Welcome to Runway Matters, where we're delivering notes straight from the runway so you can quickly digest the most important trends and noteworthy moments from the F/W 18 shows.
If you haven't heard, Lagos, Nigeria, is a fashion city not to be overlooked. And no one is proving that more right now than Maki Oh. After seasons of delightfully playful presentations (like this past spring's game of musical chairs), designer Amaka Osakwe debuted her latest collection as a runway show. Set against the stark background of a nameless all-white warehouse space in midtown, Maki Oh's bold colors and penchant for prints shined (as did an infusion of rose gold metallics).
The collection featured the designer's signature batiks and rich printed fabrics from Africa, but hints of sheer fabric and unexpected cutouts at the waist and hips offered something playfully sensual without ever feeling overtly sexy. Maki Oh's clothes always offer a playful twist on the traditional, and this season's strong-shouldered blazers and floaty maxi dresses were no exception. Paired with clogs, the full collection's inherent subtlety and simplicity shone through. Read on for highlights.
In a nod to the elegant (and playful) nature of sensual dressing, Maki Oh presented styles that offer oomph without every being overtly flashy.
Bermudas are Back
The era of short shorts is over. Instead, Maki Oh sent models down the runway in high-waisted shorts that hit just above the knee.
All Hail High Shine
Maki Oh is one of a number of designers who included designs in ultra-shiny fabrics. A rose gold coat along with a matching coordinated short set were standout pieces that even minimalists could easily embrace.
If the (Practical) Shoe Fits
Instead of a typical boot or flat for fall, models walked the runway in iridescent and white clogs by Dansko. The footwear choice is just another sign that practical shoes are here to stay.