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It was a blend of modernity and culture at the Rwanda Cultural Fashion Show held over the weekend. Local fashion designers showcased a variety of unique designs at the glamorous fashion show on Saturday evening at Sports View Hotel in Remera.
Fashion enthusiasts are in for a treat this Saturday as Rwanda Cultural Fashion show returns with glamorous collections. Over 13 fashion designers will showcase their unique designs at Sports View Hotel in Remera. According to the organisers, the 4th edition of the fashion show will not only illustrate the creativity of designers but will also be a platform to rally Rwandans to support the country’s budding fashion industry. The popular runway show will feature fashion designers from Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, United States of America, DR Congo and Nigeria.
Local designers taking part include Augustin Hakizima, Jossette Umurerwa, Inzovu African Village, Odette SCH ltd, Marie Paule Mutuyeyezu and N&S Creations. Guest designers who have confirmed their participation are Vinn Clizz from Kenya, Hameed Abdul from Tanzania, Robinah U5 from Uganda, Nancy Zeller from USA, Anne Dickson from Nigeria and Patricia Kinga from DR Congo. Traditional wear in African, modern and batik fabrics will dominate the evening as women, men and children clothes will be on display. Different types of designer jewelry will also be showcased.
Over 30 local models will provide a round table fashion show, allowing guests to get up close and personal to the new season collections whilst enjoying the show. Celestin Ntawirema, the founder of Rwanda Cultural Fashion Show, said that guests will be able to see different fashion brands that will be showcased at the event. There will also be an exhibition to allow the guests to shop the collections hot off the catwalk at the event.
“It’s always our goal to raise the standard of excellence every year. This year’s show will be a faster paced event as we have changed the overall runway section,” said Ntawirema. “We have also made it possible for the people who like the outfits that will be showcased on the runway to buy them at the exhibition that will be organised at the venue,” he added. Tickets to the Rwanda Cultural Fashion Show are on sale now at RZMAN Nyarutarama, Tecno market in Town, African International Club, Sports View Hotel and Nakumat at Kigali City Tower, (KCT). Doors open at 6:30p.m and the show ends at 9:30pm.
Over 40 students of Kepler University in Kigali were treated to a three-day fashion tour at Rupari Fashion house in Gatenga, Kicukiro. The tour, which ended on Thursday last week, was organised by Celestine Ntawirema of Rwanda Cultural Fashion.
Rwanda Cultural Fashion Show, a collection of East Africa’s finest fashion stars yesterday held another cultural fashion night where they showcased the trendiest fashions in E. Africa and the whole of Africa.
Over 70 young vibrant boys and girls across East Africa participated in a runway model casting event organised by Rwanda Cultural Fashion Show (RCFS), in partnership with Kigali Fashion Week. The auditions took place at Great Seasons Hotel in Kigali.
RCFS is an annual fashion event founded in 2012 by Celestin Ntawirema to promote fashion designers and create public awareness about the talent and quality designs in the region and Africa.
Hopefuls were asked to strut their stuff on the catwalk in front of a panel of judges and were measured to see whether they have catwalk proportions. 72 girls and boys attended the open casting but only 25 made the grade.
Burundi’s Leslie Akimana, one of the catwalk hopefuls selected for the Cultural Fashion Night, said the audition was not very difficult. However, Kenya’s Meshack Okeyo, said he was not sure he would be selected because his fellow contestants were towering him— but his unwavering confidence and belief helped him to believe in myself and impressed the judges.
Ntawirema said the fashion industry has begun to gain ground but encouraged Rwandans to support local designers and models to create a more vibrant fashion industry.Ntawirema said the fashion industry has begun to gain ground but encouraged Rwandans to support local designers and models to create a more vibrant fashion industry.
Born in Rwanda, Fathia Uwase, 32, left for Ghana four years ago with fashion on her mind. There, she studied fashion for a year at the Joyce Ababio School of Creative design. After graduation, she established her own brand called Fathia’s Creations.
Kevine Kagirimpundu and Ysolde Shimwe are new faces in Rwanda’s growing fashion industry. Ever since they jointly established a fashion house while still students, they’ve shown incredible energy and drive to fulfill their ambition of becoming one of the leading fashion houses in the region.