Hallo lovelies! I haven’t blogged for two weeks now and I’ve really been feeling bad about it. To compensate for the no-show, I have something interesting for you that I know you’ll definitely love – FAFA DESIGNERS SHOOT.
The Festival of African Fashion & Arts (FAFA), was founded in 2008 by Ann Mccreath. It’s a movement of Kenyan designers aiming to showcase ethical fashion and the values it embodies. In line with this, FAFA is organizing a fashion event on the 31st of May at the Oval, Westlands, where various Kenyan designers are preparing to give us an awesome show. Follow the updates using the hashtag #MeetMeAtFafa.
This Saturday I was honored to be among the bloggers selected to cover the shoot for the program book which is basically a catalogue of designers who will be showcasing at this year’s event, their bio, contacts and what their inspiration for the current collection is. It also contains the FAFA board members and a brief history of the charity supported by FAFA.
Enough with the stories, let’s get down to it. First on the line up we had Ami Doshi Shah a bespoke jewelry designer and maker. Here’s a glimpse of what she has in store for us;
Then we had Wambui Kibue of Angelsmile with this lovely, flowy, peach dress with floral details at the top, quite suitable for that red carpet event. Her theme for the collection is femininity mixed with glamour.
Muna Yemane, is a timeless and iconic fashion label known to mix eclectic elements in a palette of hues. The designs have a distinctly contemporary orientation. The collection ranges from classic to elaborate and unexpected colour combinations. The showcase of its clothing is a vivid representation of the designers personal style: the fusion of traditional African fashion with a global aesthetic paying key attention to silhouette and drape. Muna Yemane honors tradition while remaining relevant in today’s evolving fashion landscape. Her theme for this year’s collection is Tribo-Eclectic in terms of how it has drawn inspiration from various sources with the tribal backdrop being the main focus. Here’s a photo of the talented designer.
Who best to know how a man should dress than a lady? Manciny Migwi captures this in her latest bespoke collection whose theme she dubs, ‘Clash of the Patterns,’ inspired by patterns – stripes, dots, tribal prints, symmetry and geometry. She shows you how the man bag can be accessorised to bring out that bold, professional yet stylish look.
Reknown Ankara Vintage designer Nick Ondu also gave us a taste of what to expect on the big day with this dapper suit for the urban gentleman. The gentleman has never looked any better.
Waithira Kibuchi, another designer to look out for, gave us this high waisted cinched pants with a bustier top. Her collection is an interpretation of the tension between Arab and Western societies. She is also the FAFA Insight 2013 Winner-Emerging Designer Competition.
Shenu Hooda whose African fusion themed collection inspired by the amazing African and South Asian cultures, wowed us, gave us this amazing dress.
Iona McCreath of Kikoti, a high school student, shows us how talent and art is no respector of persons. Her main inspiration for her collection is the youth culture. She incorporates Western trends fusing them with African prints to create a suitable product relevant to her target market. The line is also in aid of the “Hands off Our Elephants” anti-poaching campaign with a percentage of sales donated to this campaign. Who said fashion can’t have a cause?
Silvia Tonui of FAFA also graced us with her lovely presence in this African inspired piece.
These are just but a few of what we have in store for you come the 31st of May. All these would not have been possible without the amazing eyes of our photographer Thomson Ncube of Thomson photography. Go like the page https://www.facebook.com/pages/FAFA/129175653782489 for detailed updates.
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