Quophi Akoutuah showed on the second day of the KsiFW16 showcase after the company was forced to change venues as a result of technical difficulties.
But the show went on.
Akoutuah puts out a collection that is almost exclusively trained on serving the formal wear. Cocktail dresses and more daring evening wear. Tulle half skirts drape around satin dresses, embellished bodices in with lace motifs, ankara prints and paisley prints are sexed up with plunging neckline and exposed shoulders. There are even peplums and the rare flared cape crop blouse. Akoutuah also dabbles in the sheer bodice trend, employing beaded applique pieces to lend some modesty to otherwise very risque designs. A lot of this collection isn’t for a woman who lives in mortal fear of wardrobe malfunctions.
The most risque piece of the showcase comes at the tail end of the collection where the label shows a full sheer dress, with a heavy tulle skirt, a gamble that pays off.
Maybe it’s the choice of fabric or the tailoring, but the collection wavers in terms of construction, especially with the satin pieces. Some dresses are tailored to perfection while others are rife with puffy seams and ill fitting bodices. It is somewhat jarring to think that this all comes from the same person.
Photo Credit: Chasquido Studios.