Finally ! The post you have all been waiting for. As you may be aware,I attended the Fashion for Peace Gala last Saturday .How was FAFA 2014 you ask? It was spectacular! You know how there’s a proliferation of fashion events these days? Where they charge for entry and thoroughly disappoint? Well, that was not FAFA. If you paid for the ticket
even though it cost a finger , you know it was well worth it.
The fashion up at The Oval was so palpable you could almost taste it. There was a great deal of glitz and glamour.No lady was without their heels and clutch in hand .No gentleman was without their bespoke suit and shirt.
In the spirit of supporting African fashion, I went with a dress designed and made by a Kenyan design house – Afrostreet Kollections. I think they did a marvelous job! I wore this green full-length gown with African print detail on the high neckline and sleeves.
The back detail :
This photo of me appeared in ‘The Star” newspaper the day before yesterday on 3rd June. You can kinda see the shoes I wore:
DRESS: Afrostreet Kollections
SHOES : Nine West
So…Here’s the thing. I wore flats with this dress.For no other reason but that I think this dress went better with flats. But they were pretty black suede T-Strap flats that couldn’t even be seen most of the time. Oh, and I had a cold too, can you tell ? 😀 Here are the flats:
Here’s me and fellow fashion blogger and designer Senewa of Style by Senewa…I was asking ”Are you shooting yet?” :
Fashion blogger Vonette of ‘The Vonette way” ,Carol Odero ,Editor at The Drum Magazine, Fashion blogger Lucia Musau of ”Kenyan Fashionado” and of course Me! Realise how short I am?Fellow fashion blogger Karen Miriam of ”My Fashion Cabin” with whom I hang out most of the night 🙂
Guests were treated to gourmet food and a 5 star dining experience thanks to Sarova Stanely and Jameson . Me and this tight dress had it rough that night! 😀
It was a star-studded event with the likes of Lillian Muli ,Ian the judge, Jeff Koinange , Big Ted among others. The show kicked off at about 8PM. It began with a soulful performance from Norwegian based musician Idd Aziz . Next , the models walked the runway in different designers’ pieces accompanied by music from Dj Zalalem. After half the designers had showcased, we took a break at which point Lillian Muli hosted the Citizen Tv show ”Fashion Watch ” live from FAFA with a panel of 4 members. They were reviewing photos that had been taken of FAFA guests on the red carpet and mostly had good things to say about their fashion.
When we resumed for the second session, there was a sports fashion show in which various sports personalities walked the L-shaped runway. Such included Julius Yego the number 4 Javelin thrower in the world, Geoffrey Mutai , Boston and NYC marathon champion, Willy Ambaka, former Kenya Sevens rugby player among others. They did that in KikoRomeo. CEO’s of a couple of companies also strutted the runway in the first session in KikoRomeo. The designer fashion show continued and was then concluded . Ian Mugoya was awarded the opportunity to name best dressed male of the night .The catch was that he had to be in African attire. He chose…You guessed it. Jeff Koinange . Suzie Wokabi,the founder of Suzie Beauty Cosmetics was also afforded the opportunity to pick her best dressed female for the night. She picked Wambui Thimba. The festivities were topped off by an after party at the rooftop that I understand lasted till the A.M. I didn’t stay on because I was so exhausted and yeah…my cold.
The photos are so so many you guys and I wouldn’t want to limit them to the ones I would upload to my blog. For more photos especially of the runway,check out these albums:
These photographers covered the event quite well so make sure you pass by and feast your eyes on the countless snaps.
All in all I thank FAFA for letting me be a part of such an outstanding happening. I gained a bunch of new friends,fans and most of all…experience.
Disclaimer : Some of the photos used in this post are not mine and belong to their respective owners i.e Eye-con Photography and King’s Photography.