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Friday 24th of May 2024

Nairobi, Kenya

Innovative Threads: An Exclusive Interview with Munyengango Jean De Dieu, Founder of DK Heritage Ltd

Munyengango Jean De Dieu is a Rwandan artist and the innovative founder of DK Heritage Ltd, a fashion house renowned for its unique fusion of traditional African aesthetics and contemporary design. With a deep passion for cultural heritage and modern fashion, Munyengango has carved out a distinctive niche in the fashion industry, earning acclaim for his visionary approach and commitment to empowering African artisans and models.

Born and raised in Rwanda, Munyengango developed an early interest in art and design. His formative years were influenced by Rwanda’s rich cultural heritage, which played a significant role in shaping his artistic vision. From a young age, Munyengango was fascinated by the vibrant colors, intricate patterns, and symbolic meanings embedded in traditional African textiles and attire. This cultural appreciation would later become the cornerstone of his fashion philosophy.

Munyengango’s passion for fashion and design led him to establish DK Heritage Ltd. The brand was created with a mission to celebrate and preserve African cultural heritage while innovatively blending it with contemporary fashion trends. DK Heritage Ltd stands out for its dedication to showcasing the beauty and diversity of African textiles, designs, and craftsmanship.

Ann Mumbi: Brief introduction about yourself and your fashion house (Brand)
Munyengango Jean De Dieu: I am Munyengango Jean De Dieu, a Rwandan artist and the founder of DK Heritage Ltd, a fashion house that blends traditional African aesthetics with modern styles. Our brand is dedicated to celebrating African heritage through bold, innovative designs.

AM: As a fashion designer in Kenya, what are some of the specific challenges you’ve encountered when working with models, and how do you overcome them?
MJDD: One of the significant challenges I face is matching models with the right outfits. Sometimes it’s difficult to find the perfect fit, but we overcome this by holding fittings to ensure each model looks their best in our designs.

AM: Can you discuss the process of selecting models for your fashion shows or campaigns and the criteria you look for in potential collaborators?
MJDD: When selecting models, I consider the outfits and the concept of the event. For collaborations, I look for a shared vision and passion between myself and my partners. It’s crucial that we align on our goals and creative direction.

 

AM: How do you ensure that your designs are inclusive and suitable for a diverse range of body types and sizes?
MJDD: I create designs based on the measurements of our models to ensure inclusivity and suitability for various body types. This approach ensures that everyone looks and feels great in our clothing.

AM: Have you faced any difficulties in finding models who accurately represent the vision and aesthetic of your brand, and how have you addressed this challenge?
MJDD: I haven’t faced significant difficulties because I take the time to select models who can embody our brand’s vision. By working closely with them, we achieve the desired look and feel.

AM: Can you share any strategies you use to foster a positive and collaborative relationship with models during fittings and photoshoots?
MJDD: Open communication is key. I make an effort to converse with my models, motivate them, and discuss their future careers. This builds a positive atmosphere and strengthens our collaboration.

AM: What steps do you take to ensure that the models wearing your designs feel comfortable and confident on the runway or in front of the camera?
MJDD: Comfort and confidence start with the design process. I always consider the comfort of the models when creating outfits, ensuring they can move and perform with ease.

AM: How do you navigate the balance between artistic expression and practical considerations when designing garments for models to wear?
MJDD: Balancing artistic expression with practicality is essential. As an artist, it’s important to merge creativity with functionality, making it easier to produce wearable yet visually striking designs.

AM: Can you discuss the importance of communication and teamwork between fashion designers and models in bringing a collection to life?
MJDD: Effective communication and teamwork are crucial. Models bring our designs to life on the runway, so it’s essential that we share our experiences and work passionately together to achieve the best results.

AM: Have you encountered any issues related to diversity and representation within the modeling industry, and how do you address these concerns in your work?
MJDD: Sometimes models may feel competitive, but as a designer, I encourage teamwork and unity. By fostering a collaborative spirit, we can overcome these challenges and promote diversity.

AM: Can you share any experiences where you’ve had to adapt your designs or styling to accommodate the needs or preferences of models?
MJDD: There have been instances where a model might refuse to wear a chosen outfit. In such cases, we adapt by selecting different attire that suits them better, ensuring they are comfortable and confident.

AM: How do you incorporate feedback from models into your design process, and how does this collaboration influence the final outcome?
MJDD: Models often provide valuable feedback, which I incorporate into my designs. Their input helps refine the final product and ensures that it meets both aesthetic and functional requirements.

AM: Can you discuss the impact of social media on the relationship between fashion designers and models in Kenya?
MJDD: Social media has greatly facilitated connections and collaborations. It allows us to showcase our creativity and reach a wider audience, making it easier to network and promote our work.

