Seeing this collection, there’s no questioning why she was invited to meet Michelle Obama as part of Obama’s most admired fashion designers.

The collection infuses traditional adire prints into soft fabrics in shapes that are familiar territory for Maki Oh – the boxy top, the midi, tapered shirts. Silk has always had a place in her collections but here she adds rich cottons and dense, spongy honeycomb mesh. (source)

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As FADER’s love affair with Nigerian label Maki Oh and it’s namesake founder Amaka Osakwe grows, so to does my own personal long distance admiration of the designer and her works continue to be nurtured.

In their latest feature on the designer and the significance of her Maki Oh as a Lagos-based and Nigerian-centered homegrown label, the FADER’s style editor at large Mobolaji Dawodu, who’s half-Nigerian, recollects his childhood in Lagos and connects his nostalgic remembrances of the role clothes, style and tailoring plays in Lagos life, to the ways in which the relevance and dynamics of these traditions are being interestingly resurrected by Maki Oh’s use of non-Western Nigerian cloths such as Adire that are both made in and originate in Nigeria (although similar indigo dying techniques are used throughout much of West Africa).

Maki draws from the traditional stuff, because that’s where it started, but she’s mixing it up.

In this regard, Maki Oh stands out from a sea of African designers who are using non-African textiles (i.e. Dutch Wax print) that have become synonymous with what we often refer to as ‘African fashion’, and often mistaken for being of African origin.

Maki’s work stands out because she uses fabrics in Africa that aren’t the norm. Nowadays, everybody is doing a lot of beautiful designs with African prints, or ankara—like the Turkish capital. But the fabrics that Maki uses are more obscure. When you see an African print, you look at it and you’re like, Oh that’s an African print, but what she uses, when you look at it, it’s not just about Africa. It’s a mesh of many influences. A lot of ankara fabrics are actually imported from Holland these days; the prints that Maki uses will be hand-painted and stitched in Nigeria, but they’ll be a play on those traditional designs and the stories they tell, like a dress that’s covered in eyes, or fish, or a very contemporary-looking abstract design.

Lisa Folawiyo, Omoyemi Akerele, Amaka Osakwe & More make African Fashion Awards 2014 Nominees List

Lisa Folawiyo, Omoyemi Akerele, Amaka Osakwe & More make African Fashion Awards 2014 Nominees List

Great news! The 2014 African Fashion Awards nominees have been announced and Nigeria has been well represented as Omoyemi Akerele of Style House Files/Lagos Fashion & Design Week, Lisa Folawiyo of her eponymous fashion label, Amaka Osakwe of Maki Oh, Favour LuckyImade Ogbewi both models from Isis Modelling Agency made the nominees list. (more…)

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Fashion Lookbook: Maki Oh Spring 2015 RTW Collection.

Watching the progress of Nigerian designer Amaka Osakwe’s clothing label Maki Oh, a play on her first and last names, has been one of the most rewarding experiences in African fashion and design.

Always keeping her feminine appeal and awareness intact, where last year’s Spring 2014 RTW collection was an exciting mish-mash of colours, cuts and silk sensuality, she returns this year with a range that sees a complete aesthetic departure from where she was a year ago.

Using a palette that includes a similar shade of indigo, inspired by Yoruba Adire textiles, that she made use of in her Fall/Winter 2014 RTW collection, Amaka’s Spring 2014 RTW line is a mixture of exquisite simplicity and classic simplicity. Not that any of this is new for Amaka. We’ve seen her take on similar silhouettes as far back as her Fall/Winter 2013 collection - one of her best to date.

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Maki Oh's Day At The White House For Michelle Obama's Celebration Of Design

NEW POST: Maki Oh’s Day At The White House For Michelle Obama’s Celebration Of Design

It started when we saw an invite to the White House for one of our favourite labels, Maki Oh on Instagram. Excited about this amazing honour for a Nigerian designer we love so much we’ve been eagerly awaiting all the news and pictures to share with you and here they are!  (more…)

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Amaka Osakwe of Maki Oh; The Nigerian Designer in Whom Michelle Obama is Well-Pleased

Amaka Osakwe of Maki Oh; The Nigerian Designer in Whom Michelle Obama is Well-Pleased

When the First Lady of the United States,Michelle Obama aka FLOTUS not only takes special note of your designs, but goes ahead to don it, and then invites you to a Celebration of Design featuring her favourite designers, you are most definitely doing something right!


Amaka Osakwe, the Creative Director of Maki Oh, is the award-winning designer and trail blazer who is doing…

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Fader TV Interviews Designer Amaka Osakwe Of Maki Oh

O Museu Afro Brasil,instituição da Secretaria da Cultura do Estado de São Paulo, convida para a Mostra de “Moda Africa Africans”, com um desfile inédito que integra o calendário da 39ª edição do São Paulo Fashion Week. O desfile apresentará as coleções de cinco renomados estilistas africanos: Palesa Mokubung (África do Sul); Amaka “Maki” Osakwe (Nigéria); Jamil Walji (Quênia); Xuly Bët (Mali) e Imane Ayissi (Camarões). O desfile é hoje às 11h30, mais infos no nosso blog: ‪#‎caicodequeiroz‬ ‪#‎cq10anos‬ ‪#‎equipecq‬


Maki Oh - Fall Winter 2013

Osakwe combines her Nigerian references with coolly elegant Western silhouettes, notably pencil-lean dresses; The circular necklines and seaming on other pieces echoed the effect. Then, Osakwe explored more laid-back cuts, executing boxy tees, lapel-free jackets, and pajama pants. Still, this was a typically natty affair, relaxed but not casual per se. Likewise, Osakwe’s incorporation of heavier fabrics, such as the velour, and items fit for cooler weather, like the jackets, did nothing to diminish or distract from her unique point of view; Osakwe may be conceding to the seasonal needs of her increasingly international clientele, but she’s doing it her own way.



MAKI OH - Spring Summer 2013

The eyes on Osakwe’s clothes are meant to be unsettling: They’re watching you. And it’s no accident that the face cut into the fringe on Osakwe’s terrific slipdress looks pissed off; that’s the girl whose secret’s been betrayed. Elsewhere, Osakwe picked up a traditional Nigerian print of spiraled squares, which was an allusion to the compounds where people live in rural Nigeria. 


#Throwback Spotted - Michelle Obama In Maki Oh

NEW POST: #Throwback Spotted - Michelle Obama In Maki Oh

Not that far back into the past but because I’m loving Amaka Osakwe’s Genevieve Magazine’s cover, I remembered the time when Michelle Obama brought the designer into spotlight by wearing one of her blouses from her Spring/Summer 2013 collection. (more…)

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Maki Oh's Leading Lady Covers Genevieve Magazine

NEW POST: Maki Oh’s Leading Lady Covers Genevieve Magazine

Amaka Osakwe, the founder and creative director of Maki Oh, the Nigerian label that has gone international in a big way with her pieces having been worn by Michelle Obama amongst other dignitaries and celebrities, covers the October edition of Genevieve Magazine.  (more…)

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