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Kiki Kamanu’s ‘Dresscentric’ summer 2018 collection


The Heineken Lagos Fashion and Design Week (HLFDW) 2017 may have ended, but the haute couture sauces served by the designers during the event are far from getting over.

One of such collections that can hardly be forgotten and ignored is ‘d’Etre Femme’ loosely translates to ‘to be a woman’ by eclectic and unconventional designer, Kiki Kamanu.

Themed ‘Africa: Shaping Fashion’s Future’, Kamanu on the last day of the Heineken LFDW 2017, Saturday, October 28, showcased her ‘dresscentric’ Spring/Summer 2018 collection.


Kiki Kamanu through the collection explored bold looks, incorporating leather and dramatic silhouettes. This very wearable ‘dresscentric’ collection, as they have been referred to, takes the working woman from the board room to a cocktail party and on to the red carpet.

Not restricted to a particular kind of female, the styles instead, speak volumes about the sensual and strong woman, who is also daring, exquisite and bold. Through the designs, Kiki 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 father’s homeland, Nigeria with the catchphrase, J’Adore +234.

The collection is available in stores in Abuja, Atlanta, Barcelona, Detroit, Johannesburg, Lagos, London, Madison, Nairobi, Oakland, Owerri and

Never following trends and always promoting the individual, Kiki Kamanu revamps itself twice each year, Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer to cater to discerning clients desire for unique style.Born to a Bostonian mother and Igbo father, Kiki Kamanu is the face of her eponymous label, which was birthed when she began revitalizing her twin sister’s clothes at age 11.

While with the Ford modeling agency in Boston, she had the honour of walking for several designers including Chanel and Gucci. Her lively fashion fusions are available in limited editions for discerning men and women seeking superior personal style in casuals and formal wear.

Having travelled to over 50 international destinations in five continents including the United States, France and Nigeria, where she received her education, which are reflected in the diversity of her creations, it is no surprise that she draws inspiration from myriad sources, which is evident in her skillful blending of styles, textures and fabrics from around the globe.

To the benefit of fashion iconoclasts everywhere, Kiki Kamanu left her role at Harvard Medical School as the Neurosurgery Education Program Coordinator, to devote her energy to producing well-crafted exclusive creations while continuing to give back to the community by espousing the principles of fair trade.

The KIKI KAMANU brand of distinctive chic has been featured on several runways including London Fashion Week, Sleek, Lagos Fashion and Design Week and the ARISE Magazine Fashion Week.

Kiki Kamanu has dressed leading personalities such as the French singing group Les Nubians, Iyanla Vanzant, Susan Taylor, Editor-Emeritus of Essence Magazine, and has developed a faithful global following.The brand’s motto, ‘Blazing the fashion trail since 822 AD’ is inspired by the life of a Moor, called Zyryab, who lived in 8th century Baghdad and Andalucía.

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