Fashion,

FES:Orire Omatsola of Ré X TheSohoSister

Compared to 5 years ago, Nigeria’s industry is beginning to make its impact felt in places that matter in the global fashion community. There is a new generation of young and talented Nigerians who are successfully putting the industry on the world map with their quirkiness and creative genius.

As a way of recognising the individuals who are paving the way for the youth and upcoming fashion entrepreneurs, I have decided to launch the ‘Fashion Entrepreneur Series’. This series selects and showcases the work of  entrepreneurs who are putting the Nigerian industry on the map, and people who also happen to have impeccable personal style.

The first person I’ve had the pleasure of working with is a designer and style icon I have followed for a while. The creative director of Ré formally known as Rebahia – a woman who at the age of 14 wrote in her diary, I want to become a designer, and is currently 27 and one of the most renowned young designers in the Nigerian fashion industry. Taking inspiration from the likes of TataNaka and Fausto Puglisi, Orire Omatsola has single-handedly created one of Nigerians most daring and alternative womenswear brands. Her Nigerian background and upbringing coupled with her higher education in England (London College of Fashion) and degree from the New Academy of Fine Arts (after a summer in Milan), have influenced her ability to create her fascinating conversation starting pieces.

Orire’s Ré collections feature her signature ‘kahabslot’ technique (see outfit 2) with a gypsy vibe, 3D print, fringe, ruffles, and colours, all while distilling the minimalist essence of the brand. The essence of the brand stems from her personal style, which even though ever evolving is tomboyish, experimental, colourful, alternative and minimalist.

She is one to watch in the industry who also believes the industry is one to watch. With the right infrastructure, which would allow for better production, Orire believes the Nigerian fashion industry is off to a great start and with the right attention, Lagos could be one of the fashion capitals of the world.

Orire has proven herself to be more than a designer with the introduction of the Wéré House, a place dubbed a community for creatives by creatives. The space offers creatives a place to work, collaborate and hold  events. Wéré is set to be in full effect by 2018, and I cannot wait to experience a space like this in Lagos.

Outfit 1

Skirt: Ré|Shirt: Ré Shoes: Sophia Webster

Outfit 2

Skirt: Ré|Jacket: Ré | Visor: Ré | Shoes: Fendi

Outfit 3

Trousers: Ré| Top: Ré| Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Styling: Orire Omatsola

Photography: Kosol Onwudinjor

Makeup: Leylarhcadne

Creative Direction: TheSohoSister

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Chioma

I really like Gozel Green I will like to see the twins featured.

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Toyin Jolapamo

Yes definitely!
I love them too.

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Everything is happening so fast.!!! I can't even keep up with myself anymore... So the guys at @ziistudios gave me the opportunity to create some cool pieces for their brand and incidentally @aboutdami teamed up with @maccosmetics to produce Mac 'Runway Your Way' event. She asked if I would like to present the collection and I was more than excited to jump on the offer.
I am super excited and nervous. It's all happening today from 4pm (refreshments) and the show kicks off at 6. 
It'll be nice to see familiar faces cheering on from the crowd. Come through guys xx .
Thank you Dams for the opportunity. You're amazing at what you do. Producer extraordinaire🙌🏾🙌🏾
Ps Limited run of some of the designs will be up for sale too. #brickbybrick #praisesdue #ziistudios
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