D’ETRE FEMME BY KIKI KAMANU AT LFDW 2017
We know the Heineken Lagos Fashion and Design Week 2017 ended last weekend with various designers showcasing their creative and outstanding collection pieces, but we are far from getting over all the haute couture sauce served up during the event! One of the collections we can hardly ignore is the “d’Etre Femme” by eclectic and unconventional designer, Kiki Kamanu.
As we remember, the 7th edition of Lagos Fashion and Design Week (LFDW) was themed ‘Africa: Shaping Fashion’s Future’, and Kiki Kamanu on the last day of the event – Saturday, October 28th, 2017, showcased her ‘dresscentric’ Spring/Summer 2018 collection.
‘d’Etre Femme’ loosely translates to “to be a woman”, and this Kiki Kamanu Spring/Summer 2018 collection explored seriously bold looks, incorporating leather and dramatic silhouettes. This very wearable ‘dresscentric’ collection, as they’ve been referred to, takes the working woman from the board room to a cocktail party and on to the red carpet.
The styles are not restricted to a particular kind of female, instead the ‘d’Etre Femme’ speaks volumes about the sensual and strong woman, who is also daring, exquisite and bold. Kiki Kamanu acknowledges Japan, where her American mother was raised, by remaking the iconic Obi belt using a South American Aztec inspired print with calf skin leather and diamanté in several pieces, while she also pays homage to her Nigerian father’s homeland with the catchphrase « J’Adore +234 ».
Each piece in the collection fit into every woman’s wardrobe, and the models rocked them graciously!
A LITTLE BIT ABOUT KIKI KAMANU
Kiki Kamanu is the face of her eponymous label. She was born to diplomatic parents – a Bostonian mother and Igbo father. Kiki Kamanu, the label, was birthed Kamanu began revitalizing her twin sister’s clothes at age eleven. Kamanu has walked for several top international designers, like Chanel and Gucci, while she was with the Ford modeling agency in Boston.
She has travelled to over fifty international destinations (and counting) in five continents, and this exposure is reflected in the diversity of her creations. She is one of those designers you can say makes wearable art, as she draws her inspiration from countless sources globally.
Kiki left her role at Harvard as the Neurosurgery Education Program Coordinator, to devote her energy to producing well-crafted exclusive creations.
The fashionable elegance has been featured on several runways including Sleek, London Fashion Week and the ARISE Magazine Fashion Week. Kiki has dressed leading personalities such as Stephanie Okereke of Nollywood, Toks Olagundoye rising Hollywood star of the hit show “The Neighbors”, Susan Taylor, Editor-Emeritus of Essence Magazine and French singing duo Les Nubians. She has developed a faithful following in the United States, Nigeria, the Persian Gulf. and now the United Kingdom.
Kiki Kamanu is passionate about youth empowerment and mentors young men and women who are new to the world of design and is firmly committed to the principle of giving a ‘hand up’ with the community and not ‘hand outs’.
See some of the pieces from d’Etre Femme collection below: