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African Fashions and Designers Win World Acclaim
By Muguette Goufrani

Africans are painting the world in a kaleidoscope of bold, vibrant color combinations and dazzling patterns. The rich fabrics and virtually unlimited selection of turbans and other festive headgear, bright scarves, colorful wraps, wearable art and elegant gowns that brightened our days and lit up our evenings in Morocco, Kenya, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire Uganda, Benin, Ghana, Zambia, South Africa, Tanzania, Guinea and other African destinations, were simply outstanding. What's more, so were the creators. During the past decade as publishers, we've had the privilege of meeting several of the brightest stars in Africa's fashion galaxy, and thanks to the magic of serendipity, more will surely appear in the near future.


Christophe Guillarme
A great talent and an amazing personality!

Christophe Guillarmé passed his degree at the College of Applied Arts Duperré. He initiated a fashion artistic approach and gave birth to a collaboration with an artist making his first fashion show a real artistic installation.
Christophe Guillarmé has had various fashion experiences with Jean- Charles de CastelbajacDice Kayek and Stella Cadente before launching his first collection as a young fashion designer in 1998.

« My Dolce Vita style is noticeable at the first sight. I'm a real attendant of exquisite finishing miwed with edgy creative approaches : my gowns are a mix between Glam'Rock and "couture". My ultra-feminine line shows the contemporary way of creating glamorous icons.
» Christophe Guillarme

14th Marrakech International Film Festival 

Dressing Christophe Guillarmé - Sofitel Marrakech Palais Impérial

During 14th Marrakech International Film Festival designer Christophe Guillarme opened once again his dressing at the Sofitel Marrakech Palais Imperial. Let's take a round up in pictures of the bestdressed. Starding with TV Host Aida Touihri, French actresses Sarah barzyk Aubrey, Aurelie Konate, Fabienne Carat.
and Moroccan actresse Sonia Okacha who paired beautiful gowns designed by Christophe to high jewelry pieces of VIJ Paris, and clutches and shoes of Carmen Steffens.  Exotic and chic!


By Elijah Chemobo

East African fashion scene is becoming more vibrant and dynamic. The Kampala Fashion Intro 2014 took it a notch higher recently. There was a big treat for fashion lovers as exquisite designs from some of the top creative names in the region were showcased. The aim of the event was to promote fashion and the arts as a serious business, while promoting unity in the region.

The event at Kampala Serena Hotel was the precursor to this year's regional fashion weeks to be held in August in Burundi and Rwanda in early November. This will be followed by Uganda’s Kampala Fashion Week slated for NovemberThe events will provide networking opportunities for those in the fashion industry.

Featured on the runway were glitzy catwalk collections by international fashion labels from the East Africa region. They included Gloria Wavamunno, Anna-Clare Lukoma of Lulu, Balungi, Isabella Asiimwe and Xenson representing Uganda; Cynthia Rupari, Kelvin Kagirimpundu and Patrick Muhire representing Rwanda; Sheria Ngowi from Tanzania; and Cynthia Munwangari and Krystal Bell from Burundi.

"This festival obviously incorporates all aspects of the fashion industry; the cultural, the modern, the hippy and trendy. Our anticipation is that this will be a trend-setter for the local and regional fashion industry as well," Joel Kanyamunyu, director at Great Lakes Arts Association told the Star.

Kanyamunyu said that fashion need not be limited to expensive designer brands, left-of-the-mainstream labels and trendy statements.

In addition to the runway shows highlighting avant-garde lines of casual wear, evening gowns, wedding fashion and cocktail dresses, the two-day-long soiree also hosted discussions aimed at promoting and supporting the creative talents in Eastern African region.

"We need to embrace our Ugandanness and love Made in Uganda products," said Anna-Clare Lukoma, 35, who teamed parachute hem dresses with kooky glasses, turbans and statement jewellery from local brand Balungi. Balungi's creations were made from horn, banana fibre and paper sourced in Uganda.

Lukoma drew inspiration for her Lulu label collection from local culture, using a palette of earthy oranges and browns, and black and blue.

"Kampala is so chaotic that we need to create our own Zen moments, and what better way to do that than drape ourselves in calm, luxurious fabrics that are comfortable and easy to wear," she said.

Lukoma launched Lulu in 2011, but now wants her involvement in the industry to stretch into making a positive impact on development and social consciousness in Africa. "We have more than 80 per cent of our able-bodied youths unemployed in Uganda," said the designer, whose clothes were part of a United States Urban Outfitters African Bazaar pop-up shop last year.

"In our jaajas' (grandmothers) times, most people knew how to sew and took pride in creating replicas of high-quality foreign garments. These skills were not transferred to the next generation because academic skills became more revered."

The fashion do was jointly hosted by the Great Lakes Arts Association, an organisation run by the famous fashion industry bigwigs of Burundi, Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania, as well as LDJ productions -- prime organisers of the New York Fashion Week and Kigali Fashion Week. RwandAir, Kampala Serena Hotel and Mashanyu Media were the main sponsors of the event.