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Africa Fashion Week New York 2012

Designer: Kibonen New York 

SPONSORS: Origin Africa, Smart Water, Renarda Joy, Soul Purpose

PRODUCER : Adiree

PHOTOGRAPHER: Avaloni Studios

EXECUTIVE STYLIST : Dupp and Swat

MAKE UP : Renarda Joy

HAIR : Renarda Joy

FOOTWEAR : Susie Sawaya

ACCESSORIES (Assorted) : Donna Dove , Nakate, Winnie Burch, Ill La La , MABM, Nadir Tati, Lisa Keating and Fienes Couture

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Africa Fashion Week New York 2012

Designer: Kibonen New York 

SPONSORS: Origin Africa, Smart Water, Renarda Joy, Soul Purpose

PRODUCER : Adiree

PHOTOGRAPHER: Avaloni Studios

EXECUTIVE STYLIST : Dupp and Swat

MAKE UP : Renarda Joy

HAIR : Renarda Joy

FOOTWEAR : Susie Sawaya

ACCESSORIES (Assorted) : Donna Dove , Nakate, Winnie Burch, Ill La La , MABM, Nadir Tati, Lisa Keating and Fienes Couture

Visit http://cutfromadiffcloth.tumblr.com/ for more!

(VIDEO) Watch Kibonen Nfi's Runway Show At New York Mercedes Benz Fashion Week September 2014

(VIDEO) Watch Kibonen Nfi’s Runway Show At New York Mercedes Benz Fashion Week September 2014

Hey there lovely ABYers! Thanks for sharing yesterday’s post:) Here’s an update of the post. Watch the video of all the 12 Art Insitutes designers presenting their amazing work at the New York Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. What a brilliant show! I have a few pieces bookmarked especially that peach embellished blouse and peplum detail white trousers. Totally gorgeous.

For Kibonen’s “Multifarious”…

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When you think about the future of fashion, forget about your favorite designers setting the trends, look to the Art Institutes of New York students. As apart of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer Collection, a collective of 13 students showcased their wares on the runway. You could feel the excitement and electricity from everyone in their seats as the lights dimmed to start the show. Immediately from the moment the first model walked out, the photo pit and mouths dropped. An entire theater that was once chattering away, was now filled with utter silence besides heavy base infused music powering the models down the runway.

The showcase started with Cecil Dove’s Collection of bright colors and fun fixtures for womenswear that created beautiful works of art. This fun collection looked right out of Betsey Johnson’s closet and had the perfect ready-to-wear feel that Spring/Summer need.

Flavia Nunez and Charles Anthony created the perfect flowing collection with bold solids to match. The inspiration behind their collection was the likes of Marc Jacobs and Valentino Garavani; which the collection does have flare from.

Michael Tornato took a bold leap for Spring/Summer, he pushed all the limits and rules for his collection. He featured pieces that were avant-garde yet remained risqué.

Joshuan Aponte made his pieces look so bold yet effortless. Watching them move in action made you jealous of the models, his colours embodied what a spring and summer should feel like.

Yohanna Gursey’s detailing was perfect. She created pieces that seemed too delicate to even touch, let alone wear. They were beautiful of the eyes to watch but even better to get my hands on!

Kibonen Nfi embodied what African royalty would wear if there were empires that still existed. The prints and mixtures of colors were magical. It was as if characters from Alice In Wonderland were taken on a safari, the cute tea dress with African inspired prints were quite amazing and the menswear matched perfectly.

Lavan Chxeidze did not hold back his imagination: kilts for men and long trousers for women were his trademarks for his latest collection. I found his pieces very fresh to the scene and cannot wait until his line is available somewhere in stores.

Angelo Rosa is the quintessential Renaissance man. He focused on men and womenswear but mad sure that his pieces embodies his own personal style of being a tailored suit kind-of-a-man.

Nassim Shadmani embodies his rise of in New York through her fashion, influenced greatly by her Persian routes she added a classic twist for the modern female—like me, for pieces that are versatile for work yet chic for a party.

Jose Medina wanted his audience to be in awe and everyone was—using bundles of material to create layers and contours for all different types of people and occasions, it was a majestic sight.

Last but not least, the show closed out with Tony Van Thompson’s collection. His pieces were beyond the trends yet I know his pieces will be the standard of fashion come the year 2020. Which makes perfect sense, as these new kids in the fashion scene are creating the future of our clothing, now.

The Art Institutes of New York City Showcases Spring 2015 Collections When you think about the future of fashion, forget about your favorite designers setting the trends, look to the Art Institutes of New York students.
Kibonen Nfi Presents NEW “Multifarious” For KibonenǀNY AT New York Mercedes Benz Fashion Week September 2014

Kibonen Nfi Presents NEW “Multifarious” For KibonenǀNY AT New York Mercedes Benz Fashion Week September 2014

Kibonen Nfi is the brain behind one of Africa’s most original emerging fashion labels, KibonenǀNY, and will be presenting “Multifarious” her SS2015 collection at the coveted Art Institute NYC Mercedes Benz Fashion Week taking place in the Theatres at Lincoln Centre on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 8pm prompt.

Kibonen’s participation…

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Art Institute Fashion Show

This was my first ever and only show I was able to attend during fashion week. I had no idea what to expect when I walked up the steps of the Lincoln Center, I had butterflies thinking about all the designers that have shown their collections here. It was a dream to get photographed while entering a fashion show but my dress didn’t even compare to some of the outfits I saw on attendees.

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The runway was huge and filled with beautiful garments created by The Art Institute students. One of my favorite garments of the evening was the stunning black lambskin studded tank dress with charcoal jersey and tulle skirt by Angelo Rosa. Kibonen Nfi had another one of my favorite garments, it was a sequin-trimmed crop top with a contrast-hem full skirt. (unfortunately I couldn’t get a good picture, the lights were too bright on the runway).

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After the show I explored the stands that surrounded the entrance, the Pandora photo booth had to be my favorite. Now that I have had a taste of fashion week, I hope that I will be able to go plenty more times through out my life. I am so glad I was given the opportunity to go to this show it was the highlight of my week!

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- [11-7-13] - Hotel Indigo // just after leaving F.I.T where I curated at the Fair Fashion Runway show for my client, Kibonen NY.

Thank you to the lovely, Tenetia Rachel for gifting me this awesome handmade (with Love) top from her collection. Can’t stop saying how much I appreciate it! And, much Love to Gari, one of my biggest admirers whom I ran in to. She’s incredibly beautiful and warm and I hope she reads this and it reaffirms exactly how much I Love and appreciate her.

- [2-2-13] - Model, Marsha LaRose, dressed in Kibonen NY // ph. by teff, THE don.

Note: This past Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, I curated (styled, directed and photographed) a fashion presentation for their acclaimed, Target First Saturdays on behalf of my client, Kibonen Nfi of Kibonen NY. This particular installment of First Saturdays — in a nutshell — was designed to celebrate the Museum’s African Innovations installation, catering to maximizing interest in the continent’s long history of Artistic excellence and creative achievement, as well as highlighting the rich influence of African textiles and Art in today’s contemporary fashion. Just in time for BHM, some would (could) say.

I have curated a handful of shows, but nothing surpasses the magnitude of this one. Safe to say, this is a monument in my career.

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