I saw the SS12 lookbook today for this rather new African fashion label and I am overwhelmed with the beauty of this collection. Surely I am not alone to think this collection is beautiful. Named Ana Kata promises to be an eclectic marriage of ethnic inspiration, personal experience, and avant-garde design.
Launched by Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) graduate, Onyenauchea Nwabuzor (known as Uchea), Ana Kata is an avant-garde clothing line inspired by cultural exploration, grounded in African culture, and filtered through personal experience. It pays homage to memories of the past, yet constantly seeks new directions in fashion, either by introducing something fundamentally new, or constructing something familiar in an unexpected way. In this manner, Ana Kata looks to simultaneously honor the past while trailblazing the future.
From 15 semifinalists, Brandice Hender son and her team at Harlem’s Fashion Row selected the top six designers, evaluating portfolios and interviewing designers in person. Six collection concepts were voted on by the public, and in the end, Onyenauchea was one of three designers elected to present her runway collection on September 16, 2011, during New York Fashion Week.
Onyenauchea Nwabuzor has an interesting background from being afreelance seamstress at Arlene Wilson Studio in Providence, RI, interning at Vera Wang (we love her at AFG), a patternmaker for Lynn Kohls made-to-order eveningwear, assistant to PR Director at Comme des Garcons NY to styling for private clients and companies such as The Vicious Mark. and music videos for Devendra Banhart and Zola Jesus
On top of this Onyenauchea’s work has been featured in magazines such as Surface, Nylon, V, and Elle and also on the Italian Vogue website.
So soak up the abundance of fresh print on all these beautifully, creative and adorable dresses, skirts, tops and trousers. This is definitely a contender brand for Africa’s fashion industry. Watch this space as we are sure Onyenauchea Nwabuzor and her label Ana Kata will be one to reckon with in the coming seasons.
I see a Vlisco colab coming up…..
For more information check out the site: http://anakatany.com/
And facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ana-Kata/224994667530397
Author: Jacqueline Shaw