Mai Atafo Spring/Summer 2015 female collection was all sorts of amazing. It definitely was a breath of fresh air and took us away from the usual female attires.
The designs were a play between that of cultural and modern ways of dressing; they were fusion’s of the south south mode of male dressing (Bayelsa springs to mind first) and androgyny fashion. He found a way to “feminize” the southern male attires that we are all accustomed to with . From the outlines/cut of the designs, to the crop tops which are still very much in season, and of course the modern *iro and buba* twist also know as “Oleku” which were seen in the collection. I love that neutral colors that were also infused in the collection. I honestly until now wouldn’t have considered or thought about the cultural south-south male attire as having the quality of being unisex, but then that’s one of the main jobs of designers.They usually have to push the boundaries/be creative/have the ability to stand out; which is what he did with this collection. Kudos to his creativity!
There was no single item that wasn’t showcased on the runway that didn’t leave me wanting more. The right fabrics which basically were characterized with both horizontal and vertical lines, that were used, & also sewing and finishing were noticeable neatly done, accessories were lovely too. And let’s talk about the “talking drum” inspired handbags; Beautiful!.
This collection is definitely for the confident, fashion forward lady who is never afraid to push her boundaries and step out of her comfort zone.
Less is never expected from Mai Atafo to put out a great show, and this he certainly did!.