Celebrated milliner Ije Shakara is the creative designer of the Nigeria based award-winning accessory brand Urez Kulture.
Her work is influenced by architectural lines and shapes, which explores conceptual designs, new techniques and unique materials to produce wearable headpieces with edgy cuts and complex structure to achieve a decidedly modern verge.
Living up to her reputation as one of Nigerian Fashion’s brightest stars, Ije Shakara has just released her latest ritzy IJE-NGALA SS18 Collection aptly named ‘SWANK’. She collaborated with some of the fashion/beauty industry’s finest.
About the model she said:
I have known Usoro Akpabio the muse for a while now. She is an excellent model. It is not easy to be a model. It is a performance. And she had a magic all of her own.
The pieces from this collection maintain a lot of Ije Shakara’s signature play with structure, poise and femininity, while going bolder with statement avant-garde pieces that push the edge.
The collection combines the metallic elements of gold and silver with flirty soft feathers, abstract flower patterns, hues and butterflies.
With a distinctive shimmer to each piece, Ije Shakara’s ‘SWANK’ lives up to its name, fearlessly celebrating the complex, yet unmistakable power and soul in today’s woman; who is strong, ambitious, knowledgeable, sensual and so much more.
She added Nigerian women need to be aware of their authentic beauty when comparing themselves to other women worldwide. She said:
Nigerian women are among the most beautiful in the world. They are known for their beauty and Strength all over. But it is a different kind of beauty. It is a natural beauty. It is more authentic and resilient.
CreditsPhotography: @dominicbrown00Makeup: @sabjozbeautyworldFabrics, outfit and draping: @opesluxuriaStyling: @ijeshakara1
See all the photos from the collection below