Tracee Ellis Ross Dazzles in Kìléntár’s Layo Dress On Essence Magazine Cover

Tracee Ellis Ross, renowned for her impeccable style and influential presence in fashion, recently graced the cover of Essence magazine wearing the Layo dress, a stunning creation by Kìléntár, the fashion brand founded by British-Nigerian designer Michelle Adepoju.

Tracee Ellis Ross Dazzles in Kìléntár's Layo Dress on Essence Magazine Cover

Tracee Ellis Ross Dazzles in Kìléntár’s Layo Dress on Essence Magazine Cover


The Layo dress, a Tiered Fringe Wool Maxi Dress, is a testament to Kìléntár’s commitment to bridging traditional African designs with contemporary fashion. Made from 100% wool, the dress features intricate fringe detailing crafted from stove wool. Its off-white color and unique design elements like a sleeveless scoop neck, tiered fringe, and a high-low hem make it a versatile, unique piece.

Kìléntár, which means ‘What are you selling?’ in Yoruba, was launched with the vision of showcasing and celebrating the feminine elegance and fierceness rooted in African history. The brand’s creations reflect the rich cultural heritage of Africa while embracing modern fashion aesthetics. With designs inspired by various time periods and cultures across Africa, Kìléntár effectively bridges the gap between traditional African designs and the modern fashion world.

Working closely with skilled weavers, dyers, and artisans, Kìléntár not only promotes artisanal excellence but also ensures the survival of generations-old African techniques like traditional dyeing and weaving methods. This commitment to preserving African heritage and craftsmanship has garnered recognition from prestigious publications like Vogue and The Cut.

Tracee Ellis Ross wearing the Layo dress on Essence’s cover highlights the global appeal of the fast-rising brand that deftly marries traditional African heritage with contemporary style.

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Ntianu Obiora is a versatile creative professional with over a decade of experience in publishing, marketing, communications, and digital strategy. She is the Online Editor at THEWILL DOWNTOWN

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Ntianu Obiora is a versatile creative professional with over a decade of experience in publishing, marketing, communications, and digital strategy. She is the Online Editor at THEWILL DOWNTOWN

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