Back in July we spoke to Antidote Street founder Winnie Awa about her online beauty platform specifically catered towards a multicultural clientele. For London Fashion Week, Awa made another debut, with her fashion line andVerv, with co-creator ẹbun Oduwole. A few weeks ago, All The Pretty Bird’s very own Charisse Kenion signed up as backstage photographer for andVerv’s debut.
Entitled Mbari Lite, the show was an ode to one of the original ‘pop-up’ experiences: The Mbari Club, which means ‘ephemeral holds true’. It was created in the 1960s, during the post-independence period in Nigeria, and soon became synonymous with post-independence optimism. Once Fela Kuti made his debut there as band leader, it went on to become a place that would attract writers and creators from all over Africa, America and the Caribbean. Using Mbari as an inspiration, the space that Awa and Oduwole created for London Fashion Week was simple and restrained: just four models embodying a spirit of play and creativity while attendees could wander around, observe, and of course, take a shot for the ‘gram.
Think femininity and power, while also being able to show up at your friend’s party ready to dance ’til dawn. The entire line was filled with separates in beautiful colors, like pale pistachio with a shot of lime and the most amazing rich reds and delicate pinks, all made from a wonderfully soft and wearable range of materials. There were also a couple of dresses that could be layered or worn alone for a trip to the local market, or a walk along the beach. “We sought to convey the relaxed confidence of these women in our fabrics, choosing breathable tencel, cotton and a special cupro-modal mixed chambray,” says designer Oduwole.
Not only are the andVerv pieces soft-to-touch and extremely wearable, they are destined to be worn by any woman who wants to move freely and elegantly through her world. Add to this an audience that truly came through and loved the fashion installation, and I think many will be watching what this up-and-coming brand comes up with next.