First off let me say, Wana Sambo is a brand I've admired for a long time, you guys know I'm an endless champion of affordable clothes by Nigerian designers, and Wana Sambo offers all that; stylish and yet it won't break the bank. Bianca Jagger is also one of my personal style icons; I've said so in countless interviews; therefore a collection devoted to all these aesthetics definitely has my attention. I already have my eye on the maxi dress with the deep neckline and high slit, the last maxi dress with the cut out back and sheer bottom and the cropped top with the cross on it ( I never met a cropped top or maxi dress i didn't like).
The designer explains the inspiration for her Pre-A/W 2012 Collection below:
When I was thinking of the ‘I AM WOMAN’ Collection I thought: ‘”sorority girl meets women’s prison, Grunge Chic, Metals and Wires, Power, Life Struggles, etc etc” in the light of these, one woman to my mind: BIANCA JAGGER.
Bianca Jagger of the 70’s inspired this collection. Her passion for expressing herself through her style, power dressing, jet set lifestyle and marriage to rolling stones lead singer, Mick Jagger made her a force to reckon with. She was truly a ‘wild’ one who ran Studio54 and dared to do anything within and outside the realm of conventional. This is a woman arrived at a nightclub on a white horse just because it was her birthday. LOL . . . Today, she has blossomed into a great woman with several awards sitting on her shelf, mostly for her humanitarian deeds and exceptional works on defending the rights of women,
Applying the Bianca Jagger life story to the modern day Nigerian woman and what she can become allowed me name each outfit according to some of the local government areas in Nigeria, thus emphasizing the nearness of each piece to home.
I believe women should be able to take a stand, make mistakes and eventually learn that it is okay to be yourself and know it will only turn out right. Most people are only concerned with what the society deems ‘right and acceptable’ and as such never really appreciate or know their true selves until the day they die… I think it is really sad, and because I have and will continue to do me, I dare say; I AM WOMAN.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Temi Adebayo (www.temiadebayo.tumblr.com)
STYLING: Karen Young
Makeup: Wana Sambo team
Art Directors: Temi Adebayo, Ikeobi Daniel Ekwevi, Wana Sambo and Andra Wibisono
Love and light xx