A Slice of Africa
Showcasing her elegant design capabilities, Hazel Aggrey-Orleans has created an exceptional SS14 collection that highlights the best feature in all women—their inner goddess.
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.