While the temperature outside hovered around freezing during Paris Fashion Week, inside the Four Seasons Hotel George V Fati Asibelua, the creative talent behind Momo, increased the heat with the presentation of her A/W 2010 /11 Fall Collection. Selected as one of Africa’s ‘grands talents de la mode’, Fati Asibelua unveiled the collection to a crowd of press, buyers and fashionistas as part of the Arise L’Afrique on Friday, the 5th of March.
Fati Asibelua’s capsule collection of sophisticated dresses speaks to the elegant, refined woman who appreciates the finest quality fabrics and finishing. Staying true to her design aesthetic of mixing African patterns with modern, contemporary shapes, the collection is an eclectic blend of traditional couture brocades and jacquards in black and navy with metallic threading and a splash of pink. The shapes are bold in graphic drapes with sharp silhouettes. By contrast, the finishings are delicate sheer organza linings and silk georgette bindings. “I have always had a passion for opulent fabrics. For this collection, I have given a modern interpretation of a traditional African print with a very luxe result,” said Asibelua. Audience favorites for this season’s must have luxe fur trend from Momo were the plush fox fur coat with leopard spots or the mink chubby with grommets.
Fati Asibelua is “one of Africa’s most talked about design talents,” according to Vogue UK, and has become a major force in the Nigerian fashion industry building Momo into one of the continent’s most influential and sought after fashion brands. Already shown on the runways in New York and London and worn by some of the world’s most renowned models including Liya Kebede, Chanel Iman, Jourdon Dunn, judging by the reaction on Friday night’s presentation, expect Momo to grace the Paris runway in the future.
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