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23 Feb

UEL graduate Bunmi Koko lights up London Fashion Week


Bunmi Olaye, University of East London graduate and Creative Director of luxury womenswear brand Bunmi Koko, set London Fashion Week alight on Monday, revealing for the first time her Autumn/Winter collection: Kaleidoscopia.

The collection, which illuminated the catwalk in front of a packed house of journalists, fashion buyers, celebrities and members of the fashion glitterati, was inspired by the scientific qualities of light, much of the collection taking its inspiration from the effect of light as seen through a prism.

Using ultra-vivid colours and contrasting fabrics with complex detail and intricate patterns. Sequins, suede, lambskin, silk jersey, organza and patent leather were used to stunning effect. As soon as the collection hit the catwalk, bloggers and tweeters were buzzing through the online fashion media with hyperbolic praise for the show.

Bunmi said of the show: “The Bunmi Koko Autumn/Winter 2011 show was absolutely amazing. I really enjoyed myself during London Fashion Week; there was a great energy about it all. We felt that it was important to show the relationship between science, technology and fashion.

The models really reflected the theme of the collection, Kaleidoscopia, which also celebrated colour. And it was very important to us to show multiculturalism in the show as this is so rare in Fashion.”

She appeared jubilantly at the finale of the show wearing a simple ‘Fill the Cup’ T-shirt. ‘Fill the Cup’ is a United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) initiative to which Bunmi Koko has chosen to lend their support. The programme helps 22 million children in the developing world through its School Meals initiative.

Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of WFP, said: “When a fashion high-flyer such as Bunmi Koko focuses on the injustice of millions of children going hungry, it makes influential people pay attention to their plight.”

About the brand’s affiliation with the World Food Programme, Bunmi added:”We feel so honoured and privileged to be working with the United Nations World Food Programme as we are helping to raise awareness and funds to feed hungry children. The ‘Fill the Cup’ red cup symbol is a powerful visual tool which shows how little it takes to feed a hungry child.”

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