Fashion: Duro Olowu channels classical art in new lookbook

2015-03-29 08:30

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Inspired by the paintings of Kees van Dongen, Nigerian designer Duro Olowu focuses on fantasy and faces in his new collection.

No stranger to the use of bold design elements and striking shapes, Olowu showcases prints of all kinds.

From the almost 70s-style polka dots to simple geometric ensembles, Olowu shows off his versatility when it comes to fabrics and styles.

Olowu is known for his definitive “African fashion”, but this collection blends influences from all over the world, perhaps because, like Van Dongen, Olowu’s work is made for all kinds of women.

Some breath-reducing, tucked-in waists and high necklines wouldn't be out of place in a Victorian catalogue, and a whimsical pastel dress looks tailor-made for a geisha.

And, of course, being a lookbook, the images feature traditional stick-thin models. However, on closer inspection, the collection features a multiplicity of cuts that flatter different body types.

View the collection at

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