The bar is ever-raising for Nigerian designer Duro Olowu who debuted his Fall 2015 RTW collection this weekend in London. Although, he stuck to his guns of power-packed prints and nostalgic ‘fits, the collection felt flat with its highly repetitive ensembles and its deeply dissonant styling.
The level of thoughtfulness that goes into a Duro Olowu fabric is by tremendous. This collection’s inspiration was all about jewelry – precious stones such as onyx, lapis, and jade. While Duro Olowu gave its fair share of print-mania, there was almost too much to make a singular statement. The zebra and leopard booties and stockings were too far out there and didn’t lend to a cohesive interpretation.
However, there were considerable favorites to be admired, including a midnight blue silk dress with floral motif – this very pattern reappeared in a pleated skirt, slip dress, and floor-grazing trousers. Other special picks included a black petal sheer skirt and accompanying patchwork top. The capes – midi and full-length – offered the best of operatic drama for the woman bold enough to rock those looks.
Tracee Ellis Ross was among one of the brand’s wearers in the past few years (see here and here!) and she would look sensational in a dress surprisingly without pattern – a black column gown with oversized geometric shape. Duro Olowu is not for the faint of heart, but without a doubt, the daring fashionista will certainly stand out from the crowd.
What are your thoughts on Duro Olowu’s Fall 2016 RTW Collection?