|IRO & BUBA RELOADED |
by Bola Obileye
I really like the freedom that wearing Iro and Buba gives but personally, I'm at that certain age gap where I refuse to look 'mumsy' in anything at all...(Yeah I want to look young forever..LOL!) and as the traditional Iro and Buba makes me look and feel old, I started playing with the idea of of tweaking it to make it a bit funkier than it is in what is now my first public stab at design...
I drew a lot of inspiration from the revival of 'Oleku' (The short Iro/wrapper popular in mama's time and lately reintroduced on the runway by Ituen Basi a designer I absolutely love and respect) I think it just gives the whole ensemble a smarter look so I decided to keep that but instead I played with the 'Buba' to revamp the old with a breath of fresh air and I think I did good...
Ladies, Chicks, Gentlemen & Hunks...I give you my take on jazzing up the traditional Iro and Buba - 'Iro and Buba Reloaded with a bit of Uumph' designed and styled by yours truly, Bola Obileye for TÓTÉ Collections.....
|I really love this it's very avant garde and very mee..I played with a mix of similar patterned|
Ankara.. Rose looked absolutely stunning wearing it...
|The idea here was to create a Kaftan style 'Buba' with a fun puffy 'Iro' so I used|
layers of puffy net to create subtle drama
|Here I went for a slimmer 'Buba' arm and a funky raised neck line|
with puffy details. Again the 'Iro' (wrapper) stays faithful to the traditional 'Oleku'
Oh yes! You can place an order, I also now make bespoke pieces...Looks like I caught the design bug real bad...Hee! heee!
I hope you like...
Inspiration: God, Thank you so much Sir!
Fashion Styling: Bola Obileye
Makeup: Bolanle Okusanya-Feyita
Photography: Anna 'Genius' Fayemi
Design and Art Direction: Bola Obileye
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Lots of love,