FASHION TRENDS with ANGELA CHISHIMBA
LUSAKA residents were last Saturday treated to both local and international fashion at the Zambia Fashion Week grand finale held at the American Dome in Show Grounds.
Celebrities who included Salma Dodia and Karen Nakawala also show cased their modeling skills. Honestly, those were the only ones I recognised out of those went on catwalk.
New and interesting this year was the introduction of the children’s category.
Kids displayed their modelling skills the best way they know how, if you know what I mean. The children’s designs were created by Charity Nyirongo.
The show was also graced by JK, Pompi, and Cactus who are Proflight flight ambassadors.
In the upcoming designer’s competition, Patricia Mulenga walked away with a Proflight air ticket to the Swahili Fashion Week.
Vice-President Guy Scott’s wife Charlotte was also present to support the fashion industry.
She is happy to see the fashion industry growing.
“This year, the standards of designs have improved. I am looking forward to next year,” Ms Scott said.
This year, the fashion week hosted international designers from Zimbabwe, Namibia and Malawi. These are designers of note and have impacted-positively in their respective countries.
On the local front we had twelve established designers and these included those who had showcased in previous shows, others were featuring for the very first time. The designers were Towani Clark, Petros Giannakakis, Chiza Ngulube, Betty Bulongo, Nada, Cuthbert Nyau, Chola Lungu Mutoni, Thandi Alifo, and Deborah Chume.
Others were Katongo Chileshe who has since joined forces with two of her sisters and Nankhonde who specialise in clutch bags made from Chitenge material.
Those that participated in the young designer’s competition are Cynthia Phiri, Phelile Chima, Thandiwe Tembo, Mwanje Mukalasha, Melanie Chirwa and the winner Patricia Mulenga.
This year’s Fashion Week was sponsored by Samsung, Proflight, Shreeji, Vibriant Trading, Pepsi, The Polo Grill and Krome.
Those that attended the show will agree with me that we had a good time and the designs were truly inspiring.
Have a blessed weekend.
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