Aren’t these pieces just fabulous? A lover of African textiles myself, Ohema Ohene (pronouced ‘Oh-he-maa Oh-he-nee’)uses them in a way that gives them that hint of surprise, especially for their SS/13 Menswear collection (above + below). Based in London. Ohema Ohene (referencing the designer’s Ghanian heritage) was created in 2008 by designer Abenaa Pokuaa and it’s described as ‘African Inspired Fashion With A British Twist’. Utilizing rich prints, directly sourced from Ghana (including authentic traditional motifs), blended with more contemporary imagery as well as Dutch Wax prints from Holland designed by the designer, her spin on the use of African textiles is definitely unique. Take the African Bomber Jacket below for instance, in the teal, mustard + black colorway – talk about graphic, fun + bright – three key trends for Spring.
Then you have the black cardigan below whose pattern takes over a front panel of the cardigan, then wraps itself around the neck and down the buttons placket. Love how the designer used colorblocking on the shirt top right, with patterned shoulder + front panel details.
Better even is how in addition to menswear, Ohene also carries women’s + footwear – which is no surprise as ‘Ohema Ohene’ means Queen & King in the Ghanaian language of Twi. Here are pieces for women showcasing the designer’s own twist on African textiles – a patterned peter pan collar added to a lace shift (upper right, below) + applying pattern to a peplum style skirt (lower right, below).
Love the neckline on the dress below + how well it compliments the style of the dress. The jumpsuit to the right is just super killer!
As far as footwear is concerned, they too are pretty spectacular as the designer has a great eye. Yet, I must admit, when I saw the sneakers + espadrilles, SUNO came to mind (the label also uses African textiles, but their’s are vintage Kenyan textiles) however, the high top sneakers are unlike any versions I’ve ever seen.
(photos: Ohema Ohene)
No matter, you should definitely pick up something from this designer for Spring, for the impact of color, pattern and style. Available for purchase at Ohema Ohene online.