AM: What initiatives or changes would you like to see within the Kenyan fashion industry to better support models and designers alike?
MJDD: I would like to see more government support in terms of lower taxes and more opportunities to export our products and services. This would significantly boost the industry.

AM: How do you ensure that the working conditions and treatment of models involved in your projects align with ethical standards and values?
MJDD: I prioritize the health and safety of my models, ensuring that our working environments are safe and comfortable for everyone involved.

AM: Can you share any stories of overcoming challenges or obstacles in your collaborations with models and the lessons you’ve learned from these experiences?
MJDD: There have been times when models arrived late. To solve this, I cover their transport costs, ensuring they arrive on time and we maintain a smooth workflow.

AM: What measures do you take to ensure diversity and inclusivity are reflected not only in your designs but also in the models you choose to represent your brand?
MJDD: I select models of various sizes, typically medium and small, to represent the diverse range of body types and ensure inclusivity in our brand.

AM: How do you address the issue of body image and self-esteem within the modeling industry through your work as a fashion designer?
MJDD: I ensure that the models’ appearances complement the outfits perfectly. Fitting sessions are crucial for addressing body image concerns and boosting self-esteem.

AM: Can you discuss the role of fashion designers in promoting positive body image and self-confidence among models and consumers alike?
MJDD: As a designer, creating outfits that attract and empower audiences can significantly boost the confidence of the wearer. It’s important to design clothing that makes people feel good about themselves.

AM: Have you implemented any specific policies or practices within your brand to support the mental and emotional well-being of models?
MJDD: I haven’t implemented specific policies yet, but I plan to focus on this in the future to ensure our models’ mental and emotional well-being.

AM: Can you share any insights into the process of creating garments that are both visually striking on the runway and practical for models to wear?
MJDD: The process begins with creative design, selecting the right materials and accessories, and taking precise measurements. After completing the outfit, we hold fittings to ensure practicality and visual appeal.

AM: How do you ensure that your designs empower models to express themselves authentically and confidently?
MJDD: My models often express delight in my unique designs, which empowers them to wear the outfits confidently and authentically, making them eager to work with me again.

AM: Can you discuss any instances where you’ve collaborated with models to challenge traditional beauty standards or perceptions of fashion?
MJDD: I create unique outfits for showcases that challenge traditional beauty standards and surprise the audience, promoting a broader acceptance of diverse fashion aesthetics.

AM: What do you hope to achieve through your collaborations with models, and how do you envision the future of fashion modeling in Kenya?
MJDD: I hope to elevate my brand and the modeling industry by fostering collaborations that help both designers and models grow. I envision a future where Kenyan fashion modeling thrives globally.

AM: How can clients contact you, and can you share your contact details and social media handles?
MJDD: Clients can reach me through my social media platforms. I am available on Instagram and Facebook, and they can also approach me directly for collaborations.

AM: Who inspired you, and who do you admire working within the fashion industry in Kenya and internationally?
MJDD:My father is my inspiration. I aspire to work with passionate designers both in Kenya and internationally, continually pushing the boundaries of fashion.

 


DK Heritage Ltd. is more than just a fashion brand; it is a movement that seeks to empower African artisans and models by providing them with a global platform. Munyengango’s vision is to create clothing that tells a story—each piece is meticulously designed to reflect the rich history and vibrant culture of Africa. His designs often feature bold colors, striking patterns, and modern interpretations of traditional African symbols and motifs.

Navigating the fashion industry in Kenya, where DK Heritage Ltd. is based, has not been without its challenges. Munyengango has faced obstacles such as matching models with the right outfits and ensuring inclusivity in his designs. However, his commitment to excellence and innovation has enabled him to overcome these hurdles. Under his leadership, DK Heritage Ltd. has grown to become one of East Africa’s leading fashion brands, with a strong presence in both the local and international markets.

A key aspect of Munyengango’s work is his focus on inclusivity and empowerment. He is dedicated to creating opportunities for models and artisans, ensuring they are fairly represented and appreciated. His approach involves close collaboration with models, taking into account their feedback, and ensuring they feel comfortable and confident in his designs. This has fostered a positive and supportive environment within the DK Heritage Ltd. team.

Munyengango is also committed to giving back to the community. He advocates for government support to reduce taxes and create more opportunities for local designers and models. Looking ahead, he aims to expand DK Heritage Ltd’s reach, further promoting African fashion on the global stage and continuing to innovate in design and production.

Inspired by his father and driven by a passion for fashion, Munyengango admires and seeks to collaborate with other passionate designers both within Kenya and internationally. His goal is to continue learning and growing, bringing fresh ideas and perspectives to the fashion industry.

