House of iKons is a leading force in promoting diversity.
The House of iKons Show, held during London Fashion Week on February 19, 2022, returned with a bang.
Held at the Leonardo Royal St Pauls hotel, the show marked House of iKons’ first February season since lockdown.
In 2021, House of iKons released its first-ever fashion film ‘Uniting the World of Creativity’ – the video was also played to guests during the recent live show.
Before the Covid-19 pandemic, the House of iKons live shows attracted over 1,000 people per day including private clients, buyers and department stores.
The February 2022 show certainly did not disappoint as both shows were packed with guests.
The show highlighted creativity and diversity as designers from across the globe joined forces to deliver a stunning showcase.
This season, the House of iKons show truly honoured the theme of diversity with models of all ages, shapes, heights and backgrounds.
Highlighting the importance of inclusivity and diversity in the fashion sphere, CEO, Savita Kaye says:
“We will continue each season highlighting beauty and creativity not just in design and music but for all, regardless of colour, ethnicity, size, shape and sexual orientation; as everyone has the right to feel and look good, feel confident about who they are in the here and now!
“Everyone has that right and we will continue to push boundaries and stereotypes.”
The headline sponsors for the event include The Fashion Life Tour and Girl Meets Brush.
As a proud media partner, DESIblitz presents the prestigious House of iKons event and the designers who showcased their creations.
The fabulous one-day House of iKons show commenced with a grand opening featuring children’s wear by Milan-based Filipino fashion designer Korn Taylor.
Taylor, whose real name is Roger Esteron, displayed his children’s wear in various colours with a particular focus on red, yellow, and blue.
The shades used by Korn Taylor paid homage to the colours of the Philippine flag.
Korn, who is also widely recognised for his extravagant designs for adults, presented gowns, shirts and pants specifically designed for children.
Ukrainian designer Agnes Krivanics followed with her unique garments.
Agnes combines a concept of style and recycled materials to create her bespoke designs. The designer says:
“My designs are bespoke and draping creations with good attention to detail by using handcrafting, crocheting and fabric manipulating techniques.
“My philosophy and vision is to create sophisticated and feminine fashion and make a woman feel beautiful, unique and confident with herself.”
Alongside House of iKons, Agnes Krivanics’ designs have also been featured in runway shows such as The Independent London Fashion Week Designers Association and Uzhgorod Fashion Day in Ukraine.
Represented by The Fashion Life Tour, international fashion designer and stylist Shaleena Nowbuth captivated the audience with her breathtaking designs.
With luxurious fabrics, textures, rich colour and handcrafted designs, Shaleena’s brand is one to watch.
Shaleena Nowbuth, who is originally from Mauritius, moved to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to pursue a degree in Business Studies.
From then, she eventually moved to the UK to undertake fashion degrees and courses in a quest to pursue her dream career.
Ana de Sa
Represented by The Fashion Life Tour, Ana de Sa also presented her designs during the prestigious House of iKons show.
The fashion designer, who is based in England, incorporates vibrant colours, textures and prints into her work.
Her latest collection ‘Phoenix Reborn’ is definitely not for the faint-hearted as it incorporates feathers, ruffles, sequins and unique prints galore.
Ana’s showcase at the House of iKons show saw America’s Next Top Models Kiara Belen and Victoria Henley open the show.
Jennifer Younger Designs
Award-winning Tlingit artist, Jennifer Younger was also a part of the exhibition. Raised in Alaska, Jennifer draws inspiration from historic artefacts and spruce root basket weaving patterns.
Talking about her jewellery vision, Jennifer Younger says:
“I am fulfilling my dream of pursuing something related to traditional Tlingit art while having the freedom to express my own style.
“My hope is that you will enjoy something I’ve created.”
Jennifer, who specialises in copper and silver jewellery designs, has been featured in a variety of publications including Conde Nast’s BRIDES Magazine, Native American Art Magazine, Vogue, British GQ and Elle Magazine.
