A few nights ago, Thursday 12th November 2015, Acacia Mall Kampala hosted the second edition of Kampala Fashion Week at the rooftop which was attended by all Uganda’s fashion lovers, enthusiasts and socialites. Uganda Waragi thoughtfully put together a cocktail bar in the holding area offering a number of cocktails and soft drinks for sale where the guests lounged before the show started. The cocktail bar was such a blessing for everybody to pass time as the show didn’t start according to schedule – or should I say it was typical African time. For a first timer like myself, I was quite disappointed and only hoped that the long awaited show was completely worth the wait.
The showroom was well done yet very effortless with bright lights that were controlled according to what was happening in the room, wooden benches lined up besides the runway which was approximately 120 feet long and allowed the guests to observe, admire and critic each and every outfit as the models walked down. The music changed along with every designer which kept mood vibrant and ecstatic, even for the very tired folks like myself. What’s a fashion show without freebies? Well the Kampala Fashion Week team got creative with the African printed gift bags that were given to their VIP guests. Am sure these guests will be back for the third edition – I mean, who doesn’t love freebies?
Once the show started hours later after the guests had mingled and socialized over cocktails in the waiting area, I completely forgot about the poor time management as I was speechless after what the designers had to offer. I must say am amazed by how much African fashion has evolved tremendously, the collections were diverse with so much creativity and there was something for everybody. The first collection blew me away, Jose Hendo stuck to the African roots with alarming yet chic details and pop of orange for the defining color. I drooled over every piece in this collection and it being the first to showcase was the perfect idea to calm the guests after the long wait. For my love of neutrals, the ”Muted Grandeur” by Kwesh turned out to be my favorite with grays, whites and some spark of pink sequins which was the pop of the line. Accessorized by The Kona, i almost felt like the collection was made exclusively for me – everything in the collection just spoke to me.
Haute Baso’s collection stood out with their perfectly tailored blazers who had very strong silhouettes,the collection varied from traditional African Prints blended with modern looks to more minimal styles also using black. Definition Africa’s collaboration with Cirra-Sue was the bomb. All i can say is that the designers poured their hearts in their collections, you are definitely taking Africa places though draining our bank accounts.
Kudos to everyone who put together this show, y’all did such an amazing job.
After this, there is no way I am missing the third edition.
PHOTO CREDIT : GIULIO MOLFESE
For more pictures please check out Kampala Fashion Week, Here.