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.
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 info contact in Kenya (English): Anyiko PR Tel +254 721 368 983 | Whatsapp +254 770 360 087 |[email protected]
Lagos Fashion Week “Between Us” Launch at The Shop at Bluebird London
On the 2nd of April, 2019 Lagos Fashion Week launched "Between Us" in partnership with The Shop at Bluebird, one of the Lagos Fashion Week Presents: London activities.
"Between Us" welcomed the versatile and effervescent spirits of Africa to the The Shop at Bluebird's London flagship store with the first multi-brand pop-up since opening the Covent Garden space in May 2018. "Between Us" honours over twenty unique designers, from womenswear and accessories to interiors and lifestyle, curated by the Founder and Executive Director of Lagos Fashion Week, Omoyemi Akerele and brand consultants Tammy Tinker Pudel and Katrina Macpherson, who are based out of Cape Town.
Notable guests in attendance at the London launch event included: Malaika Firth, Ciara Charteris, Claire Miles, Omoyemi Akerele, Maja Malnar, Andrea Chong, Hanniel Rupert, Sherrille Riley, & DJ Mayz.
Three Lagos Fashion Week designers showcased their AW19 collections live at the event ; Iamisigo, Lisa Folawiyo, & Orange Culture. Other participating brands in the pop-up include AAKS, Anyango Mpinga, Aprelle Duany, Ardmore Design, Asha : Eleven, Chommies, Crystal Birch, Eki Orleans, Eclectic Chique, Galago, Karu, Lisa Folawiyo, Lukhanyo Mdingi, Mami Wata, Maxhosa, Nina Bosch, Okapi, Pop Caven, Studio 189 and Tilayo.
Lagos Fashion Week is hosting a series of events this week including Fashion Business Series in London as well as Fashion Focus Fund Live, a business plan pitch presentation to determine the recipients of a N10,000,000 (10 Million Naira) grant for Fashion Focus 2017/18 finalists as well as Alumni (female).
The Pop-up at The Shop at Bluebird's Carriage Hall, 29 Floral Street, London, WC2E 9DP will run till May 14th, 2019.
Lagos Fashion Week Presents: London is in partnership with Style House Files and The Shop at Bluebird. Fashion Focus Fund Live is supported by FETSWallet and Sunlight (Unilever).
Link to Event Imagery: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/1ux8h9xdpp8wz4u/AABnHqPaMqxFE1dOUN2PJgpca?dl=0
For more information: @LagosFashionWeekOfficial, [email protected]
Fashion Schools In Ghana Bows To RIOHS ORGINATE At The 2019 Edition Of Fashion Ghana Honors And Awards
Riohs Originate Company Limited has established itself as the ultimate Fashion School in Ghana for providing excellent tuition in Fashion Design and Illustration in just six months. The Company is credited and noted for starting the six (6) months course in Fashion Design and Illustration in Ghana some ten (10) years ago. Over the past years, Riohs Originate has provided services and training for individuals/organizations that value their image, style, colour and insist on promptness, accuracy and consistency.
The Company is expanding and impacting the lives of many Ghanaians who have chosen Fashion Design as a career. Riohs Originateas the first Fashion School in Ghana to provide a six months course in Fashion Design and Illustration has trained notable personalities within the fashion industry both in Ghana and within the West African sub-region who have successfully completed and set up studios providing excellent services to numerous clients. Countless students each year now study creative and visual arts at Riohs Originate since the Company is the preferred Fashion School in Ghana.
The Company over the weekend won the topmost fashion industry award for Best Fashion School in Ghana at the just ended 2019 edition of Fashion Ghana Honours and Awards organized at the Silver Star Towers on Friday 29th March 2018.
According to the Chief Executive Officer of Riohs Originate, Richard Ohene Sika, the award is a manifestation of the enormous achievements the company chalked within the industry last year. He indicated that the Riohs Originate received the award as the Best Fashion School in Ghana because of the enormous efforts of dedicated and hardworking lecturers and the top-notch customer service his outfit provides to students.
“Teamwork and collaboration have been at the forefront of every single process and activity undertaken by Riohs Originate Company Limited and we believe this has paid off. Overall, we believe that our success with students who have set up and creating their own path within the fashion industry is a testimony of our output.” We thank all those who voted for us; we appreciate it and indeed Management is grateful.”
Mr. Ohene Sika added that the vision and plans of the Riohs Originate are to expand its services to incorporate other grey areas and provide master classes which are tailored and targeted at enhancing the skills of persons already established in the fashion business in Ghana and beyond. The agenda is to provide a continuous development education to our own students and also others who may be interested in upgrading their skills.
