We all love to try new things and most women we know love wearing new clothes. The new ready to wear trend which a lot of fashion designers are adopting should make it easier to find something new to wear each day; if you can afford it. The problem a lot of African women face is that these designers are making clothes for women they cannot relate with. African women come in all shapes and sizes, but mostly in plus size. Plus size fashion is slowly catching on in Nigeria and MAKIOBA, the eponymous fashion brand is leading the way in plus size fashion.
During the just concluded Heineken Lagos Fashion and Design Week (HLFDW), Makioba’s curvy models stole the show as they clearly ruled the runway. Her new collection, “Rays of the Moon” debuted and the designs were simply sensational. The designer focused on elegant cuts and stylish designs. What we particularly loved about this collection was how elegant they were. She chose a monochromatic theme and came out with outstanding designs that were worthy of the runway.
According to the designer, Makioba Olugbile, she was inspired to cater for the plus sized community because majority of our high street boutiques usually lack stylish designs for plus size women. And if you are a size 14 and over, you know how frustrating it can be to find trend outfits that don’t look like something a grandma would wear.
Body confidence is a major issue for women who are quite curvy and finding clothes that fit and that look good on you is a major part of feeling good about yourself. Makioba understands that particularly as her size is what she describes as “Africa 16.” She is passionate about her craft and it is evident in every piece she showcased.
We really love the Rays of the Moon collection by Makioba and evidently, we’re not the only ones as Nollywood actress, Monalisa Chinda Coker was spotted in the LISA dress, which was part of that collection. See pictures of the collection below.
Rays of the Moon Collection by Makioba