Tengi Styles, one of the designers who have been behind popularizing the Kitenge fashion trend in Jinja, is giving back to the community.
The Jinja-based fashion house drew mass appeal to kitenge by adding a twist to the way the Kitengi is donned through the use of creative ways to incorporate it in fashionable clothing, purses, and even backpacks.
The one year old but strongly growing business uses the sell of Kitengi material to support a local charity, Abaana Abaidho Organisation, an NGO in Buwenge.
The NGO is trying to improve livelihoods of underprivileged children in Jinja by providing them with an opportunity to identify, learn and practice their art talents. The organisation also provides tailoring skills to the girl child and needy women in the community and that’s where Tengi Styles come in.
Meanwhile, 2018 was the year of ‘Kitenge’ fashion. From the red carpet to casual evenings to formal wear, kitenge dominated every occasion. And it is expected to continue trending in 2019.
New hair brand launched in Uganda
By Our Reporter
Brenda Atai, a Ugandan beauty entrepreneur based in the UK, has launched her hair brand in Uganda. Dubbed “Ms Atai”, it was unveiled during an intimate cocktail evening held at Holy Crepe on Tuesday.
Speaking at the launch, Atai revealed that she has always been passionate about making hair and now wants to share her passion with the rest of the world.
“I have always loved my hair and taken pride in it. I want to share my knowledge with my fellow Ugandan women,” she said. “I want them to feel confident and empowered whenever they wear my hair brand.”
The hair brand which was started in London in November last year comprises of premium virgin human hair in a variety of styles such as curly short bobs and straight shoulder skimming tresses among others.
According to Atai, every wig is hand custom-made and currently only available on her online store. “Each piece is created by hand because every customer is different, and I want each of them to feel special,” she added.
Meanwhile, she plans to eventually set up a beauty shop where customers can get all-hair products as well as salon services.
Bata celebrates milestone in style
By Our Reporter
Bata Shoe Company went all out as they celebrated 125 years in existence. They hosted guests to a memorable fashion showcase at the Square Place-along Third Street industrial Area on Saturday.
Hosted by Capital FM’s Lucky Mbabazi and XFM’s Denzel Mwiyeretsi, the invite-only event was marked by glitz and glamour.
The event opened with a performance from jazz musician Michael Kitanda who serenaded the audience with his music.
With the mood already set, it was time to see what Bata had in store for the guests. They took them back in time with their vintage school shoes; which is Bata’s long standing signature. This was by far the best moment, because of the liveliness of the models as they posed as school going lads.
It went on to those amazing shoes that can be donned on to match that dinner dress or gown, to the office wear.
Linet Kiguru, the Bata Uganda CEO, gave a brief speech thanking the audience for honoring the invites, as well as giving a background of the company.
She also made commitment of continuous special offers all year long noting that, “this is not just a milestone to us as Bata here in Uganda and all over the world, it is a challenge to serve you even better.”
Bata Shoe Company is present in 70 countries worldwide and has been in Uganda for 53 years now.
Models, Designers to win upto 10 million at MADS Fashion show
By Our Reporter
MADS Fashion show, a Christian-oriented event, will see models and designers win upto Ugx 10 million after they take on the runway this weekend. This was announced during a press briefing held at Verses Hotel in Kampala on Friday.
The fashion show which will be held under the theme “Modern African” will feature 35 models showcasing collections from seven designers. The models who have been trained from scratch and groomed for this particular event will be competing for the best male and female awards and will be decided by a panel of judges formed of experts in the fashion industry, who will also choose the best designers (male and female).
“The judges will decide who best portrayed our theme for the event with their creations and these will walk away with a cash prize,” Natasha Mbabazi, the Fashion Director MADS company, which is organising the event, relayed.
According to Nasser Nabende, a youth pastor at Miracle Center Cathedral, Rubaga and also the President MADS Company, MADS Fashion event aims to provide a platform where youth in church can discover their talents and also express themselves in different forms including music, fashion and sports.
“Fashion is one aspect that has not been explored a lot in church, and yet its a part of our day-to-day lives,” Nasser Nabende said. “We hope to use this platform to influence Christian fashion and also boost confidence among the youth.”
The fashion showcase will be preceded by different fun activities including a walkathon, football and netball competitions. It will be held on Saturday, 15th December at Miracle Center Cathedral, Rubaga. Entrance is free.
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