Darlene Okpo and Lizzy Okpo created their ready to wear line to honor their parents, who are originally from Nigerian. William Opko showcases the personal style of their mother and father with a hint of American culture.

The fashion line named after their father illustrates a unique take on feminine designs with masculine qualities. The Okpo sisters launched their first collection in 2010 and every season they continue to develop their sartorial, womanly style.

In Spring 2011, Opko sisters explored the use of sheer and ombre color mixing. In Fall 2011, William Opko showcased simple silhouettes in blacks and grays. For the spring 2012collection, the sisters focused on garments with functionality, architectural structures, and whimsical edginess.

In February 2012, the ladies of William Okpo presented the fall collection at the Gen Art presentation. Darlene and Lizzy collaborated with Gen Art to design exclusive t-shirts and jeans to benefit the “Raise Hope for Congo” organization. The apparel was available for purchase at select retail stores to help raise money for a charity that is dear to their hearts.

For the Fall 2012 collection titled “Public School”, the sisters combined fashions of the1970s and elementary school girl sense of style. One of the models featured in the lookbook is Diandra Forrest, a rising top model.

The Fall 2012 lookbook features denim staples with cutouts, long varsity jackets, two tone bell bottoms, and color blocking tops. The color story features jewel stones, heather grays, plaids, and denim blues.

To view more William Opko collections, visit williamokpo.com.

– Paulette Wilson

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