For many design labels, aesthetics and design philosophy are answers to the question of identity. What makes a design label? What distinguishes it from the myriad of other emerging labels that join the fray each year, struggling for the fickle attention of the consumer?
David Omigie’s Daltimore is one of the emerging labels that appears to answer this question by turning away from the illusion of luxury design, focusing instead on a very utilitarian aesthetic. It’s first collection, released in late 2015 comprises mostly of agendered clothing, tunics and sleeveless vests.
The sophomore collection, Spring 16’s Earthed builds on that wayfarer aesthetic. The collection’s name is obviously drawn from the creative director’s decision to stick to earth tones, a move that is both ingenious and severely limiting. Many of the staples from the label’s first collection are reinterpreted here in the season’s colours, and because the collection is very simplistic in design and execution, the effect is very primitive, exactly the kind of effect you want to avoid.
The label also experiments with embellishment, beading, to be specific to disastrous results. Much of the bead work is too simplistic to merit any accolades. And because much of the beading is uneven, it draws the eye to the collection’s other flaw, the accessorizing.
However, the label’s mens sandals are quite a delight to behold, translating quite well in photographs. They are the one bright spot in a collection that otherwise left us sorely disappointed.
Brand Contact: Instagram: @DaltimoreCollections | Phone no : 08022036481
Designer: Omigie David
Photography: Obe Tolulope for Crosshaired
Creative Direction: Daniel Obasi
Models: Ambeke Yewande | Gabriel Kas | Victor Ekeng
Makeup: Eboda Abisola for Robynn Black
Wig by: Teni Wades for T.W Wigs
Hair Styling: Alexandria Nnamaka for Nappyhaired