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Africa Fashion Week 2023 And The Designers Who Showcased At The Event With Their Brands, Including The Models

Posted On : December 28, 2023

Oscar Alochi

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Africa Fashion Week 2023: A Celebration of Diversity, Creativity, and Talent

Africa Fashion Week 2023 took center stage, bringing together a spectacular array of designers who captivated audiences with their unique styles, innovations, and cultural expressions. The event, held in Nairobi, Kenya, showcased a diverse range of talents, with each designer bringing their narrative to the runway.

Let’s take a closer look at the remarkable designers and their outstanding collections that graced the first runway.

1st Runway: A Kaleidoscope of Creativity

1. Riel Marial – Rieldo Fabrics
Brand Name: Rieldo Fabrics
Number of Outfits: 6
Models: Machar Duor, Victorious Mumo, Felix Orina, Dickson Oenga, Mercy Ndolo, Bol Deng, Ayra Mumbi

Riel Marial opened the show with a stunning collection that showcased the versatility of Rieldo Fabrics. From traditional to contemporary, each outfit was a masterpiece, worn with grace by a lineup of talented models.

2. Judith Akinyi – The Greatadorn Fashion
Brand Name: The Greatadorn Fashion
Number of Outfits: 5
Models: Sashley Musibenga, Yakatrina Omtere, Lucy Ngolo, Merveille Wanjala, Yvette Olel

Judith Akinyi’s collection was a testament to elegance and sophistication. The Greatadorn Fashion wove a tapestry of style, combining modern trends with a nod to African traditions.

3. Morgan – Kenyan Raw
Brand Name: Kenyan Raw
Number of Outfits: 5
Models: Omosa Cadonie, Machar Duor, Bol Deng, Otieno Stephen, John Olima

Morgan’s collection, aptly named Kenyan Raw, celebrated the raw beauty and authenticity of African fashion. Each outfit exuded a sense of pride and cultural richness.

4. Brunah Ogutu – Flamingo-Kids254 Closet
Brand Name: Flamingo-Kids254 Closet
Number of Outfits: 7
Models: Ayra Mumbi, Risper Juma, Melissa Trevor Ushindi, Trinity Nita, Favor Bridgit, Mercy Hope

Brunah Ogutu’s vibrant and playful collection for Flamingo-Kids254 Closet brought joy to the runway. From children to adults, the designer showcased a range that catered to all ages.

5. Loter Lodukae – House of Sons
Brand Name: House of Sons
-Number of Outfits: 3
-Models: Mishelle Mutindi, Jackline Amondi, Lucy Ngolo, Wendy Nyaoke, Dorcas Khatiala

Loter Lodukae’s House of Sons presented a concise yet impactful collection, highlighting the designer’s commitment to quality and attention to detail.

6. Samuel – TXL
Brand Name: TXL
Number of Outfits: 3
Models: Lovejoy Achieng, Jasmine Malia, Cynthia Too, Sharlene Nekesa, Joyce Owiti

Samuel’s TXL collection was a fusion of boldness and elegance. The designer’s keen eye for creating outfits that make a statement was evident in every piece.

7. Dennis Alvis – Corban A
Brand Name: Corban A
Number of Outfits: 5
Models: Oenga Cliff, Victorious Mumo, Joyce Mwangi, Yut Bawar, John Olima

Dennis Alvis’s Corban A collection exuded sophistication, with each outfit telling a story of modernity and cultural pride. The attention to detail and craftsmanship were commendable.

8. Cherina Alastair – Kebre
Brand Name: Kebre
Number of Outfits: 5
Models: Brenda Chepkorir, Mercy Museve, Blonne Atula, Sylvia Kimathi

Cherina Alastair’s Kebre collection captivated the audience with its chic and contemporary designs. The fusion of traditional African elements with modern aesthetics was a standout feature.

9. Sheila Opiyo/Apiyo – Sheila’s Affordable Collection
Brand Name: Sheila’s Affordable Collection
Number of Outfits: 3
Models: Vivian Gathoni, Avitus Nyambura, Merveille Wanjala

Sheila Opiyo/Apiyo presented an affordable collection without compromising on style. The designer proved that fashion can be accessible to all without sacrificing creativity.

10. Catherine Kabura – Kabura Designs
Brand Name: Kabura Designs
Number of Outfits: 5
Models: Nicole Otieno, Linet Yar, Cynthia Too, Dorcas Khatiala, Joyce Mwangi

Catherine Kabura’s Kabura Designs showcased a collection that seamlessly blended tradition with modernity. Each outfit was a work of art that celebrated the richness of African culture.

11. Hellen Njenga

Brand Name:
Number of Outfits:
Models: Vivian Gathoni, Joyce Owiti, Mishelle Mutindi, Sashley Musibenga, Yut Bawar

Hellen Njenga’s collection added a touch of glamour to the runway, with each outfit designed to make a statement. The models exuded confidence, bringing the designer’s vision to life.

