By Jemi EKUNKUNBOR
Lagos based fashion designer and creative head of the label, JD7, Mrs Data Okorodudu, last Sunday in Lagos, launched its 2009 ready- to-wear collection. Known for her glamorous evening dresses, this is the first time she would be coming out with a ready-to -wear line. The event tagged â€œSpectrum Extremeâ€, also marked the designerâ€™s 5th year anniversary in the fashion industry.
As she rolled out the drums to celebrate, friends and well wishers from home and abroad, gathered at the Crown Plaza Hotel on victoria Island for the formal unveiling of her new line.
Segmented into seven collections, all collections were done in black and white fabrics save for the Qualitex la Boutique collection that featured colourful line celebrating Qualitex Textile Limited, one of the sponsors of the event.
The JD7 ready-to-wear segment, featured a collection of sassy, wearable pieces with an unmistakably glamourous edge. Making the collection were ball dresses, shorts and loose tops, fitted black dresses with sequin details, black and white mini wrap dresses, double breasted satin dresses, cotton pants and ankle length Kaftans. In the male collection were long, loose, knee and ankle length shirts done both in cotton, satin and linen with matching pants.
In the collections, such as the beach and rock glam segment, the notable designer was able to express herself, flying with ideas while the evening and avant garde collections featured the typical JD7 styles. Her characteristic signature of trains in both short and flowing dresses were evident with embroidery and sequine details.
Perhaps, the high point of the show, was the celebrity catwalk. Known faces in the fashion, entertainment, music and movie industry took to the catwalk strutting off in glamorous JD7 designs. In the line up wereÂ model scout turned international model, Debbie Hornecker, former 1995 MBGN, Toyin Raji, Tewa Onosanya, Ndidi Obioha, Aju Elumelu, Yinka Davies, Marian Anazodo, Yinka Adewunmi, Eucharia Anunobi, Paris based journalist Aiden and the stars from Infinity group.
For her dramatic and entertaining performance on the catwalk, Eucharia went home with six pieces of Qualitex Excellence wax while Models Boma and Zita were adjudged the best models by Anabel Phones. Both models received a handset each courtesy of Anabel phones
In all, it was a fine evening spiced with musical performance by Aju. As Data took a bow bringing to a close a memorable evening, it remains to be seen how this new collection will move from the catwalk to theÂ red carpet.