LucyLove: What inspired your look book.
Wana Sambo: Hi lucy…Bianca Jagger of the 70’s inspired this collection. Her passion for expressing herself through her style, power dressing, jet set lifestyle and marriage to rolling stones lead singer, Mick Jagger made her a force to reckon with. She was truly a ‘wild’ one who ran Studio54 and dared to do anything within and outside the realm of conventional. This is a woman who arrived at a nightclub on a white horse just because it was her birthday. Today, she has blossomed into a great woman with several awards sitting on her shelf, mostly for her humanitarian deeds and exceptional works on defending the rights of women
LucyLove:The ideal customer you had in mind when creating this collection.
Wana Sambo: The average WS customer, no matter what age, she always has an aura and edge about her. She is the reason for every WS collection. She is usually from ages 16-40… at this age a woman is able to control and decide her style direction for herself and by herself. Although each woman has the ability to pair any item(s) from this collection to make it her own, she also might not wear all the pieces from this collection. When the full collection is released, you will understand why it cuts across to women of these ages.
LucyLove: Why you created a pre A/W collection.
Wana Sambo: It’s the season for the A/W collection as emphasized by the fashion calendar and Fashion Weeks recently. Every Designer needs to follow the fashion calender.
LucyLove:What does “I AM WOMAN” means in the context of this collection.
Wana Sambo: When I was thinking of the ‘I AM WOMAN’ Collection I thought: ‘”sorority girl meets women’s prison, Grunge Chic, Metals and Wires, Power, Life Struggles, etc etc” in the light of these, one woman to my mind: BIANCA JAGGER.
Applying the Bianca Jagger life story to the modern day Nigerian woman and what she can become allowed me name each outfit according to some of the states and local government areas in Nigeria, thus emphasizing the nearness of each piece to home.
I believe women should be able to take a stand, make mistakes and eventually learn that it is okay to be themseves and know it will only turn out right. Most people are only concerned with what the society deems ‘right and acceptable’ and as such never really appreciate or know their true selves until the day they die… I think every woman, no matter what race, age, size or tribe should be able to let her style speak for her and always say: I AM WOMAN. (Which means; I am strong, I am me and I represent all women all over the world.)
LucyLove: Is the pre collection a taster of what to expect in your full collection?
Wana Sambo: oh yes, it definitely is! Have a nice day Lucy!!