Recently we have reported fashion weeks that have existed within a one month span, and that felt very competitive, but imagine both happening on the same weekend. Unfortunately for Kenyan fashionistas, they will be divided between Kenya Fashion Week 2013 and Nairobi Fashion Week 2013 this week.
We published both events upon announcements, but did not even realize they were the same dates until a few days ago when a few South African designers contacted our team to inquire about the event.
There are already pockets of division that form in the fashion industry in countries that hold more that two fashion weeks, where designers are pressed to either chose sides. The same goes with models and agencies and even some guests.
The problem still remains that today, Africa has not seen a fashion week yet and the fashion weeks are usually subjected to 2 day fashion show events with a bonus gala or get together closing. Neither are any of the organizers able to maintain the fashion weeks twice a year, speaking generally.
There are quite a number of African countries that are exhibiting fashion week clash, not in the manner as what is seen in Kenya but are seen as rivals, and the difference in titles is usually a matter of country and capital. In Congo we have Congo Fashion Week and Kinshasa Fashion Week, in Gambia we have Gambia Fashion Weekend and Gambia Fashion Week, Kenya has been reported above, and in Nigeria and South Africa I have lost count. Senegal is probably the only African country with a lot of Fashion not experiencing any such clashes.
Fortunately for UK fashionista’s they are not split with a UK Fashion Week going head to head London Fashion Week, nor do New Yorkers see an America Fashion Week going head to head with New York Fashion Week. There needs to be an national implementation and guideline where these fashion weeks can uniformly corporate.
Despite all that is said, FashionGHANA.com will still be the first to bring all the African runway action to you. Nairobi Fashion Week 2013 begins today and Kenya Fashion Week 2013, tomorrow. Click here to read a full outline written a while back regarding control freaks involved in fashion weeks in Africa.