Established in 2009 by designer Kahindo Mateene, Modahnik is known for the mix of vibrant colors with bold prints. Kahindo expertly combines different stylistic elements from having lived and traveled through Africa, Europe and America. A native of the Democratic Republic of Congo, she pulls inspiration from the Avant Garde spirit of the Congolese art and culture. Mateene was featured as a contestant on Season 12 of Lifetime Network’s Emmy Nominated designer competition series, Project Runway.
Modahnik has been featured in WWD, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Sun-Times, Refinery 29 and on runways in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Johannesburg.
Modahnik Spring/Summer 2012 was inspired by the beaches, blue waters, and Art- Deco of the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. As with every collection, I like to push myself to experiment with somethin new and different. I wanted to use colors that I hadn’t used before, like red and yellow. I was able to find a Vlisco designed geometric print in yellow, white and black. The same print also came in a larger scale in a blue colorway with hints of yellow, which was amazing. I also used a lightweight Battiste fabric in solid red and blue that provided a softer complement to the prints, to give some of the dresses more movement. Global chic is how I would describe this collection and I named the dresses after some of my favorite African cities.”
The Modahnik Fall Winter 2013 Collection consists of prints that Kahindo Mateene, designer and founder, designed and developed. The dresses and separates in a color palette consisting of emerald green and yellow have unique, bold prints mixed with winter white silk chiffon. In addition to the blouse and skirt separates this collection will carry its first moto jacket. Other fine details found within this collection are slits, cut outs, and leather details.
“The inspiration from this collection came from a henna tattoo I received at my brother’s wedding in Mali, West Africa,” Mateene said of her inspiration for her F/W 2013 bold print designs. This is clearly seen in the intricate details of the prints throughout the collection.