Ghana’s Lumiere couture came into our radar a few months ago with it’s debut collection ‘Ethereal Bloom’, a sweeping affair full of high drama maxi-dresses and bright yellow prints. It was a strong, if somewhat cliche nod to this year’s Spring trends and a lot of work into the construction of the pieces. And the exaggerated yards of draping didn’t do much to help the entire idea they were trying to sell to us. So when we saw nearly two months later, the label had already released a second capsule collection, we were eager to see what had changed.
She values her culture and no one can deny her worth and elegance. Her Duku (headwrap) symbolizes her traditional upbringing. She’s a woman who knows her roots and thrives on her uniqueness. What’s even more intriguing is her love for luxury and jewelry. Hence the infusion of lace and Swarovski elements. She’s an enigma and worth knowing.
The press statement that accompanies ‘Sika’ Lumiere Couture’s new capsule collection is quite explicit about what the label is trying to achieve with this. It is looking inwards, towards Ghana’s people and culture for inspiration and trying to dress a different kind of woman with Sika. The Afrocentric woman who proudly wears headwraps and finds ways to adapt her culture to a cutthroat 21’st century world.
The Sika collection also seems a great way for Lumiere Couture to try and capitalize on a lot of this season’s trends because it offers us heavy embellished blouses, the off shoulder trend complete with elastic scythe sleeve, print culottes and even the high slit pants/dress iterations. It is all quite editorial but not very wearable.
Lumiere Couture always seems to bite much more than it can chew. It has great understanding of tailoring, but is strongly lacking in design.
Contact: Mrs Bertha Owusu
Creative Director : @iamberthaowusu