This Nigerian Brand Is One to Watch

Aemilia Madden

Welcome to Runway Matters, where we're delivering notes straight from the runway so you can quickly digest the most important trends and noteworthy moments from the F/W 18 shows.

If you haven't heard, Lagos, Nigeria, is a fashion city not to be overlooked. And no one is proving that more right now than Maki Oh. After seasons of delightfully playful presentations (like this past spring's game of musical chairs), designer Amaka Osakwe debuted her latest collection as a runway show. Set against the stark background of a nameless all-white warehouse space in midtown, Maki Oh's bold colours and penchant for prints shined (as did an infusion of rose gold metallics).

The collection featured the designer's signature batiks and rich printed fabrics from Africa, but hints of sheer fabric and unexpected cutouts at the waist and hips offered something playfully sensual without ever feeling overtly sexy. Maki Oh's clothes always offer a playful twist on the traditional, and this season's strong-shouldered blazers and floaty maxi dresses were no exception. Paired with clogs, the full collection's inherent subtlety and simplicity shone through. Read on for highlights.

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