Ade uses flashes of traditional African jewellery to emphasise the origins of the collection
Fashion fusion Drawing influences from the major tribes of Nigeria (Ibo, Yoruba) and other coastal West African tribes, Ade Bakare's 'Tribal Collection' represents a group of people who retained a shared belief of origin and style. Using tailoring and textiles that embrace the beauty and diversity of the motherland, the line seeks to entice onlookers and capture various tribal trends.
Badge of honour Ade's touches of modernity and use of silks and lace, for formal wear have created ahigh demand at events such as Ascot. He was also selected by Bride magazine as one of London's influential designers.
Eye for detail Ornate beading has been applied to some of the garments, statement pieces and heavy embellished outfits. Overall, the beading and leather highlight the strong use of different textures running through the collection. One of the more unusual materials is perch skin taken from the fish -- it's similar to snake skin but has a soft suede feel. Other textures include the use of soft delicate fabrics such as chiffon and silk.
Signature style Fashion designer Gavin Douglas recently launched his new Spring /Summer 2010 collection at Caribbean Fashion Week held in Jamaica. The limited edition garments encompass Douglas' avantgarde style, teamed with couture silhouettes that have earned him recognition in the mainstream fashion industry. This collection draws inspiration from the Masai tribe, one of the most well known and recognisable tribes of the African ethnic groups. Douglas has taken the traditional customs of the tribe and has given it his own spin.
Dramatic folds, draping and pleats add further dynamics to the structure of the garment
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