|Photography by Lucas Seidenfaden|
Having dressed the likes of Michelle Obama, the Duchess of Cornwall, and Mel B, Bunmi Koko has gained much press attention, being featured in Marie Claire, Grazia, The Telegraph and on Vogue.com. So, it was not surprising that this show was one to be excited about. The front row was studded with celebrities and buyers including ex Sugarbabe Keisha Buchanan. Talking to her before the show, she told us why she had come out this evening. “I came last year and I loved the prints and designs. I’m currently working on my new album at the moment and I just wanted to be inspired by fashion.”
Well Bunmi certainly didn’t disappoint. Inspired by the Sirens that appear within Greek mythology this collection referenced the beautiful danger of these creatures that seductively enticed people to their deaths. The collection demonstrates the allure of beauty and its misleading nature. Everything about the collection from colur to fabric took its evolution for this oceanic myth. The colour palette reflected the tropical tones of the coral reef and sea anemone. Shades of purple, navy, yellow, turquoise, salmon and orange complemented the fish inspired patterns. Garment shapes were either well structured or soft and feminine and at times the two were entwined. Soft and floaty kaftans were show alongside bold tops with origami bows.
The Bunmi signature 3D pleats (longitudinal caissons) were seen in patterned skirts and culottes. Simple tank tops were decorated with chiffon wings under the arms and the whole collection was very feminine and flirty. Tiered layers of organza softened structured sleeveless jackets. Print kimonos were finished with silk ribbons that danced in the air behind the model as she walked. Laser cutting was the other star performer in the show, from an orange neoprene jacket with lace effect lapels and collar to the final white fitted dress completely cut out with a modern lace effect. Referencing the Sirens and the beauty of the sea once more, pieces were finished with knotted rope. The rawness of the rope acted to belt pieces and to accessorise with necklaces and belts. The twisted rope and laser cut fabric acted as a physical symbol of the man made juxtaposed by the natural beauty of the sea. Both equally dangerous but delightful.
Text: Samantha Farr