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KIKOROMEO Takes Lead At Lagos Fashion Week 2018 With New Creative Director: Iona McCreath In Tow!

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It was a new generation takeover as the latest SS2019 KIKOROMEO collection on Thursday 25th Oct 2018 at Day 1 of Lagos Fashion Week, unveiling its new creative director of brand: Iona McCreath. The collection has been featured in Elle USA’s top 10 from Lagos Fashion Week .

Iona, who has apprenticed with Ann McCreath – Founder of KikoRomeo: her mother’s fashion business since birth, took the bow as she presented the brand’s latest collection. Now co-designing with her mother, she is taking the lead on the silhouettes, while her mother works on the textiles and cutting. To celebrate this new way of working they chose baptism by fire in presenting at Lagos Fashion Week, the most influential platform in Africa, pioneered by Omoyemi Akerele .

Speaking about her experience Iona said “Lagos is very influential around Africa and acts as a voice of Africa to the world. When people see Africa the first thing they see or hear is Nigerian. That means being able to integrate within the Nigerian market is strategic. It is also very exciting, because of the vibrant entertainment scene, which has helped contemporary arts and culture develop to be at the heart of the economy. Nigerians love fashion and the collection has been very well received.”

The KIKOROMEO SS2019 collection consisted of 28 looks, 5 women and 23 men. The colours and contrasting textures drew inspiration from the places where oceans meet sands all around the African continent. Filled with golden browns to slate greys, accented with dusty beiges and sunshine yellows, with shades of marine blue that trail through all pieces. The brand’s signature overalls aka jumpers were presented for men and women in a variety of tie dyed, batiked and drip painted variations. These are already a hot favourite of artist Blinky Bill , whose latest beats hit the air as the models paced the runway. Other key items were the hand painted tunics, beautifully cut pants and an adire kilt. The collection was accessorized with fishskin bags, which had been done by accessories brand Baobab for KikoRomeo. The whole look was young and fresh, styled by Moses Ebite .

KIKOROMEO, which means “Adams Apple” in Swahili, is based in Nairobi, Kenya. With over two decades of design heritage, the brand is known for its timeless slow fashion pieces, which transcend fashion trends and show perfection in a fit. Adopting a sustainable approach in everything it does, the brand works with urban and rural Kenyan and refugee artisans, constantly improving the quality of their products, and truly believes and adheres to a Made in Africa policy.

Iona McCreath, who has a degree in Sociology from London School of Economics and a foundation diploma in Art and Design from Central Saint Martin’s.

EDITOR’S NOTES:

Art, music and crafting are at the heart of the KIKOROMEO DNA. The brand is now immersed in reinventing its own textiles, as it did at inception, moving away from commercial prints into hand-dyed and hand painted textiles. These original patterned fabrics are done in collaboration with a young Kenyan textile designer Rachel Wanyutu, as well as the brand founder herself Ann McCreath. Ann has been exploring textile art, influenced by visual artist Onyis Martin amongst others, while Iona McCreath is taking over the creative direction of the clothing.

KIKOROMEO was founded in Kenya in 1996 by fashion designer Ann McCreath. The objective was always to create and sustain a brand, which could last for generations as a true fashion house. Now co-designed by her daughter Iona, it is situated in the Kobo Art Centre, at 523 Riara Rd in Nairobi, Kenya.

FOR MORE:

Website: http://kikoromeo.com/index.php/the-brand/our-story/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KikoRomeoAfrica
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kikoromeo/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KikoRomeo-348383729244/

For more info contact in Kenya (English): Anyiko PR Tel +254 721 368 983 | Whatsapp +254 770 360 087 |press@anyiko-pr.com

 

Photo by: Kelechi Amadi-Obi (www.kelechiamadiobi.com)


Photo by: Kelechi Amadi-Obi (www.kelechiamadiobi.com)


Photo by: Kelechi Amadi-Obi (www.kelechiamadiobi.com)

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Afro UK Online To Host Runway Trybe, Fashion, In Accra.

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AFRO UK ONLINE’S (RUNWAY TRYBE) on Fashion, Exhibition & Business Show, is a premier symposium on the latest in fashion trends, entertainment, and business.

The RUNWAY TRYBE is a high-level event which brings together fashion experts, business experts from around the world. Exhibitors will have a marvelous opportunity to showcase their products and interact with industry researchers,foremost experts and academic leaders in their community. Venue: La Palm Royal Beach Hotel, Accra, Ghana Afroukonline Ltd is a limited liability company registered in the UK. A non-political, non-religious commercial and entertainment platform.

We are in existence because we identified a gap in the market for the Afro-caribbean community. Our aim is to be the Number 1 online platform to meeting the commercial and social needs of this community in the UK and for all Africans in diaspora.

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We are Afroukonline, a limited company primarily based in Uk, also a branch in Nigeria & now we are in Ghana. We would be having an event in Accra, Ghana.

