14 Jan 2012

Designer Diaries: Boxing Kitten

Someone once told me that they hated and i mean hated African stuff when it comes to fashion. To be honest there was a time in my life when i would have agreed but as i grew and looked more for inspirations around me i realised i had been a complete idiot the whole time. So i recently have made a pact with myself... i shall embark on a journey to change peoples minds (it's unfortunate that i was not on a windy mountain talking to my private army when i said this but hey...) With this series, i will keep you in touch with the very creative African - inspired designers and their work.
And who better to start with than BOXING KITTEN?

Satana Motorcycle Jacket, Lori Top & Haj Peplum Skirt, Billie Cut Out Dress

Varla Cut Out Dress, Tura Top & Peplum Skirt
S/S 2011

Fall 2009 Collection

So the designer may not be African herself but she has studied African - American cultures and uses Ankara fabric from West Africa.  Brooklyn born Maya Amina Lake is none other than the amazing lady behind these designs.

Billie Cap Sleeve, Bronze Venus, Millie
Resort collection 2010

Tam Tam,  Clara,  Tina
Resort Collection 2010

Fall 2009

Maya's work is inspired by Vintage clothing from the 50's and 60's (which automatically makes her my most favourite person in the world) She has been sweeping successful - Boxing Kitten has been featured in magazines like Vogue, been seen on red carpets, also celebrities like Solange and Beyonce Knowles, Fergie have been spotted wearing the brand.

Solange Knowles: Tam Tam
The ever stylish Solange Knowles in a Boxing Kitten Tam Tam Dress.
BK Inked April
Inked Magazine Boxing Kitten Editorial
The thing with these pieces is that they are so versatile and fresh in the fashion world since prints are in and also African Fashion has always played the underdog part hence its success, her inspirations merge African Culture with a fashionable era a little case of mix and match. Check out their WEBSITE and marvel at more of Maya's stuff.

Gathered Strapless Dress and Bias Velvet top
Fall Collection 2011

Changed some minds yet, i am going to get some serious Afro - inspired stuff and you should too!

Keep you Posted!       
- Annie

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