The Fashion Diaspora Committee held their 3rd Annual fashion show themed “Unity in Diversity” on November 11th, 2011. This year’s fashion show celebrated diversity through cultures and the art of their garments. Many notable figures were in attendance including Ambassador Young-Mok Kim of the Republic of Korea, Nigel Barker, renowned photographer and judge on “America’s Next Top Model” and Laurie Cumbo, founder of the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts.
While many designers were on display, Kenyan native Zeddie Loky one half of the brand Blackbird Jeans was the favorite. Loky alongside Sydeny Owuino are the designers and founders of Blackbird Jeans. Loky showcased their collection entitled, SWAG. The SWAG collection consisted of garments made with both Ankara and Massi Shuka materials. These designs are bold, daring and risky, yet the marriage created between the Ankara and Massi Shuka materials is nothing short of charming. Blackbird Jeans' presence at this year’s Fashion Diaspora was well received and also demonstrated the growth of both African fashion and African designers.
They plan to release their collections to the public domain in early 2012, said Loky. This collection will consist of ready-to-wear and customized pieces. Blackbird Jeans also plans to expand with the opening of an in-house factory in NYC and the addition of a jewelry line in the works. Blackbird Jeans is definitely a brand to watch. Check out their website HERE.
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