This is it. The final day of Zambia Fashion Week, it features some of Zambia’s most talented and long-standing designers. We were glad to see so many (rather fashionable individuals) turn out for Day Three of Zambia Fashion Week, and the designers did not disappoint. Below we have featured some of our favourite looks from all of the designers that showcased as well as some of the individuals that we spotted with our ‘MaFashio Cam’ (lol).
It took us longer than it should have to put up this post because of an unforeseen system shut down (thank God for back-up files!), we won’t get into the technicalities but lets just say, we’re glad to have this post up.
With this in mind, keep your eyes peeled for more posts from all the stuff we’ve been upto since fashion week. 🙂
Opening the final day of Zambia Fashion Week was guest Designer, David Tlale of South Africa. He featured his spin on a modern bridal collection. With hues ranging from emerald greens to soft papaya’s; feather embellishments and layers of tulle large enough for us to get lost in, his collection set the tone for the rest of the evening. Our favorite pieces included a dramatic emerald green take on the groom’s suit and a gold corset dress.
Following David Tlale was accessory label, F.R.E.E, who featured copper neck pieces, rings and upper arm bands. F.R.E.E is based in Lusaka’s N’gombe compound, we particularly love F.R.E.E because it provides an income for female youth within that area, with each member of the project boasting their own signature design.
Angela Mulenga featured burnt orange and notes of lime in her Zambia Fashion Week collection. With predominantly off-the-shoulder pieces, ranging from jumpsuits to crop tops. We especially loved a little burnt orange shift dress with 3-quarter sleeves, the perfect balance for Lusaka’s often temperamental weather.
Bulongo Pieces showcased a collection inspired by nature, with greens, yellows and reds spread throughout the collection.
Following Bulongo Pieces was Ready-to-Wear brand, Kamanga Wear. Known for their perfect fits, excellent tailoring and cohesive collections, Kamanga Wear showcased a feminine and architectural collection this year. Deviating slightly from their norm with a show stopping sheer and chitenge floor-length summer maxi – that happened to be one of our favourite pieces from their collection.
Definitely one of the most interesting collections we saw on the final day of Zambia Fashion Week was one presented by Charity Musowa, a Zambian Designer based in the Netherlands.
We were forced to take a hard look at the fabric, at the varying designs and textures. One piece that caught our attention was a white high-low sleeve-less dress paired with a charcoal grey scarf.
Fashion Week new-comer, Vicky, showcased a line with an Afro-Indian fusion. Featuring gold embroidery and soft fabrics.
Veteran Zambian Fashion Designer, Fay Designs, known for her larger than life pieces and attention to detail, showcased a collection inspired by the solar system. you’d be right to think: fiery reds, large tulle skirts, and bold golds. Our favourite was a gold sheer and tulle ball gown with feather detailing along the waist.
Nada Fashions showcased a collection called ‘Iron Maiden’, inspired by the many women that have inspired the label’s head designer, especially during her fashion week hiatus.
The collection, true to Nada style, featured figure hugging dresses and high slits, as well as some punchy jumpsuits and blazers.
Leading accessory brand, Chitenge Life, showcased a new collection aptly named ‘Katapa and Caviar’, inspired by the brand’s head designers trips and experiences around Africa and the world. The collection included a a few new pieces (aside the clutches), like a unisex sling leather and chitenge bag.
Following a ten minute intermission, the show resumed with Esnoko showcasing a 70’s inspired women’s collection. We are such suckers for the classic Esnoko pantsuit.
Following Esnoko, Ready-to-Wear brand, Poleka, showcased a spunky summer-ready collection that featured denim jackets, shorts and kente fabric trimming.
Mu + Shannon of Alero, showing for the first time at Zambia Fashion Week, brought a collection filled with rich amethyst and defined lines. Its always great to see a cohesive collection, for instance, the way the shape and fabric of the head-pieces matches (one of our favourite pieces) a dramatic tulle dress.
Yvonne Ndawana showed a collection that featured floaty fabrics and most interesting – bird nest head pieces, made from actual grass! With a surprise model appearance by fashion week Director, Karen Nakawala.
ChizO Designs showcased a collection that warranted the standing ovation it received, with what has become the brand’s signature look – dramatic, sexy, and luxurious pieces. The collection featured embroidered ball-skirts, coats and dresses. (also a signature of ChizO).
Following ChizO Designs, was another Zambian Fashion veteran, Kutowa Designs, with their collection, Ba Donna.
Towani Clarke, Head Designer at Kutowa describes ‘Ba Donna’ as a woman that commands respect without having to put her foot down, a woman with effortless style. The Ba Donna collection is inspired by a true “Ba Donna”, Audrey Hepburn. The collection features purples, yellows and passionate reds, with reversible trench coats and baby doll dresses.
Donta Fashions, known for collections that celebrate the female form, showcased a collection filled with sexy summer ready maxi dresses in animal prints.
Our favourite piece was a yellow layered, halter neck maxi dress and military-style animal print button-down dress.
Petros Giannakakis showcased on Day Three of Zambia Fashion Week, continuing his thread of pop culture influenced pieces. We were especially intrigued by the mail armor inspired dress and mettalic head gear and bag.
Terrence Chipembere, guest designer from Zimbabwe showcased a predominantly menswear collection. With his signature checkered fabrics and chitenge infused denim.
No stranger to Zambia Fashion Week, nor runways across the globe, Mo’s Creations and Couture showcased a collection featuring lime and polka dots. For the gents we saw sheer shirts with Chitenge detailing.
Which were your favourite looks from Zambia Fashion Week: Day Three?
Kahyi & Kii,