Maki oh is all about femininity in this fall collection, asking what it means to be a black woman. The complexity of this word is mirrored in the complexity of being a black African woman in the world today.
Taking to instagram to explain each look with the Nigerian word ‘ehn’. A simple expression that carries a multitude of meanings depending on intonation, ‘ehn’ contains several dimensions that are not immediately obvious in its three letters.
The brand had this to say about the collection
The collection uses markers such as silk chiffon, pearls and ribbons to move through the assimilative performance of hyper-femininity that is required of black women, accentuated with frills and ruffles. The shapes take direct inspiration from traditional Nigerian womenswear, particularly the different voluminous blouses worn with wrappers. Black female resistance is represented in appliquéd camouflage that contrast with the light femininity of performance. Varying representations of eyes are repeated heavily throughout the collection, including a traditional Yoruba adiré print of ‘inner eyes’ that represents self-reflection and realization. The eyes are also observing, an indication of ‘we see you’ as well as the inward ‘we see ourselves’.
The collection is absolutely interesting and you can see on almost every piece that the outfit is staring right at you. Check out the collection below.
Photographed by: @sushi_oh
Model: Dami @fewmodels