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Labo Ethnik Fashion Week-End 2013

I was gladly invited to attend the Labo Ethnik Fashion Week-end to cover the event for the web magazine Afrokanlife and to do some Public Relations myself. 
It was the first time I went to this event (which is at its 7th edition already) it took place at the Espace des Blancs Manteaux in Paris, Marais area. A nice building with bright stones and a beautiful architecture. The event lasted 3 days and opened with an amazing show. 
I came with Sophie one of the other reporters from the magazine and we were seated at the 2nd row behind a few French and international music, fashion and TV celebrities. 
I was really excited to attend this show because I’m trying to get more involved in ethnic fashion, which is expanding so fast in Europe and they have amazing pieces!!

Photos by Alexandre Deurweilher 
I would say that overall the designers selected for the show were really good, I liked most of the clothes presented. It was really modern still with a touch of traditional trends, the whole thing blended very well.
There were 10 designers at the show most of them were womenswear, but they had three menswear collections. You could see many different styles from haute couture to more casual outfits. 
A lot of bright colors, prints and strong cuts.

To my mind four designers stood out from the rest:

Christie Brown

One of my favorite designers at the show because I could see myself wearing her clothes, the outfits were versatile : very feminine attires with daytime, nigh-time dresses from casual to more formal ones.
Very trendy and chic, mixing modern materials with traditional inspired prints and laser cut accessories.
Just beautiful!! I can’t wait to see more of her!

LOOOOVE that dress!!

Jacob Kimmie

From Johannesbourg, South Africa, Jacob Kimmie presented his Spring/Summer 14 preview collection at the show. Another crush here, with more artistic pieces I would say, with very fluid and silky materials with a touch of leather sometimes, some of the prints and cuts reminded me a little bit of Givenchy. But you could definitaly feel the artistic vibe on the collection.
Androgynous and futuristic outfits. I loved this long silk printed dress! Modern, chic and edgy looks with solid colors like black, white and some nude colors too. Also sarouel pants and leather sandals.
Jacob Kimmie also has an online shop partnered with Asos that you can check out HERE 
Now living in the UK and showing at London Fashion Week and Paris, Kimmie’s studio is famous for being devoid of mood boards and pictures (he doesn’t work with a sketchbook either).


From Ghana and Great Brittain, the 25 year old designer got us hooked with her luxe/avant-garde designs, her use of noble materials with a strong traditional influence is really impressive.
Some of the designs reminded me of Balmain’s creations with the use of ropes and her mastering of knitting. Her collection was very elegant and glamorous with long dresses, a lot of black mastered with touches of emerald green sequins. Her clothes have been seen on Rita Ora, Alesha Dixon or Anna Friel lately.
Her signature look consists of heavy embellishment, beading and intricate handwork that is inspired by her Afro-European background/culture and takes inspiration from the beautiful beading and embroidery of African clothes and lace fabrics. Korlekie is also inspired by the regal heritage of monarchs such as the Tsars and illustrious work of Edmund Dulac in 1001 Arabian Nights,


This designer from Hong Kong and Great Brittain also impressed me with his contemporary preppy creations for men. You can guess his signature with the use of silk jacquard fabric woven. Beautiful slim cut shirts mixed with noble ethnic prints also trousers, shorts and blazers all Brittish chic! He was also there Saturday to show his designs.

I want to thank the Labo Ethnik Team for this amazing experience and hope to be there next year!
Also make sure to check their website to have a closer look of the other designers 😉

Very simple outfit : T-shirt dress from Diesel and boots from Asos 
Hanging out with the girls after the show
Before the madness
With Sophie a freelance writer

Spotted with Johanna

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Cecilia Linval is a French Caribbean lifestyle blogger with a focus on beauty and travel. Cecilia's expertise also includes digital communication & marketing which she provides consulting services.

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