Attracting the upper echelons of the city’s fashionistas, the heart of Warsaw echoed to the sounds of Africa on Thursday evening (09.06) with ul. Widok bursting with buoyance as the latest collection of suits by CHI-CHI UDE turned the street into a catwalk.
by Małgosia KRAKOWSKA
The half-Polish, half-Nigerian designer is one of few torch-bearers of ethnic prints active on the Polish fashion scene. With strong personal links to Africa, Ms. Ude proudly incorporates influences of the ‘dark continent’ in her designs.
Her ochre and indigo patterns set against turquoise or cobalt present themselves as strong single pieces, but feel free to dress head over heels in a Malian or Kenyan-spirited outfit. The vivid patterns have a wild element, but also a restraint that won’t let you lose your head.
Dressed in a bright yellow design of her own, Ms. Ude made an emotional speech addressed to family and friends that received wild applause not only from the guests but also from passerby’s. “Without your help and support,” said the young designer, “we wouldn’t have made this.”
The creative and managerial forces behind Chi-Chi Ude’s fashion show were Małgorzata Mikulik EVENTAGE and Iwona Czapla, the keeper of Galeria Sztuki Rowerowej Dusty Diggers. “We chose such an informal setting because Chi-Chi’s designs don’t just resound with fashion, but also art,” said Ms. Czapla as she showed the Insider around the Galeria.
Models in face masks walked among guests presenting resonating prints in controlled silhouettes, with the evening juxtaposed with a photo exposition, movie screening and jazz concert courtesy of Jazzpospolita. Alternative sounds from DJ Spike crowned an event that will live long in the memory.
Galeria Sztuki Projektowej Chi-Chi Ude, chichiude.com