Frank Aghuno, the creative director of Fruché has wowed us with his SS19 collection called “Free Spirits”.
He drew the inspiration for this collection from the ancient Bini kingdom, which was known for the richness of its culture and costumes.
The brand designer, Frank Aghuno, centers the Fruché SS19 woman’s character on the subjects of Solomon Osagie Alonge’s photography. Alonge was the first official photographer for the Royal Court of Benin in the 20th century.
Regarding the colors used in this collection, Aghuno said they “are things that remind one of Bini culture. Powder blue to represent Water, green to represent the Ikhimwin tree, feathers to represent the Owonwon, burgundy from the traditional burgundy colored velvet wrappers tied by Bini women. The wood grain Adire Eleko (Nigerian wax dye technique) print represents wood carving which Bini is known for, Copper one of Bini’s natural resources and thousands of coral beads (Ivie) have been hand beaded into a dress (Ewu-Ivie) and skirt. King (Oba) and chief heads have been made in bronze Asooke (Hand woven fabric).”
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Creative direction and styling: Frank Aghuno @Frankbydesign_
Photography: Kosol Onwudinjor @Kosolonwudinjor
Models: Rafiat Bisodun @RafiatBisodun, Tosin Olajire @Darkskin_tosin