Vauxhall Fashion Scout has become a recognised and well respected fashion event taking place during London Fashion Week. The fashion industry is starting to take more and more notice as Vauxhall Motors continues to support and establish the growing number of British fashion designers each year. Each season a Vauxhall Fashion Scout panel of industry experts carefully selects the best of the best and the ‘creme de la creme’ of the seasons upcoming design talent.
This season I attended the shows for a few of African fashion designers showing at VFS, the first in this report being Bunmi Koko. All I can say is wow wow wow. Bunmi Olaye definitely knows how to attract a crowd AND put on a fantastic show!
Bunmi Olaye is the designer at Bunmi Koko and was born in Nigeria. She came to the UK aged 14 to study and went on to further her studies at Wimbledon School of Art and London College of Fashion. She graduated from the University of East London with a degree in Design and Marketing. Her clientele includes Mel B and she has worked with labels such as Prada, Louis Vuitton and the well known Alexander McQueen. The label Bunmi Koko is an emerging luxury fashion and lifestyle brand in London and specialises in ready to wear and couture garments, from bridal to evening wear. The Bunmi Koko aesthetic is to
‘create elegant shapes, whilst mixing classic looks, from different eras with a contemporary twist.’
Her use of innovation, meticulous finishing, and impeccable detailing, and her choice of fabric quality adds to the company’s sense of excellence. It is no wonder Bunmi received an invitation to attend the reception event for West African culture along with members of Britain’s West Africa origin community hosted by HRH Prince of Wales Prince Charles. Along side this she was asked to give her opinion on ITV’s Royal wedding coverage during the wedding of Duke and Duchess of Cornwall Prince William and Catherine Middleton this summer. Alongside this Bunmi was invited to present the Design and Innovation Award for graduates of UEL in association with the Eagle and Thistle group at this years Graduate Fashion Week 2011 which had an aim to promote creativity and design innovation in fashion, and support emerging talent. Bunmi was a suitable choice for this presentation.
The venue held by Vauxhall Fashion Scout was the Freemasons Hall near Covent Garden in London and with a mixed crowd attending and celebs including Keisha Buchanan of the Sugababes and male model BB who appeared on E4′s modelling documentary, ‘Dirty Sexy Things’. It was a great night out and I thoroughly enjoyed the goody bag which included make up package in Bunmi Koko’s colours…fabulous dahling!
The Spring Summer 2012 collection was entitled ‘Allure of The Sirens’ and is said to be inspired by the
‘alluring and capricious nature of the ocean and the juxtapositions between the seductive nature of the Sirens in Greek myths. The irresistible beauty and enchanting voices of the Sirens brought sailors their deaths in shipwrecks on their rocky island’.
It was a tale of allure and anger and was reflected through the clothing which used lots of chiffon, organzas, some lace and plenty of pleats in a pastel colour palette of yellows, oranges, dusty greens, beautiful corals, greys and blues. The swirly prints and ditsy flower prints gave the viewers the much needed BK traditional use of prints. A very romantic collection which brought together feminine pieces along with interesting experimental textiles with the pleats as well as the laser cutting and use of tailoring and cut. Floaty silhouettes enhanced the sense of summer and the feel of relaxing on a beach front. The amazing coral colour pieces such as with the beige pants followed by spicy orange gave a nostalgic feeling along with reflecting a North African colour story! Our favourite pieces from the night included the lace dress in white at the end and the beautiful floaty purples with flash of yellows prints. And we cannot forget those awesome necklaces! We have spotted them at Tiffany Amber, Bunmi Koko and the Ubuntu project too…watch this trend! Gotta love them!
Overall a well executed show which did not disappoint.
Photos copyright Abi Oshodi of AO-Photography
To view more photos from the night then check out our Facebook photo album here
Bunmi Koko can now be purchased from the end of May with their own online store.