Two weeks ago I was invited to KibonenNY (KNY) fashion fundraiser. Kibonen at the time was invited to South Africa Mercedes Benz fashion week. Shortly after her invitation, Kibonen started an indiegogo account to help raise funds to get her and her team there. It seems Kibonen raised all the funds needed and had the opportunity to showcase her new collection KibonenNY S/S 2013: The Milagro Collection at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week South Africa.KibonenǀNY collection at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week South Africa was comprised of finely tailored blazers, tailored shirt and shorts suits, and feathered dresses. The designer's love for bright colors and prints are as apparent as ever as she brightened up the runway with emerald green, purple, summery pinks and red. The ready to wear collection is ready to wear to work, on a date, dinner with your boss or simply just shopping. I especially love the patterned suits for men.KibonenǀNY is an ethical fashion brand, and a fresh fusion of the Western Highland Cameroonian garment, the toghu, with a contemporary twist. The company aims to capture an international clientele through its trendy West African designs and sensual silhouettes.
After realizing the ability of ethical fashion to provide sustainable income to local talent, particularly undervalued female garment weavers, KNY together with some partners formed the Cameroon Fashion Common Initiative Group and instigated the start up of an ethical factory, Made in Camer. This factory is currently an independent charity which provides employment to Cameroonians in one of the poorest communities. The Milagros collection is a dreamed up journey, from the depth of North Western Cameroon through the hustle, bustle and spirituality contained by the city of New York, always met by sudden experiences of profound miracles here and there. This collection exploits sustainable fabric and sustainable methods of production.
The designs are a roundup of comfort, sexiness, authenticity and unique blends. The prints used in the creation of Milagro were derived from KibonenǀNY’s toghu inspiration and shaped through paintings by Shiri Achu, a brilliant Cameroonian artist.Check out KibonenNY & Shop here.
Images via KibonenNY.