Here is a sneak peek into Cameroonian designer Imane Ayissi’s Autumn/Winter 2012-2013 collection titled ‘Okiri’ (meaning ‘tomorrow’ in Ayissi’s native language of Ewondo). Inspired by the British rock band The Kills’ “Future Starts Slow” and the works of Congolese artist Bodys Isek Kingelez who depicts the cities of the future, Okiri presents sleek silhouttes in a clean palette of colour-blocked monochromes, browns and whites in loosely draped wool, cashmere, silk and organza juxtaposed with sturdier leather.

“Future Starts Slow” is the current feeling of Imane Ayissi about our world : It’s time for new solutions concerning the environment and the energy, but also to build new relationships between people and continent, it’s time to create a new modernity, but actually very few new ideas appear and it seems very difficult to forget the old outlines. But as Kingelez shows it with his work, maybe the african societies can bring some of these new solutions…

So the collection tries to imagine fashion’s tomorrow, but because it’s almost impossible not to look behind, this collection mixes tradition and a new modernity. As usual, because sustainability is the big question for the future, the collection uses only natural fabrics like wool, mohair, cashmere, silk, organic cotton and leather.

Photo: Stephane de Bourgies 
Model: Kinee Diouf
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