Known for his out-of-the -norm androgynous styles, award winning Nigerian fashion designer, Adebayo Oke Lawal has taken things a notch higher with his latest collection.
The creative director of Orange Culture has presented his 2019 Autumn/Winter collection, significantly themed: ‘Do Not Look Under My Skirt!’
As the name suggests, the collection seeks to address societal prejudices and judgments of what’s acceptable and what’s not.
A note from the designer states that: “(it) is a combative exploration of the confrontations faced by outcasts. It’s a “mind your business letter” to people who antagonize how people choose to authentically present themselves to the world.”
The new lookbook is an exploration of colours and jarring graffiti-inspired prints displayed tastefully in heavy satins, wools, cottons, and shielded in Aso-oke, suede, curdoroys and dupion.
The collection is really about celebrating self-liberation and expression, which is a path “Adebayo” says Orange Culture helped him to take. Orange Culture encourages stepping out, whether it’s in the way you dress, speak and live. It’s about being you and telling society to not invade your privacy or question your choices judgmentally.
The reason we chose the skirt is because a skirt is the most invasive thing to look under and is really a metaphor for how problematic it is when society tries to stigmatize differentiation.
The shapes ate inspired by a lot of traditional women’s clothing embellished with cutouts and print details inspired by the secrets we keep to survive in a conservative society.
See photos below:
Photography: Jesse Navarre Vos
Stylist: Gavin Mikey Collins
Make-up Artist: Michelle-Lee Collins:
Stylist Assistant: Mikhailia Petersen
Makeup Assistant: Justine Alexander
Models: Collins Blaise Onyejekewe, Chad Lee can Wyk, JayJay Seigneur, Richard Sakora Awuni, Sami Chukwuebuka, and Samuel Edem.