Nairobi has full potential of becoming the next Milan, New York or London runway for fashion brands both local and international. This is what I witnessed at my first ever fashion show coverage at the Trendz Kenya Fashion Festival organized by Just Like That and sponsored by Crown Paints, Samsung, East FM, Mercedes Benz, Capital FM, Scorpius, Sterling Magazines Ltd, Kenya Concierge, Tribe, Healthy U, Suzie Beauty, Live Gigs, Nothing Like It, Glory Rent-a-Car, House of Fotography and Drum on Saturday 14th July at the Tribe Hotel.
Alisha Popat was articulate and entertaining at the host of the night as she smoothly took the audience from one fashion brand to the next and mixed it up with her songs and fun time with games which included a Yummy Mummy competition which gave a prize of the Samsung TV. This reminded me of the Victoria Secret’s style of fashion shows that I caught on television. The models were a mix of sexy men and stunning women with a surprise walk from former Miss India Kenya winner Pooja Karia who stepped on to the runway with Mumbai fashion star Anita Dongre’s designs. Anita’s work was crisp, clean and elegant. Kenya’s fashion designer John Kaveke used easy fabrics and presented them casually while Niku Channa’s accessories were gorgeous. South Africa’s Paledi Segapo was a show stopper when his male models came on to the ramp with nothing but their blue and red briefs. Crown Paints sponsor also showcased their colors on white fabric draped like Greek goddesses on the ladies. It also included Kenya’s Sonu Sharma and Jamil Walji and Tanzania’s Ally Rehmtullah.
It was a perfect venue and well supported by an equally fashionably dressed audience which gave a warm response to the team who put this all together Sonu Sharma and Sanjeev Sharma. There will be more cuts, drapes, designs and red heels, Nairobi is here to reckon with the rest of the world as the newest fashion capital.