LOIN CLOTH AND ASHES (TANZANIA)
[The designer, Anisa Mapungwe]
[The moodboard for her "Elsewhere" collection, as first seen here]
[The Loin Cloth and Ashes logo, transformed into origami birds and printed on several pieces]
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ABOUT THE SHOW:
Tanzania's Anisa Mapungwe's [Loin Cloth and Ashes] "Elsewhere" collection showed a remarkable range of pieces [pants, skirts, jackets, dresses] with modern silhouettes, culminating in an accessible, wearable collection. There seemed to be an overarching focus on a relaxed vibe, as reflected in free, breathable, fluid silk pieces devoid of rigidity but defined by a variety of shapes, lengths, details [origami played a refreshing role] and the use of layering. The color palette consisted of metallics, black, and browns as well as touches of gold and silver in contrast with basic sheer pieces. Complementing the collection was her new jewelry line, Jungle by L.C.A, featuring electric blue statement necklaces and a belt bearing the L.C.A logo, as well as earrings almost shaped like the African continent. We also noticed a refreshing take on branding - Anisa had a mesh of her logo and origami birds printed on several pieces. Here's a closer look at her pieces [click "continue reading" below to see the entire post]:
a. Loose, laidback urban glamor, featuring harem pants. Notice the motif printed on the first top and the belt that bears the L.C.A. logo.
b. Focus on dresses - featuring origami and sheer details, a striped dress, and a layered metallic look.
c. Separates: Skirts and blouses with gorgeous details. The first is sheer with origami detailing, while the other two are fluid tops with the L.C.A. logo printed on them.
d. Jackets: A flared printed metallic maxi skirt is coupled with a draped jacket; a jacket with sharp shoulders and a prominent zip is paired with leggings.
e. THE BLACK DRESSES - one maxi dress and one cocktail piece featuring origami detailing
FINAL THOUGHTS: A clearly well-thought out collection worth being commended for including a wide range of pieces and exciting details. However, while some pieces stood out, some shapes and silhouettes seemed rather familiar and were not as improved upon as one might like. In any case, Loin Cloth and Ashes remains one our list of brands to watch. We've seen photos from her other collections and she's clearly fiercely talented.