Bunmi Olaye Graduate UEL Collection

While the Resort shows are in full swing, the designers of the future are also in the midst of showing their graduation collections. At the University of East London, Bunmi Olaye showed her collection "Matriarchy." A Nigerean native, Bunmi already seems to be making at least small waves. Her experience under the tutelege of Alexander McQueen is evident in her designs and as I personally search for a line to fill the gap that he's left she seems to be vying for it.

Telegraph calls her the "star" of the graduate shows saying:

Bunmi's collection, inspired by the mysterious men-only Leopard Masquerade cult of the Efik tribe in the Nigerian province of Calabar, mixed with references to the high-collars, tight waists and voluminous sleeves of the Victorian era, was the "star" of (UEL's) catwalk show today

Slated to show at Africa Fashion Week later this month, Bunmi says this when asked to explain her own collection:
[The collection explores] the feeling of a warrior-like woman in power. The look plays with new proportions and the pairing of very different fabrics, precious materials such as cotton raffia, bells and beads, silks, sheep fur and woven wools with unexpected details

Even if she doesn't find herself a star in the international industry, there's no doubt that she'll find herself a rightful place in African fashion.

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