Popular fashion brand, Ashluxe has paid homage to late Afrobeat pioneer, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti with its Kalakuta Republic collection.
At a recently held fashion event in Lagos, Ashluxe said the collection, is a tribute to Fela’s indomitable spirit, and the legacy of the music icon’s Kalakuta Republic.
The fashion was an embodiment glitz, glamour, sophisticated artistry, and musical brilliance, all geared towards celebrating culture and creativity.
In a statement sent to Society Plus, the brand said Kalakuta Republic collection embodies the vibrancy of afrobeat, merging cultural elements with avant-garde fashion, echoing Fela’s fervor for African unity, and resistance against oppression.
The statement read in part; “Partnering officially with Fela’s estate marks a momentous stride for Ashluxe, becoming the first African fashion brand licensed to showcase Fela’s images. This collaboration symbolises more than mere fashion; it signifies a shared commitment to perpetuating Fela’s powerful messages of freedom and self-expression across borders.”
On his part, the founder of Ashluxe, Yinka Ash, expressed his huge respect for the Afrobeats superstar’s legacy. He added that the new line features brand’s signature blend of colourful prints and avant-garde silhouettes.
He said; “We strive to emulate Fela’s ideals through fashion, advocating African pride, unity and creativity as instruments of change.
“The new collection embodies Fela’s spirit, delivering a vibrant tapestry of culture and style. Drawing inspiration from the life and times of the legendary musician, it features brand’s signature blend of colourful prints and avant-garde silhouettes.”
Aside the dazzling display of Ashluxe’s innovative designs, the fashion show witnessed electrifying performance from Fela’s grandson, Made Kuti.