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Gone are the days of tacky college fashion shows. The Mcensal School of Fashion and Design has produced Kenya’s first crop of avant garde designers. These seven gutsy females decided to challenge conservative fashion choices with neon colours, killer embroidery and elements of fantasy - all in one fashion show.
The understated premiere gave the designers a chance to show what they have in store for Kenyan high society as well as “on-a-budget” fashionistas. As the first graduating class of Mcensal School of Fashion and Design, the all-woman ensemble organised the fashion show as part of their transition into the world of Kenyan fashion.
On the night of the show - as soon as the cool house music was cranked up loud - the lights dimmed and the runway came alive with fabulous clothes, best described as pieces of art. All the models were wearing skyscraper heels that tastefully complimented their outfits.
The stylings of Faith Thinguri were represented in all white garments, inspired by African and Greek designs infused with golden accents. This modest take on fashion was elegantly displayed as the models floated across the room. Brenda also managed to sneak in some sex appeal into her collection with a tasteful see-through floor-length skirt.
Shiru Muriu unveiled an unexpected twist in her designs. Borrowing heavily from the Red Riding Hood fairy tale, her array of “Doom’s Day” cloaks, bright rouged fabric and matching platform heels stayed true to her theme and impressed the crowd.
Other designers opted for more familiar creations putting their own personal spin on things, which came across as borderline haute couture, while remaining wearable off the catwalk, giving them that “mix and match” appeal.
Brianna Kisia is a designer who seemed way ahead of the pack, drawing her inspiration from ancient India. Her designs aren’t the type you throw on casually. They scream ballroom sophistication and elaborate midnight masquerades. Another notable fact is how she managed to include a pregnant model in her line up. And, make her the envy of the room with an oblong headpiece that was the apex of her collection.
Hopefully, fresh talent like this will finally grant Kenya a national identity in the world of fashion. The exclusive affair was hosted at the Eastland hotel, off Ngong Road.
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