Munyengango Jean De Dieu is a visionary leader in the fashion world, dedicated to blending traditional African heritage with modern fashion trends. Through DK Heritage Ltd, he has created a platform that not only showcases the beauty of African culture but also empowers models and artisans. His journey reflects a deep commitment to innovation, inclusivity, and cultural preservation, making him a prominent figure in the African fashion industry.

The interview highlights Munyengango Jean De Dieu’s thoughtful approach to fashion design and collaboration with models, providing insights into his brand and vision for the industry.

Content courtesy of DK Heritage Ltd & NFH Digital Team

President William Ruto Inaugurates First Vivo Fashion Store in Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia — In a landmark event highlighting African innovation and entrepreneurship, President William Ruto officially opened Vivo Fashion Group’s first U.S. store at Atlanta Station Mall on Tuesday, May 21, 2024. This historic occasion marked a significant milestone for the Kenyan retail fashion giant as it expanded its footprint beyond Africa for the first time.

President Ruto, in his speech, celebrated the achievements of Vivo Fashion Group and its co-founder, Wandia Gichuru. “This is not just a win for Vivo, but for Kenya and Africa as a whole. It showcases the global potential of African brands and the entrepreneurial spirit that drives our continent forward,” he remarked. “The powerful story of Vivo Fashion Group demonstrates the impact of visionary enterprise and spotlights the role of women in leadership, business, and entrepreneurship.”

Wandia Gichuru, the CEO of Vivo Fashion Group, co-founded the company 13 years ago. President Ruto praised the company for its remarkable journey and growth, stating that it is now one of East Africa’s largest fashion brands. “The bold colors, striking patterns, vibrant textures, and meticulous designs that surround us reflect the diversity and rich history of Kenya and the African continent. Your designs beautifully merge traditional and modern African styles and symbolism,” Ruto added.

Vivo Fashion Group designs and manufactures all its products in Kenya and operates 25 outlets throughout the region, employing more than 380 individuals. Ruto also highlighted Vivo’s successful participation in the Nairobi Securities Exchange Ibuka Program. “Through the program, Vivo should find it easier to access various equity or debt capital markets to finance business growth and further development,” he stated.

The grand opening in Atlanta was a vibrant affair, attended by a diverse audience of dignitaries, business leaders, and fashion enthusiasts. The store’s entrance was adorned with Kenyan flags and vibrant African patterns, creating an atmosphere that paid homage to Vivo’s roots while embracing its new international chapter.

Wandia Gichuru expressed her gratitude and excitement at the event. “To see our brand, which started in my living room in Nairobi, now opening a store in Atlanta, is truly a dream come true. This moment is a testament to the hard work, dedication, and passion of our entire team and the support of our loyal customers,” Gichuru said, her voice filled with emotion.

Guests at the opening were treated to a showcase of Vivo’s latest collection, which seamlessly blends African style with contemporary fashion trends. The new store features a wide array of clothing and accessories, emphasizing Vivo’s commitment to quality, comfort, and affordability.

President Ruto’s state visit to the United States, at the invitation of U.S. President Joe Biden, is the first by a Kenyan president in two decades and the first by an African leader in 16 years. The President’s visit began at the Atlanta University Center and will continue in Washington, DC, where he is scheduled to meet with President Biden to discuss trade and security partnerships, including Kenya’s pledge to lead a multinational mission to restore order in Haiti.

The opening of the Vivo store in Atlanta is not just a business expansion; it symbolizes the breaking of barriers and the forging of new paths for African enterprises on the global stage. As Vivo Fashion Group continues to grow, it remains rooted in its mission to empower African women through fashion and to bring the vibrancy of African culture to the world.

Photos by Nesh Maina, Office of the First Lady, Republic of Kenya & NFH Digital Team

Met Gala 2024: Everything They’re Wearing On The 2024 Met Gala Red Carpet And Who Wore The Best Dress At The Event.

One more Met Gala to add to the collection today. With the theme “Garden of Time” and the title “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion,” celebrities, designers, and stylists alike occupied the Upper East Side for the 2024 Met Gala. The greatest red carpet trends (apart from lace, corsets, and leather) included birds, loads of florals, and tributes to John Galliano. Stylists combed into the archives to find looks inspired by gardens for their themes. The Loewe crew, which included Taylor Russell, Greta Lee, and Josh O’Connor, was astonished, while Tyla ruled the red carpet in Balmain. Zendaya debuted two looks. Loewe? It’s all explained here.

Who walked the red carpet at the 2024 Met Gala?
Chris Hemsworth, Jennifer Lopez, Bad Bunny, and Zendaya appeared first as hosts. And thank God, Zendaya gave us two Met Gala moments when we really needed one! When Tyla arrived wearing a “sand” outfit, she essentially walked the red carpet. Ayo Edeberi, Lauren Sanchez, Taylor Russell, Omar Apollo, Mike Faist, Gracie Abrams, Nicholas Galitzine, Rachel Sennott, and Angel Reese were among the many notable first-timers in attendance. Additionally, Shou Chew, the CEO of TikTok, and Jonathan Anderson of Loewe were honorary chairs. Surprisingly, though, none of the major TikTokers made their red carpet appearance.

