Emerging design label Tai.Lore has done the unconventional, it has taken elements from both approaches and forged his own path. His debut collection ‘Eko’ is one of the myriad collections inspired by the colossus that is Lagos and its distinct aesthetic. Instead of crippling itself by trying to encompass all that is Eko, the label settles for metaphor instead, choosing a single symbol to represent the city; an embroidered multi-hued Gouldian Finch, one of the few natural birds that have in it’s plumage all the official colours of Lagos state.
Considering this specific breed of finch is indigenous to Australia, it is a bit of a gamble but one that pays off. Emblazoned on excellently tailored suits in a myriad of colours, it is the perfect artistic counterpoint to a very utilitarian collection. With Few Model’s Onwuka Wilson and Ford Model’s Queen Onyemaechi fronting the campaign, and creative direction by Tosin Ogundadegbe gets the best representation of his brand.
For TAI.LORE‘s debut 2016 collection, the inspiration is from the city that never sleeps – Lagos.
Eko designed by Tomini Tai-Osagbemi, caters to ladies who love the androgynous look, as well as men who want to look sharp and stylish.
A signature multi-coloured peacock is present on most of the pieces in the collection.
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Photography: Tomini Tai Osagbemi
Makeup: Beauty by Bellamere
Models: Queen Onyemaechi and Onwuka Wilson