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Duro Olowu is a designer after my own heart: one who believes that bold prints and eye-catching hues were made for year-round wear. What he changes with each new season are the textures and layering using light and airy fabrics and showing some skin for Spring, while Fall is all about the addition of fur and pairing tights and socks with the looks. His newest collection for Fall 2012 is just what the season ordered: long printed coats with fur collars, patchwork skirts to make the transition between Summer and Autumn easy, flirty cocktail dresses for elegant events and nights out and so much more.
Olowu was inspired by Egon Schiele’s 1911 painting Self Portrait in Peacock Waistcoat and you can see its influence in the collection with its use of warm tones, brushstroke prints and varying textures. He loves to mix patterns and did it quite masterfully with geometric-floral combinations, varying kinds of paisley and he often alternated the same prints in different shades.
The collection wasn’t all about excess and eccentricity. Olowu showed several looks with black as the focus including a suit with pleated banded-bottom pants, a conservative bias-cut gown and a retro-inspired single-breasted coat.
My two favorite looks from the collection were two sleeveless patchwork print party dresses with pleated hems.
The Duro Olowu woman is one who is confident and doesn’t mind turning a few heads. This collection was a strong one, as it presented variety and functional silhouettes while still holding true to his love for prints and vibrant colors. I would love to see these dresses and gowns on the red carpet, perhaps on someone like Solange Knowles who is never afraid to take a risk. I can also see his outerwear pieces being a huge hit for the season.
What do you think of Duro Olowu’s new collection?