Dropout UK @ London Fashion Week, Bunmi Koko
Nigerian-Born Designer Impresses With African-Inspired Pieces
As one of the newest additions to Vauxhall Fashion Scout for London Fashion Week, it’s presumed safe to label Bunmi Koko as the new kid on the Fashion Block, however her incredibly funky touch on contemporary trends has already hooked the likes of Michelle Obama and attracted Mel B as the brand’s ambassador. Established under a year ago, Bunmi Koko is fast becoming very accomplished, winning an Emerging International Talent award in South Africa and shortlisted for a Grampian award for best Business Enterprise in Scotland this year alone.
The show boldly opened with an enthusiastically moving ensemble of red and cream colours wrapped up in a large sphere that covered the body from head to thighs, invigoratingly matched with black leggings. This was followed by the Nigerian-born designer’s animalistic and jungle inspired fitted dresses, trouser suits with well cut blazers, embellished hunting sticks and masquerade influenced head gear. Spirits of Africa enthused the collection as tinges of tribal/ethnic print stayed central to the pieces, while cleverly mixing with key on-trend features including high/sharp shoulders and nipped waists. The colour palette was a varied concoction of reds, yellows, purples and a strong feel of zebra print was emitted through the black and white trouser suit.
The closing poses reignited the focus on exaggerated head attire, with all models along with the designer exhibiting an assortment of beautifully crafted pieces, most especially an over-sized, vibrant, red and yellow feather headdress.
Titled Matriarchy, the designer explains that the Spring/Summer collection’s motif was triggered by family history. Her CEO and partner’s great great grandmother strived for the equality of women’s rights and tirelessly worked to prevent infant killings, and was thus given an honorary platform in Aberdeen, Scotland. The animated hunting sticks embody the sacrifice and domineering qualities of women as seen through Bunmi Koko’s eyes, while the tucked waists and relaxed tops and bottoms both celebrate and enhance the shapely female figure. Although the show’s catwalk housed the familiar size zero to six models, the collection possibly has a place on the plus-sized catwalk recently making controversial waves at New York Fashion Week.
The guests lapped it up, most notably Callum Best, Keisha Buchanan (ex Sugababes fame) and actress Ali Bastian, with the latter two reportedly intending to snap up a few of the line’s key pieces for their wardrobes! Well exploration time was over, the buzz of the 10am Champagne Reception refused to leave systems as laughter and greetings carried them on their way, while Bunmi Koko’s team got back to work preparing for the second and final show of the day. Of course I didn’t leave without my goodybag- lipgloss and Humming Bird bakery cupcakes- this designer sure knows how to impress!
Beyond that and in simple terms- Bunmi Koko is set to continue taking the fashion world by storm, so watch out, she is definitely a keeper!