Call it recycling, call it revolution, one thing we are sure of is fashion style never dies, okay; we could say the style faded or let us say we outgrew them.
We will be taking a walk down memory lane with the Iro and Buba, that is the traditional Yoruba women attire, though it is not known to the Yoruba alone anymore as other African tribes have embraced this fashion style.
Growing up, we saw our mothers look good in this style, that is the round cut neck, oversized hand, straight cut wrapper, same style for everyone, no matter your fabric or the price of your fabric.
Sometimes when we see them in these outfits, we know it is time for a special occasion, it has also evolved from being just the attire of the celebrant to the guests who have become more fashion demanding hence designers have been interpreting this once “simple style " in many more designs other than Simple .
Here are a few of these designers and their idea of today’s Iro and Buba.
Komole by Deola Sagoe
Komole is the name of Deola’s iro and buba and this has been a favourite of most elite brides on their special day. The style is made from her signature silk aso oke fabric intricately designed with laser cut outs. The entire traditional 2 piece outfit creates silhouettes that flatter any figure or body of its wearer.
Alaine by Celine
Turfah’s iro and buba is the latest sensation on the block. They come in volume enhanced blouse styles – bows, ruffles and a generous amount of fabric along the iro over the smart looking wrapper (buba), though it is mostly in rich tone colors of silk fabric
There is never anything usual with this designer . She is like the gift that keeps on giving . She has her designs stenciled; you don’t see a stenciled aso-oke often. By the way, it is called the Aadun series.
Omoge CreationWith the infusion frill in their designs, Omoge creation has stamped it on mark on the iro and buba style.
Ituen BasiWith 2 latest designs named - Nkoyo collection which is the laser cut Ankara design and the Lape & Salewa collection which is made with sequins. Ituen Basi has always kept her interpretations quite interesting as she started out by reviving the age long Oleku trend in the most colorful way in Ankara, denim and leather.