Ituen Basi’s celebration of the ubiquitous Ankara continues in the
‘Independence’ collection, which stays true to the essence of the Ituen
Basi label. Set in post independence Nigeria, the collection shows
optimism and progress as it dances around a playful yet ladylike retro
silhouette with its appealing glamour of the 60s and the humble elegance
of traditional Yoruba buba & iro. The streamlined collection belies the
intricate craftsmanship synonymous with the label.
For colour, Ituen uses vibrant slashes of random colours evoking the
energy of a Nigerian market place. The deliberate mishmash of the
colours and patterns intensifies and echoes the delightful twist of
everyday people on the streets of Lagos. Blazing red is completed by
more intense hues of yellow and orange with a stronger accent of green.
Key pieces include Capri pants, structured ‘Jackie O’ cropped jackets,
mini buba & iro and body conscious evening dresses. Accessories
complementing the delicate silhouette of the collection are light and
whimsical with belts playing an important role.