It’s one of the most exciting times of the year i.e New York Fashion Week, so you know we were there to cover the excitement going on at the African Fashion week New York 2014 (AFWNY) which also happens to be the same week and showcases African fashion designers.
Friday night AFWNY held a Pop-Up shop for the designers to showcase their designs for the media and prospective buyers at the John Voght Gallery in Manhattan. It was also an opportunity to network with fashion industry insiders, and see the designs up close. Despite the lack of A/C which reminded me of my local gym sauna and extremely loud music that made it seem more like a club with attendees talking at the top of their lungs, the presentation went on seamlessly with well-tailored designs that had me looking forward to the main runway show at the Metropolitan Pavilion, the next day. Showing for the first time at AFWNY, were Kenyan fashion designers, Sally Karago of Mcensal and Hilda Mauya of Dahil Republic of Couture.
Sally Karago’s collection was inspired by the Turkana tribe and their beautiful culture. Her designs embraced the Turkana spirit in beautiful suede, detailed weaving, and gorgeous neck pieces. The collection had a succinct color pattern with a cohesiveness that really impressed me. Her collection portrayed a mastery that only comes from years of honing the craft.
Hilda Mauya had a modern, vibrant collection which had an array of bold patterns and colors were infused in her designs. Her collection was for the modern woman who is confident with her self and has no qualms letting the world know about it. Designs included flowy and body hugging gowns that were tailored to perfection that also incorporated different textures like feathers and wood. Both designers left a good impression on me and I can’t wait to see future collections.
To check out pictures of their collections plus other designers, click HERE