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Here comes the BLOOM Collection

As African fashion continues to impress, designers continue to bring a rare twist of colour and style with a distinct taste of culture and tradition to fast evolving trends.

BET televisions annual Rip the Runway 2011 Red carpet filming highlighted KiRette (Previously known as KiRette couture), a label by Cameroon's growing fashion entrepreneurs Kibonen Nfi and Anrette Ngafor.

Apart from their tireless contribution to the revolution in African fashion as they rip runways across the globe, they are beating the modern cosmopolitan fashion trends with their colourful, embroidered fabric. The inspiration comes from an outfit typically worn on special occasions by the people of the North West and Western provinces in Cameroon as worn by man of the hour, Stevie Wonder.

Their most recent fashion extravaganza, Bamenda Rocks II, took place at the Ayaba hotel in KiRettes home town of Bamenda, Cameroon. Widely hailed by locals as a success, it brought much pride to the hearts of many in Cameroon, Africa and beyond. Consequently, their signature handcrafted, colourful, cultural and traditional "Toghu" inspired designs are creating a ripple effect which has left the runways of London and New York wanting more.

Spotted!!

Krista White, winner of Americas Next Top Model (season 14) on the red carpet at the annual BET's Rip The Runway 2011 in New York in the celebrated, colourful and handembroidered Toghu inspired design on smooth turquoise satin.

Also at BET's annual Rip The Runway 2011, America's Next Top Model Contestant, Camille McDonald, welcomed the colourful birth of Spring in a delicate silk and flowery flow gown with firm shoulder straps.

KiRette’s ability to cater for wide appeal, appears to be a winner. At the 2010 Nigeria's Next Super Model contest, winner Claudia Adelu, was seen in fierce struts, brandishing a sun bright yellow KiRette Princess dress as she made her way to receive her crown. With accomplishments like these, KiRette is certainly enchanting the tale that is African fun, feast and fashion.

As these new designers emerge, the buzz is rising on modern African trends colourfully painting the fashion road map as much attention is drawn by celebrated entertainers such as recording artists Beyonce and Alicia Keys, American Idol contestant Niaya and dazzling Nicole Ari Parker [a.k.a Nikki Kodjoe from Showtime TV drama Series "Soul Food"] working the Ankara print in a Kiki shirt dress at the 2011 Oscar pre-event.

As they continue to grow, not only does their creativity enhance the African economy from a business perspective, their passion has also been notably recognized by major fashion executives, creating room for their involvement and influence in today's business and fashion world. Co-designer of KiRette, Kibonen landed the role of featured panellist at the 8th annual Columbia University's African Economic Forum which was held at Columbia University in New York on March 25th & 26th, 2011.

This year ‘s theme was titled "Roaring Giant" focusing on Africa's economic ascent, highlighting the strong GDP growth experienced by many African countries during the current global recession. Distinguished keynote speakers included Danny Jordaan, CEO of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organizing Committee; J. Kofi Bucknor, Managing Partner of Kingdom Zephyr Africa Management; Dr. Shatayanan Devarajan, Chief Economist – Africa Region at the World Bank and Fola Adeola, co-founder of Guaranty Trust Bank.

The BLOOM Collection

This year, KiRette introduces their fabulous new collection called “Bloom”. The new collection is a celebration of light, characterised by glow, glamour and colourful spring floral designs. This is a captivating collection which uses brightly coloured light weight fabrics and traditional African prints. Designed to embody a cosmopolitan lifestyle, the collection features short and chic dresses, high waist pants and long flirty statement gowns. Each outfit is designed to make its wearer feel sexy, confident and Bloom.

This year, KiRette introduces their fabulous new collection called “Bloom”. The new collection is a celebration of light, characterised by glow, glamour and colourful spring floral designs. This is a captivating collection which uses brightly coloured light weight fabrics and traditional African prints. Designed to embody a cosmopolitan lifestyle, the collection features short and chic dresses, high waist pants and long flirty statement gowns. Each outfit is designed to make its wearer feel sexy, confident and Bloom.

One of the most exciting things about the Bloom collection is the fact that it is fit to dress Duchess Kate William. The collection includes perfect dresses for dinner with friends, shopping at the mall, dancing to techno or just relaxing. For those who are in Africa, beat the heat with killer looks!

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