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Feature: Africa Showcase at Altaroma, Rome Fashion Week S/S 14


 

L-R:  Christie Brown, Kiki Clothing, Stella Jean & Portenier Roth

L-R: Christie Brown, Kiki Clothing, Stella Jean & Portenier Roth

 

 

Cultural Couture. 

 

By: Hina P. Ansari

 

Rome Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014, presented the Africa Showcase. Various designers from the Caribbean as well as local designers who hold Island roots,  ignited the ramps of Rome with their sizzling collections.

 

 

Stella Jean

 

Former-model-turned-designer, Stella James celebrates her Caribbean heritage through her collections. Born in Rome, she launched her debut collection in July 2011 which immediately caught the attention of Italian fashion industry when she was named the winner of “Who’s on Next” competition sponsored by Vogue Italy and Altaroma.  Known for bringing about her stylish philosophy of “Wax & Stripes”, Stella’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection brings about an kaleidoscope of colour and varying silhouettes all connected by an underlying fashion forwardness buoyed by her Island roots. Boxy coats, voluminous skirts and the fedora, head wrap combination creates a line that filled with the promise of Spring.

 

 

Stella Jean Spring/Summer 2014

Stella Jean Spring/Summer 2014

 

Stella Jean Spring/Summer 2014

Stella Jean Spring/Summer 2014

 

Stella Jean Spring/Summer 2014

Stella Jean Spring/Summer 2014

 

Stella Jean Spring/Summer 2014

Stella Jean Spring/Summer 2014

 

Stella Jean Spring/Summer 2014

Stella Jean Spring/Summer 2014

 

Stella Jean Spring/Summer 2014

Stella Jean Spring/Summer 2014

 

 

 

Portenier Roth

“Croisière 14”

 

Design duo Sabine Portenier and Evelyn Roth launched their line in 2007. These Suisse designers have a unique design mantra where they don’t launch per season but create a collection, which can last an entire year. Their latest line Croisière 14 is founded by their collaboration with the Ethical Fashion Project, an initiative by Altaroma. Hand-made textiles from Burkina Faso, combined with contrasting materials including silk chiffon, leather, satin and knitted materials brings to the runway a collection that balances an avant-garde feel while flirting with different angular cuts along with punches of tropical colours.

 

 

Portenier Roth  Spring/Summer 2014

Portenier Roth Spring/Summer 2014

 

Portenier Roth  Spring/Summer 2014

Portenier Roth Spring/Summer 2014

 

Portenier Roth  Spring/Summer 2014

Portenier Roth Spring/Summer 2014

 

Portenier Roth  Spring/Summer 2014

Portenier Roth Spring/Summer 2014

 

Portenier Roth  Spring/Summer 2014

Portenier Roth Spring/Summer 2014

 

 

KIKI Clothing

 

We first introduced you to KIKI Clothing as one of our earlier installments of our Global Designer Spotlight series. So of course we are thrilled to see her back and on the ramp at Rome Fashion Week. Using her Ghanaian/Nigerian heritage as the backbone of her designs, textiles and prints used in her collection, designer Titi Ademola’s Spring/Summer collection uses Ankara and wax printed fabrics with an eye-catching use of gold throughout as well.

 

 

Kiki Clothing Spring/Summer 2014

KIKI Clothing Spring/Summer 2014

 

Kiki Clothing Spring/Summer 2014

KIKI Clothing Spring/Summer 2014

 

Kiki Clothing Spring/Summer 2014

KIKI Clothing Spring/Summer 2014

 

Kiki Clothing Spring/Summer 2014

KIKI Clothing Spring/Summer 2014

Christie Brown

 

Another Ghanaian import, this luxury womenswear brand was founded in 2008 by Aisha Obuobi. Her Spring/Summer 2014 collection borrows from the iconic styles of the 60s Mod era and fearlessly mixes it up with tribal-esque fabrics created by local artisans. Also a fantastic mix of silks chiffons, linens, silk organza and satin crepes were used to complete the storyboard.

 

 

Christie Brown Spring/Summer 2014

Christie Brown Spring/Summer 2014

 

Christie Brown Spring/Summer 2014

Christie Brown Spring/Summer 2014

 

Christie Brown Spring/Summer 2014

Christie Brown Spring/Summer 2014

 

Christie Brown Spring/Summer 2014

Christie Brown Spring/Summer 2014

 

Christie Brown Spring/Summer 2014

Christie Brown Spring/Summer 2014

 

 

 

 

Photography courtesy of Altaroma/ Rome Fashion Week  

 

 

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