Interested Fashion Hubs/Exhibitors should apply at: www.afroukonline.co.uk/runway-trybe or call 0272100012,0559950844 Admission is free to the public. For more information, here are our handles: Instagram: @afroukonline1 Twitter: @afroukonline Facebook: @afroukonline

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Eastern Fashion Awards Announces Categories For The Maiden Edition Of The Event.

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Dressmaking as a vocation has changed lives, empowered the less privileged and has positioned some great talents from Ghana on the global stage with their ubiquitous African styles. Collectively, fashion made in Ghana is wealthy to be celebrated.

Organizers of Eastern Fashion Awards has announced date and categories for the maiden edition of the notable fashion awards. This year's event is slated on the 7th December, 2019 in the Eastern Regional Capital, Koforidua with the theme “ Celebrating the Passion for Fashion”.

A breed from conglomerate of fashion made in Ghana hereby outdoors Eastern Fashion Awards to part on the back of the industry players in dressmaking within the boundaries of Eastern part of Ghana.

Below are the categories for nominations for the maiden edition

  1. Men's Designer of the Year
  2. Women's Designer of the Year
  3. African Wear Designer of the Year
  4. Best Suit Designer of the Year
  5. Best Wedding Dress Designer of the Year
  6. Fashion Accessory Designer of the Year
  7. Best Embroidery Designer of the Year
  8. Fashion School of the Year
  9. Leadership Award of the Year
  10. Long Service Award
  11. Young Fashion Designer of the Year
  12. Make-up Artiste of the Year
  13. Barber of the Year
  14. Emerging Fashion Designer of the Year
  15. Fashion Blogger of the Year
  16. Fashion Photographer of the Year
  17. Fabric Producer of the Year
  18. Best Unisex Fashion Designer of the Year
  19. Hair Stylish of the Year
  20. Physically Challenged Award.

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Victoria Michaels Shines At AFI Fashion Week In South Africa.

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It is becoming obvious that no one can match top model, Victoria Michaels, when it also comes to runway mileage this season. She keeps doing amazingly well on major and international fashion platforms.

One of such shows is the just ended spring and summer season of African Fashion International (AFI) Fashion Week in South Africa. She was among top fashion models that brought life to the AFI Fashion Week.

She had the honor of showcasing designs by top designers including David Tlale, whose works for the night have been described as “meaningful”. The flamboyant designer paid homage to his biggest muse and late mother, Joyce Tlale, naming his SS20 collection “Joyce” Tlale’s.

His presentation began with fun and colourful pieces, drawing inspiration from his ‘Heritage Month’ collaboration with Tastic Rice, as well as the rich and vibrant cultures found in South Africa. Visuals and images of Victoria on the runway during David Tlale’s showcase have been generating a lot of attention on social media.

On Instagram she said, “It was an emotional night for models, guests and designers as @davidtlale paid tribute to his mother with a tribute worthy collection @afi_sa Fashion Week.” “Thanks to the amazing @andiswamanxiwa @deonredman and the entire crew for having me. I love you @taryncannings.”

Victoria also walked for Taibo Bacar, Matte Nolim, La Art Neoville, House of Jahdara and Kreyann, all of whom are amazing designers.

The model, who was born in Accra, to Nigerian father and Nigerian-Ghanaian mother, is one of the most celebrated models on the continent. Aside the runway influence, she was recently announced as a champion of the environment as she joins European Union (EU) climate change campaign, in addition to other amazing social projects.

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African Designers To Succumb For 2019 Glitz Africa Fashion Week, Accra.

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Ghana’s biggest annual fashion event Glitz Africa Fashion Week (GAFW), is set to stage its seventh edition as it presents a perfect opportunity for designers from, and across Africa to meet and showcase their collections.

Produced by Glitz Africa, the exciting, Pan-African celebrity, fashion and lifestyle magazine, GAFW brings together industry players and fashion enthusiasts to interact in a fun-packed week at the Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City in Accra. The event is slated for October 17 to 20, 2019.

Models, fashionistas, celebrities and influencers also meet in an atmosphere of glitz, fashion and style. Ahead of GAFW, Glitz Africa organized the Young Creative Design Talent competition to harness the skills of emerging designers and give them the platform to showcase their designs to an international audience. 

The fashion week will begin with a Beauty Forum on Thursday, October 17 at the Labadi Beach Hotel followed by a private cocktail party at the residence of the French Ambassador. 

Other activities lined up for GAFW include: Day 1 (October 18) – Young Design Talent show, Runway shows. Day 2 (October 19) – Business of fashion seminar, photography sessions, exhibitions, graduate show and runway shows and Day 3 (October) – Presentations, runway shows and after party

The GAFW Trade Tent/Retail Lounge will also be opened during the event for guests to interact with fashion retailers and designers and make purchases as well. 

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