Nostalgia is one of my favourite emotions. I love that seeing something or being somewhere can take you back to a period or place whereby you feel consumed by memories which then open up to a host of other emotions. African-influenced fashion makes me feel that way.
Throwback to the days of growing up in Nigeria, where every occasion was a reason to celebrate with a party. African-influenced clothing fills me with colourful memories of music, laughter, loud greetings, dancing, being sprayed with money as a reward for dancing, joy and amazing food. For those who can relate, are there many things in life better than party Jollof Rice? And, did anyone else make sure they danced next to the wo(man) holding the most ₦200 notes? No? Yeah, me neither.
Even better than the memories is the pride I feel when completely different cultures are able to appreciate the beauty of our fashion. All I had to make this top was a piece of fabric (called Aso-Oke) and a few pins. When I first picked up the material, I had no idea it would turn out like this as I was just experimenting and feeding off the colorful energy. A few minutes, two pins and my mother's magical hands turned that strip of fabric into a top. Maison Martin Margiela, eat your heart out.
We have such beautiful colours and textures which really aren't utilized enough world-wide. Kudos to you, ASOS, for having such discerning eyes. The print trousers served as the perfect canvas for putting together this head-turner of an outfit.
Speaking of heads, I ought to wear head gear like this more often. So do you, maybe? Just like the top, the turban was created from a piece of Aso-Oke, cue two pins, cue mum's magic fingers.
Dare me to wear this next fashion week? Circus? What circus, Suzy?
I am wearing Aso-Oke Top and Turban, ASOS Africa Trousers and Vince Camuto heels.
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Stay tuned for Chapter 2.
All images by Temi.