Who did you think looked the best at the Met Gala?
We adored Gwendoline Christie in a bespoke Maison Margiela, Emma Chamberlain in a Jean Paul Gaultier, Zendaya in a John Galliano, Jennifer Lopez in a custom Schiaparelli Haute Couture, and Gigi Hadid in a Thom Browne. See our most creative, bizarre, and terrible looks here.

What was the theme again?
The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art chose a slightly less contentious option following last year’s tribute to Karl Lagerfeld. “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion,” an exhibition organized by the Costume Institute, focuses on forgotten and delicate clothing. Current pieces by designers Phillip Lim and Stella McCartney are on display, along with archival designs from fashion icons like Elsa Schiaparelli, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, and Haut de Givenchy, to mention a few. Regarding the dress code (yes, they do differ), it focused on “The Garden of Time” and offered participants the option to play with the garden aspect or give a reference to the past with more vintage designs and artifacts.

Did Rihanna Show Up?
We lost out on Rihanna when she first announced she would be there, but a source later revealed to People that she is sick. Although disappointing, the event concluded on schedule.

The Met Gala 2024 unfolded on May 6, with attendees bedecked in enchanting ensembles, perfectly aligning with the event’s theme, “A Garden in Time,” inspired by the exhibit “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion.” Leading the charge were luminaries such as Jennifer Lopez, Zendaya, Chris Hemsworth, and Bad Bunny, who graced the iconic steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in support of the museum’s Costume Institute. As guests traversed the red carpet, anticipation mounted over who would defy conventions and whose attire would etch itself into the annals of Met Gala history.

Amidst the allure and intrigue surrounding the event, we meticulously documented over 160 celebrities and their sartorial choices. From daring creations that push the boundaries of fashion to timeless classics exuding elegance, every ensemble promises a captivating visual feast. Would any appearances rival the most controversial outfits of all time, or would they ascend to the pantheon of the best-dressed? As the evening unfolded, the suspense was palpable, with speculation rife about surprise guests and the stalwarts of the Met Gala circuit, including luminaries like Blake Lively and Sarah Jessica Parker.

Our live blog chronicled each momentous arrival, capturing the essence of Fashion Prom in real-time. From the captivating red carpet debuts to the intricacies of each ensemble, no detail was overlooked. Following the main event, our curated list of best-dressed celebrities provided insights into the most captivating and trendsetting looks of the evening. And for those craving more, our coverage extended to the exclusive afterparty, unveiling a trove of unseen photos capturing the essence of post-Gala revelry.

Stay tuned as we unravel the captivating tapestry of fashion and spectacle from the Met Gala 2024, where every moment is an ode to creativity, extravagance, and the enduring allure of haute couture.

Content courtesy of The Cut & NFH Digital Team

The Evolution of Fashion in the Era of TikTok: A Transformative Influence on Style and Consumerism

As the potential for a TikTok ban looms, the platform takes center stage at fashion’s pinnacle event, the Met Gala. A pivotal scene from the iconic movie “The Devil Wears Prada” encapsulates the intricate machinery of the fashion world. Miranda Priestly, portrayed by Meryl Streep, presides over a pivotal decision on photo-shoot looks, illustrating how choices in elite fashion circles trickle down to shape consumer preferences. This enduring monologue not only elucidates the workings of the fashion industry but also underscores its profound societal influence.

The emergence of TikTok as a sponsor for this year’s Met Gala has sparked discussion, particularly in light of legislative actions potentially affecting the platform’s operations. Moreover, Vogue’s alignment with TikTok reflects a broader shift in fashion dynamics, where the platform has propelled fast fashion and unconventional trend cycles to the forefront, redefining the landscape of sartorial influence.

While Instagram revolutionized fashion by democratizing access to trends and fostering influencer culture, TikTok’s impact has been more disruptive, fundamentally altering the traditional hierarchy of fashion influence. No longer solely dictated by designers or marketing executives, fashion trends now emerge organically from the platform’s diverse user base, epitomized by the likes of trend forecasters like Mandy Lee.

The synergy between TikTok and the rise of ultrafast fashion, epitomized by brands like Shein and Zara, has reshaped consumer behavior, with online shopping becoming both an activity and a performance. Unlike traditional e-commerce platforms, TikTok’s algorithm-driven content facilitates the exploration of eclectic trends and aesthetics, transcending conventional fashion narratives.

