Sophie Zinga, a fellow alumna of Parsons The New School of design, presents her new SS17 collection Hibiscus.
Inspired by the Hibiscus flower which is widely (and highly) regarded in her home country Senegal as well as places like the Caribbean not only for its colorful flower blossoms but also for the tea otherwise known as ‘Bissap’ (West Africa) and Sorrel (Caribbean Islands).
Together with photographer Florence Ngala, Sophie chose to shoot in a location that was very close to her heart, in her Parents home in Dakar where she spent most of her childhood and where she first opened her Atelier upon moving back to Senegal from New York city.
In keeping with her aesthetic of feminine minimalism, the collection features plenty of evening wear showcasing vibrant colour and texture in a variety of fabrics such as hand woven fabric, batik styled crinkled silk chiffon, organza and double-face satin to name a few. Included is an orange tie-die traditional fabric which is elegantly transformed into a long 3-tiered evening dress. I think this is my fave!
Clean and simple silhouettes are complemented with intricate details in both texture and technique. Like the hand painted hibiscus flower on silk in the above image and below intricate handwork
In the gallery are a few more selections of my favourites.
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