So Day 2 of the 3rd edition of Kampala Fashion Week was also the first day of designer showcases. It’s also the one I was personally looking forward to the most because all the designers on the line-up are new to the Kampala Fashion Week runway. All except MD Morine Designs that showcased last year as well. The great thing about having new designers is that they are almost guaranteed to cause a splash with their daring designs. And we get to have a new aesthetic joining the foray of fashion artists setting up shop in Kampala to do more than just bespoke work. (Fingers Crossed!)
Friday’s lineup started with the absolutely stunning Aamito opening the show for NFKA Clothing, followed by among other things hijabi desigher, Lukwanzi , afrochic bag brand – With Love From Africa, two unisex collections from Isabella Isabeau and Kkoolo and then the bright colours of Turah and more bridal inspiration from MD Morine.
My best collection of the night was hands down NFKA. It was a majority black ensemble of clothes, but what was really striking was the cut and shape of the blazers/jackets she had on the models and how well they carried it.
Lukwanzi‘s collection was a select mix of grays and grayish blues, blacks and creams, and for the first time, Hijabi fashion hit the Kampala Fashion Week runway. I also loved the fitting & draping on the men’s shirts on the models.
I think With Love From Africa managed to brilliantly highlight the workmanship and beauty of their bags by having the models dress in simple tunics and draw attention to the bags with body language. My favourite bags were the boxy metallic suitcases encased in cowhide and Masaii print, however much I don’t think I’d use them for more than aesthetic display in a house.
Isabella Isabeau was two words, flow and fitting. Dresses and dress-pants draped on the models’ bodies in such a way that you envisioned a breeze hitting them at just the right time as they walked. The result was ripples without compromising the beautiful shape of the body. And then there was the men’s suits. Perfectly tailored and well carried! This was definitely the best collection for a snazzy ready-to-wear men’s suit.
I really need to know what Buyi Philip’s inspirations were for Kkoolo for it was a representation of every thing from Samurai to bright yellows with dandelions, printed cityscapes and badass chicks in leather. All blended in one. Loved it!
Turah was the most colourful collection of the night. And who doesn’t love colour? Especially the kind of vibrant pieces that were strutting down the runway. One couldn’t help but notice the exquisite finishing of the outfits, there was something particularly appealing about the necklines on them, I can’t really put my finger to it yet, but it made me want the clothes even more!
The night closed with MD Morine Designs with the usual couture and bridal pieces. Aamito’s gown was the perfect end to the show and the night but I’d also like to say that we noticed with appreciation the use of different-sized models for this. The florals and the colours on those dresses coupled with the minute attention to detail that couture requires were a match made in fashion heaven!
Over the week, we will be diving deep into each individual collection showcased at this Kampala Fashion Week, but for now,
what was your personal favourite from the Day 2 runway? I couldn’t pick one but here’s my top 3:
All photography is by Giulio Molfese.