TikTok’s influence extends beyond mere trend dissemination; it has become a cultural barometer, reflecting and shaping societal attitudes toward fashion. From cottagecore to indie sleaze, the platform has incubated and popularized diverse aesthetics, challenging the hegemony of established fashion norms. Moreover, TikTok creators have emerged as influential arbiters of taste, democratizing access to fashion knowledge and discourse.

Despite initial skepticism from traditional fashion houses, TikTok’s ascendancy has compelled brands to reassess their engagement strategies, with an emphasis shifting toward authenticity and relatability. Creators like Charles Gross and Izzi Allain have bridged the gap between luxury fashion and everyday consumers, demystifying haute couture and fostering a more inclusive dialogue around style.

Ultimately, TikTok has democratized fashion discourse, empowering individuals to participate in shaping trends and challenging established fashion paradigms. As the industry grapples with evolving consumer preferences, TikTok remains at the forefront of fashion’s transformative journey, heralding a new era of style, democracy, and creativity.

Content courtesy of NFH Digital Team

Meet the Women Changing the Face of Fashion in the Era of Female Designers

Empowering Female Designers, Vogue Celebrates Women’s Contributions in Fashion, In an era where female designers are making significant strides in the fashion industry, questions persist about the obstacles they continue to face in securing their rightful place. Vogue, a beacon of style and influence, shines a spotlight on a diverse array of women whose talent, creativity, and impact defy gender stereotypes and speak volumes about their contributions to fashion.

The pages of Vogue serve as a platform to celebrate the achievements of female designers from around the world, showcasing their innovative designs, groundbreaking concepts, and unwavering determination. Through compelling narratives and stunning visuals, Vogue champions the voices of these trailblazing women, amplifying their stories and highlighting the unique perspectives they bring to the table.

From established fashion houses to emerging labels, Vogue’s coverage encompasses a global spectrum of female talent, representing diverse backgrounds, cultures, and aesthetic sensibilities. These women are not only shaping the fashion landscape but also challenging the status quo, pushing boundaries, and redefining industry norms.

Yet, despite their undeniable talent and contributions, female designers often find themselves confronting systemic barriers and biases that hinder their progress. Vogue’s coverage delves into the complex dynamics at play within the fashion industry, exploring issues of gender inequality, lack of representation, and the persistent challenges faced by women in positions of leadership.

Through thought-provoking interviews, insightful commentary, and thoughtfully curated features, Vogue sparks important conversations about the need for greater inclusivity, diversity, and equity within the fashion ecosystem. By amplifying the voices of female designers and shedding light on their experiences, Vogue advocates for positive change and strives to create a more inclusive and equitable future for all.

In celebrating the achievements of female designers, Vogue reaffirms its commitment to championing diversity, empowering women, and fostering a more inclusive fashion industry. With each issue, Vogue reaffirms its dedication to showcasing the talent, creativity, and resilience of women who continue to shape the world of fashion and inspire generations to come.

Sarah Burton, Alexander McQueen

Last October, Burton departed the label she oversaw for 13 years with a show that was a glorious tour de force, underscoring her strengths: scalpel-sharp tailoring and exquisite artisanal effects.

Nadège Vanhée-cybulski, Hermès

You likely won’t know her because, as always with the storied French house, the team comes first. But her impeccably made clothes resonate with intimacy and intelligence.

Louise Trotter, Carven

For Trotter’s 2023 debut for Carven (founded in Paris in 1945 by Marie-Louise Carven), she played to her own strengths and those of the house: fashion and functionality, writ large.

Rachel Scott, Gaëlle Drevet, Aurora James, Emily Adams Bode Aujla, Catherine Holstein

Stephens Auditorium: The Fashion Show members reflect on Midnight Bloom

The 42nd annual Fashion Show commenced with grandeur on April 20th at Stephens Auditorium, marking a celebration of creativity and innovation within the student designer community. With this year’s theme, Midnight Bloom, as their guiding muse, more than 75 student designers embarked on a journey of artistic exploration and expression.

Reflecting on the culmination of months of meticulous planning and dedication, key figures from The Fashion Show’s committees shared their perspectives on the event’s orchestration and the relentless efforts invested behind the curtains.

Madeline Hayes, serving as the Marketing Director and a senior in marketing, expressed her awe at witnessing the fruition of the students’ endeavors. “This was my first year involved in The Fashion Show, and the experience was nothing short of mesmerizing. Witnessing the culmination of talent, dedication, and hard work showcased by fellow students left me profoundly inspired,” remarked Hayes.

The evening unfolded with a blend of retail therapy, as merchandise adorned the venue, alongside poignant speeches delivered by committee members, collaborators, and faculty members. Following the spectacle on the runway, a poignant moment ensued as committee members themselves graced the catwalk, a symbolic gesture acknowledging the collective effort behind the organization’s marquee event.

