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The New Maki Oh Collection Brought Sensuality and Yoruba Tradition to New York Fashion Week

The Nigerian brand's Fall collection, Ala Kobe, was one of the week's standouts.

Amaka Osakwe's latest Maki Oh Fall 2018 collection Ala Kobe, which translates to "someone that gets you into trouble," brought the flare and sexiness New York Fashion Week needed.

She opened the show with a full-body coat, made of "Adire" fabric—the signature dyed, indigo cloth crafted by Yoruba people in the southwestern part of the country—alluding to the very essence of her brand.


The Nigerian designer presented subtle but sensual pieces that illustrated mystery, sophistication, and elegance with details ranging from intricate lace fabric, to open necklines, and shimmering, yet muted colors of Fall.

Image courtesy of Maki Oh

Image courtesy of Maki Oh

Asawa experimented with hair, scarves, and makeup to add more dimension to each looks—much like the layers commonly worn in of Fall. Her collection makes it clear that sexiness doesn't have to be overt, it can be as simple as a quarter length white lace dress with a shimmy on the inside—after all, lingerie isn't only for intimate settings. As the "lazy sensual"pieces fully unfolded throughout the show, it was clear that Osakwe is a woman who likes to play—and that, is precisely why her designs are globally known.

Image courtesy of Maki Oh

Image courtesy of Maki Oh

Maki Oh is a womenswear brand which fuses traditional African techniques with detailed, contemporary construction. Founded by Maki Osakwe in 2010, the Maki Oh design ethos challenges prevailing notions of beauty and explores cultural norms through a womanist lens.

The brand is centered in a strong sense of identity and culture, creating narrative pieces that function as direct channels of communication. The Maki Oh vision extends beyond physical beauty into a textured, layered, and three-dimensional aesthetic, embodying the philosophies of sustainability, preservation, strength and complex simplicity.

Image courtesy of Maki Oh

Image courtesy of Maki Oh

Image courtesy of Maki Oh

Maki Oh has been seen on style icons like Mrs. Michelle Obama, Lupita Nyong'o, and Solange Knowles. Other Leelee Sobieski,Alek Wek, Thandie Newton, Azaelia Banks and more.

The brand has shown during New York Fashion Week and has been featured in a number of major publications including Vogue, Elle, the New York Times, The WallStreet Journal, W Magazine and several other publications.

View more pieces from Maki Oh's latest collection below.

Check out more Nigerian street style photos at Lagos Fashion Week 2019 here.

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Interview: Sincerely Ria Is Giving Guinean Fashion It's Flowers

And designer Mariama Diallo's NYFW debut celebrates the vibrancy and uniqueness of Guinea and its Fulani culture.

Guinea-born supermodel, actress, and activist Mariama Diallo is a face you've likely seen all over social media.

With modelling campaigns with the likes of Savage x Fenty by Rihanna, Kim Kardashian's KKW Beauty, and features in Vogue, Marie Claire, NYLON magazines, the model is commanding her space in the industry and making her way centerstage. And, Mariama's strong online presence and following has certainly made her a popular member of the global village too.

With the aforementioned achievements under her belt, the 28-year-old supermodel presented herself as an eager and excited talent within the fashion industry. Now, Mariama's talents and ambitions have attracted her to a role behind the scenes. And showing the power of intention, the role has already taken her to places she only dreamed of prior.

Debuting as the fashion designer of self-financed fashion line Sincerely Ria at this year's New York Fashion Week is but a peek into what the model has to show of herself and share with the world.

The new collection, The Oshun, celebrates not only female beauty and the many ways that it manifests itself but also the magic of womanhood. Named after Oshun, the African goddess of femininity, fertility, beauty, and love, the collection is wrapped within the warmth and divinity of its namesake. The brand follows an ethos of inclusivity, community, and the power behind being beautiful because you have decided to be. Challenging the notion that beauty is always to be accompanied by pain, Mariama and Sincerely Ria are celebrating the rejection of beauty and body standards and expectations.

The Oshun line is a nod to the opulence of Mariama's African heritage and Guinea's Fulani culture, with special attention to the use of brilliant colors, exciting designs, and stunning silhouettes. Motivated to be seen and to captivate, the emphasis on Black beauty within the clothing is certainly translated beautifully, however, stylistically available to all. Uniqueness is welcomed and encouraged. And like Mariama says herself, "You deserve to celebrate yourself unapologetically."

The line debuted at New York Fashion Week, very appropriately, on Valentine's Day of this year and love certainly was the theme. Already boasting a following of over 8,000, the brand's instagram account has shown nothing short of praise and excitement for what we've seen from Mariama, and for what's to come.

We spoke with the Guinean supermodel about the journey to Fashion Week and her love for and emphasis on community and shared experiences.

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