Last weekend on June 23rd, Rwanda Fashion Week took place at BK Arena, showcased local and international fashion, accessories, and interior designers from across the world, marking the of the Fashion Week which was a side event of the Commonwealth Business Forum.
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall were in attendance as special guests.
Prior to the runway show, the Commonwealth marketplace and Photography exhibition took place from June 22-25 with over 800 delegates.
From the runway to the lighting and attendance, the organisers, Collective Rw, put up an exquisite show, a celebration of fashion and innovation.
Formerly, Collective Rwanda Fashion Week, the fashion show was inspired by the themes of CHOGM 2022 and featured both established and emerging designers.
The meticulous fashion runaway brought together 16 brands from Africa, the Caribbean, and the United Kingdom, with wonderful and creative work from the designers.
The local designers that participated in the show are Haute Baso, Sonia Mugabo, Inzuki, Rwanda Clothing, Uzi Collection, Izubaa, and Amike.
International brands included, South Africa’s Pichulik, Kenyan designers Kiko Romeo and Amu Clothing, Keneea Linton George from Jamaica, Nigeria’s Pepper Row and Dye Lab, Ghana’s Larry Jay, and designers from the UK, Georgia Hardinge, and Maximilian Raynor.
First on stage were Izubaa and Amike, their collection a mix of summer and office, next on the runaway was Kiko Romeo from Kenya and his style had a mix of their culture, the fabrics were amazing and the designs match each occasion.
One of the highlights of the night was a pregnant model showcasing designs from Jamaica’s Keneea Linton George. The designer’s aim was to show women that they can embrace their pregnancy without shying away from fashion. Other than that her collection had vibrant colors of yellow and green that celebrated Jamaica and its unique resort lifestyle.
The rest of the designers on the runaway included Sonia Mugabo’s designs which were a summer theme made of a thin material that meets the hot weather of summer and Larry Jay from Ghana, which portrayed the death-bride.
DYE LAB one of the designers from Nigeria also graced the stage with a collection that explored the culture of Nigeria and with a touch of casual yet chic designs for both the office and ceremonies.
In the spirit of letting people have an experience on the runaway, distinguished public figures like Sherrie Silver, Christelle Kabagire, Noella A. Keza, and other random people from the audience were called on the stage to show off their catwalk skills and also give them a feel that it is not easy as it looks.
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Volta Fashion Week, Awards and Honors will be happening this year from 10th-12th February at the serene Holy Trinity Spa and Hotel in the Volta region Of Ghana. Having an array of spectacular designers from both Ghana and other parts of Africa showcasing. This year’s event is fused with a special massage package for VIP guests. Ticket cost ranges from 50 cedis for students, 100 cedis single, 150 cedis double, 1000 cedis VIP and 1500 cedis for VVIP.
The International Fashion Festival in Togo (FIMO 228) has established itself for nine years now as a benchmark fashion event that promotes the talents of designers from all over the world. Like every fashion event, FIMO 228 reflects the art in fashion and all the cultures of the countries represented by the designers present.
Presently on the FIMO 228, creators, models, photographers, journalists, and national and international media. But it does not stop there. Each year, FIMO228 is part of a logic of commitment to solving the problems of our society. Thus, the 10th edition of FIMO 228 has the social theme “Fashion is committed to protecting the environment” and the artistic theme “Féérie”.
Now the dice for the 10th have been rolled;
All-African Leather Fair (AALF): the trade show organized by The Ethiopian Leather Industries Association
(ELIA) from the first edition in 2008 up to the 12th successfully. AALF brings together tanners, footwear and
other leather goods manufacturers, in addition to equipment and technology suppliers, chemical and
inputs suppliers, manpower training institutions, trade promotion organizations, etc from all over the
African companies and organizations are expected to constitute the largest attendance. The Fair is a
specialized one designed to promote the African leather industry and to enable it to create an interface with
its partners within the continent and around the world. There are side events included occurring parallel
with the show Panel discussion, Fashion show, Fashion Zone, and Leather Talent show.
Due to the Global market situation and the pandemic impact on the leather sector in Ethiopia and Africa at
large heavily affected. It is expected that the upcoming AALF trade fair will play its role in motivating the
sector in market expansion and facilitating inter-African business relations. Investment Attraction, Technology
transfer and etc… To motivate the sector The government starts the school shoe and bag project under the
initiation of the manufacturing sector “Let Ethiopia produce “ “ Ethiopia Tamret“ as the sector dependent
on inputs such as chemicals, accessories, and component suppliers will be expected in wide participation.
Considering these AALF2023 will Have new components fashion show will be including some Africa
countries participation, Fashion Zone(where many designers will participating by showing the Fashion
trends) Talent show (leather products creativity, any innovation creativity in the sector ) in addition to this
Ethiopia Leather journal upgraded to Africa Leather journal (sector-based studies, research and potential facts for Africa will be published inspirational descriptive motto also included.
Uyo Fashion Week 2022 & SME Bazaar and Fair is a week long event that brings together elements of education, entertainment, and capacity building, using fashion as the driver. The event is designed as a campus style hub that will house a fashion show, masterclasses, skills acquisition, an experience center, and an SME Bazaar. The theme for this years event is Creativity.
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