Emma Allen, a member of the marketing committee and a sophomore in English, shed light on the transition from spectator to participant, underscoring the exhilaration of contributing to a landmark event. “Partaking in the show was undeniably more demanding, yet infinitely more gratifying. The culmination of efforts on the day of the show, coupled with the recognition received during the runway walk, epitomized the essence of reward,” shared Allen.

The marketing endeavors, spearheaded by Hayes and her team, encompassed a spectrum of initiatives aimed at garnering campus-wide and community attention. From orchestrating pop-up displays to facilitating collaborations with local businesses, the marketing committee left no stone unturned in amplifying the event’s reach.

Alejandra Palou, director of the Visual Merchandising Committee and a sophomore in apparel, merchandising, and design, elaborated on the collaborative efforts undertaken to create an immersive experience for attendees. “Our committee’s endeavors extended beyond conventional realms, from installations across campus to strategic partnerships with local vendors. Witnessing the fruition of our collective vision was profoundly rewarding,” shared Palou.

Abigail Klauer, director of the Fashion Show’s design committee and a senior in apparel, merchandising, and design, offered poignant insights into the camaraderie and resilience exhibited throughout the event’s preparation. “One cherished memory from this year’s event was the camaraderie shared during the early morning hustle across campus. Despite the challenges, the experience fostered lasting bonds and memories,” reminisced Klauer.

Beyond the glitz and glamour of the runway, various committees worked tirelessly behind the scenes, hosting Fashion Week events, orchestrating stage decorations, and providing invaluable support to models and designers.

As Emma Allen aptly summarized, “The Fashion Show 2024 epitomized success, underscoring the collective prowess of each committee. It’s a testament to the remarkable achievements possible through concerted efforts in a student-run production of such magnitude.”

Content courtesy of IOWA State Daily & NFH Digital Team

The Face of Africa 2024 International Pageant: A Triumph of Diversity, Elegance, and Empowerment

Celebrating Africa’s Beauty and Resilience

Nairobi, the vibrant heart of East Africa, recently played host to an extraordinary event that captured the essence of African beauty, resilience, and empowerment. On April 20th, 2024, Delight Technical College became the epicenter of glamour and grace as The Face of Africa 2024 International Pageant unfolded in all its glory. This prestigious occasion brought together contestants from across the continent, each representing the epitome of beauty, grace, and empowerment.

More than just a showcase of aesthetics, The Face of Africa 2024 International Pageant served as a celebration of diversity and resilience. Contestants hailing from various backgrounds and cultures united on one stage, weaving together the rich tapestry of Africa’s heritage. From the bustling streets of Lagos to the serene landscapes of the Serengeti, each contestant brought a unique story and a distinct charm to the competition.

The night was a symphony of elegance and talent, as contestants dazzled the audience with their poise and charisma. Against a backdrop of glitz and glamour, the judges faced the formidable task of selecting the winners who would embody the essence of African beauty and grace for the year to come.

The Crowning Moments

After much anticipation and deliberation, the winners were finally announced:

– Face of Africa 2024: Lucy Mueni
–  First Runner-Up: Veronicah Mutheu
–  Second Runner-Up: Sheryne Nkirote

Additionally, special awards were presented to recognize exceptional talent and character:

–  Face of Africa 2024, Face Plus Size: Ramona Njeri Munene
–  Congeniality Award: Vilmer Komora
–  Style Icon Award: Grace Laura

These remarkable individuals not only epitomized beauty but also showcased the depth of talent and character present within Africa’s diverse tapestry.

 

Empowering Dreams, Embracing Individuality

The evening was not just about crowning beauty queens; it was about empowering women to embrace their inner strength and shine brightly in a world that often seeks to dim their light. Through their grace and confidence, the contestants inspired audiences to embrace their own uniqueness and strive for their dreams, regardless of the obstacles they may face.

As the curtains drew to a close on this unforgettable night, The Face of Africa 2024 International Pageant left an indelible mark on the hearts of all who attended. It served as a reminder of the power of unity and the celebration of individuality. In a world often divided by differences, this event showcased the beauty that emerges when diversity is celebrated and embraced.

In the heart of Nairobi, Africa’s beauty shone brighter than ever before, leaving a legacy of empowerment and inspiration that will resonate far beyond the glitz and glamour of the stage. The Face of Africa 2024 International Pageant not only celebrated Africa’s beauty but also ignited a spark of hope and possibility for generations to come.

 

Content courtesy of Delight Fashion School, The Face Of Africa & NFH Digital Team

The Face Of Africa 2024 International Pageant: Celebrating Diversity, Elegance, And Empowerment

Nairobi, Kenya – April 22, 2024 Nairobi, the vibrant heart of East Africa, bore witness to an extraordinary event as the Face of Africa 2024 International Pageant unfolded in all its grandeur at Delight Technical College. This esteemed occasion, held on Saturday, April 20th, 2024, brought together contestants from across the continent, each embodying the pinnacle of beauty, grace, and empowerment.

The Face of Africa 2024 International Pageant transcends mere aesthetics; it stands as a celebration of diversity and resilience. Contestants hailing from diverse backgrounds and cultures converged on one stage, exemplifying the rich tapestry of Africa’s heritage. From the bustling streets of Lagos to the serene landscapes of the Serengeti, each contestant brought forth a unique narrative and distinct charm to the competition.

The evening unfolded as a symphony of elegance and talent, with contestants captivating the audience with their poise and charisma. Amidst the glitz and glamour, the judges faced the daunting task of selecting the winners who would epitomize African beauty and grace for the forthcoming year.

In the heart of Nairobi, Kenya, the vibrant pulse of African fashion beats passionately at Delight Fashion School. In the bustling metropolis, where creativity intertwines with tradition, this esteemed institution has once again proven itself as the epitome of sartorial excellence with its highly anticipated annual event, “The Face of Africa 2024”.

As the sun dipped below the horizon, casting a golden glow over the city, the runway at Delight Fashion School illuminated with an aura of anticipation. Fashion enthusiasts, industry insiders, and aspiring designers gathered under one roof to witness the unveiling of Africa’s next top models and the showcase of groundbreaking designs that encapsulate the continent’s rich cultural tapestry.

The event kicked off with a burst of energy as models strutted down the runway, exuding confidence and grace. Each ensemble showcased a fusion of traditional African motifs with contemporary flair, a testament to the school’s commitment to preserving heritage while pushing the boundaries of innovation.

From intricate beadwork inspired by Maasai traditions to bold prints paying homage to the diverse landscapes of the African continent, every garment told a story of identity, resilience, and celebration. Designers spared no expense in experimenting with textures, colors, and silhouettes, resulting in a breathtaking display of creativity that captivated the audience’s imagination.

Following much anticipation and careful deliberation, the esteemed winners were announced:

  • Face of Africa 2024: Lucy Mueni
  • First Runner-Up: Veronicah Mutheu
  • Second Runner-Up: Sheryne Nkirote

The Face of Africa 2024 Winner: Lucy Mueni

 

The Face of Africa 1st Runners Up: Veronicah Mutheu

The Face of Africa 2nd Runners Up: Sheryne Nkirote

In addition to these prestigious titles, special awards were bestowed to acknowledge outstanding talent and character:

  • Face of Africa 2024, Face Plus Size: Ramona Njeri Munene
  • Congeniality Award: Vilmer Komora
  • Style Icon Award: Grace Laura

 

Winner Face of Africa 2024 Face Plus Size Ramona Njeri Munene

 

Congeniality Award: Vilmer Komora

Style Icon Award: Grace Laura

The evening served as a testament to the power of unity and the celebration of individuality. Through their grace and confidence, the contestants inspired audiences to embrace their own uniqueness and pursue their dreams, irrespective of the obstacles they encounter.

As the curtains drew to a close on this unforgettable night, the Face of Africa 2024 International Pageant left an indelible mark on the hearts of all attendees. It’s not merely about crowning beauty queens; it’s about empowering women to embrace their inner strength and radiate brightly in a world that often seeks to dim their light.

However, “The Face of Africa 2024” was more than just a fashion show; it was a platform for empowerment and inclusivity. Delight Fashion School has long been dedicated to nurturing talent from all walks of life, providing opportunities for aspiring designers to showcase their skills and break into the competitive world of fashion.

One of the highlights of the evening was the announcement of the winners of the prestigious “Face of Africa” competition. Amidst fierce competition, a select few models stood out for their charisma, poise, and distinctive beauty. These individuals were not just crowned as ambassadors of African fashion but as symbols of diversity and representation in an industry often criticized for its lack thereof.

As the final curtain fell on “The Face of Africa 2024,” the reverberations of its success echoed far beyond the confines of the runway. Delight Fashion School had once again cemented its reputation as a beacon of creativity and excellence, not only in Kenya but on the global stage. Through its commitment to innovation, inclusivity, and cultural preservation, the school continues to shape the future of African fashion, inspiring generations to come.

In a world where fashion is often synonymous with fleeting trends and superficiality, Delight Fashion School reminds us that true style is a reflection of heritage, creativity, and authenticity. As we bid farewell to another spectacular event, we eagerly await the next chapter in the school’s journey, knowing that the face of Africa will continue to shine brighter with each passing year.

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Securing $3.4 Million In Seed Funding, The Folklore Aims To Empower Marginalized Communities, Empower African Fashion Designers, And Expand Its B2B Wholesale Platform.

The Folklore, a firm that empowers underprivileged communities and African fashion designers, has raised $3.4 million in seed money to grow its business-to-business (B2B) wholesale network. Lead investors in the investment round were Techstars, Black Tech Nation Ventures, Slauson & Co., and venture capital company Benchstrength.

African apparel designers were given economic prospects when founder Amira Rasool opened The Folklore in 2018 as an online boutique. The business has now reached out to underserved populations all across the world. Offering a number of additional services, such as The Folklore Source, The Folklore Capital, and The Folklore Hub, has been made possible by The Folklore’s pivot to a B2B wholesale platform.

Kenneth Chenault Jr., managing partner of Benchstrength, stated, “Benchstrength is thrilled to invest in The Folklore.” “We think the business is creating a strong movement that will support and grow the next big names in the industry. We can’t wait to work with Amira and her group.

Rasool underlined the value of cultivating connections with investors, pointing out that Benchstrength’s investment was made subsequent to her initial communication with Chenault. In the end, her emphasis on the importance of updating investors on the company’s development influenced Benchstrength’s decision to make an investment.

Brand partners’ comments fueled Folklore’s growth and the introduction of new services. After asking brand partners what areas they were particularly in need of assistance, Rasool and her team created The Folklore Source, The Folklore Capital, and The Folklore Hub.

As per the news statement, marketers can obtain access to The Folklore platform and its resources by subscribing to a $39 monthly subscription. The Folklore’s emphasis on offering technology and knowledge to enable underrepresented communities in running successful brands is indicative of its dedication to supporting up-and-coming brands.

According to Rasool, “We are positioning ourselves as a one-stop shop for brands to access technology that can increase their sales, streamline their processes, and help them grow.”

“We continue to develop our technology to support businesses as they expand and gain more traction, even as we serve up-and-coming brands.”

The funding infusion will support The Folklore’s 2022 transition from an online store that specializes in selling clothing from African labels to a business-to-business enterprise that facilitates the entry of up-and-coming businesses into retail spaces.

“We can’t do two big things and be successful as a small company,” Rasool remarked. “Therefore, in order to have a greater influence on our brands, we have chosen to concentrate on the B2B route.”

The Folklore is located in New York City and was founded in 2018. After receiving $2.8 million in two pre-seed rounds, the company’s total fundraising currently stands at $6.2 million with this latest investment.

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Remembering the Legacy of Roberto Cavalli: Iconic Italian Fashion Designer Passes Away at 83 After a Long Illness.

Roberto Cavalli, a fashion designer, passed away at age 83. The long-ago sickness claimed the life of the Italian designer.
Roberto Cavalli, the renowned Italian designer with his own fashion house and distinctive animal print creations, passed away. He was in his eighties.

The renowned designer passed away on Friday, and a poignant note was posted on his company’s Instagram page to mark the occasion. The precise cause of his death was not disclosed by the firm.
The business released a statement saying, “We are sad to announce our founder Roberto Cavalli’s passing today.” “Roberto rose from modest beginnings in Florence to become a well-known, adored, and respected name on a global scale. Roberto felt that everyone can find and develop their inner artist, given their innate talent and creativity.”

“Roberto Cavalli’s legacy will live on via his creativity, his love of nature, and via his family, whom he cherished,” it said.
The brand also released a number of Cavalli’s motivational sayings, such as “I love to copy God, so I copy the clothes of animals.” God, in my opinion, is the most amazing designer.”
According to Vogue, some of Cavalli’s early creations, which comprised patterned leather gowns, were shown in 1970.

His opulent fashion brand kept growing, offering everything from eye-catching leopard designs to exquisitely crafted gowns that grace red carpets and runways worldwide. Famous people who have worn the designer’s creations include Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Victoria Beckham, and many others.

The news of Cavalli’s passing this week brought anguish to his followers as well as his colleagues, designers, industry insiders, and others.
“I cannot imagine a vision of fashion more distant from mine than that of Roberto Cavalli, yet I have always had enormous respect for him: Roberto was a true artist, wild and wonderful in his use of prints, capable of transforming fantasy into seductive clothes,” Giorgio Armani, the renowned Italian fashion designer, said in a press release.
He continued, “I have learned with great sadness of his passing: his Tuscan verve will be greatly missed.”

In a statement, the creative director of Roberto Cavalli Fausto Puglisi paid tribute, saying, “Dear Roberto, you may not be physically here with us anymore, but I know I will feel your spirit with me always.”

“To work under your legacy and create for the brand you founded with such vision and style is the greatest honor of my career,” he went on. May you rest in peace. You are so loved and missed that your memory will go on as an inspiration to others, including myself.

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