Spring is already here, don’t forget that summer is on its way, that’s why you should have a look at our gorgeous Spring – Summer collection 2014: EKI ORLEANS
Entitled ‘A Slice of Africa’, the designer presents a sublime visual discourse on the African continent and its relationship with China. Indeed, this SS14 collection is a reaction to the growing Chinese investment in Africa, a symbolic representation of the harmonious fusion between the two cultures.
Juxtaposing two different prints in the same silhouette, one print inspired by African cultural imagery and the other by Chinese design elements, Eki Orleans suggests that the intersection of African and Chinese culture can create something that is beautiful, chic and sophisticated. The designer elaborated that ‘With the African-inspired print, I wanted a design that creates the illusion of rows and rows of market stalls and the resulting electricity and energy found in traditional African markets. With the Chinese-inspired print, I was drawn by the beauty of traditional Chinese floral vases.’
Staying true to the Eki Orleans aesthetic, the collection features light and diaphanous dresses in flattering silhouettes in a breath-taking yellow and lime colour palette.
This print was inspired by the hustle and bustle of African markets. I created a design using some of my previous prints and certain African symbols in a pattern to create the illusion of rows and rows of market stalls and the resulting electricity and energy found in traditional African markets.
This print was inspired by traditional Chinese florals. I chose these Chinese and African (Ghanaian) symbols, as they both mean ‘friendship’. With the growing Chinese interest in Africa, it is important that both continents work together in partnership.
Models: GTM Model Rowena
MUA: Karen Salandy
Hairstylist: Regina Meessen
Photographer: Jean-Christophe Hermier