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Fab or Drab: Kenya Fashion Awards 2017 Gala Night at The Norfolk

Fab or Drab: Kenya Fashion Awards 2017 Gala Night at The Norfolk

 

The lavish runway and award ceremony took place at the grand Fairmont Norfolk Hotel‎. The show was in recognition of creative talent from different fashion fields: design, magazines, photography, make-up, and more.

Photo by Teddy Muraya

The designers on showcase ranged from established brands to upcoming ones, as well as students. Fashion gurus from leading “Made in Kenya” fashion houses such as Ann McCreath of KikoRomeo, Wandia Gichuru of Vivo Active, and Adele Dejak were in attendance. Celebrities who graced the event included Connie Aluoch, Ian Mbugua, Betty Kyalo, Olive Gachara, Eddie Kirindo and Kalekye Mumo. The event was hosted by Sheila Mwanyigha and Teddy Eugene.

 

  1. The Designers

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It’s so heartwarming to see the evolution of fashion in Kenya, particularly amongst the youth. The student designers like Patrick Eddy, showcased some impeccable designs with each designer’s pieces exuding innovation and uniqueness. The big-time designers also had my mouth agape, the fascination of similar print and color schemes all producing such brilliant designs is outstanding to say the least.

Photo by Teddy Muraya

Wangari Mathenge’s pieces can be spotted from a mile away. She is an upcoming designer who is showing a lot of promises in her African themed kimono pieces all that give the perfect fashion forward touch to your outfit.

Photo by Teddy Muraya

Mohamed Bana of Bana the Brand also had perfectly tailored pieces which will have you wishing you to be the next lucky SportPesa jackpot winner to buy all of his lovely pieces.

 

  1. Food and drinks

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Moet being one of the sponsors of the event kept the crowd very happy with the unlimited flow of bubbly. There was also unlimited flow of soft drinks like soda, juice and water all being served by the most courteous and attentive staff. What’s a legit event without some delicious bitings? The organizers knew this all too well and gave the crowd a variety of lamb mshkakis, sticky barbecue chicken wings, samosas, potato dumplings, vegetable spring rolls and much more.

 

  1. The winners

Photo by Teddy Muraya

Majority of the winners from various categories showed up for the event and were very excited about their win. The neck to neck competition was evident from the polls presented on the screen and the enthusiasm and deep sense of contentment displayed by the victorious few while receiving their awards was well deserved. They were very sociable and actively engaged with the crowd.

 

  1. The setup

Photo by Teddy Muraya

The conference room in the Norfolk was appropriately setup for the luxurious event, the red carpet was stretched from the entrance all the way through to the room, the photo opps area would make any average Joe feel like Beyonce and the white-themed seats gave the feeling of sass and class.

 

  1. The guests

Photo by Teddy Muraya

The ladies and gents came with a slay only mentality. The long-trailed gowns, perfectly fitted suits, fashion forward Doc Martins and 6 inch pumps were the order of the day. It’s very satisfying to see the crowd honoring the classy theme in the best way possible.

 

  1. Latoya

Photo by Teddy Muraya

This diva right here was the life of the whole show. There never seems to be a dull moment when you have him in the vrowd because he will keep your ribs cracking with his hilarious ululating, continuous say queen tag lines “werk it girl” and overall sense of extra-ness, we loved it!

 

  1. The MC’s

Photo by Teddy Muraya

An event is only as good as the hosts. Sheila and Teddy were the best duo for the job, not only because they got the ball rolling on a high note with a hilarious dialogue but also because they kept this awesomeness going the entire night! Sheila’s angelic voice, coupled with Teddy’s deep rusty vocals were one of the highlights of the night.

 

1.Time

The event kicked off at around 8pm, which was two hours after the time it was meant to start. For the time-conscious bunch such as myself, we dint have much to complain about mostly because we had the best seats and lots of bubbly and bitings coming our way.

 

  1. The awards

Photo by Teddy Muraya

The categories being awarded were needless to say, very grand and I feel like a better job could have been done when announcing the nominees and winners. The crowd seemed a little preoccupied during the announcements and an announcing could easily have passed you- the hosts could have put a more dramatic feel to the announcement.

 

 

 

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