Nigerian-born Taofeek Abijako becomes the youngest designer to ever showcase at Men’s New York Fashion Week (Photos)

19-year-old Nigerian-born designer Taofeek Abijako, is the youngest ever to premiere at the mens New York Fashion Week.

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The collection, titled Genesis, paid homage to ’70s Afro-Futurism styles and West-African youth culture.

Abijako premiered his collection from his line Head of the State+.

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Abijako shared:

“Genesis is the translation of Afro-futurism portrayed by the likes of Parliament-Funkadelic and Sun Ra through the lens of West African youth – while at the same time celebrating the vibrancy of West African youth culture in the ‘70s and drawing parallels to modern time.”

He continued:

“The continuous homage to Fela Kuti is also portrayed.”

 

 

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Taofeek is making a case for youth culture.

He is showing other young designers that they can bypass the fashion industry’s hierarchy and even establish a solid brand with minimal financial backing or formal training.

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Kenyan Designer Amazes With Stunning Men’s Collection At New York Fashion Week

Big up to our very own John Kaveke, a Kenyan designer who has made it big! He has been featured in the renowned New York Fashion week, where he represented Kenyans with his amazing, yet uniquely African designs.

The collection dubbed “Raw Attitude” was inspired by Samburu morans and the colours are heavily influenced by the distinct Samburu print.

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With over 15 years experience, he really did us proud and proved that Kenya has talents to offer in all industries.

Kaveke has specialised in men’s fashion; an area not touched by many, and his designs have had the pleasure of gracing a wide range of catwalks that include; Sarajevo Fashion Week, Bosnia, Hub of Africa in Ethiopia, Swahili Fashion Week in Tanzania, Catwalk Kenya, Festival for African Fashion and Art or FAFA Kenya, the International Smirnoff Fashion Awards, London Fashion Week…the list is endless, with New York Fashion Week being his latest conquest.

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John Kaveke first became interested in fashion while in high school, and further studied fashion design in Spain. As they say, the rest is history!

Kenyan-born international fashion designer John Kaveke led this crafty workshop. John has been drawing since he was in nursery and once his work was featured on a children’s show on local TV station, he knew that he had a real talent. His interest in fashion started when he was in high school. He went to Spain to study fashion design, and the rest is history! He has had his own beautiful clothing line since 1997 and has done fashion shows as far as Bosnia.

It is important to note that, one of the models strutting down the runway is celebrated Kenyan Chef Ali L’artiste.

Well, enough chatter, check out the epic designs below;

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Chef Ali on the runway

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