The fashion ensemble flocked to a quaint street in Flatbush on Wednesday to witness the ready-to-wear debut of up-and-coming brand L’Enchnateur.
Held salon-style, the show took place in a Victorian-era house where passers-by, caught between confusion and amusement, replaced street photographers, documenting the commotion on the wrap-around porch. The unusual format was a nod to the bonds that bind Flatbush natives, co-designers and identical twins Dynasty and Soull Ogun.
The Enchanter first generated buzz for soft jewelry and accessories — a few even made an appearance in Beyoncé’s “Black is King” visual album. Dynasty’s background is in textiles, while Soull’s is in metalwork and their first runway collection, titled “Hood Breakfast”, leveraged both skills. “We flowed like a symphony of music,” Soull said of the duo’s working process.
A tribute to their parents’ kismet love story, the duo drew inspiration from the rich family life they experienced as the youngest of six children.
Dynasty and Soull are the firstNew York generation. Their father, Samson, is from Nigeria and their mother, Josephine, comes from a line of seamstresses from Dominica, West Indies. Josephine learned to sew from her mother. “Everyone called him Momma Serina because she was the head of carnival room design,” Dynasty explained.
Just like Momma Serina, the Oguns know how to put on a show.
As the models moved through the living rooms and dining rooms to the wood-paneled library, they looked at themselves in mirrors and teased the crowd along the way. They were dressed in pleated wrap skirts that fell low on the hips, flippant bowling shirts and dapper suits inspired by those their father wore – one was double-breasted in jade green and another in lemon cut with tails .
Personal stories are woven throughout L’Enchanteur. A “pixelated” trench coat and bell bottoms fitted with gold fly fasteners, for example, hinted at the 1970s, a decade that resonates with the Oguns as Josephine immigrated to New York in 1973 before meeting Samson in a local cinema. Elsewhere, denim ensembles were inspired by those they dressed in as little girls.
Although they never went to church (their father led them in prayer at home), the sisters are also influenced by their own religion. Whether it’s a fashion show or a formal service, L’Enchanteur is rooted in the kinetic energy that accompanies community gathering.
“Our ready-to-wear continues the great journey of our storytelling and spiritual awakening,” Soull said. “The more we touch on our personal debts of transformation, the wider our reach can become.”