MBFWCT AW17 – Taibo Bacar
And we collectively sighed: “The only collection we needed to see today” as the finale walk proceeded.
I don’t know much about Mozambique and its history, but I find myself curious about the context in which its people’s culture exists post-independence. A true testimony of telling African tales through textile, Taibo Bacar’s ‘Muthiana Orera’ collection offers what I perceive as a glimpse of a Mozambican reality through a careful juxtaposition of Bantu nuances and western sensibilities. It is rich in texture with prints that are striking, yet subtle enough. The silhouettes are flattering and feminine – full skirts, mermaid shapes, cinched waistlines and some flowy maxis, nothing we have never seen before, but an interpretation I feel privileged to have witnessed. The mind-blowing attention to detail in how each garment is crafted is what will make this collection live forever.
The Look: “Hi Babes, I’m very rich, please.”
The Key Piece: The fancy maxi.
Accessories Game: Those cute teeny-weeny sling bags, and guys, did you see that basket weave umbrella?? OMG, omg, omg!!! *heart eye emojis*
We’ll fight for: Listen, I will brawl for this whole collection, but truly: CATCH ME OUTSIDE for the maxi with the bell sleeves!!
Where to Wear: Your bestie’s wedding, your stepson’s graduation, on a date with your future ex-husband, when you go receive your ‘Woman of the Year’ award… Wherever you need a concise, neatly packed slay in life while making the clear statement that you’re a boss b*tch.
Words / Jabulile Dlamini-Qwesha
Images / AFI