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Friday, August 29, 2014

Kibonen NY presents her SS2015 collection at NY Fashion Week

Kibonen NY will present her SS2015 collection titled Multifarious at NY Fashion Week on Tuesday, September 9th at 8 pm. Kibonen Nfi was selected by the Art Institutes of NYC to show at fashion week and joins the list of only a few designers of African heritage like Deola Sagoe and David Tlale who will show their collections in NY this September.

Her Multifarious collection is colorful, fun, trendy and combines African prints with her own textile creations. I love the crop top and the green dress - what is your favorite?

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Impressions: AfroPunk 2014

AfroPunk - this is hands down one of the best festivals of the year. It is chilled, great atmosphere and people show off their coolest and daring styles. And of course let's not  forget the music!

I snapped tons of images - check them out on my Instagram and Facebook page and let me know which one you like best!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Quantity instead of Quality at Africa Fashion Week London (AFWL)

Trainers by Gnostic Jungle: The coolest discovery at AFWL
London is always worth a trip in my book and I hadn't been back for ages. So I was looking forward to attending AFWL. While preparing for the trip and scheduling meetings with industry stakeholders, I noticed that most of the people I was trying to meet before/during/after the show, did not really intend to visit AFWL. That made me suspicious, but I was determined to go and form my own opinion. 

It first dawned on me that I probably wasn't in for a treat after I received the schedule for AFWL: 30 designers per day and I hadn't heard of any of them - except 2. I checked with some other bloggers to see if it was just me but no - they didn't know most of the listed designers either.

One of the vendors selling alongside AFWL
So long story short: If you expected fashion forward designs and the latest trends in Africa-inspired Fashion and a show of the most successful and hottest African Designers to date - that wasn't what AFWL delivered. It was more a mixture of young designers presenting their first collection, ready-to-wear mixed with some party and evening outfits. Besides some small highlights - dare I say - it was overall just mediocre.

At a time where African Fashion is trending and almost every city is coming up with its own Africa Fashion Week I was expecting more from AFWL. The event didn't foreshadow the next trends and designers or even presented current London-based African designers that already are or will be rocking the fashion world. After seeing the shows of Beat of Africa in Rome and the report about Africa Fashion Day Berlin - AFWL just didn't live-up to my expectations.

L - Kiyanawraps / R -Moonlook
Moving forward I believe that the concepts of Africa Fashion Day Berlin as well as Beat of Africa - that were part of the infrastructure and took place during the actual fashion weeks in Rome and Berlin - are more successful concepts and will ensure quality as well as give African Designers the necessary visibility, exposure and opportunity within the industry.

This is my reflection on AFWL - what are your thoughts?

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Today at Soul of Brooklyn: AfroPolitan Tees and AfricanCity Bags

We had such a great time today at the kick-off festival of Soul of Brooklyn by Mocada. It was the first time ever we sold the AfricanCity bags and the AfroPolitan tees at a festival. The e-store isn't up yet, if you want one of these products please inbox me at

Here are the prices:
  • Crop Top 19.00 USD/GBP/EUR
  • Tees (w&m) 24.00 USD/GBP/EUR
  • Big Bag 19.99 USD/GBP/EUR
  • Small Bag 14.99 USD/GBP/EUR

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Lena Hoschek: Austria's answer to Stella Jean?

Graz-based designer Lena Hoschek wowed the audience at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Berlin with her designs inspired by African prints. The collection titled "Hot Mama Africa" - ouch, yes that's what it was really called - combined feminine cuts from the 50ies and 60ies with the colorful and multifaceted prints. 

It wasn't as bold and fashion-forward as the first collection from Stella Jean, but the overall aesthetic and just the fact that Hoschek's whole collection was Africa-inspired and not just some pieces, made me think of the Haitian-Italian designer. But even though I am poking fun at the oh so stereotypical title, I really like the dresses and can see myself wearing one. Worth mentioning: Per sold clothing 2 Euro are being donated to SWAP – Safe Water and AIDS Project.

How do you like the collection?

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Monday, July 28, 2014

INYÜ new collection: La Parisienne

The Parisian is the name of the new collection from INYÜ. It comes across fresh, young and sophisticated and is for women who "want to incorporate prints in their everyday wardrobe." The dresses and tops with the white collars look playful and virtuous at the same time and captures the essence of the "Parisian" vibe quite well.

How do you like their new collection? Comment below!

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Kibonen NY will show at NYC Fashion Week

Kibonen Nfi, designer of the brand Kibonen NY, just announced that her brand was selected by the Art Institutes of NY to show her collection at the NYC Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Quite an achievement as not many African designers get the opportunity to present their designs at this prestigious event.

The designer from Cameroon keeps on evolving. After presenting her designs at South Africa Fashion Week in the past two years, she joined Art Institutes of NY to obtain a professional degree in Fashion Design. Kibs also started an internship at Donna Karan. Considering all the new influences it will be interesting to see what Kibonen will present on the runway in September. 

Besides continuously striving to improve professionally, Kibonen aims to create fair and sustainable employment opportunities in Cameroon. 

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Beat of Africa - AltaRoma and ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative

The Beat of Africa fashion show took place on Tuesday the 15th of July in Rome as part of the city's AltaRoma fashion week. Organized by the International Trade Centre (ITC) Ethical Fashion Initiative, some of the hottest African designers right now showed off their latest collections: Duaba Serwa (Ghana), Mina Evans (Ghana), Lisa Folawiyo (Nigeria) and as special project Stella Jean (Haiti/Italy).

If the logo of the event looked like something an NGO would produce, the fashion show definitely didn't. The show was super professional and the designs breath taking and fashion forward. My favorite collections were by Duaba Serwa and Lisa Folawiyo - formerly known as Jewel by Lisa. And one gown by Stella Jean who pictured Haitian women was another favorite that many visitors kept on talking about after the show.

Check-out some of the images below. Which designer does your heart beat for?

Duaba Serwa
The brand by designer Nelly Aboagye has been one of my favorites for quite a while due to its chic, trendy elegance.The collection she presented was very wearable. Perfect pieces for office to evening transition outfits! Great news for everyone who wants to get a piece of Duaba Serwa in their closets: Nelly is working on opening a store in Accra (Ghana) this year.

Lisa Folawiyo
Lisa's SS 2015 collection opened the show with a bang. Formerly known as Jewel by Lisa but now moving forward using her own name, the designs continue to be innovative, elegant, stylish and cool. I loved the color combinations and the elegant print and fabric mixture. The silhouettes were body conscious with some playful asymmetric elements. There were at least 2 pieces I would want in my closet asap! Lisa will also be part of New York Fashion Week in September so mark your calendars!

Stella Jean
Protégé from Giorgio Armani and a lot talked about, Stella Jean continues to stick to prints to create fashionable collections. Moving away from Ankara only her designs mix stripes, dots with Africa-inspired prints and other print motives. Definitely the most colorful collection of the day and as I already stated above, I loved the white gown with the imprint of the Haitian women!

Mina Evans
Soft, flowy dresses in bright colors with short or longer capes and wooden statement necklaces introduced the collection from Mina Evans-Anfom. Nice outfits for chic evening events in the Summer. My favorite was the salmon colored coat with the blue inlay and the long pink dress.


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