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Discover a bounty of bold and unconventional pieces to kick your favorite looks into high gear.

By Ntianu Obiora

May 10, 2022

The ubiquitous ‘statement piece’ has its feet firmly planted in the global style lexicon. These pieces pull an outfit together, defining your personal style, individuality, and willingness to take risks.

So, what is a statement piece? Well, it’s an item you wear that stands out from the crowd no matter the outfit combination. This Spring/Summer is going bolder than ever: think over-the-top separates, sculptural accessories and conversation-starting jewelry that sit firmly in the maximalist's line of sight.  Sometimes polarizing, always dramatic, here’s our shoppable edit of statement pieces by type—each uniquely characterized by their approaches to big, brazen style. Wallflowers beware. 



1.

Fancy Pants

Vibrant trousers can be tricky to pull off. While silhouettes range from a fringed wide-leg at IAMISIGO all the way through to a billowing palazzo at Andrea Iyamah, there’s no end to the array of prints, cuts, and colors that adorned the SS’22 runways. Orange Culture’s unisex Petal Waist Pants are a sumptuous take on the paper-bag waist, crafted from raw silk with precise tailoring in a brilliant emerald. Embodying the spirit of romanticism, these pants bring the right amount of drama. If you prefer something more eclectic, look to IAMISIGO’s Loop-Weave Pants made from a textural blend of hemp and cotton, sewn in a multicolored loop-weave for a flattering flared fit. Sticking with a similar palazzo silhouette, Andrea Iyamah’s Thema Pants show that simplicity can too exist within maximalism thanks to its pronounced skirted back.

Petal Waist Pants
Petal Waist Pants
Petal Waist Pants
Petal Waist Pants
Petal Waist Pants

Orange Culture

Petal Waist Pants

$175
Green Thema Pants
Green Thema Pants
Green Thema Pants
Green Thema Pants
Green Thema Pants

Andrea Iyamah

Green Thema Pants

$230
Loop-Weave Pants
Loop-Weave Pants
Loop-Weave Pants
Loop-Weave Pants
Loop-Weave Pants
Loop-Weave Pants
Loop-Weave Pants

IAMISIGO

Loop-Weave Pants

$729
Toye Cut-Out Pant
Toye Cut-Out Pant
Toye Cut-Out Pant
Toye Cut-Out Pant
Toye Cut-Out Pant

Emmy Kasbit

Toye Cut-Out Pant

$170
Adejare Pants
Adejare Pants
Adejare Pants
Adejare Pants

Emmy Kasbit

Adejare Pants

$90



2.

Maxi(mal) Skirts

Like a white t-shirt, a great-fitting pair of jeans or a versatile, lightweight jacket, a good skirt is a wardrobe essential. Spark joy with Viviers' Frivolous Frill Skirt, which successfully blends playfulness with undeniable craftsmanship. A lesson in movement, this ethereal maxi gives the illusion of floating, its cascading frills providing a requisite touch of drama. Perhaps you prefer a splash of color? In that case, up the ante with Cynthia Abila’s Okoroshi Skirt, a masterpiece in artisanal design that marries the traditional with modern artistry. Crafted using natural and organic Raffia into a tiered silhouette, this piece commands the attention of any room. We recommend opting for muted styling options such as a simple t-shirt or bodysuit. If a little monochrome action is just what you’ve been looking for, Studio 189’s Crossroads Mermaid Skirt, inspired by the “Freedom Quilts” created by enslaved Africans in America on their path to freedom, is a standout piece that’s infused with the storytelling and rich history of the brand’s heritage—and what could be a bigger statement than that?

Frivolous Frill Skirt
Frivolous Frill Skirt
Frivolous Frill Skirt
Frivolous Frill Skirt
Frivolous Frill Skirt
Frivolous Frill Skirt
Frivolous Frill Skirt
Frivolous Frill Skirt
Frivolous Frill Skirt

Viviers

Frivolous Frill Skirt

$1,400
Crossroads Mermaid Skirt
Crossroads Mermaid Skirt
Crossroads Mermaid Skirt
Crossroads Mermaid Skirt

Studio 189

Crossroads Mermaid Skirt

$375
Okoroshi Skirt
Okoroshi Skirt
Okoroshi Skirt
Okoroshi Skirt
Okoroshi Skirt
Okoroshi Skirt

Cynthia Abila

Okoroshi Skirt

$320
Wanda Skirt
Wanda Skirt
Wanda Skirt
Wanda Skirt
Wanda Skirt

Fruché

Wanda Skirt

$300
Smart Girl Scallop Slit Skirt
Smart Girl Scallop Slit Skirt
Smart Girl Scallop Slit Skirt
Smart Girl Scallop Slit Skirt
Smart Girl Scallop Slit Skirt

Gozel Green

Smart Girl Scallop Slit Skirt

$300



3.

Sculptural Sandals

As the weather gets warmer, minimalism diminishes in favor of unorthodox, individual style. Prepare to reintroduce not only color but new silhouettes into your shoe collection and discover how a vibrant pair can make even your most simple closet essentials look brand new. Nkwo’s Hope Slides are upcyled from signature plaid ‘Ghana Must Go’ bags, a decision that taps into sustainable waste-reduction practices while invoking memory lane. Footwear designer Maliko takes a different route, championing the architectural silhouette with their made-to-order Isabel Sandals, crafted from leather and wood with a spherical heel that speaks to both unconventionality and whimsy. If a closed-toe sandal is what you feel, consider their Ayo Sandals. Crafted from supple painted leather, these classic slingback sandals are offset by an oversize round buckle and Maliko’s trademark wooden heel. 

