Our founder Nsimba Valene shares her way to close and enter a year in style.

Last week I had a ‘pinch’ me moment when I realised we were already entering the last month of the year. A month full of beautiful moments centred around the celebration of love and life. It is also that time of the year where you want to dress to feel special. And I am happy our latest collection includes a lot of pieces to get into the festive spirit in a special way. As our new wardrobe offers different ways to wear a full Libaya look, I wanted to share what I am going to wear to inspire you to create your favourite looks and get into the holiday spirit! 

Look 1: Sparkle in our EPELA dress


I always have a hard time finding that party look to shine without going for a dress with golden or silver sequins every year. This super playful but elegant EPELA dress for me is a perfect way to look a bit different this year but still sparkle in a high shiny look with charming puffy arms. Afterall I got inspired by the vibrant influences of the late 80s music scene in Kinshasa, Congo’s creatve capital, when creating this dress: so you will defenitely feel the party in this one!

Shop our EPELA dress


Look 2: Be bold, sexy and elegant in our LIPUTA skirt and KITOKO top.


It is the first time our wardrobe includes a skirt as we started with tops only. Our Liputa skirt is inspired by an African way of dress where women traditionally wear a top that doesn’t need much more than a cloth around the waist to celebrate their own unique beauty — so we wanted something to wrap! I am wearing it with the KITOKO top, which to me is one of those items that will make you feel so glamourus and stand out without having to mix and match that much. As you can see it only took a wrap skirt to make me look great and feel great. A complete look that allows you to shine during your yearly christmas dinner but also after dinner when the nights begins to shine!

I hope these two looks inspired you to discover your new wardrobe darlings and get into the festive spirit for your holiday shopping!

With love,

Nsimba Valene
Founder & Creative director