RAFW Runway Report: Ae’ lkemi Spring/Summer 2010
If you’re a champagne kind of gal with a penchant for feathers, ruffles and cocktail dresses, Ae’lkemi is for you. This season, Alvin Fernandez whipped up all manners of gorgeousness with mouth-watering satin delights and full-length evening beauties. Ae’lkemi has proved time and time again that it is a brand of quality and elegance as opposed to gimmicks and trends. The attention to detail was extraordinary with intricate embroidery beautifully incorporated into nightwear.
It was a parade of stunning cocktail dresses sprinkled with long, sophisticated evening gowns. Satin-heavy, the collection emphasised the bodacious female figure with garments cut to flatter.
Like many designers this season, Ae’lkemi showed a considerable number of one-shoulder numbers and also demonstrated how hot evening dresses could be transformed into a ‘ladies who brunch’ kind of look with a simple cream jacket.
For the social butterfly, Ae’lkemi displayed several long, simple gowns including one of my favourite looks, which was a black strapless creation with black sheer fabric at the bottom. The motifs stamped on the fabric, which billowed out as the models walked the runway, added some flavour to the simple look.
Ferandez generally kept the forms rather simple and instead opted to amp up the fab factor with bunches of feathers, clusters of sequins and embroidery. I particularly liked the beautiful bateau neck dress with feathered bottom. Hopefully, summer will be a cocktail party marathon for I need an excuse to wear these babies!