Richard Braqo (Richard Kwame Brako), is from Ghana, studied at Parson and hails from Helmut Lang and collaborated with Cesare Paciotti. With a debut collection this season, Richard is already showing a strong design eye and a unique vision that makes his work jump out for me.
While the whole collection is great - check out his lookbook here - I love his sharp, sexy stilettos and his lethally gorgeous jewelry-inspired embellishments.
The pearl spear to skinny gold heel of the Benedetta is my top pic of the collection. The pieces in his collection come in oxblood and moss but I love the black velvet and gold accents best.
Asymmetrical Coralle is a signature piece, with the bracelet ankle detail. I love this is the deep oxblood, which is turning out to be the color of the Fall/Winter 2012 season.
My other favorite design element from the collection is the metallic feathers of the Nina sandal. You can see why his pieces are catching the eye of musicians and performers.
Richard's work already shows a confident style and aesthetic. I can't wait to pick up a pair and to see how his work evolves over the next few collections.