So I stumbled on one of Nigeria’s talented designer’s new collection, Red Light District, and despite how I love the idea behind the collection and it all its creativity, I have a couple of issues that I need to address here. Well, this is a review, and it’s rare to see a review without a but, so let’s roll.
The designer of this collection is Weiz Dhurm, and for me, he is one of Nigeria’s creative in the fashion industry. This collection is quite beautiful with a mix of modern and ancient feel. That kind of ancient that looks really modern.
The collection as earlier stated is creative with a good blend of fabric, highly dominated by velvet fabric, also known as suede and can also be called “Akua Oche” and sheer panelling revealing skin, skin and more skin! From the look of the fabric without feeling them, you’d know that they are quality fabric, which for me is a plus for the designer. Every design in this collection has its individual aura, so it’s like Nigeria, called one in diversity. Every piece in this collection got me staring twice, from its slit, to cut outs, to the plunges. But then again, that is where my problem lies.
You see, if some pieces in this collection was placed on a mannequin, I probably won’t see or really bother with part like I presently am. According to Richard Akuson of Bellanaija, most pieces in this collection will work better for the wardrobe of a sex siren, and that’s also because of the way the model was used.
Bertha Amuga looks really great here, but of course she’s such a beautiful lady. That said, the makeup artist did a wonderful job on Bertha’s face as this look is one of the best looks I’ve seen on her. The photographer of course gave us beautiful pictures to look at, giving it an effect that make them look more like painting than actual photos, but I really wish that could take our eyes off the half naked woman whose cloth couldn’t really cover all of her in some photos.
As fashion is evolving, the fashion industry have seen how things go from donts to dos. How top cleavages became neckline plunges. The excuses were the cleavages weren’t the breast, then without saying so much, we were told the important part of the breast was the nipple, well, this collection just defied that by saying “who cares if the nipples are out?”
We can see for sure that pieces where the model’s breast is supported up, looks more fitted than the ones where she’s all flat chested. Except this collection is trying to portray strong African women in ancient times who had better clothes than bras, then I think the designer should portray his collection the way he’ll love his consumers to rock it!
The colours in this is beautiful with a hint of mystery created by the dominance of black and sheer, which also portray serious and playful.
My favorite in this collection is the black velvet embroidered sheer maxi dress with embroidered sheer long sleeve.
The purple maxi dress with sheer top and velvet stripes detail is a huge turn off for me, especially with the model looking all “I was forced or placed to do this” attitude. Where some revealed just the right amount of skin, some went overboard! A woman should be well represented in modeling and this collection did not do that with some of its pieces, but I’m sure whoever gets a hold of it will rock it well, uplifting the flattened area.
Richard Akuson described this collection as “Edgy glamour” but truth is, how “Edgy” are we willing to go glamour?
View the rest of the collection below:
Photography: Akin Adegunju @aecstudios