The Clothes: Graceful minimalism and functionality ruled the day. Braided cord belts, rolled-up pants and buttoned up overalls were reminiscent of industrial or farm workers with a feminine twist. Hard-wearing cotton and denim cut into wide-leg shorts, stove-pipe pants and asymmetrical skirts brought old-time classic into a post-modernist future. A delightfully on-trend romper with side cut-outs drew much attention from guests and photographers.
The dream was in the detail. The collars were adorable. A view from the back revealed contrasting panels sewn into the blouses. Rope was woven corset-style into the tops as well as the legs of the pants. The color palette was basic and earthy; browns, oranges and blues, with touches of ivory. We loved the Okpo sisters’ liberal use of polka dots, including sleeveless blouses, waistcoats, and a shirt and pants combo that made us want to picnic in a field.
William Okpo is known for its strong masculine element. This line stayed true to that, but was definitely offset by more femme aspects such as full, layered skirts. Both Lizzy and Darlene are very young, and designed a collection for women just like themselves who seek pieces that are sleek and comfortable.
The Hair & Makeup: Standing in boxes of earth and on plastic grass with oranges strewn about, some of the models resembled delicate trees growing in a grove. The makeup by Aveda complimented the organic feel. Barely bronzed faces and lightly defined eyes directed all focus to matte coral lips. The eyebrows were strong. Lizzy Okpo noted how good the makeup products- made from natural plant bases- felt on her own skin.
The Privè hair team crimped and piled the models’ hair atop their heads in soft, untamed nests. The updo was finished with a white spray-on colour. Nail polish was futuristic and edgy: Matte white with a metallic silver accent nail.
The Soundtrack: The Weeknd crooned in the background.
The Vibe: Ethereal. The setting sun flooded the 5th floor Alvin Ailey Dance studio through the glass walls. It felt like we were floating amongst the rooftops of the city as we sipped Moscato and snacked on miniature cupcakes.
The Front Row: Solange Knowles
Celebrity We’d Most Like to See Wearing this Collection: Zooey Deschanel, Little Dragon’s Yukimi Nagano.
WTF Moment: More like a “Wow!” moment. All in attendance collectively died over the clear plastic “velskoen” (bush shoes), a collaboration between William Okpo and Namibian shoe maker Herbert Schier.
Photos: Danika Daly PR