Black-Owned Fashion Brand Spotlight: Duro Olowu

Posted on June 18, 2020

Long a favorite of the celebrity set, we’ll just point to some of the most memorable Duro Oluwo celebrity looks rather than try and list them all. First up, the lady who put a whole lot of Black fashion designers on the map, Michelle Obama, who wore this fun dress in 2015:

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Next, Saoirse Ronin sported this dress in 2016:


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And in the interests of full disclosure, we didn’t like it much at the time, but it’s grown on us a lot since. She just came off a little too young for it and we didn’t see the explosion of pattern mixing that would follow this as a fashion trend. We must have settled into the trend, because we loved this quirky little frock that Sandra Oh wore to a pre-Emmys party in 2018:



But pattern-mixing isn’t the only tool in Doru Olowu’s style arsenal. For instance, there’s this gorgeously regal and colorful jacquard dress worn by Lupita Nyong’O in 2016:




The Lagos-born (toa Nigerian father and Jamaican mother) Duro Olowu launched his label in 2004 after studying and practicing law in England for a few years and realizing his true love and calling was in fashion design. In the years since, his colorful, eye-catching, and sometimes jaw-dropping designs have been a favorite of editors, stylists, buyers and celebrities. His eye-popping sense of color and pattern, his cultural backgrounds and his love of adapting classic western fashion styles in new or unseen ways is what sets him apart from other designers. Once you see a couple of Duro Olowu designs, you get an immediate sense of his aesthetic and can see it play out again and again in beautiful ways with each new collection.








[Photo Credit: Luis Monteiro/Courtesy of Duro Olowu, INSTARImages]

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