Thursday 29th of September 2022

Nairobi, Kenya

Uganda International Fashion Week 2019 Returns

After a while without the much anticipated Uganda International Fashion Week in the eyes of several fashion diehards, the event finally returned last week at the Kampala Serena Hotel. To create a difference this time around, designs showcased were fused with a rich South African touch of fashion. The event was not a one-day affair, it started earlier with a couple of fashion activities.

Form is temporary, class is permanent. Arapapa’s Santa Anzo lived true to the adage when her Uganda International Fashion Week (UIFW) made a grand comeback at the Kampala Serena Hotel, last week from on 2nd to 4th of August, 2019.
Hosted by ARAPAPA by Santa Anzo in proud association with South Africa’s Department of Arts and Culture, UIFW 2019 lived up to its billing as Uganda’s biggest fashion event, even after a decade hiatus.

The event’s main focus, which emphasized ‘The Business Behind Fashion,’ magnified the potential of fashion as a vehicle for swift economic development in Africa.

“Fashion, like Petroleum and Gas, Communication and Tourism, Agriculture and Transport is a multi-billion industry awaiting exploitation. Uganda, the time is now!” said Santa Anzo, MD and Chief Fashion Designer, Arapapa while addressing the fashion enthusiasts who attended the event.
The Uganda International Fashion Week climaxed with a grand showcase featuring some of Africa’s finest designers including four South Africans and home-grown talent. With international fashion producer Jan Malan directing the show, it met the standards of a showcase in the fashion capitals of the world like Paris, Milan and New York.

The designers who showcased included Alvada Collections, Judith Artelier and Mmuso Maxwell from South Africa, plus Uganda’s Arapapa by Santa Anzo, Abbas Kaijuka of Kia’s Divo Collection, Paula Butagira and Fatumah Asha.

Away from the runway showcases, the two-day event included highly interactive seminars, discussion panels, knowledge-sharing, mentorship and master class sessions.

Another objective of UIFW is to create an intersection between fashion and tourism. Uganda Tourism Board CEO Lilly Ajarova used the event to sell Uganda’s tourism offerings to guests including the fact that Uganda has more than 50 percent of the world’s endangered mountain gorilla population, the source of the River Nile and the second largest fresh water body in the world. Ajarova said that tourists are looking for more offerings apart from natural resources and noted that this is an opportunity our unique fashion can tap into.

Founded in 2003, UIFW has inspired, nurtured and developed the local fashion industry into a vibrant sector, recognized by the business sector, academia, tourism sector, government and diplomatic missions.
The event was made possible by support from Uganda Tourism Board, Kansai Plascon and Kampala Serena Hotel.

The finallist designers at  Uganda international Fashion Week were, Fatumah Asha, Kai’s Divo Collection, Giosef by Paula Butagira, Judith collections from South Africa and Arapapa by Santa Anzo. Other notables were Abryanz, Judith Heard and Joram Muzira among others. Besides the runway cut walks, guests were ear-massaged by the talented saxophonist, Joseph Sax.

Content courtesy of UIFW & Nairobi fashion hub 

Gashumba’s Beryl Qouture Gown wins  Miss Uganda 2019 Red carpet

Anita Beryl is a Ugandan Fashion Designer, Couturier and Entrepreneur. She is the creative director of Beryl Qouture, a Ugandan fashion house and Award winning Ugandan couturier, popular for embracing femininity and romance, and marrying timeless elegance with high fashion sensibility.

Sheilah Gashumba serving plenty of emerald gorgeousness in custom Beryl Qouture gown!

On Friday 26th July 2019 evening, Uganda crowned its new Miss Uganda title holder at the Sheraton Kampala Hotel. Thousands of Kampala’s social elite gathered at the hotel’s gardens to witness Oliver Nakakande crowned the most beautiful girl in the land.

Prior to that, many of the attendees were serving plenty of style and oomph on the red carpet. And the self-proclaimed lil stunner, Sheilah Gashumba seemed to be out to reclaim her title as fashionista as she stepped out in an emerald coloured gown, custom made by award winning designer and couturier, Anita Beryl.

The media personality was a complete vision in her asymmetrical gown, that feautured a sequin detailed trail and cross over sleeve. She was spotted in the company of her friend and fashion maven, Brian Ahumuza, who opted for a broken suit look.

“Sheilah’s style is very playful and youthful, and that what we were trying to achieve with her ensemble. It was supposed to be formal, to fit the dress code, but also fun, and playful, which explains the asymmetrical detail of the gown. And Sheila is very style savvy, so working with her on this was quite effortless,” Anita Beryl explains.

Content courtesy Haguma Gloria of Nairobi Fashion Hub 

Oliver Nakakande Crowned Miss Uganda 2019/2020

Elizabeth Bagaya emerged as the first runner up while Mariam Nyamate ended up as the second runner up

Miss Quinn Abenakyo  reign came to an end last night as  24- year Old Miss Oliver Nakakande  emerged the winner of Miss Uganda 2019/2020 after beating 21 other contestants. Nakakande took over the crown from Quinn Abenakyo who was Miss Uganda 2018/19 and also represented Uganda in Miss World where she emerged 2ndrunner up and also crowned Miss World Africa

While Ugandans are still celebrating Quiin Abenakyo’s remarkable success, they will have to contend with the reality that her reign has come to an end.

Uganda has now got a new beauty queen in the names of Oliver Nakakande who was crowned Miss Uganda at a glamorous event on Friday evening at Sheraton Kampala Hotel.

The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga who graced the event as the chief guest, hailed the organisers of the pageant for instilling confidence and knowledge in the girls.

She urged the contestants to continue with what they have learnt regardless of who emerges the winner.

“I also want to thank Mike Mukula for supporting this pageant to be a success. Thank you all for inviting me to this occasion. I am enjoying myself,” Kadaga said.

Reigning Miss World, Vanessa Ponce De Leon, who was in attendance thanked Brenda Nanyonjo, the Miss Uganda Foundation CEO for instilling the principles of beauty with a purpose in the girls. Ponce promised to return to Uganda where she said she fell in love with matooke (plantain).

Before the elimination rounds, the guests were treated to entertainment by musicians Grenade, Myko Ouma and Joseph Sax.

In the elimination rounds, 12 out of the 22 contestants were dropped leaving 10 contestants to battle for the crown.

As the field thinned out, Elizabeth Bagaya emerged as the first runner up while Mariam Nyamate ended up as the second runner up.

Nakakande was crowned by Quiin Abenakyo and Vanessa Ponce De Leon and received a Toyota Wish.

Revellers were also treated to remarkable scenes when socialite Zari Hassan clashed with the host Anitah Fabiola.

Content courtesy of Miss Uganda 2019 & Nairobi Fashion Hub 

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