Olabisi saunders, creative director for the O’Saunders brand, has presented her debut collection lookbook called “Jardins de Reve de Marie”, which translates as “dreamy gardens of Marie” – as in Antoinette.

According to her, the inspiration came from the “graciousness, whimsy vibrancy and extravagant nature of Marie Antoinette’s beautiful gardens, which she nurtured and groomed for many years despite her being a very influential and controversial woman during the Victorian era”.

The collection’s silhouettes were blatantly Victorian, but with a modern edge: a hand-painted knee-length circle skirt was topped by a rib-knit cardigan, a layer of organza added drama to an otherwise simple cocktail dress, and wide leg pants were a surprising addition to a collection of over 25 dresses.

The hand painting was a recurring theme, which was the connective thread within the collection. It added an artisanal and artistic value to the clothes, and places it on a pedestal over other designers that base their collections on print.

View the lookbook below.


Designer: @o.saunders1

Photography: @spotlightpi

Styling/art direction: @thestyleinfidel

Styling assistance: @samuelnoon | @assholebydesign

Set design: Seun Awotunde @mzphabulousity

Author: Kayito Nwokedi