Kampala Fashion Week: A Note-Worth Work in Progress
Fashion in Kampala is not as we know it here; it is laid back and relaxed without the necessary fuss and energy that is the case here in Lagos. The front row was moderately dressed in shift dresses and espadrilles and an often rarity of some eccentricity here and there.
The runway in reverse was an adventure ground of some sorts. Models walked in warrior-like outfits made from jute sack at the Bobbin and Saif catwalk. While Bobbin and Saif’s collection might have scored the highest in showmanship, it did little in respect of actual practicality. Jose Hendo on the other end went into the future to steal a peek at what the next generation woman will dress like. They had oriental style-like pleated fans form the upper part of dresses in an asymmetrical way, greys, different shades of navy blue and blacks reigned supreme. Here, one thing was clear, depth and creativity were not in short supply.
However, to consider the many designers that showed at the fashion week as truly telling of what real Ugandans dress like would be a great disservice to Catheine and Sons who aptly captured that Ugandan indifference when it comes to dressing up, or in their case dressing down. Dresses in mixed-matched blues and greys went down the catwalk in varying lengths of shifts to cocktails all with one thing in common; a carefreeness that came through the breezy silhouettes.