Designer Biography: Eki Orleans

Lush, colorful and fabulous, the Eki Orleans philosophy is about fusing vibrant prints with the delicate texture of silk. Hazel Aggrey-Orleans, the creative designer behind the line, prides herself on her elegant and intricate patterns which she says reflect her colorful memories growing up as a child in the buzzing city of Lagos, Nigeria and her German roots. The cultural experiences especially from Africa inspire the vivid and earthly colors notable in her designs.
While still pursuing a career in finance, she decided to follow her vocation and natural aptitude for textile and fashion design. Combining both artistic skills she launched her first fashion collection with her own fabric designs in 2009.
Her collection lays emphasis on the fabrics and it is known for its bold vibrant prints and soft silhouette. The Eki Orleans brand strives to accentuate femininity and bring out the colorful goddess in every woman.

Eki Orleans AW 2012 Collection

It is her outstanding and unusual talent for perfectly co-ordinated pattern and color combinations that ultimately determines the styling of her day and evening dresses and co-ordinates. Where other fashion designers find fabrics to suit their visions of a dress, Hazel decides on the dress to suit her vision of a fabric design… what a brilliant twist!

Eki Orleans AW 2012 Collection

For inspiration and choice of subject the designer inevitably resorts back to her African roots. As earlier mentioned, her patterns tell stories reminiscent of childhood memories and at other times, are interpretation of nature through her eyes.

Her Eki Orleans Spring/Summer 2013 collection ‘Butterflies,’ which is a testimony of her aptness to nature was inspired by her trip to Mauritius where she encountered a flutter of beautiful butterflies and was instantly mesmerized.

Eki Orleans AW 2012 Collection

Her designs have caught the attention of many around the world including publications such as Harper&#39s Bazaar, Drapers, The Financial Times, Arise Magazine, The Guardian, CNN and many more.

She showcased her designs at the MTN Lagos Fashion and Design Week 2012, a premiere fashion event which brings together media, industry, buyers and consumers to view the current collections of designers in the fashion capital of Lagos, Nigeria.

Eki Orleans MTN Lagos Fashion And Design Week

She has also showcased her designs in London, Paris, Johannesburg and Cannes. The Eki Orleans’ dresses and scarves are currently stocked in Selfridges, and have been picked up by exclusive boutiques in Europe and in Nigeria.

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