Mayowa Nicholas is the star of American designer Brandon Maxwell‘s stunning new collection.
The 22-year-old model – who is an alum of Nigeria’s leading modelling competition Elite Model Look – looked gorgeous posing in several pieces from the Pre-Spring 2021 lookbook shot by Australian fashion photographer Chris Colls.
Introducing the collection on Instagram, Lady Gaga‘s ex-stylist and go-to-designer wrote, “Tomorrow we are releasing our Pre-Spring Collection. Over the last five months, as the fast-paced world of fashion has slowed down, we have as well. With more time on my hands and the approach of our brand’s 5th year anniversary, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and reminiscing about our beginning stages. In those early collections, before I was fully immersed in the fashion calendar, I had something very rare: time, and no expectations. I had time to collect my thoughts and fully realize my ideas to convey how I was truly feeling and the expectation to do nothing more.
Over the past few months, for the first time in a long time, I have found myself waking up in the same place for more than three days straight without pending deadlines. I have felt a strange sense of safety and security that I didn’t expect to experience. So, when everyone kept asking me, “What’s the deal with Pre-Collection? Is it happening?” my answer was repeatedly, “I think it will when I feel ready.”
One day, after three straight months inside my house, I woke up, walked to the park, sat on a blanket with a bag of fabrics and my headphones, and chose colors, textures, and combinations that made me happy. I didn’t push myself to make more than I felt like I could in the moment, and when I finished the last look I said to everyone “I think that’s it, let’s stop there.” And that felt really great.
I wanted to create something that felt colorful, joyous, and optimistic because I believe, and know, that the sun will shine again. I don’t look at what we’re presenting to you as Pre-Spring in the traditional sense. I look at it as a reflection of a particular moment in time – a time when I could stop and feel my emotions, a time when I was creating a collection for the sheer joy of doing so. This experience is something I will carry with me going forward.
I hope you enjoy. Sending a special thanks to my team for always approaching every moment with love, patience, understanding, and our collaborators for bringing joy to it all.
Sending each of you love ❤️”
Photographed by @chriscolls
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