To celebrate it’s creative director’s 25th birthday, emerging label Morafa has released a capsule collection. Now we’re not quite sure of the creative and fiscal propriety of design and promoting a collection out of season, with no specific target, save for the opportunity to mark a personal milestone, but needs must, when the devil drives.
Morafa popped onto our radar earlier in the year with a very impressive collaborative collection with fashion label Fruche, which we reviewed here. Morafa distinguished itself with finely cut Aso-oke blazers and a superior tailoring in menswear. Well, this birthday collection puts our trust in the capabilities of the collection in serious doubt.
The collection has six distinct looks, which should have given the label sufficient time to ensure that quality control and fit were completely sorted out. But that obviously didn’t happen. Morafa offers us a Damask print blazer with matt sleeves that has puffy seams and poor fit on the shoulders plus shoddy tailoring. Its checked blazer doesn’t fare much better, sleeves are too long for the model and the shawl lapel is ill-fitting.
However, it is the label’s attempts at women’s wear that truly give us pause. The labels offer us a series of pedestrian cocktail dresses that look like they were taken straight out of a low end prom rental. Over long tulle skirts and a fit so pedestrian anyone with fabric and needle can cobble together. It was all around, very disappointing.
Hopefully Morafa will return to form and this gross misstep will be forgotten.