Republic of Foreigner debuts its Resort 2012 Collection entitled Echizen. The designers use exquisite colours, patterns, and textures to compose creative connections between modern views of romanticism and the natural world.
The result is refreshingly soft, feminine, and whimsical – with sharply tailored jumpsuits and confidence-assured dresses, alongside playful tops, shorts, and trousers.
About The Collection:
The Echizen Collection is a dynamic fusion of chic Bohemianism and the natural world. The name of the collection was literally inspired by a beautiful yet invasive species of jellyfish called Echizen found in the Pacific Ocean.
The collection represents a mix of gauche and glamor—staying true to the designers’ tradition of mixing their easy boho-inspired aesthetic with contemporary African and world culture. Ideas for the collection were derived from vintage photographs of Italian Gondoliers in boater hats, and characters observed in films such as The Chicken Ranch (1970s), West World (1973), Dune (1984), and Giacomo Pucini’s opera, La Bohème.
Coupled with these influences, movement, shape, and colour all play a big role in the collection, as do graphic prints, textures, and trimming—all working together to celebrate women, beauty, simplicity, aggression, everyday life, and change.
Photography: Folarin Shasanya
Model: Monishade Gbobaniyi
Styling & Art Direction: The R.O.F Team
Make-Up: Seun for Blush Beauty
Graphic Design: Spark Creative