#MBFWJ16 Designer Focus: Mille Collines
We fell in love with Mille Collines at Mercedes Fashion Week Joburg 2016. With a sport luxe feel, the models walked with a sense of strength. Designs made as a tribute to the everyday women. Waking up, taking kids to school, going to work, then going for cocktails with friends. She has purpose, she lives with passion and wants a wardrobe that is sophisticated, easy and chic. We appreciate the fluidity and understated cool that radiated from each look. The neutrals combined effortlessly with pops of neon. The head dress added a detail of a powerful woman who is confident.
A mini-bio on the Mille Collines brand:
“The millecollines journey originated in Barcelona, Spain in the heart of an impassioned young girl named Ines Cuatrecasas. She yearned to explore new opportunities and engage in something creative and adventurous. In the summer of 2005, Ines and her mother traveled to Rwanda together. While exploring the country, she met a dressmaker that would change the course of her lie forever. Her name was Antoinette.
Ines was inspired by Antoinette’s passion and determination to develop clothing and accessories of international quality and design standards, made specifically for the African market. Meanwhile, Ines’ long time friend (or companion?) Marc Oliver was back home in Spain creating his own imaginary world through shapes, proportions, pen and paper and an insatiable desire to reimagine the world he saw before him.
The idea of becoming a fashion designer seemed to be the answer he was looking for. In 2009, Marc and Ines traveled to Rwanda to develop their first collection with Antoinette. Together they toiled, each believing they were on the cusp of something truly magnificent. A year later, millecollines was born. Today, millecollines seamlessly blends the creativity, strength and culture of the African spirit with ever evolving global trends.
The brands attention to detail and passion for telling beautiful stories shines through every product and experience.”
Learn more about the brand here: www.millecollines.es
Images from: www.africanfashioninternational.com