Catching Up: Kampala Fashion Week 2016

BY EVE CHEGE

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As the lights went out at The Square on Saturday night signaling an end to the 3rd Edition of Kampala Fashion Week, I very much enjoyed every single moment of it – most especially the beautiful runway flavors & creative retail therapy from the Pearl of Africa.

Kampala Fashion Week is quickly making itself a name on the African continent as one of the most sought after fashion events of the year after such powerhouses like South Africa, Kenya & Nigeria.

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Fashion designers came out with diverse inspiration from the growing African fashion industry while creating a big platform by exposing creativity for emerging designers i.e. KKOOLO & NFKA Clothing. A popular number I noticed was the ‘bantu knots’ hairstyle that screamed straight outta Africa.

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Day 1 was all about the SEED Show – A designers’ apprentice show that has since 2014 been jointly founded by multi-talented designer Ras Kasozi and US Embassy. This year’s winner was Charles Ssemanda who graced the 2016 Kampala Fashion Week ramp, and also got to be featured on the US Embassy Facebook page.

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Day 2 & 3 were mainly runway shows, and I must say the designers outdid themselves. Headlined by designer, Gloria Wavamunno, the Spring/Summer collections also featured great talents like Catherine & Sons, Bobbin & Seif, Halisi, Lukwanzi, With Love From Africa, KONA, Jose Hendo, Isabella Isabeau, Morine Designers, Maison Mimi and Turah among others.

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Their construction & entire execution of outfits featured was very much on point, and in line with global fashion trends. Overall, I can say that the fashion industry in Uganda is fully awake. They are well on their way to become a force to be reckoned with.

Hence, I have rounded up my favorite looks for you from the 3-day affair.

Take a look!

Photo Credits: Giulio Molfese

For more information, please visit: www.kampalafashionweek.com

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