Rwanda enjoyed the 7th edition of the Kigali Fashion Week on May 27 at Kigali Serena Hotel in an event attended by fashion lovers from within and outside the ‘land of a thousand hills’.
The night saw 19 designers showcasing on one runway. This was overindulgence in some way, as it is unusual to have such a big number of designers in one night, but the experience was worth facing.
According to Daniel Ndayishimiye, one of the event’s managers, Kigali Fashion Week brought many participants from various countries as a way of helping Rwanda’s fashion designers have more presence on the online market.
With over half the designers coming from Rwanda, the event was also part of an ongoing campaign to get more people to buy and wear products made in the country.
Other participants were from Uganda, Ghana, Nigeria, Congo, Tanzania, UK, USA and Sweden, among others. Show goers were treated to one-piece designs by Tanga Designs (Rwanda) and 20-piece showcases by the likes of David Gulu (Congo).
It was a fantastic night, but a bit overwhelming for the fashion enthusiast in me. By the time the last showcase came down the runway towards midnight, it was hard to remember what I loved about earlier showcases such as one by Rupari Designs.
Thank God I took loads of photos, the best of which I am sharing with you here.
For potential buyers, a pop up shop was set up the following day, a Sunday, so that they could buy any pieces they liked on the runway.
The people of Rwanda are definitely embracing the ‘Made in Rwanda’ campaign, and it was visible in the dress code of the attendees. Many ladies turned up in custom-made outfits by home-based designers. Even the men were not left out.
According to The New Times, Kigali Fashion Week is intending to stage other fashion shows in November, one in Northumberland Hotel in London and the other in Britannia Hotel in Manchester.