Happy happy Friday! And TGIF…I could not wait for Friday, with a cold in tow, major sinus rebellion all over, all I’m asking for right now is for this day to be over so I can lay down somewhere…Anyhoo, in the meantime, how about some fashion to lift our spirits on this cloudy day, at least on my side of the blogosphere…
And for today’s fashion travels, I’m taking you to the Democratic Republic of Congo, where designer Tina Lobondi is killing it with her new collection entitled “Bisso Na Bisso”, which means “In between us”, in Linguala. I came across Tina Lobondi’s work a while ago, and was so delighted to see the African francophone world gain more representation in the fashion world…Nothing wrong with our Anglophone side of the Mother Continent, the Nigerias, Ghanas, and South Africas of this world are certainly representing on the global runways, but it is high time for the French-speaking side to show off too…Being a proud Senegalese girl, I obviously celebrate all designers, especially African designers, but with a particular shout out for my Francophone peeps who are not always as represented in the mainstream (mostly English-speaking) media….
SO back to Ms. Lobondi, who was born in Kinshasa, Congo, grew up in France, and finally moved to London where she launched her career and eponymous label and is now based out of. I particularly enjoyed her latest collection “Bisso Na Bisso” for its distinct colorful fabrics, many of which African-inspired, the classic lines of her clothes mixing tradition and modernism in the most elegant of ways, and just the general lady-like, classy feel of the entire collection. Through the expert use of fabrics from all over the world and the elegant tailoring of the entire collection, Ms. Lobondi takes us to Africa and back, through the continental charm of Europe and the eclectic fashion of the Americas….Simply stunning!
And for those of you who smiled at the mention of her new collection’s name, and remember the Congolese group of the same name “Bisso Na Bisso”, enjoy below a throwback to the old days’ tune that I and many others danced so much on! Bisso, Bisso, Bisso Na Bisso!!!
Happy Friday, y”all!