Wednesday, September 11th was a bit of a somber day in New York City, remembering the 12th anniversary of 9/11, but the ladies at William Okpo brought a gleam of light on an otherwise somber day. William Okpo is a women’s ready-to-wear line run by sisters Lizzy and Darlene Okpo. The line is named after their father and infuses contemporary looks with their Nigerian culture. For their sixth collection, Spring/Summer 2014, the ladies teamed up with Opening Ceremony to present their latest as part of the BTW (By The Water) series at SuperPier alongside the Hudson River.
The collection was very fresh and youthful, combing modern yet simple silhouettes, with playful patterned graphics. Textiles included usage of leather, mesh, cotton, and various stretch materials for more body-conscious looks. The illustrations in the collection are by artist Will Gallagher, which “reinterprets African barber shop posters with depictions of cool-kid haircuts”. T-shirts with these illustrations were on hand for sale to benefit the 14 + Foundation, a charitable organization founded by Nchimunya Wulf to held build schools and orphanages in rural Africa. 100% of the proceeds of the shirts go to the foundation’s latest project: the construction of Chipakata Children’s Academy in Zambia. I personally purchased one of the shirts in white to support the initiative.
The collection also featured a few children’s looks (seen above) which kept with the youthful theme. The event had a very familial feeling, bringing together people of all ages to an evening of fashion, food by Cafe Habana, drinks by Tiger, and sounds by DJs A$AP J. Scott and Huggy Bear.
Check out the gallery below for more looks from the refreshing collection.
*All photos by Bee & Rog Walker