Friday saw the beginning of the very first Ghana Fashion & Design Week. The first show started three hours after the scheduled time, due to technical difficulties, but was it worth the wait? Simply put, yes; there was a collection made entirely out if hair, of course it was worth it.
Love April opened the show with its “Inceptive” collection, focussing on the female body and its innate sexuality. The collection was mainly monochrome, but far from boring with a liberal use of sequins, thigh-high slits and bondage-style straps. A small stripe of print to clinch in waists was the only peek of Africa in this collection and its subtlety added to the overall contemporary style.
Rebekah Opuni from the familiar ground of the UK showcased her bespoke wedding dresses which ranged from the simple to the heavily embellished, whilst Kachi designs strategically sewed traditional African print to pockets of shorts and swimsuits to add an African vibe to the collection.
With Lady Gaga having sung the lyrics “I am my hair” it makes me wonder if she’s ever met Sarah Duah. Hailing from Germany, there are no words to describe the utter fascination which flooded each spectator’s mind when Duah’s first model walked out in a black jacket/dress made entirely from hair. This was a collection that had the onlookers figiting with excitement and craning their necks to experience every piece. Each outfit represented a different hair colour, with the exception of a blue jacket, and the sheer thought behind the collection was nothing short of incredible.
Duaba Serwa followed, exhibiting their “Preciosa” collection, inspired by the 50s, which was evident by the midi-length skirts that swung above the catwalk, attention to sharp tailoring, the a-line silhouettes and form fitting dresses. Hypnotising black and white prints and marriages of block colours, were finished with hand-sewn bead embellishments, which made the collection refreshing and easily worn from day to night.
Part two of the show saw brights for the menswear of Orange Culture which induced the finding of sunglasses. The brand’s reciprocal woman’s wear showed unexpected pairings of leather and print whilst Konfidence satisfied the lack of accessories shown in the catwalk previously, exhibiting bags and shoes with marching patterns.
Spanish brand Maria Mia by Maria Gonzalez gave us a collection which embodied innocence. The models floated down the runway in all-white outfits; dresses which fluttered behind them, pure and refined in colour and design, yet beautiful. The dresses fell perfectly on the bodies of the models, momentarily skimming the hips and flirting with the carpet of the runway, it was a silent collection, it didn’t need colours to command attention and it was very close to perfect.
JIL boutique closed day one of Ghana Fashion & Design Week, partnering the familiar, colourful prints of the continent and intricate weaving of the country with crystals.
Overall, day one of the country’s first fashion week was impressive, it surprised as well as greeted us with more recognised prints and styles, nevertheless the first day was something the country should be proud of, putting African talent on the world stage thanks to its sponsors which included Vogue Italia, the media partner of the event.