Let’s not talk about where I’ve been.
Let’s talk throwback!
Let’s talk week of fashion by the Collective.
The first collective week of fashion took place a few months ago and I have to say they set the bar so high I can not wait for what’s to come this year. It was especially exciting for me because the last fashion week(KFW) I attended, about 3years back(I boycotted the preceding ones), was very poorly organized and that’s putting it mildly.
First forward, 3 years later came new organizers, younger, fresh, keen to put on a good show. The show was very hyped and the tickets cost quiet a bit in my opinion so all I hoped was for it to be worth it. So was it?
Let’s start at the beginning. 🙂
The set up; two runways set between chairs giving the audience multiple great and convenient views. Absolutely perfect & beautiful! CHECK!
All Photos by Simyphotography
The designer line-up; a good number 7 local designers and 1 international. CHECK!
The models; this was probably the only & most disappointing thing about the show. The girls who walked the runway were not up to the standard of the rest of the show. I for one expected to see the likes of Alexia Mupende, Neza, Zahra and many more who have been doing a great job and have become such favorites even for Kampala fashion week. And I’m not saying it was disappointing because I didn’t get to see my favorites(maybe), the girls(notice that I’m not calling them models?:)) tried but they were clearly not up to PAR.
The collections; I’ll focus on local designers on this one. Emerging designers Amizero and Uzi Collections kicked off the show. Amizero our very own avant garde fashion brand showcased unconventional pieces featuring what looked like bird nests as Fascinators and symmetrical shaped dresses. This young man reminds me alot of Dady de Maximo.
Uzi collections by the young duo also showcased their fair share of African Batik in crisp clean shirts for the men and shirt dresses for the ladies, some combined with denim.
Inco, by Colombe Ituze showcased clean grey, black & white cuts for the corporate woman and wide legged pants, flowy skirts and crop tops paired with mid length skirts perfect for after work hours.
Sonia Mugabo brought us the ‘Stella’ collection that comprised of florals, off shoulder tops & flowy dresses, bright colors in chiffon tops.
House of Tayo has since grown from bowties to sets of suits, and kitenge shirts.
Inzuki Designs took the accessories game up a notch with bright yellow beaded crop tops and beautiful neck & wrist cuffs made out of imigwegwe. One of my favorite collections of the night.
Haute Baso, minimalistic but very tasteful pieces, definitely my most favorite!
Dinner and snacks were served during intermission, pleasant bonus! CHECK!
Overall, the show was fantastic, great job to all involved in the organising. Looking forward to a bigger and better show this year, which as recently announced has been slated for June.
All I can say I’d love to see this year would be involvment of more local designers and also from the region, improve work on the models through vigorous trainings or simply hire the pros. 🙂 So basically growth from last year.
More pictures from the show and people who were kind enough to pose for us;
If you’ve read to this point, you deserve to know where I’ve been 🙂
Let’s talk where I’ve been, briefly.
I have been busy with work for the most part and studying for a bit. That’s about it! I said briefly. Lol
I hope you’ve all had a great start to the New Year! May we all strive to do and be better.