'Eki' means centre of attraction and being the centre of attraction is a natural consequence of wearing an Eki Orleans creation.
The designer – Hazel Eki Aggrey-Orleans was born in Germany, raised in Nigeria and is based in the United Kingdom, thus giving her a mixed heritage which reflects in her creations as she always seeks to blend African designs with Western and Oriental ones.
In her words, “I naturally have a close bond to African culture and having travelled around the world has led me to combine both my African roots with the rich cultural encounters I came across in my travels. This combination of both cultures has formed the basis of my collection. I am passionate about mixing and matching colours and I love nothing more than to make a stunning entrance. My collection accentuates the feminine, the brave and the sexy within all of us and it's my mission to bring out the colourful goddess in every woman.”
In this collection, the designer presents a sublime visual discourse on the African continent and its relationship with China. The collection has been described as the labels reaction to the growing Chinese investment in Africa; a symbolic representation of the harmonious fusion between the two cultures.
Fusing inspiration from both China and Africa, the collections pieces have prints inspired by African cultural imagery and the other prints with Chinese design elements.
Eki suggests that the intersection of African and Chinese culture can create something that is beautiful, chic and sophisticated. She elaborates that “With the African-inspired print, I wanted a design that creates the illusion of rows and rows of market stalls and the resulting electricity and energy found in traditional African markets. With the Chinese-inspired print, I was drawn by the beauty of traditional Chinese floral vases.”
Photography: Jean-Christophe Hermier
Models: Mulan Itoje | Rowena
MUA: Karen Salandy
Hair stylist: Regina Meessen
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