Monday, June 5, 2023

Lookbook: Funke Adepoju’s 2015 “Fifth Avenue” Collection

Nigerian fashion house Phunk Afrique has been on the radar for quite sometime now and we at SPICE are super excited to see its designer, Funke Adepoju – known for presenting modern silhouettes with rich details – back with a new collection, titled “Fifth Avenue“ – the first range from her rebranded, now self-titled label: Funke Adepoju.

The range was inspired by a trip Ms Adepju took to New York and features plenty of wearable pieces that ooze femininity and class.

According to the designer;

“Everyone has a New York story – that city that takes you in and makes you see things through a clearer lens, and allows you to exist in your most creative element.

You find inspirations everywhere – the subway, waiting to flag a yellow taxi, in line to buy a snack. It’s such a vibrant place that fills you up with so much excitement.”


Following the release of her lookbook, shot by David Otokpa and modelled by Precious John and Joyce Chidebe, speaking on the brand’s name change, Funke revealed the idea occurred following her need to express the transition of the Phunk Afrique brand, and to highlight the maturity that evolved in both her design process and the general objectives of the brand, saying;

“We used to have a more playful and fun outlook – an informal structure that indulged catering mostly to people who brought in their fabrics for us to design and make garments to suit their taste. Eventually, Phunk Afrique grew into the Funke Adepoju brand and has become more personal.

I am invested more into the Funke Adepoju brand, in the sense that I have arrived at the dynamic that suits who a Funke Adepoju woman is, what she represents and how to satisfy her. And you can tell time has played its own delightful part in this journey.

The brand has stepped into the realm of more luxurious and sophisticated fabrics, to mature cuts and aesthetics and overall, more intricate detailing.”

Team SPICE totally agree (though that playful element clearly still exists in this range) but take a look at Funke Adepoju’s new collection, “Fifth Avenue” and tell us what you think in the comments box below;

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