Duro Olowu is well known for his incredible prints and bringing a sense of playfulness to African fashion.
His latest collection is the epitome of the ideal summer closet. He mixes prints with stripes, florals and polka dot all making an appearance, sometimes in the same outfits and sometimes in different outfits.
He was inspired by the 1930s’ and Jazz Age heroines and the collection gives off a feminine and youthful vibe.
According to Vogue:
Duro Olowu’s knowledge of art history can only be described as astonishing. And each season, some fabulous female artists appears on his mood board. For Spring, he pulled from a broader sweep of references, however, starting with Jazz Age heroines through to more contemporary muses. “Dressing how you want to feel” was how the designer explained the spirit of his new collections.
There was an airiness to the clothes. Even the most modest floor-length looks with full sleeves had an ease about them that belied their construction.
Singer Corinne Bailey Rae was among the guests who attended Olowu’s presentation at an elegant townhouse in Mayfair. The two-time Grammy winner seemed to be making a mental wish list of looks including a dazzling silver dupioni silk blouse that came with a matching maxi skirt. “1930s gone Space Age,” as Rae put it. You could imagine her casually throwing on one of the many new neatly cropped jackets for cocktail hour, too. Designs like these would surely bring a breath of fresh air to the red carpet.
Here are some of the collections below: