London trained Taiwo and Kehinde Okunoren have long been sauntering on Nigerian fashion fringes. They were well known by fashion insiders but not so much by the Nigerian populace but they finally stepped into the light at the just concluded Arise magazine fashion week with panache.
Finally they delivered the most elaborate menswear collection by any Nigerian label operating here and not just bland renditions of suits or crested blazers –no pun intended- we’ve become used to.
I keep repeating that the strongest collections all had strong local content and the Okunoren Twins fall/winter 2011 collection did not fall short of that. They embrace the in vogue fabric, Aso-oke and employed it tastefully for ties, bags, trousers and blazers.
Although I felt their presentation was a bit corny it was nonetheless a SHOW with loads of entertainment value.