New Merchants favourite Loza Maleombho is a multi-dimensional designer/artist. Between exhibiting her captivating self-portrait series Alien Edits at art galleries, she also manages to create clothing that pays homage to her heritage. Entitled Queen Pokou, her latest collection her “Autumn 16 collection ‘Queen Pokou’ builds on the African mythos of her Spring 16 collection ‘Zaouli’ that celebrated the Guro culture, closing its spotlight on the life of one person in particular – Queen Abla Poku the founder of Baoule ethnicity of West Africa based in the centre of Côte d’Ivoire. Poku helped create an egalitarian community similar to the Igbo communities of Southern Nigeria and is one of the great Queens of Africa, often touted as Africa’s feminists long before the term became popular.
There are many of the now signature Maleombho accents in the new collection, her quirk of fringing hemlines, flared hems and strategic cut outs. But this collection sees Maleombho uses her lightest fabric worked in gauzy striped jumpsuits and heavily pleated dresses. Her structured dresses and deconstructed blazers are also strong highlights, everything tied together by the impeccable fit and strong silhouettes.”
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