2nd Runway: A Symphony of Style Continues

12. Joyce Oingo – Custom Threads

Brand Name: Custom Threads
Number of Outfits: Not specified
Models: Lisper Mathenge, Debrah Atieno, Lovejoy Achieng, Joyce Mwangi, Daisy Chepng’eno

Joyce Oingo’s Custom Threads continued the fashion extravaganza with a collection that was a perfect blend of tradition and modernity. The designer’s attention to detail and craftsmanship were evident in every piece.

13. Bridgette Mogusu – MOGUSU

Brand Name:

Number of Outfits: 5
Models: Peter Marial, Oenga Cliff, Mercy Museve, Brenda Chepkorir, Trinity Wambui

Bridgette Mogusu’s MOGUSU collection was a visual feast, with each outfit telling a unique story. The designer’s creativity shone through, creating a collection that left a lasting impression.

14. Tracy Guantai – Thread Africa Makena

Brand Name:

Number of Outfits: 5
Models: Nicole Otieno, Grace Wambugi, Merab Achieng’, Risper Juma, Omosa Cadonie

Tracy Guantai’s Thread Africa Makena brought a fresh perspective to the runway with a collection that blended bold patterns and colors. The designer’s innovative approach to fashion was well-received by the audience.

15. Christie Obiero – Chic Clique

Brand Name:
Number of Outfits: 5
Models: Linet Yar, Lisper Mathenge, Shirleen Nekesa, Sylvia Kimathi, Mercy Ndolo

Christie Obiero’s Chic Clique collection epitomized sophistication, with each outfit exuding timeless elegance. The designer’s commitment to creating fashion that stands the test of time was evident in every piece.

16. Maureen Kanini – Wira House Design of

Brand Name: Wira House Design of
Number of Outfits: 5
Models: Grace Wambugi, Merab Achieng’, Wendy Nyaoke, Melisa Amina, Trevor Ushindi

Maureen Kanini’s Wira House Design of showcased a collection that was a visual treat, with each outfit crafted to perfection. The designer’s attention to detail and use of high-quality fabrics were commendable.

17. Jackline Karwitha – K Creations

Brand Name: K Creations
Number of Outfits: 4
Models: Daisy Chepng’eno, Brenda Chepkorir, Debrah Atieno, Jackline Amondi

Jackline Karwitha’s K Creations added a touch of glamour to the runway, with each outfit designed to make a statement. The models exuded confidence, bringing the designer’s vision to life.

18. Sayo Maureen – Elgon Designs

Brand Name: Elgon Designs
Number of Outfits: 4
Models: Dickson Oenga, Felix Orina, Vivian Gathoni, Dorcas Khatiala, Lovejoy Achieng’

Sayo Maureen’s Elgon Designs celebrated the beauty of simplicity, with each outfit making a powerful statement. The designer’s use of clean lines and understated elegance set the collection apart.

19. Nyibol Kuir – Nyibol Collection

Brand Name: Nyibol Collection
Number of Outfits: 4
Models: EllaMay Kanini, Debrah Atieno, Sylvia Kimathi, Sharleen Nekesa, Avitus Nyambura

Nyibol Kuir’s Nyibol Collection showcased a fusion of tradition and modernity, with each outfit telling a unique story. The designer’s creativity and use of vibrant colors added a dynamic element to the runway.

20. Ann Nthenya – Allure by Annia

Brand Name: Allure by Annia
Number of Outfits: 4
Models: Jackline Amondi, Mitchelle Mutindi, Lisper Mathenge, Yvette Olel, Merab Achieng’

Ann Nthenya’s Allure by Annia collection brought a sense of romance to the runway, with each outfit designed to captivate the audience. The designer’s attention to detail and use of flowing fabrics created a dreamlike atmosphere.

21. Lucy Ngolo

Brand Name:

Number of Outfits:
Models: Merveille Wanjala, Ella May Kanini, Victoria Mumo

Lucy Ngolo’s collection was a celebration of femininity, with each outfit designed to enhance the natural beauty of the models. The designer’s use of soft fabrics and delicate embellishments created a sense of ethereal charm.

22. Triza Akoth – Tash Designs

Brand Name: Tash Designs
Number of Outfits: 5
Models: Favor Bridgit, Tanveen Onyango, Wendy Nyaoke, Nicole Otieno, Linet Yar

Triza Akoth’s Tash Designs brought a burst of energy to the runway, with each outfit featuring bold colors and dynamic patterns. The designer’s use of unique fabrics and innovative silhouettes added a contemporary twist to traditional African fashion.

23. Mariah Paulo – Mariah Paulo

Brand Name: Mariah Paulo
Number of Outfits: 3
Models: Lucy Ngolo, Lovejoy Achieng, Jeslove Karanja, Moses Mutiga, Yut Bawar

Mariah Paulo’s collection was a testament to the designer’s versatility, with each outfit showcasing a different facet of fashion. The use of unconventional materials and avant-garde silhouettes created a sense of intrigue on the runway.

