KikoRomeo just debut their latest couture collection at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week (Africa) Johannesburg 2016, as the sole Kenyan representative in the Couture D’Afrique show on Saturday 13th August at Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton. KikoRomeo was honoured to be opening the Couture D’Afrique show. It has always been important for the brand to put Kenya at the forefront of fashion on the continent and portray not only to African audiences but global audiences as a whole, the importance of Kenya in fashion and moreover in modern Africa. Their latest collection is inspired by journeys and trade through the Rift Valley drawing on the vibrant colours and detail of traditional beadwork and textiles which have been translated through the silhouettes, colours and detailing of the garments. KikoRomeo showcased alongside fashion brands such as MaXhosa by Laduma (South Africa), Tina Lobondi (Congo, France, London) Adama Paris (Senegal) and fellow East Africans Haute Basso (Rwanda) and Sheria Ngowi (Tanzania) amongst others. This collection has been crafted in silks and saris representing trade between East Africa and the Indian sub continent. Strong colour contrasts and embroidered motifs are reminiscent of Maasai traditions. Dramatic cuts pick on the asymmetric nature of traditional dress visible through the Maasai cultures as well as through Indian cultures. The collection pays homage to the influences that both cultures have brought to modern The collection is accompanied by stunning jewelry from Le Collane Di Betta, all made in Kenya. With colours mirroring those seen in the garments, in brass, aluminum and beads, they too are inspired by traditional Kenyan beadwork and can be seen as a representation of global trade routes. KikoRomeo celebrates twenty years in the fashion industry this year. Established by trained couturier Ann McCreath in Nairobi, Kenya in 1996, the line is now co-designed with her daughter Iona McCreath, who is also a student of Sociology at London School of Economics.
Check out the collection below