“The subtle dance of seduction.”
That is the basis of up-and-coming Nigerian designer Amaka Osakwe’s gorgeous line of the Maki Oh Fall 2017 fashion collection to Vogue. The pieces are casually elegant, sexy and modern and crafted with playful construction. The designer toyed with both soft and hard designs, including Nigerian prints, bold colors and peek-a-boo black mesh and garters.
Ms. Osakwe says the fall 2017 runway represented the streets of Nigeria and a working-class girl’s night out as she depicted her culture and fashion perspective through her beautiful models. She’s quickly built a huge following and designers’ respect since conceiving her brand in 2010. Ms. Osakwe is proud that the Maki Oh label remains based in Nigeria and maintains its status as one of the few Nigerian-based brands that are acknowledged around the world.
The very pretty womenswear designer looks to her Nigerian roots for inspiration and guidance, and enjoys adding stunning African fabrics found locally that highlight her heritage. Her strong, feminine clothing appears at New York’s iconic Fashion Week and has touched many people’s lives, including that of former First Lady Michelle Obama. The glamorous Mrs. Obama named Amaka Osakwe to her list of favorite fashion designers in 2014, which included a prestigious visit to the White House.
The designer has always loved fashion and creativity and is a graduate of The Arts University Bournemouth in Poole, England. She honed her craft for several years, and her popularity began to soar on Instagram. It was there that a California retailer fell in love with Maki Oh’s vision. Sherri McMullen of McMullen Boutique met with the designer and struck up a partnership, bringing the Nigerian and African inspired clothing to the west coast. Then the online platform of Farfetch got involved, and Amaka Osakwe’s creations received even more exposure on a global basis.
Stars like Solange Knowles, Lupita Nyong’o, Thandie Newton, Leelee Sobieski and others have appeared draped in the Maki Oh label at red carpet events.