Nigerian label Abaya Lagos collection ‘Desert Bloom’ – a seamless array of stylish turbans, handcrafted abayas (open front robes and kaftans; tunics and jackets) in rich colours and exquisite fabrics such as silk and velvet. A delightful collection making us yearn for a exotic escapes in magical souks of Marrakech, vast deserts of Dubai, ancient bazaars of Istanbul.
“Ottoman meets Nubia” in the words of the creative director, Salihat Rahaman, who says, “Each unique (handmade) piece has an added feel of elegance and luxury to it. Colors and textures are reminiscent of age-old Africa as well as Middle-Eastern Royalty, and hence the theme.
“I find that I can change/ upgrade my look drastically but effortlessly with a single item of the collection, (either an abaya or turban), turning a regular outfit into something exotic and expensive looking. Bad hair days become a breeze using the turbans, and as an added advantage, I look chic and elegant while still covered up in all the “important” places. This gives me the utmost comfort and confidence,” adds Salihat, “We want customers from different backgrounds to feel comfortable wearing AbayaLagos merchandise regardless of cultural or religious ties…”
Check out the collection – what do you think?
Abaya Lagos: Instagram: Abaya_Lagos. Email: email@example.com
Photography: Emmanuel Oyeleke
Styling/Creative Direction: Ezinne Chinkata
Make-up: Make up by Oma
Models: Banke and Ugochi/Beth Models