Several designers showcased their collections for children and pre-teens during the House of iKons show.
Romanian designer Victoria Venczel presented her active kidswear line.
Incorporating traditional Romanian motifs in her work, Victoria delighted the audience with her designs.
Talking about her background, Victoria says: “For over 14 years, the thread and the needle have been the pen with which I create fairytale outfits for children.
“I loved the popular dress and all those fascinating traditional motifs, full of colour and messages.”
N8 by Nathan Van de Velde
Above all else, the House of iKons is a leading force in promoting diversity and inclusion in the fashion sphere.
The show featured multinational designers from a range of ethnic backgrounds.
One of those designers includes US designer N8 by Nathan Van de Velde. Nathan began his journey at the age of five as he showed advanced artistic abilities from the time he could hold a crayon.
As Nathan grew, so did his desire to bring art to life through painting, designing and writing.
Nathan Van de Velde creates beautiful garments such as his ‘Anastasia’ dress, which is made from patterned chiffon material.
The fashion designer is also widely recognised for his signature bright headpieces.
Love Collection returned to House of iKons to showcase its incredible pre-teen wear line. Love Collection is helmed by a teenage duo of designers, Emily Nguyen and Anna Hoang from London.
Love Collection was inspired by the girls’ affection and admiration for both countries, joining British culture with Vietnamese distinction.
The talented teenage duo wants to help young people by spreading positivity and influencing change.
Their mission is to change the world with their designs and make the world a better place.
Hannan El Bou
Represented by The Fashion Life Tour, Hannan El Bou left the audience in awe with her latest designs.
The designer’s breathtaking collection included long, extravagant coats, smart tailoring and organza gowns.
Hannan opened her show with a series of all-black outfits which transcended into embellished and innovative pieces.
The designer’s captivating collection evoked a sense of old-school glamour as the models wore pearl necklaces and black bowler hats.
Helmed by fashion designer Bukola Susan Alonge, Suzi Buki is a clothing brand that specialises in ethical couture.
Recognised for their seamless tailoring and embellishments, Suzi Buki entertained the House of iKons audience with their creative designs.
With intricate beading, ruffled edges and asymmetrical cuts, Suzi Buki presented a truly striking collection.
TáWA kicked off the House of iKons closing show with its elegant designs. The label utilises their British African heritage, combining their cultures to create unique garments.
Art galleries and museums are also regarded as major inspiration hubs for the brand.
The brand showcased their S/S 21-22 collection during the spectacular House of iKons show.
The garments that made their way down the runway were refined yet fun.
With the combined force of the creative director and designer behind TáWA, the responsible fashion brand created a collection that reimagined the definition of elegance.
Erica Rybolt of Rybolt Couture
For the grand finale, the talented Erica Rybolt of Rybolt Couture from the US exhibited her collection for the first time in the UK.
Refined and quintessential, her label is recognised for its clean-cut lines, abstract designs and intricate details. This includes belt loops and cut-outs.
Erica Rybolt, an Arizona State University graduate, also works as a stylist transforming the wardrobes of hundreds of people.
Her creations are expertly handcrafted in Los Angeles.
Once the fashion show concluded, guests had the opportunity to meet the designers behind their favourite garments.
The designers were provided with a platform to highlight their unique pieces in an intimate setting.
Alongside meeting the designers, guests were also invited to explore House of iKons’ ‘Virtual Fashion Week’ in the metaverse.
The virtual show, which was an ingenious collaboration with Liberte International, will feature NFTs in future shows which will attract a larger audience on a global scale.
Savita Kaye aims to continue her renowned venture of bringing the world of fashion together for years to come. She said:
“We are still a small drop in this big ocean but we will continue to create a storm and bring beauty and creativity to whoever you are, wherever you are from around the world.”
With musical performances from Young Athena, PHE PHE and three-time Grammy winner Gramps Morgan, and a plethora of designs from talented creators, the House of iKons 2022 show was one to remember.