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SUSTAINABLE STYLE SUNDAY: Duro Olowu

Posted By Abigail Doan On December 30, 2007 @ 5:00 am In Accessories and Fashion,New York City,sustainable style sundays | 2 Comments

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If Duro Olowu [2] is not on your sustainable style fashion radar, he should be. This former lawyer from Nigeria has a flair for breaking the laws of couture design via a resourceful mix of brightly colored, recycled African prints and vintage seventies-style tailoring. Olowu [3] has made a big splash on the global ‘must-have’ list with his one-of-a-kind hippie chic and signature high-waisted patchwork dresses, recently updated to an even bolder variation featured in this season’s Barney’s New York green holiday catalog. [4].


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Olowu [2] has a sophisticated eye for mixing recycled and custom-designed fabrics with strands upon strands of global jewelry accessories. Though his haute-couture creations carry a hefty price tag, Olowu [3] attributes his luxurious extravagances and emphasis on ‘fashion as art’ to a desire to pay homage to the regal and stylish women of Bamako [5], the capital of Mali. “It’s a dizzy quick visual beauty that reflects my culture and women – it’s a very joyful dress, effortless, comfortable, and sexy without being in-your-face,” he says.

With the well-timed opening of his shop on Portobello Road in London and the wide acclaim he received after his debut at London Fashion Week [6] last February, Olowu [3] is now slated to bring African-inspired and mulitcultural collaged creations to the forefront of our sustainable style sensibility.


+ Duro Olowu [2]

+ Duro Olowu Fall 2007 Collection on Style.com [7]


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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/12/30/sustainable-style-sunday-duro-olowu/

[2] Duro Olowu: http://www.duroolowu.com/

[3] Olowu: http://www.duroolowu.com

[4] Barney’s New York green holiday catalog.: http://www.barneys.com/b/browse/category.s?categoryId=744740

[5] Bamako: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bamako

[6] London Fashion Week: http://www.londonfashionweek.co.uk/

[7] + Duro Olowu Fall 2007 Collection on Style.com: http://www.style.com/fashionshows/collections/F2007RTW/review/DOLOWU

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