WCN Transmedia Group Fashion Showcase Celebrates “KiRette Couture” These sisters are ones to watch. Here is a collection of some of the articles written from various writers who we also celebrate. It is the lifting of each other that we will all rise as a people. High Fashion and Luxury Apparel Buyers might just want to take a few notes. The vibrate use of colour and lines are explosive, bursting with positive energy.
Creators of KiRette Couture; Kibonen Nfi (L) and Anrette Ngafor (R)
KiRette Couture Bio: KiRette Couture is a revolution. And at its helm are creators Anrette Ngafor and Kibonen Nfi. Influenced by their passion for fashion and love for their roots, the duo weave traditional and contemporary styles to bring African sexy back to the street and catwalk.
Hatched in the New York chic bubble, KiRette Couture is mainly inspired by the “toghu” (also known as the Bamenda gown) – a colourful and intricately embroidered fabric typically worn, on special occasions, by the people of the North West and Western provinces in Cameroon.
Although the “toghu” cloth is KiRette Couture’s signature fabric, designs will not be limited to it. In true edgy and funky style, this one-of-a kind label aims to create a new fashion language which transcends racial and cultural borders by exploring, experimenting with and fusing various textiles. Our sourcing and manufacturing arrangements span across Africa.
We are an ethical brand and specialise in tailored, handcrafted and limited edition pieces. All our products are reasonably priced.
Do you love fashion, the arts or just the sweet sensation of creative freedom? Then hop aboard and spread the word. Let’s turn vogue up-side-down together! FACEBOOK
Model Krista White of America’s Next Top Model fame wore this silk blue and orange KiRette Couture dress with printed ankara pumps and gold earrings at BET’s Rip The Runway 2011.
As you can see Krista wore her look without the extra embellishments like the sash or the decorative accents on the dress. Regardless, she looks simply fab in this look! Great to see African designers getting exposure on the red carpet! KiRette Couture is a fashion label from Cameroon created by designers Kibonen Nfi and Anrette Ngafor who featured their latest collection during the 2010 Africa Fashion Week New York.
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Bamenda Rocks II with KiRette Couture (KC)
2011-01-10 06:33:56 Source: Ngum Ngafor – PR KiRette Couture
Bamenda rocked in explosive style with KiRette Couture
Bamenda’s rolling hills came alive as Christmas celebrations spilled over into style explosion, courtesy of Cameroon’s exciting new fashion pack.
The scene was Ayaba Hotel’s pool area. KiRette Couture (KC) led fashion houses, Rodrig Tchatcho, Syl Anim, Tia Mac Ren, Nuvi Designs and Dilisious Coucou in a mesmerising display of Cameroon-inspired chic.
On the front row were producer of BET’s Rip The Runway show, Aminah Benjamin, the North West Regional Delegate for Culture, Ernest Tchuinte and local business leader, Francis Yong.
At a glitzy pre-event session, VIPs mixed with designers and splashed out on exquisite, limited edition creations from their latest collections, while sampling fine wine bouquets.
Nuvi Designs opened the catwalk with a delightful assortment of wax print cuts. A Touch of showed off a colourful melange of vivid styles and urban cuts.
Men in cyclist shorts, a cute model in a hoodie and a fabulous new range of patterned sandals sprang out of Nigeria-based Syl Anim’s hip collection.
Up-and-coming trio Tia MacRen kept it fresh and youthful with trendy mini dresses. A futuristic key piece introduced the young brand’s daring side. Douala resident, Rodrigue Ttchatcho’s versatility shone through casual creations and detailed evening/bridal gowns, Dramatic, arty and evolutionary sum up KC’s unveiling of its Spring/Summer 2011 collection. Gorgeous, bikini clad models strutted uber trendy jackets adorned with bold prints, bright embroidery and patterned frills while richly textured evening gowns added an edge of sophistication to KC’s latest offering. Another highlight was a vibrant embroidered piece from KC’s newly launched children’s range. “What thrills me the most is the designers’ ability to revolutionise the traditional North West regalia. The concept of blending the toghu with modern chic not only distinguishes these creators but also gives the style a contemporary look that makes it accessible to people beyond Cameroon’s borders,” explained Ernest Tchuinte.
But fashionistas didn’t just indulge in vogue. Music from Hip-hopper, Valsero, R&B group, BAAM, African soul star Landry Njapa and pop act, Excel kept their dancing shoes functional.
Proceeds from Bamenda Rocks 2! will benefit the Splash Networks International Cancer Community Care Awareness Programme.
Ethel Achu, a delegate from NGO, Splash Networks International, stressed the importance of raising public awareness of cancer prevention, treatment and victim support interventions.
In an animated session, guests received gifts from event sponsor, Brasseries du Cameroun. Bamenda Rocks 2! was also supported by M&I Cyber Café, Guarantee Express and L’Alliance Franco-Camerounais and UK-based Marketing & PR company, Votre Avant Garde.
“We are eternally grateful to our sponsors and guests. They made the show happen,” noted KC co-founder and CEO, Kibonen Nfi.
