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Zambia Fashion Week 2015

As far as fashion weeks go, Zambia Fashion Week was one hell of a show. With over 50 designers, upcoming and established, there was a nonstop display of stunning creativity. Frankly, I did not know what to expect as I collected my media pass, but this show exceeded any expectations I could have had. As you can imagine, with more than 50 designers, it is impossible to comment on every label. It was a struggle to pick favourites, I’ll probably change my mind again as I write this. But nevertheless, let’s dive into some unforgettable designs.

I have to begin with this avante garde collection by Debbie Chu called “The Oracle of the Honeybee”. Debbie’s collection made me think “WTF?” and that is good! It was outstanding,  it was nuts, and it caught and kept your attention. I also loved the asymmetrical lines in her outfits, they were as unpredictable as she is. Debbie quickly became one of my favorite Zambian designers and I’ll be stalking following her closely.

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Debbie Chu standing there all fearless. I lived!
Debbie Chu standing there looking all kinds fearless. I lived!

Next up is a collection called “Bloom’ by Lupupa Kabezya-Lewis.This collection features African elements embedded in a classy 50’s vintage twist. My favorite thing about “Bloom” is it was created for full figured women, something that is often missing in high fashion. This collection had the crowd on their feet in what was the warmest moment of the entire show.

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Kasonde Nkole’s collection was a favourite for me because of the colours and her clever use of fabric. Her designs popped up and lit the runway. I would also wear each of the designs she created and that includes her men’s wear too!

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Last but definitely not the least is Chikondi Mwanza. I loved this collection not just because of the colours again but this designer’s attention to detail stood out. It was the extra bit of fabric here and the sharp cut over there and the carefully placed straps that made me remember her collection. The blazer on the last model made me want to cry!

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These are a few looks from different collections that I liked as well.

Betty Bulongo

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Mo Creations by Charity Nyirongo

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Naomi Phiri

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Mwenge Kapumpa

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There you have it folks. This is just a sneak peek into what was truly an event to remember. There were a few hiccups and a few delays but overall it was a successfully organised event. The venue and decor were gorgeous, and the organizers and staff were very friendly and helpful. You’ll hear quite a few people say that they find fashion shows or fashion events pretentious, this one was a party. We had fun, we were entertained, and we were amazed.

NB: All the photos in this post were brilliantly done by Fortress Media. Please head over there to see all the collections that I could not squeeze into here. 

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