Swahili Fashion Week 2013 Is Here See The Schedule & Awards

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Swahili Fashion Week 2013 is less than two weeks away. And the event will be congregating some of East Africa’s finest designers plus more. As usual there will be awards for various categories and more. Prepare for a great night of fashion.

We are definitely looking forward to work by Jamilla Very Swai, Estelle Mantel, Garbriel Mollel as well as Mo Creations. Fortunately there is a West African label by the name of 2Heads by Atsu from Ghanaian. See the full designer schedule here.

International designers drawn for the show are Mo Creations, Estelle Mantel Clothing and Culture, Kutowa Designs (Zambia), Achera Designs Home, Walove, Michelle Ouma, Afrostreet Kollektion and Lulu Philista Onyango (Kenya), Palse South Africa (SA), Suhaa Schmitz (Rwanda), Cycnthia Schimmming, Taati Sibolile Maison and Hafeni Frans (Namibia), Chizika (Czech Republic), Carla Silva (Angola),Terrance Chipembelle and Yvonne Ndawana (Zimbabwe) and Uagnda’s Arapapa By Santa Anzo.

The third Swahili Fashion Week 2013 Awards nominees were also made public with new three new dynamic categories included. The categories with their nominees are; Best Female Model who are Neema Mbuya, Macrida Joseph, Evanuru Isack, Jocelyne Maro, Lethyna Christopher and Winfrida Dominic

Best East African Model:
Kenyans Gloria Baraza, Hivita Rogato, Emo Rugene and Ugandan Anna Kwagala.

Designer of Year:
Eskado Bird, Sheria Ngowi, Eve Collection, Mgece Makory amd Vera Swai.

Hair & Make Up:
Amy & Emy, Rehema Samo, Shamona & Shamsa and Edna Ndibalema.

Accessory designer of the Year:
Fahari Zanzibar, Sphinx Africa, Sairiamu Designs, Enjipai Jewellery, Uru Diamonds and Doreen Mashika.

East African Designer of the Year:
Suhaa Schmitz (Rwanda), Jamil Walji, Moo Cow and Kiko Rombo (Kenya) and Santa Anzo (Uganda)

Best Men’s Wear Designer:
Mtani Nyamakababi, Mtoko Designs, Manju Msita and Sheria Ngowi

Upcoming Designers:
Kali Elegance, PSJ Couture, Yechi & Yuchi, Catherine Mlowe and Dominique Godfrey.

Innovative Designer:
Ally Rehmtullah, Mama Momella, Schwari Collectables, Magesa and Manju Msita.

Stylish Female Personality:
Jacqueline Ntuyabaliwe, Vanessa Mdee, Jacqueline Cliff, Fancy Nkuhi and Jokate Mwegelo.

Stylish Male Personality:
Kenny Francis, Ommy Dimpoz, Mohammed Dewji, B Dozen and Osse Greca Sinare.

Fashion Blog of the Year:
La Princessa, Sheria Na Mavazi, Missie Popular and Gyver La Trend.

Fashion Photographer of the Year:
Gavin Gosberth – Black N White, Emmanuel Mboma –Viwalo, Ali Akber Zoeb – AZH Photography, Osse Greca Sinare -OGS Studios and Akbar Thabeet –SlideVisuals

Fashion Journalist of the Year:
Giver Meena- Bang Magazine, Caroline Uliwa- The Citizen, Maimuna Kubegeya-Mwananchi, Masembe Tambwe – Daily News and Rio Paul- The Citizen.

Best East African Journalist
Kenyan trio of Silvia Njoki, Mwikali Lati and Franklin Saiyalel, Ugandan duo of Keturah Kamagusa and Gloria Haguma.

Fashion TV Program:
Designing Africa- Africa Magic, Sights & Sounds-Capital TV, Mashariki Mix-M Net and Nirvana-EATV.

Stylist of the year:
Missie Popular, Rio Paul, Eskado Bird, Rosemary Kokuhilwa and Martin Kadinda.

Swahili Fashion Week and Awards 2013 is sponsored by EATV, East Africa Radio, Sea Cliff Casino, Vodacom Tanzania, Push Mobile, PKF, Golden Tulip Hotel, BASATA, Ultimate Security, Darling, Prime Advertising, Century Cinemax, Quick Print, Bongo5.com, Global Outdoor Ltd, Eventlites and 361 Degrees.
SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN

Swahili Fashion Week is a platform founded and created by celebrated Tanzanian couturier, Mustafa Hassanali in year 2008. Now in its Fourth year, it has become the biggest annual fashion event in the whole of East and Central Africa.

Swahili Fashion Week is a fast growing platform for fashion and accessory designers from Swahili speaking countries and the African continent to showcase their talent, market their creativity and network with clientele and the international fashion industry. This is all aimed at emphasizing to the region that fashion is an income generating creative industry, meanwhile promoting a “Made in Africa” concept.

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