3rd Runway: Grand Finale of Fashion Extravaganza

24. John – DK-Heritage

Brand Name: DK-Heritage
Number of Outfits: 5
Models: Machar Duor, Moses Mutiga, Grace Laura, Mervel Wanjala, Cynthia Too

John’s DK-Heritage collection marked the grand finale of the fashion extravaganza, leaving a lasting impression on the audience. The designer’s use of bold patterns and intricate details created a collection that was both visually striking and culturally rich.

25. Cinqamis

Brand Name: Cinqamis
Number of Outfits: 5
Models: Marial Peter, Ayra Mumbi, Yut Bawar, EllaMay Kanini, Lucy Ngolo

Cinqamis brought a sense of drama to the runway, with each outfit making a bold statement. The designer’s use of unconventional fabrics and avant-garde silhouettes created a collection that pushed the boundaries of traditional fashion.

26. Dona Adhiambo – Donnie Crotchets

Brand Name: Donnie Crotchets
Number of Outfits: 5
Models: Debrah Atieno, Brenda Chepkorir, Mercy Museve, Blonne Atula, Nicole Otieno

Dona Adhiambo’s Donnie Crotchets collection celebrated the art of crochet, with each outfit showcasing the designer’s mastery of the craft. The use of intricate patterns and textures added a touch of bohemian chic to the runway.

27. Stephen Warui – Single Needle

Brand Name: Single Needle
Number of Outfits: 5
Models: Tanveen Onyango, Otieno Stephen, Mercy Museve, Sashley Musibenga, Vivian Gathoni

Stephen Warui’s Single Needle collection was a symphony of elegance and simplicity. The designer’s use of clean lines and understated details created a collection that exuded timeless sophistication.

28. Kevin Ochieng’ – Versatile Brand Ke

Brand Name: Versatile Brand Ke
Number of Outfits: 6
Models: Sharleen Nekesa, Jeslove Karanja, Grace Laura, Marial Peter, Debrah Atieno, Jackline Amondi

Kevin Ochieng’s Versatile Brand Ke brought a sense of versatility to the runway, with each outfit showcasing the designer’s ability to blend different styles seamlessly. The use of bold colors and innovative silhouettes added a contemporary edge to the collection.

29. Sarafina Julius

Brand Name:
Number of Outfits: Not specified
Models: Dickson Oenga, Trinity Nita, Lisper Mathenge, Cynthia Too, JesLove Karanja

Sarafina Julius brought the runway to life with a collection that was a perfect fusion of tradition and modernity. The designer’s use of vibrant colors and dynamic patterns added a sense of excitement to the fashion showcase.

30. Rose Alinda – L’alfa Collection

Brand Name: L’alfa Collection
Number of Outfits: 6
Models: Mercy Ndolo, Victorious Mumo, Taliah Wangui, John Olima, Bol Deng, Yakatrina Omtere

Rose Alinda’s L’alfa Collection closed the Africa Fashion Week 2023 with a bang, leaving the audience in awe. The designer’s use of luxurious fabrics and intricate embellishments created a collection that epitomized glamour and sophistication.

31. Joyce Oingo – Custom Threads

Brand Name: Custom Threads
Number of Outfits: Not specified
Models: Lisper Mathenge, Debrah Atieno, Lovejoy Achieng’, Joyce Mwangi, Daisy Chepng’eno

32. Brenda Mwendwa – Eunike Fashion House

Brand Name: Eunike Fashion House
Number of Outfits: 5
Models: Blonne Atula, Sylvia Kimathi, Jeslove Karanja, Victorious Mumo, Lucy Ngolo

33. Amina Arif – Kader Atelier

Brand Name: Kader Atelier
Number of Outfits: 5
Models: Grace Wambugi, Merab Achieng’, Merveille Wanjala, Joyce Mwangi, Dorcas Khatiala

34. Pioneer Atieno – PioneerPye

Brand Name: PioneerPye
Number of Outfits: 6
Models: Lisper Mathenge, Linet Yar, Yvette Olel, Marial Peter, Taliah Wangui, Sashley

A Tapestry Woven with Talent

Africa Fashion Week 2023 was more than just a showcase of clothing; it was a celebration of Africa’s rich cultural heritage and the incredible talent within the continent’s fashion industry. The designers and models who graced the runway not only presented stunning collections but also contributed to the narrative of a thriving and evolving fashion landscape in Africa. As the fashion world continues to evolve, events like Africa Fashion Week play a crucial role in fostering creativity and inclusivity and pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the world of fashion.

The legacy of the 2023 edition will undoubtedly linger in the minds and hearts of fashion enthusiasts, leaving them eagerly anticipating the next chapter in Africa’s fashion journey.

Content courtesy of  Delight Fashion School, African Fashion Week & NFH 

 

 

Oscar Alochi

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