On Sunday morning, when Sex Education star Ncuti Gatwa suddenly made international headlines upon the announcement that he will be the next actor to take the iconic lead role in Doctor Who just as he hit the BAFTAs red carpet in an unusual and eye-catching ensemble, Lorenzo ran off to the Lorenzo Cave to track down the designer. “I have the designer for Ncuti’s outfit!” he shouted out to Tom after a few minutes. “It’s Orange Culture Nigeria!” Several minutes passed before Lorenzo spoke again. “We are definitely doing a spotlight post on Orange Culture Nigeria this week.” And thus it came to pass, based largely on Lorenzo’s immediate rapturous response to designer Adebayo Oke-Lawal’s exuberantly flamboyant, envelope-pushing designs for men.
Adebayo Oke-Lawal has been designing since the age of 10. He started Orange Culture in 2011, after having worked with several Nigerian designers, to turn his unique vision of fashion into reality. Since starting the label and an official runway debut at Lagos Fashion & Design Week 2011, he’s been hard at work trying to showcase Orange Culture to the world. The label is more than a clothing line, Adebayo insists. It is a “movement” that covers universal silhouettes with an African touch to a creative class of men, translating into a heady mixture of Nigerian inspired print fabrics, colour and contemporary urban street wear.
[Photo Credit: Courtesy of Orange Culture Nigeria]
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