COLLECTION I

IYACHI ONYA | WILD WOMAN
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Sabodé introduces you to origin and language. IYACHI ONYA translates to 'Wild Woman' in mothers' native tongue Yala. Spoken in the town Okpoma 'the land of salt' of Cross River State located in south, south Nigeria. 

Inspired by Clarissa Pinkola Estés’ book 'Women Who Run With The Wolves', the collection is an ode to the wild spirit that lives in every woman. 

The range of designs reflect the yin and yang energies of a Woman through silhouette and fabric, with a mix of minimal and androgynous shapes contrasted with a desirable feminine simplicity. Blends of hard and soft textures are used as subtle contrasts to reinforce polar energies. Delicate organza is layered against woven tweed structures which sit alongside fluid silks, floral prints and block printed cottons.
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Its palette plays with Autumn shades of green, vibrant red, orange and iridescent hues of bronze and metallic silver. Whilst neutrals of ash grey, chalk white and black retain a sense of timelessness and normalcy.

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Consciously designed with sustainability, empowerment and versatility in mind key garments serve a purpose. Doodles turned visual mantras the brand Open Hand emblem features on the classic white tee. Crafted in Ogun State, Abeokuta the emblem reinforces the principle of exchange and self creation. The Yoni Top is designed as a reversible and adjustable bodice constructed from discarded fabric, it is cut to skim the body and accentuate form paying homage to the Divine Feminine. Lastly, the boho inspired Three-in-One Piata Dress emphasises freedom and movement, a multi-functional garment that can be styled as a skirt.

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Photographer | Christina Nwabugo
Jewellery Designer | Vera Daniel-Gebriel
Stylist & Art Director | Nathan Klein
Featuring | OYE & Sabodé