Day Two of Zambia Fashion Week saw more emerging designers – many of whom we saw last year – as well as some new faces. South African fashion designer, David Tlale, was also present.
Opening Day Two of Zambia Fashion Week was Petros Gianakakis. He showcased a variety of styles he says were influenced by pop culture and some of his favourite things. The pieces that stood out to us most were a chitenge dress (with lace trim) and blazer, as well as turquoise co ord set.
Yaliwe Soko, introducing a collection called ‘New Dawn’, showcased baby blue chitenge pieces, with accents of yellow and pink. Our favourite piece was a 60s style pencil dress with large front pockets – reminiscent of iconic model, Twiggy.
For the their first time at Zambia Fashion Week, Popoka got our attention with a collection called ‘Bloom’. A label dedicated to celebrating fuller figured women, Bloom had all the makings of a memorable collection. With fascinators, hats and gloves, yellow hues and vintage style dresses. We especially loved a lace maxi crop paired with a chitenge maxi, gold gloves and a dramatic fascinator.
No stranger to Zambia Fashion Week, Kasslita Designs experimented with up-cycling by turning plastic clothing pegs into neck pieces and poly-cups into embellishments.
Veteran Zambian fashion label, Mo’s Creations and Couture gave us an overload of cute with a collection called ‘Summer Splash’. The little models walked down the runway in outfits of varying styles and shades of pink and yellow.
Zambia Fashion Week first-timer, Karen Nakamba, a Copperbelt based designer, showcased an undeniably interesting collection inspired by the Masai and Shuka fabric of East Africa. The collection included feathered head pieces, layered beads and hair extension trimmings. Our favourite piece was a sheer maxi dress with orange plaid paneling.
Following Karen Nakamba was 2014 winner of the Zambia Fashion Week ‘Emerging Designer’ Award, DebbieChu. Not one to shy away from the dramatic. the DebbieChu brand showcased a collection called ‘The Oracle of The Honeybee’. The collection starts out with darker hued pieces (black, greys, brown and olive) and eventually ends in brighter hued pieces (pink and yellow florals, blues). Our favourite pieces included a tiger-detail black shift dress with sheer sleeves; and a pair blue plaid dungarees.
Mwanje Mukalasha gave us summer simplicity with white and soft pink two-pieces. Our favourite was a pair of quarter length pants and loose fit vest.
Mweene Kalipinde brought a little sheer drama, with gowns and flirty dresses. We were drawn to a lovely little white cut-out dress with layers of tulle, as well as a sheer blouse with black satin ruching.
With ‘Hundred Percent Yves’, Yves Designs experimented with varying shapes and fabrics that were predominantly red and yellow. We loved her men’s sleeveless, floor-length coat, worn over a pair of casual Chitenge trousers.
NOGAM showcased their ‘Afro – Denim Belle’ collection, that featured exaggerated sleeves and not-so-subtle buttoning. Our favourite piece was a chitenge play-suit with accentuated floor length denim strips.
For her debut at Fashion Week, Musha showcased her ‘Uptown Girl’ collection, which featured dramatic bridal gowns, and her signature shoulder cut-outs. We are always taken by her shift dresses and fabric-play.
Esnoko showcased his ‘Nkosi II’ collection, with pieces inspired by his grandfather, described as being a particularly dapper gentleman. Esnoko menswear always has us squealing, taken by Chiza’s attention to detail and fit. We fell in-love with a grey 3 piece suit, paired with leather Esnoko sandals.
Mutale Bwalya was all about exaggerated lapels, bronze and layers on Day Two of Zambia Fashion Week, with a men’s piece that threw us back to the Italian Renaissance.
The last designer to showcase on Day Two of Zambia Fashion Week, House of Vo, had us about ready for nuptials with her bridal collection, that was right up the fashionista’s alley. The collection featured floral and burgundy gowns with oversize bows and layers and layers of tulle.
Which were your favourite looks from Zambia Fashion Week: Day Two?
Stay tuned for Day Three of Zambia Fashion Week!
Kahyi & Kii,