Christie Brown was founded in March 2008 with the launch of the brand’s first run way show in Accra, Ghana. Creative Director, Aisha Obuobi has since grown the brand and led it to win major global awards including “The Emerging Designer of the Year” for the year 2009 at Arise Africa Fashion Week in Johannesburg, South Africa. Christie Brown has also featured a collection at the Arise L’Afrique-a-Porter exhibition in Paris, as part of Fashion Week march 2010. Aisha has also sat on the panel for “African Fashion Going Global” at the 2010 African Economic Forum hosted be Columbia University.
Christie Brown is happy to announce their new Fall collection – Talensi.
This collection has been one of our most intimate collections, filled with meaning and they are happy to share it with you. In preparation for Africa Fashion Week 2011, Aisha Obuobi, Creative Director of Christie Brown has written an open letter to the women that inspired the line.
I have always looked to the tiny moments that speak to my heart and make me smile.
As a designer I am inspired by the talented designers in the fashion industry. On the quest to bring more life and meaning to my work, I found inspiration, from the regular everyday things. I am ultimately living my dream, to create clothing that celebrates the femininity of African woman and compliments the bold personalities that we are embedded within.
As I drew my sketches, I never lost sight of these traits and they were the main inspiration for the new collection – Talensi. This collection marries the simplicity of nude tones with the richness of blues hues, while incorporating vibrant neon for an edgy flare. Talensi is a portrait of our constant pursuit of a balance between conservatism and modernism, the confident look we crave both on the runway and in our closets.
Although minimalistic in lifestyle, the Talensi tribe is rich with culture. This collection reveals the various treasures hidden in the northern Ghanaian culture in hopes that it will never be forgotten. This collection is an intimate exploration of what it means to be a woman, and it was inspired by the women who have taken bold fashion leaps with Christie Brown over the years.
Aisha began her love affair with fashion at an early age. Her grandmother, who the brand is named after, was a seamstress. Aisha grew up watching Ms. Christie Brown, stooped over a sewing machine, creating beautiful clothes…like pieces of art – out of rich, vibrant materials. As a little girl, she reveled in playing with shreds of African print material and designed mini collections for her favorite dolls.
Today, Christie Brown stands uniquely as a women apparel and accessories manufacturer and retailer with pieces ranging from beautiful bespoke gowns, practical yet statement pieces to innovative accessories all inspired by the African culture and art.
Look out for the latest collection showcasing at the upcoming Africa Fashion Week 2011
For more information check out the website: http://christiebrownonline.com/