From April 10-18, Kenyan-based fashion power house ChicoLeco unveiled 8 gorgeous designer collections that showcased the amazing talents of designers based in Nairobi. The team managed to launch these F/W 2013 Collections to quite a bit of local and international buzz, showing the rest of the world that entire collections of local Kenyan designers could be launched to an international audience.

The team unveiled these collections on YouTube, brilliantly taking the idea of a local Fashion Week and turning it digital. This strategy not only enabled them to obtain international viewership but also solidified their position as  trailblazers of excellence in production, art, creativity and design.

Here’s a taste of the collections.

Katungulu Mwendwa (Dinka Translation)

Katungulu Mwendwa’s designs are modern and edgy with an almost ethereal quality and are distinctly grounded in her rich African heritage. Her eponymous collection at the GenArt ‘Fresh Faces in Fashion’ show during New York Fashion Week 2012 was met with tremendous praise. Her Pre-Fall 2013 collection – Dinka Translation – takes its main cues from Dinka culture.

Sunny Dolat (Sunseeker)

Sunny Dolat’s work focuses on fit and cut with a strong interest in fine fabrics. His work maps the multiple evolving definitions of masculinity. His Fall/Winter 2013 collection – Sunseeker – draws from his heritage to spawn a fluidly stylized collection turned out as a smooth journey through fabric, colour and print.

Kepha Maina (Eden by Night)

The use of lines, curves and panelling belie Kepha Maina’s formal years of training as an architect. His Fall/Winter 2013 collection – Eden By Night – is inspired by dark flowers, and designed for the woman who is not afraid of consummate power and the possibilities therein.

Nick Ondu (Urban Hunter)

Nick’s work is a mesmerising melange of motifs. His medium is ethnic prints: from paisley to bogolan to impressions of kuba cloth. His Fall/Winter 2013 collection – Urban Hunter – is a unisex selection inspired by Man’s innate ruggedness, his hunger for adventure, raw primitivism and the human need for desire.

Blackbird (Retro Reflections)

Zeddekiah Lukoe and Sydney Owino are the genius behind the luxury brand, Blackbird. Their Fall/Winter 2013 collection – Retro Reflections – is a celebration of art movements, sampling Cubism, Abstract Expressionism and Deconstructivism.

Wambui Mukenyi (Moon Flower)

The Wambui Mukenyi label is a statement of style in contemporary living where refinement meets the dynamic needs of any wardrobe. Her Fall/Winter 2013 collection – Moon Flower – is the result of the designer’s dedicated venture into evening gowns. Inspired by dusk blossoms, the dresses are both playfully shocking and saucily demure.

Sheila Amolo (Glamourai)

Sheila Amolo’s Fall/Winter 2013 collection – Glamourai – marked her design comeback this season. With Glamourai, Sheila explores the reinvented femme fatale heavily inspired by Japanese heroines Captain Soifon from Bleach and Sakura Haruno from Naruto.

Ruth Abade (Enfant de Boheme)

Ruth Abade is an alchemist with prints and colour which – teamed with her calculated cuts – is a veritable ode to the eclectic attitude. Her Fall/Winter 2013 collection – Enfant De Boheme – is a purposeful collaboration with the bold and theatrical results in an iconic maximalist look which is the designer’s signature.

Chico Leco Presents was Executive Produced and Styled by Sunny Dolat, with additional assistance, delicious lunches and engaging conversation organized by The Nest. Models courtesy of Strut It Afrika. Makeup and Hair Styling was provided by Bellesa Africa.

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