fashpa.com brings you a huge collection of brands from which to choose the very best and latest. Fashpa’s Mission is simple. The latest trends, hottest brands and best prices all delivered to your doorstep. They also recently just hosted the Pink Boutique – a pop up in partnership with Womens Magazine, Genevieve to raise money for Cancer, buy soliciting products from some of Nigeria’s top Celebrities to be sold at discounted prices:
Be sure to stop by. It’s a FREE FOR ALL EVENT! Come Shop & Party!