London Fashion Week: Duro Olowu
Duro Olowu's collection was comparatively cheery, but rather disparate. Despite this it was definitely a winner: luxurious velvet coats with african prints belied expert tailoring that became obvious on simpler pieces like his two-tone trench. Another standout item was his parka in an african print, again the details and tailoring elevated it above mere novelty. Calling his style "Bamako Pompadour" Oluwu explained that Bamako is the capital of Mali which had "an empire of huge wealth and intellect—and beautiful women." Africa has such a rich history of fashion and tradition of flamboyant dress thats it great to see it coming through on the catwalks, and Duro Oluwu's way with tailoring keeps everything fresh and new.