40 models To Mount The Kigali Fashion Week 2018 Runway as Kigali Fashion Week returns.
Starting June 21-23, the annual fashion gala is organized to promote locally made outfits by local fashion designers and supporting them in exposing their fashion creativity to the international market.
Only 40 of the 300 models who took part in Saturday’s catwalk selections in Kimihurura , including 25 girls, made it to the Grand Finale of the fashion event slated on June 21 at Kigali Serena Hotel.
The catwalk selection was graced by both local models and a number of regional models, especially from Ethiopia, Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo.
John Bunyeshuri, the founder of Kigali Fashion Week, said this edition will be all about uniqueness of Made-in-Rwanda outfits, adding that he trusts local fashion designers’ creativity will excite and impress the audience.
He said, “Our main focus is to contribute towards the promotion of Made-in-Rwanda using our platform to the international market. We have the platform, we have excellent designers and a good organizing team behind the event management, the rest is making history. I am confident people can only expect the best out of the event”.
Kigali Fashion Week, arguably the biggest fashion event in Rwanda is expected to attract 14 local designers, who will be joined by African fashion designers trading their profession in different countries across the world, namely Uganda, Burundi, England, Kenya, Switzerland, Japan, USA, Germany, DRC, Spain, Nigeria and Germany.
The invitation of international fashion designers, will give local designers an opportunity to learn creative experience from them and help improve the local fashion industry in terms of professionalism and innovation.
Local designers who already confirmed to showcase their fashion outfits at this year’s edition of Kigali Fashion Week, include locals like Cynthia Rupari’s Rupari Designs, Patrick Muhire, Delphine Uwamahoro, Ferooz Christian and Swiss-based designer Sol &Wax among others.
Kigali Fashion Week has seen a fast rise, after going international after its fashion events to Europe in April, looking to expand Made-in-Rwanda promotion in Netherlands and Belgium.
In September, the event will shift the focus to London before going to New York in December and Tokyo next year.
According to the agenda, the three-day fashion event will kick off with a Cocktail Reception slated on the eve of the Kigali Fashion Week grand finale on June 22nd at Kigali Serena Hotel. A day later, designers will gather at Ubumwe Grande Hotel for a pop up shop, where they will showcase their finest outfits at the exhibition.
Entrance at the event grand Finale is Rwf 15 000 for a single ticket and Rwf 25000 for couples.