This year all we could speak about at MaFashio HQ (lol) and everywhere else, was Zambia Fashion Week. We had a few designers in mind that we were especially hype about seeing, but we also wanted to see what the emerging designers had up their sleeves. Zambia Fashion Week 2014 left us excited about the 2015 edition, and we are glad to report that it did not disappoint, on many fronts.
This year we have decided to focus on the looks (yes, even the attendees) that caught our attention from day one (this post) to day three (watch this space). For pictures of the full collections, please visit the Fortress media and Flickr page.
The first designer to showcase was Zambia Fashion Week first-timer, Rukhsar. We loved the cutout detailing in most pieces and use of bright wispy fabrics.
Next was ‘Yanga Yanga’, also a Zambia Fashion Week newbie, we particularly loved the yellow neon shift dress and the floor length black coat.
Kamai Couture, brought us tulle netting in varying shades of blue and black, in form of playful tutu’s and layered over faux leather shorts for her first time at Zambia Fashion week.
Golden Traib promised a collection filled with clashing fabrics, keeping a predominantly yellow undertone in every piece. One of our favourites being a white pencil dress with pleated chitenge detailing across the bodice.
Afro-Retro, who we saw for the first time on the runway at Zambia Fashion Week 2014, brought with them their usual afro-inspired casual looks, including chitenge and denim fused shorts and cotton-stretch jumpers.
We loved Mwimu’s Lace and Chitenge mermaid dress as well as pastel blue skirt and top co ord set.
Angela Chisonga’s collection followed a thread of pink hue’d chitenge appliques on warm pink, blue and brown wax fabrics, including a white pencil dress that featured sheer paneling.
Following a 10 minute intermission, Ka’amba Designs featured a collection filled with multi-coloured shapes and a monochromatic red and white pantsuit that gives us happy thoughts of designer, Kim Seo Ryong Spring/Summer 2016 ready-to-wear collection.
Marilyn Zulu went all black for this years Zambia Fashion Week, with a collection aptly named ‘Black Widow’. Our favourite pieces included a lace leotard and cape; as well as a jumpsuit with a plunging neckline and billowy sleeves.
Kwasu kept it cohesive with warm and earthy florals sprinkled throughout the collection. Our favourite piece was a burnt orange play suit, expertly paired with a kimono style jacket.
Showcasing for the first time, Sharon Mutale gave us the definition of “class with a touch of edge” by sticking to traditional cuts and styles that featured visible gold zippers and interestingly placed chitenge detailing.
Ruth Chimbala illuminated with silver chitenge set against white and black fabric. Our favourite piece was a white high slit pencil skirt.
Smangaliso & Kabwe gave us hints of modern architecture with their defined lines and exaggerated shoulders.
Chiabbi with a collection called ‘Titanium’. We especially loved their red faux-leather romper.
Maria Mulenga reminded us that beautiful things can come out of up-cycling, with her accessories collection that featured floppy hats and handbags made of plastic bags.
The last designer of Zambia Fashion Week – Day One – was Mwenge Kapumpa, who featured a collection heavily influenced by eras passed. We couldn’t take our eyes off of a 70s style blouse and wide-leg pants co ord.
Which were your favourite looks from Zambia Fashion Week: Day One?
Stay tuned for Day Two of Zambia Fashion Week!
Kahyi & Kii,