Waving her kaleidoscopic wand, Project Runway darling Kahindo Mateene showcased her collection, titled “Colours of Goma” at this year’s AFI Cape Town Fashion Week.
Vibrant yellows, reds, oranges, blues and greens came together in a collection paying homage to her home country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The US-based designer, a familiar face on the hit TV show Project Runway, was in the country to present her collection alongside some of Africa’s best designers. Mateene is also the founder of Kahindo – a women’s ready-to-wear design label based in New York City.
Yellow mini dress with puffed arms.
Showcasing the brand’s signature vibrant prints and bold colours in statement pieces for the progressive woman, the “Colours of Goma” collection comprised stylish bell-bottom pants with front slits, kimonos, tailored suits, and wide-arm shirts in bold patterns.
In line with this year’s theme for AFI Cape Town Fashion Week, #IAMAFRICA, Mateene’s collection was inspired by her childhood memories of growing up in Goma.
Dusty purple suit by Kahindo.
“It has been 24 years and my soul yearns for Goma. This collection is about evoking the colours of home. Before the war, the volcanic eruption, the refugees, Goma was blue skies over a tranquil Lake Kivu, cows grazing on the lush green farms of Masis,” said Mateene.
Born in Uganda to Congolese parents, Mateene was exposed to different cultures at an early age. Her multicultural experiences are reflected in her designs. In 2009, she founded her brand with the aim of creating a line that infused the nostalgia and modernity of the two cultures of her upbringing – Congolese and American.