SUKEINA designer, Omar Salam, born in Dakar in the Republic of Senegal began his line in 2008. Salam started working for world-renowned French fashion designer Madame Sonia Rykiel after graduating from Parson School of Design, starting off in sales. He spent seven years with Madame Rykiel before deciding to start his own line called SUKEINA, which also is his mother’s name and means “Bright Light.”
SUKEINA Spring/Summer 2014 collection is Porcelain, the latest chapter in the evolving story that is SUKEINA. Porcelain is about hard and soft, volume and print, and how they enhance one another. Omar describes his clothing as a way of projecting a woman’s feelings—who they are or who they would like to be.
The show started with the voice of Maya Angelou’s warm and powerful voice reciting passages of her book titled Letter To My Daughter. I was enticed by the skillful detailing in the pieces he showcased. Bold paisley tapestry inspired patterns displayed in v-line tops, pencil skirts with small up cuts and open-back evening dresses amazed the runway. There were Baroque soft cream or black chiffon pants and pants suits with a silk print tailored corset around the waistline that I must own. His entire collection appeared to sway down the runway. The Origami jackets with silk pants made the perfect combination on each model while obscure detailing on the back of garments brought more charm, to our surprise, as the models left our view.
We all know music and fashion walks hand-in-hand down the runway. In the audience were legendary bassist Ron Carter and his wife, former Ford model Quintell Williams-Carter. After the show I was honored to interview them both. During the interview I learned that Mrs. Williams-Carter has been a mentor to Mr. Salam and his line Sukeina.
Well, unfortunately this is where I get off the tour and go shopping. You’ll love Sukeina http://sukeinalookbook.com
Check out Chaunette’s interview with legendary Jazz Bassist, Ron Carter and his wife, Quintell Williams-Carter after Sukeina show.