ODE TO EYO
The U.Mi-1 SS16 collection is a celebration of the Eyo, masquerades that come out during the Lagos Nigerian festival to escort the soul of a departed Lagos King or Chief and to usher in a new king. The collection mirrors the activity and fluidity of the costumed dancers: linen and cotton fabrics in playful hues of blue, green and grey are textured and the silhouette is looser, with patterned chiffon hanging loosely on jackets or softly layered on trousers and shirts. Gozi triumphs in depicting Africa like none of her peers: her collections are stories about its culture which she brings to life for the Western eye. With whispers of a new dawn for Nigeria, there may be reason for a celebration.