lagos fashion week: anita quansah
(images via hfa)
okay, so like most things, this season i’m a leeetle late in getting to lagos fashion week, but in these events, i usually try to tell myself that we’re just allowing for more background information to be published. after all, in particular with african fashion, there aren’t a lot of articles on most of the designers, so we want to get all we can, yes? anyway, this time around, we’ll be starting off with a new name, ghana-born designer anita quansah, who is currently based out of london, though her s/s 2013 range was still very much rooted in african tradition.
so, for the upcoming spring season, ms. quansah, who had traditionally been an accessories designer since her label’s inception in 2006, finally opted to break into the realm of rtw, reports the blog one nigerian boy. however, i’m a little unclear on how much the designer had to do with the clothing, as fab magazine reported that this season was a “collaboration with London-based Tina Lobondi,” which, they continued, “meant the Lagos runway saw some of our favourite combinations, one of which had to be the long electric blue dress with leather details paired with a turquoise neck piece and matching red and turquoise hat decorated with studs, definitely one of many statement pieces.”
elsewhere (and yes, this was a veritable influx of positive critiques, something we don’t often see in lagos, unfortunately, though i do think here it was deserved), the website passionista hub explained how “(s)et against black and cobalt blue flowy gowns, Anita Quansah‘s inimitable neckpieces grabbed the attention of audience as models strutted the runway in them. Including headpieces, furs, feathers and beads were her trademark materials.” the overall impression, i thought, was one exceptionally exotic, though i found the designer (or designers) clever in cutting the garments in such a way as to emphasize, but not compete with, the stunning accessories.
in the end, though, i’ll be frank: i’m not sure how much of a commercial life outside of the catwalk a lot of these pieces will have. to be sure, a few of the accessories could probably be worked with very simple outfits, while a handful of the garments might as well, but some of the more robe or headdress-y type pieces might just be too overwhelming for those not, yannow, like leigh bowery. but i’m still glad we had the opportunity to see them, and i’d certainly like to see some of the designer’s simpler pieces, while the rest could find a new life in a museum (see additional show images at mafbe fashion & detailed accessories shots at the fashionable).