Emmy Kasbit just released its FW22 collection tagged Retrospect. This collection delves into the deeply rooted Igbo Age Grade system. This is an ancient and sacred institution that is very integral in Eastern Nigeria.
According to Emmanuel Okoro, the creative director of the brand,
Emerging from a time of change with a redefined sense of purpose and commitment, Emmy Kasbit’s autumn Winter ’22 season births a retrospective collection of timeless signature styles, delicately merged with an enhanced weaving technique; whilst embodying strong and structured silhouettes referencing a historic tradition.
Hand-woven textile innovation and timeless design concepts remain a core value at EmmyKasbit as the brand continues to protect its commitment to sustainability with a collection beautifully crafted with the true purpose of cultural preservation and enhancement of liberty.
In line with the brand’s ethos of referencing past historical events and traditions, Emmanuel delves into the deeply rooted Igbo age-grade system. This is an ancient and sacred institution that is very integral to the Eastern region of Nigeria, popularly known as ‘Igboland’.
In the Igboland, the colour code is an element that differentiates one age group from another. Shades of orange, brown and black are predominant colours in this design aesthetics and the scallop design pattern has been incorporated and adopted from laces the regals wore to meetings.
The shapes are symbolic, bold and redefining. Culture has been rebirthed and traditions remain relevant as the collection comprises tailored Lace-Akwete structured overcoats, layered patterns, fringed hemline halter neck dresses and more.
See the full collection below.