Published on April 8, 2014
Her REKEBISHA Collection has carved out a niche in the fashion industry through timeless and classic chic aesthetic employing wardrobe versatility using color, prints and intricate hand-beading detail which will always be at the heart of African inexpressible chic. While Liz flirts with saris and a variety of other African prints like Leso the collaboration brings to life one-of-a-kind appeal through her classical fitted well-tailored jackets, mini to knee length hems to full length floor-length evening dresses/gowns with brush trains, dresses, skirts and blouses for the day-to-day dames, corsettes, blouses, skirts and extremely detailed beaded-accessories. Cascades of saris, tulle & Leso with embroidery detail along with intricate beading accented by the bling factor through the placement of gold and silver beads/sequin, a variety of beaded/sequined-encrusted Bodices, bejeweled beading delicately draping over peep-holes, a few curved graphic hem-lines and some fun A-lines all make this collection worth looking forward to. Drawn from wise Swahili sayings on the Leso (traditional East African garment), to Bollywood inspired garments coming together in signature pieces, the uniqueness of the collection is evident through each recycled sari that comes in different colors/textures/types e.g. chiffon, Kanchivaram, Benares.” Ranging anywhere between USD 50.00 all the way to USD800 for the more intricate hand detailed pieces, Liz Ogumbo’s Rekebisha collection undoubtedly celebrates colour and textures through the saris, Lesos and the element of bling through the sequins and beadwork. Fabric options are lightly printed with bright colors which could easily work well through several seasons. The sequin and bead-work has been kept simple with lots of Indian inspired layout and employs a few colours such as vintage-metallic, silver, gold, deep shades of purples & greens, fuchsia, turquoise, etc with gold undertones while beads, sequin and embroidery are the preferred adornments. Her clothing is recognized for its whimsical flair, with touches of both elegance and playfulness through influences from her music and culture. Her jacket, corsette and bag linings normally feature her album lyrics and despite her meticulous detail, her fashion brand still retails for less than her competitors.