Riohs Originate was founded in 2010 by Richard Ohene Sika- a writer, singer, fashion designer and talent manager, which has been the driving force behind numerous citizen-centered and educational initiatives.
Richard’s original vision was to offer the general public the chance to take high quality arts courses by distance learning, without prior qualifications or restrictions. He saw Riohs as a means of transforming people’s lives, giving them the opportunity and skills to express their creative talents under the guidance of professional artists.
Lagos Fashion Week Presents – Fashion Focus Fund Live (A N10,000,000 grant) | 5th April 2019
On Friday 5th April, 2019, Lagos Fashion Week will host Fashion Focus Fund Live, a business plan pitch presentation to determine the recipient of the Fashion Focus Fund.
Launched last year, Fashion Focus Fund Live invites Fashion Focus finalists to present their business plans to a panel of judges for the opportunity to access the Fashion Focus Fund - a cash grant of N5,000,000.00 (Five Million Naira), aimed at supporting the development of the next generation of emerging African fashion talent. In addition, they will be enrolled into a year long creative and business mentorship programme.
The 2017/18 Fashion Focus finalists that will be presenting at a closed session to judges who will select the recipient of the N5,000,000 (Five Million Naira) grant are: Faith Oluwajimi (Bloke), Cynthia Abila (Cynthia Abila), Gabriel Solomon (Russell Solomon), Adenike Adegboye (Demure by ‘Denike) and Jermaine Asiedu (Jermaine Bleu).
Speaking on his journey in the last year, the first Fashion Focus Fund recipient, Emmy Kasbit said, “It has been a great experience being part of the Fashion Focus programme. The grant received as well as the mentorship from Ijeoma Ogbechie (Avivere Pret) has enabled me to make great strides in my business”
This year, the Fashion Focus Fund Live presentations will also involve past Alumni of the programme. The stakes are higher with a N10,000.000 (Ten Million Naira) grant for the 2017/18 Fashion Focus Finalists as well as Alumni.
In partnership with Sunlight, two (2) Fashion Focus Alumni (female) will have the opportunity to receive a grant of N2,00,000.00 (Two Million Naira) each to support their businesses. To access this grant, they will present a business plan to a live audience, who will be voting for the winning presentations. The two women with the highest votes, will be awarded the grant of N2,00,000.00 (Two Million Naira) each.
Also new to the Fashion Focus Fund Live presentations is a N1,000,000 (One Million Naira) Audience Favourite Prize for a 2017/18 Fashion Focus finalist. After closed presentation sessions with judges, the Fashion Focus finalists will have the opportunity to present their business plans again but this time, to a live audience for the chance to be voted the Audience Favourite. The finalist with the highest votes from the audience will be awarded the Audience Favourite Prize of N1,000,000 (One Million Naira).
“Contributing to the growth of emerging designers is essential to the development of the industry, the Fashion Focus Programme was created for this reason and continues to exist extending our involvement to the entire African Continent, and exploring more ways to impact fashion entrepreneurs. We are excited to be expanding our reach this year, with not only one, but potentially four recipients who will benefit from a Ten Million Naira grant to support their business” said Omoyemi Akerele (Founder #LagosFW & Style House Files).
Fashion Focus Live is an initiative of Lagos Fashion Week and Style House Files, Supported by FETSWallet and Sunlight (Unilever).
Accra Fashion Week Set To Host Runway Shows On Rooftop At Silver Star Towers.
Next week, we are set to see fashionistas from USA, Europe other parts of Africa and more congregate in Accra for all Accra Fashion Week activities hosted this year at Airport, Accra, in both the Silver Star Towers and Carbon Night Club. The phenomenal fashion event has grown from strength to strength and has proven to be Africa's leading fashion ceremony.
The Week of fashion that begins from the 28th to the 31st of March is jam packed with exciting activities from fashion presentations, cocktail networking, student and graduate competitions without excluding the main runway shows.
A number of celebrities are promised to rock the runway, as well as introducing designers, for the first time in Ghana, from Italy and Barbados. The week will also host the upcoming phenomenal FashionGHANA Honors & Awards at the Silver Star Towers where we will get to see who really matters in this industry.
The event continues to take the nation by storm and this year it launches it student/graduate competition of which in future will be turned into a web series of success stories. The fashion week is supported by Woodin, Ciroc, The Sheer Butter Guys and Coco Lounge and brought to you by FashionGHANA.com. Check out the full designer schedule at www.accrafashionweek.org/schedule or call +233233622009 for more information.
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