Empire-line ‘Vavavum’

She’s light, vibrant and easy like Sunday mornings and some Saturdays too because they call her the empire-line; a high-waisted dress that became very popular during the 19th century is a style of dress that has a fitted bodice ending just below the bust, giving a high-waisted appearance.

By the time of Napoleon Bonaparte’s rule in France, this revolutionary style was known as the Empire waist, or Empire-line dress, and was the mode of dress worn during the Regency period (1811 – 1820) under Napoleon Bonaparte’s rule in France.

“Empire” refers to the one built by Napoleon, and is the name given in France to this period of history. High-waisted, loose gowns inspired by the peasantry began to be worn in elite French fashion circles prior to the Revolution, largely in response to the philosophies put forth by Jean-Jaques Rousseau, an advocate for society’s return to more a natural state (often using peasants as an example), and whose ideas permeate Romantic thought.

After the Revolution, this style became a reflection of the values of the new French state and has been the most defining element of women’s’ fashion through my experience and time in the fashion business.

Baby got back! What better way to reveal and back the joys of empire-lines through this Liz Ogumbo drop-V-Back ‘vavavum’. This revolutionary empire-line steals the whole roll of fabric so gracefully, but once she is on, the world stops.

I am wearing the single-strap empire-line gown as simple as it comes. This one shows off more shoulder, back and neck-line, while Danica is wearing the Empire-line gown with tiered sleeves for a puff-effect bringing in lots of volume for play.



I am wearing the single-strap empire-line gown as simple as it comes. This one shows off more shoulder, back and neck-line.

I am wearing a different colour of the same style; colours bring in so much more character and play to this piece.

Take this empire-line anywhere and watch her surprise you.

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Yours fabulously,

Liz Ogumbo-Regisford

There are few Africans whose creative journey has been as wide-ranging, singular and successful as the one travelled by Liz Ogumbo. Over the past decade, this formidably focused Kenyan has established herself as as a multidsiplinary creative entrepreneur, consultant & content creator working and building within the creative economy in music, fashion, television, radio and wine. Through all these, she shares an enviable commitment to excellence and to fostering relationships and projects that advance the African creative industries globally. Whether it’s writing, recording and performing her original music dubbed ‘KenSoul,’ designing for her eponymous fashion label, ‘Liz Ogumbo’ hosting and producing ‘Fashion Lab Africa’ TV and radio, or her most recent venture, ‘Liz Ogumbo Wines,’ Liz is unquestionably the new face of modern Africa. She is as much rooted in the continent she loves as the global community that is fast embracing her irresistible vision. Now firmly established as a leading Afropolitan with real vision, Liz is ready to take on the world with all aspects of her multidisplinary creative entrepreneurship.

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