Inspiration is everywhere right? Although it feels cliché to say this – we are always a little curious about how designers take something as innocuous as say, a book and turn it into something unexpected and trend worthy. Debuting on the Arise Fashion Week runway for the first time – Sally Bawa, FIA and Manoshia – the About That Curvy Life Collective designers did not disappoint. We asked these designers to cite the inspiration for their collections. Click ahead to see this BellaNaijaStyle exclusive
FIA is a fun loving yet sophisticated womenswear brand that appreciates the beauty and uniqueness of all body forms. It is owned by a trio of women; Ijeoma Jibunoh, Abi Ola, Funke Ola, who together create fashionable and stylish pieces that are both quirky and fearless. FIA embraces all forms and sizes when it comes to the female body, believing that beauty should not be equated to your waist side but rather to every aspect of the female body, both inside and out.
About Sally Bawa
SALLY BAWA is a womenswear label that embodies the classic and the contemporary in its style offerings. Founded in 2008 by Sally Julcit Bawa, the label combines straight-lined designs, geometric precision and artistic elements with elegant sophistication; a refined statement that beautifies women and glorifies their personality. At the center of SALLY BAWA is an ethos of minimalist sophistication and feminine elegance for today’s woman. A combination of high quality fibers, hand painted details and elaborate craftsmanship—each design exudes a spirit of true lightness creating a new and fresh minimal fashion identity. Two time nominee and one time winner at the ELOY awards. The brand has also showed its collection at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Malta amongst others and has been featured on Vogue Italia and other prominent media.
Manoshia is a premier collection founded by Aimanoshi Dania whose designs are inspired by ‘Osami Urle’ the resilient modern African woman, the beautiful woman who thrives and rises against all odds. Manoshia combines luxurious, high end fabric, unlikely textures, bold and fresh manipulations to create vivacious and empowering yet feminine pieces for the modern African woman.