Sunday, March 07, 2010

Arise Magazine African Collective F/W '10

This season the Arise Africa Collective moved into the main Tent at Bryant park featured three different African designers. The collections was themed around the passing of the day.

First Light was Black Coffee by South African duo Jacques Van Der Watt and Danica Lepen. The collection featured over-sized coats inspired by African masks. The rounded, long structure of the coats was reminiscent of a mask shape. The varied layered and folded sculptural folds in the pieces was very origami like with strong lines and geometric shapes. Simple Earth tones allowed for a focus on the shape and construction of the garments. While I enjoyed the innovative construction of the outerwear, I would have liked what was underneath the jackets to be a part of the show as well, to bring a bit of variety to the collection.

Noon was inhabited by Loin Cloth & Ashes, by Tanzanian designer Anisa Mpungwe. While the line was very well constructed, I think it would be nice to see her push the envelope a little bit, with overall it felt a little bit basic. However, I loved the large, bold blue necklaces and earrings of her freshly debuted "Jungle" jewelry line.

Midnight was represented by Nigerian designer Deola Sagoe, the most innovative of the bunch. Her inspiration came from a melding of East African Maasai warriors and 18th Century European military uniforms. The combination made for a visually compelling collection. I was particularly blown away by the leggings shown below.

The pictures above are from Getty images, my own camera rebelled again, but below is the truncated slideshow: