the queen of bling (as we affectionately call her) showed a 12-piece fusion of ankara, embellishments and printed silk. while her collection @ arise africa fashion week met with rave reviews, this one was perhaps less ambitious, featuring simple ready-to-wear pieces and separates that need minimal work...which may be just what the western market needs. here's a closer look at each piece:
a. while she employed contrasting techniques for some pieces, these featured one pattern throughout and were also the only pieces that featured pants.
b. mini dresses with a spring flair, duly blinged out for maximum effect.
c. we love these separates - wear them as is or mix-and-match them with other pieces you own. the neon polka dot shorts are a particular favorite.
d. JBL has recently introduced outerwear into her collections, re-interpreting the spring jacket africa-style.
e. dresses with fringe benefits/details also made a debut, upping the ante on simple shapes.
f. last but not the least, signature contrast dresses that look dipped in bling and ready to dazzle.
all in all, a great first showing in NY for the JBL brand. we do miss some of the spunk from her last collection but JBL can do no wrong in our eyes, so we congratulate this fashion house on yet another hit.