“Bamenda Rocks 2! was a huge success! Let’s get ready for the next instalment,” enthused her partner, Anrette Ngafor.
BN Features:KiRette Couture
Posted on Monday, August 17th, 2009 at 11:46 AM
By Ijeoma Ndekwu
KiRette Couture (KC) is a new movement. And at its helm are Cameroonian duo Kibonen Nfi and Anrette Ngafor. The business savvy image consultant and her über trendy fashion graduate partner weave the originality of tradition and the vibrancy of contemporary styles to bring African sexy back to the wardrobe and catwalk.
Hatched in the New York chic bubble, KC’s signature style is inspired by the toghu – a colourful and intricately embroidered robe typically worn, on special occasions, by the people of Nfi and Ngafor’s native Western Highlands region. This one-of-a kind label strides boldly across racial and cultural borders by exploring, experimenting with and fusing textiles from around the world.
With sourcing arrangements in Africa and beyond, KC specialises in tailored, handcrafted and limited edition pieces. Since its inception in January 2009, KiRette Couture continues to build a steady on and offline following of cool “KiRetters” who indulge in its luxurious yet affordable creations.
Celebrated outings in Washington DC and Manhattan, and a widely acclaimed gallery event in Manchester (UK), have propelled KC to a class of its own.
BN was glad to have a chat with Anrette and Kibonen on their label and aspirations for KiRette Couture.
Bella Naija: When did fashion designing begin?
Kibonen Nfi: Fashion is instinctive to me. I always dreamed of being more than a consumer of this industry. It is my goal to influence global trends. I have a BA in English and French from the University of Buea, Cameroon and am studying for a degree in International Trade and Marketing in the Fashion Industry, at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology.
Anrette Ngafor:I have always been into vogue. While growing up in Cameroon, I would often advise my siblings and parents on what to wear. My mother and father were very stylish so they encouraged my talent and sacrificed a lot to fund my studies in the UK. An Art and Design course at the Manchester College of Arts and Technology developed my passion for textiles. I later enrolled on a BTEC programme in Fashion and Interior Design which enabled me to pursue a BA in Fashion Styling, Photography and Image Making at the University of Salford, Manchester. My degree studies set the scene for KiRette Couture.
BN: When was KiRette Couture (KC) established?
KN: KC was formed in January 2009. The path to its creation is very interesting. I stumbled upon pictures of Anrette’s work on face book and knew straightaway that I had found the one (to team up with). We have achieved so much together. Many people think KC has been in business for 3 years or more but we are just 7 months old! The buzz around us is extremely motivating.
AN:Kibonen fell in love with the way I styled our traditional toghu* for my final year project and called me to discuss the irresistible idea of taking our cultural chic global. Before long, I was on a plane to New York and KC was born!
BN: What inspires your collections? What inspired your current offering?
KN:Naturally, our signature toghu embroidery is a major source of inspiration. Trends and positive concepts also influence us. For instance, the idea for our debut collection, Zinzi, came from Anrette’s and my desire to celebrate the powerful and sexy woman. Power and aggression are often conflated; we wanted to clarify the difference between them. By adorning delicate satin materials with regal needlecraft, we communicated the compatibility between the strong and soft sides of a woman.
Africa’s rich and versatile colours moved us to blend the sexy cuts and gorgeous fabrics that make up the Afrik Lux oeuvre.
AN:Our muse for Zinzi was the Angolan queen, Nzingha Mbandi. She was a beautiful, intelligent and strong leader who always put her people first. Nzingha presents an amazing role model not just for Africans but also for people around the world. We captured her essence through classy and chic designs. Our latest collection is an interpretation of African luxury through vivid tones, sophisticated cloths and exquisite hand embroidery.
BN: Who is the KiRette Couture Woman?
KN:The KiRette Couture woman is confident and cool. She knows what she wants and dares to achieve it. Every KC woman is stylish, cultured and intelligent.
AN:The KiRette Couture woman is powerful, sexy and wholesome. She appreciates her heritage and embraces difference.
BN: What were the challenges you faced in establishing your fashion label?
KN: Acquiring the levels of finance we need to realise an explosion is not easy, especially in this tricky economic climate. But we are determined to do it. Our supportive clients also keep us focused.
AN: It can be hard to access our target market sometimes. But despite the difficulties, we are very excited to be in this business and love every minute of navigating the steep learning curve.
BN: What do you hope for your label in the future?
KN:It is our dream to make KiRette Couture a leader in socially responsible business. Africa is at a turning point and we want to play a key role in designing its destiny by investing in local communities. We are our most precious resource!
AN:My dream is to see fashionistas clamouring for KC clothes in stores like Selfridges and Top Shop. We will also bring a special touch to high-end boutiques around the world.
Contact KiRette Couture:
UK branch: Anrette Ngafor
Tel: +44 (0)7912 602 095
US division: Kibonen Nfi
Tel: +001 347 5432464
Images and media enquiries:
Tel: +44 (0) 7944 043 954