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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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What are your thoughts on Duro Olowu’s Fall 2016 RTW Collection?


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