Femininity is the quality and the combined traits of being female. Also known as womanliness. Until a few years ago I was not as comfortable being a woman as I am today. I wore baggy tops and pants unless I was forced to wear a skirt. This was in my teenage years. I think my impression of women in general was not healthy as I had a very different vision of what the “ideal” lady should be. This is a topic that I might have to revisit in the near future. I only embraced my feminine side in my early twenties.
Now, I have found that Ekiorleans (one of my favorite designers), makes pieces that allow me to embrace my femininity without compromising my strength as a woman or making me feel like a sex object. The pieces themselves, have a way of showing off a figure without the need for excessive nudity. To visualise, I am adding photos from a fun shoot we did together.
This photoshoot was tremendous fun, even though we almost lost our toes to the cold. Hyo, was a great pleasure to work with. I genuinely enjoyed getting to know more about Korea. I am grateful for her poise and serenity, styling her was not difficult. The best part about this shoot was, the cartoon illustration that @jilhenryx made of me. I have always wanted to be a cartoon, so this was a weirdly important achievement in my life right now. LMAO
The bright colours of the Ekiorlean’s prints on silk make me smile even though I am not a fan of bright colours. I revel in the fact that it is not just an African print but a story told using the print, as it takes u on a journey with the pure silk acting as a canvas. This is a brand which has combined a demure femininity with a bold No-nonsense vibe.
Ankara on silk has never been so interesting to me. I find the texture gives me a very pampered feel and I can indulge in luxurious silk items at a slightly more acceptable price
For the African diaspora, including myself this brand is what I classify as, comfort-clothes. This term does not highlight the comfort that the cool, smooth silk gives me. Comfort-clothes, is a term I use for those little touches of Africa in the European fashion world which comfort me when I miss home too much.
I am terrified of losing my identity in Anyway. This might be an issue for other people but no-one says anything. I find it difficult to choose a particular ‘people’ to associate myself with, A topic for another day. I appreciate Eki’s designs because they inspire me to be myself in London. I can wear an Eki piece, represent my African origins and yet not look out of place in a European social setting.
These garments can be made to order in the bespoke section of the designer’s website and please do not forget to use the voucher code: bk5