Friday, February 11, 2011

Lagos, Barbie & Dolly Parton (or) The Babatunde Ajiboye Fashion Show

Dear Friends: 
In an ongoing effort to never do boring, we are celebrating Valentine's Day with a most unboring fashion show. (It begins at about 6:30pm, February 14th...Monday!)  

Babatunde Ajiboye, designer extraordinaire, will be here together with some spectacular models and even more spectacular (if that's possible) clothing.  And you are invited, most cordially.

Babatunde is from Lagos, Nigeria, and studied fashion design in MassArts.  He uses couture tailoring techniques to make both structured and free-moving designs that often use extreme multi-layering to create clouds of fabric.  His designs have been described as flamboyant and outrageous and they work wonderfully because of that couture background.  All I can say is "wow".

Well, I can say a little more...  When I asked Babatunde about his early influences, I expected to hear exotic stories about life in Lagos.  Instead he told me that he loved to create wild costumes for his sister's Barbie dolls (with African fabric, of course) and dreamed of Dolly Parton wearing one of his pieces on stage.

Here is a Babatunde Ajiboye dress to whet your fashionista appetites...
Babatunde Backless Dress

Warm regards,
Sandra and the ArtsEcho Galleria team

PS:  Speaking of Valentine's Day, we have absolutely stunning jewels here!  Sterling silver settings, gemstones like peridot, jasper, mystic topaz, ice blue topaz, smoky topaz, Botswana agate (one of my favorites), natural rubies and emeralds and much more.   We put them in gorgeous little gift bags with red tissue paper.  We are so cool.

PPS:  Here are Chris Crocco and Peter Slavov performing last Friday night.  It was a musical night that will never be forgotten by the lucky folk who heard it.  Chris calls his music "fluid" and I finally understood why.  They are performing right below a fabulous quilt by Lisa Chipetine and a paper sculpture by Gerardo Latino.
chris & peter
PPPS:  We're right here at 455 W 43rd St.  You can reach us at 646 692 6277.  We're also on Facebook at ArtsEcho.  We're open T-F 12 - 8 and Sunday 12 - 6, HOWEVER, we'll be here all day on Valentine's Day (that's this Monday) preparing for the Fashion Show so come on in for that gorgeous last minute gift.
PPPPS:  Guess which one is me:
Babatunde, Sandra, Libra

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