Kenyan designers John Kaveke and Patricia Mbela have been invited to participate in one of Africa’s biggest fashion extravaganza in Lagos, Nigeria. The ARISE Magazine Fashion Week (AMFW) will be held at the Federal Palace Hotel from March 6 to 11, with a total of 77 designers from six continents showing the best African fashion from within the continent and the Diaspora.
Kaveke and Patricia are expected to come up with autumn/winter 2012 collection. “It feels great to be invited to showcase my work in Nigeria,” said Kaveke. “I’m excited to be included in this wealth of fashion talent that seeks to show what African fashion is all about.”
Kaveke’s collection dubbed The Last Age of Elegance is inspired by the end of the era, "and the birth of the African King Swagger”. It is a representation of the modern contemporary style that is driven by the influence of the African textiles and colours.
While Patricia’s Poisa runway collection will be 20 garments for the autumn/winter 2012 with the label’s trademark beaded jewellery.The collection, Native Essence - Fire and Ice is inspired by the African Landscape and its diverse cultures and tribes. The colours in the collection came from Poisa’s head designer earliest recollection of snow as a child while travelling to the village near Mt. Kilimanjaro. Hues of blue and white from the mountain and yellows and oranges like the African sunlight are seen throughout the collection.
“The Native Essence is drawn from different forms of tribal tattooing and henna designs (temporary tattoos) that can be seen all over Africa,” said Patricia.
She adds that the collection was also inspired by contemporary African fashion, "it is the young generation take of the Kitenge of our mothers and styling into the futuristic outfits for everyday life".