Written by Jennifer Nnamani
New York Fashion week is always an interesting time in New York! Fashion designers–both established and emerging, present their visual art to the world. The city is decorated with fashion aficionados, international press, and celebrities alike rushing to and fro– from a show in Lincoln Center to a presentation in the Chelsea area.
One emerging designer that my company, Beau Monde Society got an opportunity to work with was Eva Rogo-Levenez–the owner of LER Ligisa. Born in Kenya, Eva’s fashion roots had a humble beginning. Her maternal grandfather was a celebrated tailor in the Nyanza Province. As a Kenyan woman living in Paris, she blended the Kenyan fabrics with a dose of Paris chic. Eva believed that a woman’s style should personify grace, class, and elegance. Her collection, “Pathway,” is a visual testament to that fact. On September 6th, Eva’s dream was realized as she presented her “Pathway” collection at the National Opera Centre of America located on 330 7th avenue in Chelsea.
BMS was responsible for the production, styling, creative direction, PR and so much more in order to successfully execute LER Ligisa’s first NYFW presentation. The diverse models represented that any woman can look beautiful in a Khanga, Kikoy, or Massai dresses. Paired with handmade jewelry from Kenya, the models glowed in bright pinks, blues, forest greens, and burned like the African setting sun in orange and reds.
Male models were styled as warriors as they escorted the beautiful models into the presentation space. The female models stood proud in their LER Ligisa designs paired with colorful high buns and highlighted eyebrows. LER Ligisa’s “Pathway” was proudly sponsored by Paris based JF Lazartigue, media company Applause Africa, Beau Monde Society as well as celebrity chef Ms. Tonya’s Catering & Delights and New York City’s top 5 ranked Oasis Juice NYC. Accessory pillows by LYN BORGA, a West African inspired interior design company based in Harlem NY. Overall, the event was well attended by designers, members of the press, and African fashion enthusiasts.
The evening was decorated with beautiful people and painted with music that inspired the “Pathway” collection, arranged by Rufaro Matombo. As a writer and a translator, Eva’s creative talents are internationally recognized and celebrated. As a designer, she embarks on a new journey to share her design aesthetic with the world.