NAIJA STYLE SKETCH
By Omonigho Aito-Imonah
The month of September marks the beginning of the fashion calendar all over the world with fashion designers showcasing new collections on runways in fashion weeks the world over. Here at Vanguard Allure, we launch our ‘Fashion Project’ by collaborating with famed Nigerian fashion illustrator, Omonigho Aito-Imonah, other incredible designers and Da Viva fabrics to bring you a fresh take on “Naija Style” in a collection the illustrator christened “London Life, Lagos Living”. In her words, “I named the collection after famed Nigerian author, Bobo Omotayo (book of same title) to denote the relationship between sleek, minimalist European style and the Naija-Lagos vibe.”
The pieces are chic with lines and silhouettes kept simple. The pieces range from day to evening wear and include play and jump suits, cropped tops, sleek pencil skirts, full-circle skirts, sheath and floor-length dresses.
Using an ingenious mix of colourful Daviva print and hand-cut lace, she created a wearable collection for the 18 – 60 year-old Nigerian woman.
Omonigho Aito-Imonah is an accomplished fashion illustrator and designer with over 10 years experience working in the Nigerian fashion industry. She has worked with several notable names such as Lisa Folawiyo of Jewel By Lisa and Nancy Nwadire of Iconic Invanity. She has had her work displayed in some of Nigeria’s biggest fashion and lifestyle magazines and is author of two books on fashion illustration. She consults for individuals and corporate organizations and holds trainings on fashion illustration both online and real-time. More of her works can be viewed on her instagram handle @omonighoimonah.
Creative Director: Nelly Mesik
Photography: Bamiyo Emina
Hair: Tj for HairCraft
Models: Izee Nwoko, Mary Okah Ifeoma, Torishe Arawore