The Rwanda Cultural Fashion Show returned this year, attracted finest desiners from across the East African region.
In its sixth edition, which took place on September 8, at the Kigali Cultural Village, ‘the event did only attracted an average audience of fashion lovers, but unveiled outfits by various designers.
The event’s concept, which focused on promotion of traditionally created clothing and dressing styles to reflect the African culture and welfare, set the stage for cultural exchange.
At the edition, exhibitors showcased Casual Smart outfits, especially worn by ladies. With a traditional flair, Touch Rwanda’s outfits are a blend of linen, cotton and Ikitenge.
With make Up by Fenty Beauty, models exhibited outstanding posture across the run-way, which greatly complimented the day’s outfits by each designer.
Mundi Designs displayed exceptional skill through her collection of African wear.
Designed for both men and women, which were complimented by shoes by Plus 250 African Print and classy Bomba Jackets, the designer raised the bar so high for other Rwandan designers.
Democratic Republic of Congo’s CM Class held cool assortment of summer outfits.
Of fine Ikitenge make, with most complimented by Jeans.
Esther Lami of Esther Lami Couture unveiled the Nigerian Pride. With an assortment of Igitenge African prints, most of Ankara style, Lami displays diversity through designs fit for various age groups. Not the heavy, Esther’s touch to designing these outfits makes them suitable for both a casual and cooperate function.
Similarly, was Ghana’s Fathia Creation, which showcased ladies outfits.
Right from long party Igitenge skirts and dresses, complimented by linen crop tops for casual functions.
Other designers included Inkanda House, Karsh Rwanda Collections, Rupari Designs among others, who also displaye d o u t –standing o u t f i t s for the day.
Also to exhibit was Kenya’s Vincent Wangara of Vinn Clizz Ltd, who didn’t showcase, since he was delayed by a flight.
But the event’s growth is one gradually taking shape, right from the production, presentation and management.
The edition also unveiled cultural performance from traditional instrumentalists like Deo Munyakazi of Inanga, Umuduli Band among others.
Reflective of the stage set up, venue and outfits displayed, the edition aimed at tapping deeper into the corporate class.
“We have hopes of establishing a large space, were African designers may jointly sell clothes displayed from editions,” said Celestine Ntawirema, the event’s founder and manager of the event.
With the event gradually attracting designers from across East African region, Ntawirema decried limited sponsorship, which affects the overal organisation of the event.