During a runway presentation, a designer is usually nowhere to be seen — at least from the front row. They’re usually backstage making sure everything runs smoothly until they make a brief appearance at the end of the show.
But not Stacey Bafi-Yeboa, the Ottawa-based designed behind KANIA. She kicked off her first World MasterCard Fashion Week collection on Thursday by putting herself front and centre – literally – by doing a dance on stage before the models started strutting their stuff.
For many designers, this might seem over-the-top, maybe even self-centered. But for Bafi-Yeboa, who spent years as a successful Broadway dancer before turning to design, it makes perfect sense.
“I always wanted to be a fashion designer before I started my dance career, “ she says. “When I was dancing on Broadway, I was always looking for the perfect thing to wear after class. Something that was comfortable, that felt luxurious, that was great for me to wear – and I couldn’t find it. So I started Read More »from Sweatshirts go high fashion: KANIA debuts at World MasterCard Fashion Week