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                                          Fall 2012

                                          Obakki Fall 2012

                                          WORDS - CLAIRE HANAN, PHOTOS - DANIELLE KARAGANNIS

                                          A fashion line with a charitable heart? Think of Obakki as the chic cousin of TOMS shoes. You know, the cousin whose simply draped slate dresses always look altogether effortless yet sexy. That cousin.

                                          In a small presentation at the Midtown Lofts and Terrace, Obakki's collection earned every ounce of its celebrity acclaim. From Gwenyth to blogger Rumi Neely, Obakki has been praised as much for its sand-colored sheaths as its humanitarian efforts. One piece in particular, a red and black patterned trench coat, transcended the rest.

                                          With this collection designer Treanna Peake moved no mountains, but that hardly mattered when it became clear that wearability was paramount. In some dresses she deployed a variety of form-flattering ruching appropriate for day or night, and in others billowing sheer panels seemed made for comfort as much as style. The looks were well-accessorized with gold cuffs and a smattering of hybrid punk-tribal statement necklaces -- a pleasing contrast to the modern minimalist clothes.

                                          Obakki is certainly a brand to watch and, for the career woman with a taste for the night lights, a collection worth wearing.

                                          See Obakki Fall 2012 Backstage