Kepha Maina’s Spring/Summer 2016 Collection was heavily influenced by geometry. In the research for this collection he noted the prominence of geometric elements in African art over time; with lines and patterns often seeming “futuristic”. Aware of the role of continuity in identity, Kepha worked to incorporate traditional elements, such as weaving, into his designs.
He cut and put together each piece, preferring to design as he works and experimenting with texture and technique. With a focus on individual pieces, not looks, he has allowed for a number of interesting combinations. The end result is playful and surprising; you never know what you will find on the front, side, or back.
This dual-toned silk dress is the perfect example of this. The front is high-necked revealing nothing but the back, in Kepha’s own words, is “something else”. The dress is made from one panel that wraps around the body coming together at the side, providing its own lining. The dress is then secured with a vertical sash, which is fastened with a hidden loop at the waist.