Ogeyinka 2011, meaning surrounded by beauty and style in Yoruba, is the new collection from the House of Makeda, the iconic afrocentric design house by jazz singer Teni. House of Makeda was established two years ago in Lagos, Nigeria and is truly unique in African fashion, with a warm, earthy 2600 square foot flagship space in Lagos, where artistic director Teni also performs with her ten piece band the Afro-Renaissance. Makeda was the Queen of Sheba, who journeyed to Solomon’s kingdom in search of knowledge and wisdom and her House is for the truly discerning, uniquely bold, fashion forward woman. With pieces like second skin in eclectic, earthy, afro-bohemian 1970’s inspired sillhouettes. Influenced by Roberto Cavalli, Diane Von Furstenberg, Ralph Lauren and Bottega Veneta as well as our very own Nigerian fashion pioneer Mrs Sade Thomas Fahm. In 2010, House of Makeda was invited to take part in Vogue Magazine’s Fashion’s Night Out in Los Angeles where their Ankara diffusion line was wildly popular, flying the flag for African fashion.
Inspired by Fela Kuti and his Queens, the Ogeyinka collection uses a cornucopia of pinks, greens and blues in ankara african print, aso-oke, silk, satin, leather, velvet, sequins and embroidery. House of Makeda chose to use ankara for this collection because right or wrong, it remains synonymous with African fashion and there was none more African and supportive of home-grown fashion than Fela and his Queens. It reflects the effortlessly second to none, rich, avant-garde 1970’s style of these unsung style icons, in a time where from Broadway to Beyonce, the world is taking note. As always, ethically made in Lagos, Nigeria.
Modelled by Uju
Photography by Hakeem Salaam
Make-up and styling by Teni
Shot at the House of Makeda, Lagos.