London Fashion Week: Duro Olowu
It’s easy to get caught up in the glitter surrounding household names that showcase in LFW. However, designers such as Duro Olowu produce collections perhaps more political, more artistic and more intriguing than those of the major fashion houses.
Born in Nigeria, Olowu spent his childhood travelling between Lagos and London and hence is influenced by how different cultures, fabrics and patterns can be combined to compliment each other. For Olowu, his art and collections are inspired by a combining of cultures, politics and inspirations. His SS17 collection is designed to convey that politics surrounds all of us in so many different aspects, a strong undertone of Brexit was present this LFW. Using Nina Simone as a muse, Olowu’s collection states that art, life and politics are all combined.
The collection itself combines global influences including kimono shaped sleeves, mandarin collars and fringing. From printed evening gowns to cigarette trousers, the ready-to-wear collection covers everything we need. This year, Duro Olowu’s prints seem more vibrant and more bold than usual attracting attention from many at LFW.
See the full collection: Duro Olowu SS17