Last Saturday – 29th Aug 2015 – I went to cover the Kenya Worldwide Fashion Week (KWFW) at the Royal Orchid Hotel in Westlands. This just a week after I covered the Kenya Fashion Awards at Brookhouse International School! Not to mention that the month prior I had attended the Jumia Glamuor Awards at the BOMA Hotel.
All these top notch events have taught me a lot about fashion. Although I took a mini-course on Fashion And Luxury Management from Bocconi University, Italy, I needed practical experience on the red carpet.
The KWFW was graced by many designers from all around the world. The event has been happening since 2013. In the inaugural year, President Uhuru Kenyatta’s son, Muhoho Kenyatta launched his cloth line Nomadic. He has since taken a break to concentrate on studies.
At the event, I got to be at the backstage where models were preparing to strut the runway later in the night. I arrived at around 8pm, knowing the event would go late into the night. As late as 1am. So, I got to say hi to the pretty ladies, their trainers and some of the designers who were showcasing. During my sit down, I had a chance to talk to model Dhruva Patel. This is her second year in the Kenya Fashion Week and she is truly upbeat about the outcome of the whole occasion.
“I love runway fashion because of the discipline, the attitude involved and the confidence that it instills in us. It makes me feel comfortable,” she revealed.
Well, that may be quite surprising since some people do not feel comfortable in the public at all! Patel, a professional accountant, has been in the modeling scene for two years. She says that modeling is more of her hobby than profession, but has immense passion in the art.
One of the designers she would be showcasing for the night is the Kenyan design brand Kogo Wear. It is described as trendy and urban. She told me that some of the challenges that she had faced in the industry include training and competition. However, to get over these problems, she keeps practicing hard – even during her free time so as to perfect her craft. The company she was enrolled with, Just Like That has offered her high quality training.
She advises young upcoming models to love themselves and present themselves in a unique way.
Later on in the night, I had an amazing dinner just before the main event started. The rest was taking photos of the models cat-walking for the designers showcasing.
I had a sitting with Jaqueline, the Vice President at http://www.shoplaquansmith.com/, a fast-growing fashion house based in New York. When I showed her my interview featuring Face of Kenya USA Trina Njoroge, she was so inspired and said that besides being so beautiful, she’s got a bright future ahead!
Interestingly, I had talked about Malaika Firth in my story as she is also a top fashion model based in New York. She knows her! She was surprised to know that Malaika is from Mombasa, Kenya!
Malaika has worked with top fashion brands, including Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry, Valentino, Jean Paul-Gaultier among others. That’s it! Kenya is an incredible country, full of immense talent 🙂
I look forward to working with her and I’ll sure recommend top modeling talent from Kenya to her. As I said, Laquan has dressed every one from Beyoncé to Kanye West 🙂
Read my interview with Trina here.
And my most recent feature on her.
Read my feature on Malaika Firth here.
She was also in the list of my Top 25 Under 25 Most Promising Women In Kenya.