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Caven Etomi Introduces Vibrant Ethiopian-Inspired Floral Headdresses

Lagos-based casual wear brand Caven Etomi introduces a collection of floral headdresses inspired by the Suri people of Ethiopia's Omo Valley

All images courtesy of Caven Etomi


Caven Etomi has shared a new summer collection of hair accessories inspired by the traditional headdresses worn by Suri children of Ethiopia's Omo Valley. The vibrant offerings from the Lagos-based luxury streetwear brand include citrus headdresses and hair clips (available in orange, lemon, and lime) in addition to floral crowns woven from chrysanthemums, spider daisies and African violets. "The Suri people engage in body paintings, elaborate head dresses and inserted lip plates as a way to enhance their beauty," Caven Etomi said in an e-mail. "We have reinterpreted this traditional head dress, giving it a modern spin by creating unique crowns, embellished with floral and fruit combinations, to celebrate and embody the spirit of this striking cultural group."

For more from Caven Etomi, revisit their Festive Spring 2015 tees, their Geometric Fall/Winter 14/15 Lookbook and the J.D Okhai Ojeikere‘s Hairstyles-inspired collection for their streetwear sub-branch, Kingdom. Keep up with Caven Etomi on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Photo: Lex Ash (@thelexash). Courtesy of Simi.

Interview: Simi Is Taking Risks

Nigerian star Simi talks about the successes & risks of this year, her thoughts on the #EndSARS protests, and how her husband, Adekunle Gold, inspired Restless II.

Simi is restless. It has nothing to do with the year she has had, in fact, she reaffirmed her status as one of Nigeria's most successful musicians with a single music drop, "Duduke," which enjoyed widespread appeal as the nation went into lockdown earlier in the year.

The 32-year-old singer's restlessness is a reflection of the organised chaos that has defined her recording process this year as she combined the rigours of being an expectant mother with an examination of her place in the wider world. It, more accurately, reflects her re-negotiation of the parameters of her stardom.

"I've never really been a big fan of the spotlight," she whispers silently early in our Zoom conversation. "I know that it comes with the territory, but when I got my big break and more people started to recognise me, I realised that I had to edit myself, my life, and most of the things that I'd do or say because I wanted to be careful to keep a part of me for myself."

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