Isabel Sandals
Isabel Sandals
Isabel Sandals
Isabel Sandals

Maliko

Isabel Sandals

$300
Hope Slides
Hope Slides
Hope Slides
Hope Slides

Nkwo

Hope Slides

$95
Ayo Sandals
Ayo Sandals
Ayo Sandals

Maliko

Ayo Sandals

$300
Falana OTK Boots
Falana OTK Boots
Falana OTK Boots
Falana OTK Boots
Falana OTK Boots
Falana OTK Boots
Falana OTK Boots
Falana OTK Boots

Shekudo

Falana OTK Boots

$385
Leather Kakawa Toe Mule
Leather Kakawa Toe Mule
Leather Kakawa Toe Mule
Leather Kakawa Toe Mule
Leather Kakawa Toe Mule
Leather Kakawa Toe Mule

Shekudo

Leather Kakawa Toe Mule

$210
Keffi Loafer
Keffi Loafer
Keffi Loafer
Keffi Loafer
Keffi Loafer

Shekudo

Keffi Loafer

$239



4.

Power bAGS

If there is one trend designers could agree upon for Spring, it’s the return of the maximal handbag. But, with more places to go and activities to be enjoyed, it’s time to celebrate a long-awaited public re-emergence with the swankiest of accessories. IAMISIGO’s hot pink Mini Raffia Bag is the embodiment of small but mighty. This intricately handmade bag takes tactility to new heights (or should we say sizes?) with long Raffia fibers at each side, and with every piece taking 3 weeks to make, it’s proof that good things indeed do take time. Looking for something that delivers confidence and luxury in spades? Look no further than the multicolored, top handle Ameena Mini from FemiHandbags, handcrafted from woven Aso-Oke cotton. And if you’re planning a staycation or getting ready to jet out of town, ZAAF’s Indica Weekender is ready to go. Handmade in Ethiopia by local communities, this full-grain leather holdall’s standout feature is it’s contrasting textile paneling.

Baw Pot Natural Bag
Baw Pot Natural Bag
Baw Pot Natural Bag
Baw Pot Natural Bag
Baw Pot Natural Bag
Baw Pot Natural Bag

AAKS

Baw Pot Natural Bag

$157
The Maxi-Maxi Tote in Multi
The Maxi-Maxi Tote in Multi
The Maxi-Maxi Tote in Multi
The Maxi-Maxi Tote in Multi
The Maxi-Maxi Tote in Multi

FemiHandbags

The Maxi-Maxi Tote in Multi

$860
Mini Raffia Bag
Mini Raffia Bag
Mini Raffia Bag

IAMISIGO

Mini Raffia Bag

$397
The Ameena Mini in Multicolor
The Ameena Mini in Multicolor
The Ameena Mini in Multicolor
The Ameena Mini in Multicolor
The Ameena Mini in Multicolor

FemiHandbags

The Ameena Mini in Multicolor

$480
Indica Weekender
Indica Weekender
Indica Weekender
Indica Weekender
Indica Weekender
Indica Weekender
Indica Weekender
Indica Weekender

ZAAF

Indica Weekender

$450



5.

Unconventional Trinkets

Investing in show-stopping jewelry is not just about acquiring another pretty accessory, but a power move, as your conversation-starting piece will ensure you’re the main topic. Festoon your fingers with the ultimate OTT ring courtesy of Burundi-based label Margaux Wong, who specialize in repurposed pieces enriched with the history of their upcycled materials. Aptly named the Glorious Ring, this cow horn and brass creation provides some needed eclecticism to simple ensembles. Perhaps you prefer a pop of color, then look to Jiamini’s shoulder-grazing Yatta Earrings, crafted from blue and white glass beads that wink as they catch the light. With the right balance of beauty and form, these earrings lend an air of bold texture to your Spring outfits. Finally, the Matuu Spine Drop Necklace is a feat of design with its open choker and articulated pendant from the same designer but sporting an entirely different aesthetic. This high-impact vertebrae-inspired piece is a refreshingly complex creation that imbues its wearer with a comforting sense of strength thanks to its armor-like appearance.

Glorious Ring
Glorious Ring
Glorious Ring
Glorious Ring
Glorious Ring
Glorious Ring

Margaux Wong

Glorious Ring

$220
Matuu Spine Drop Necklace
Matuu Spine Drop Necklace
Matuu Spine Drop Necklace
Matuu Spine Drop Necklace
Matuu Spine Drop Necklace
Matuu Spine Drop Necklace

Jiamini

Matuu Spine Drop Necklace

$490
Kathiani Spine Belt
Kathiani Spine Belt
Kathiani Spine Belt
Kathiani Spine Belt
Kathiani Spine Belt
Kathiani Spine Belt

Jiamini

Kathiani Spine Belt

$560
Sea Urchin Spine Earrings with Blue Topaz
Sea Urchin Spine Earrings with Blue Topaz
Sea Urchin Spine Earrings with Blue Topaz

Patrick Mavros

Sea Urchin Spine Earrings with Blue Topaz

$300
Blue & White Yatta Fringe Earrings
Blue & White Yatta Fringe Earrings
Blue & White Yatta Fringe Earrings
Blue & White Yatta Fringe Earrings
Blue & White Yatta Fringe Earrings
Blue & White Yatta Fringe Earrings
Blue & White Yatta Fringe Earrings

Jiamini

Blue & White Yatta Fringe Earrings

$320

Shop the Lagos Fashion Week Edit. Discover these and other covetable SS'22 styles from the trend-setting runways of Lagos Fashion Week.