The Observer (Kampala)

31 May 2012

Uganda: Thigh High at Nambi's Fashion Night

When musician Brenda Nambi decided to branch into fashion designing, her fans feared she would not make it.

She had boldly broken away from The Obsessions, with her friend Helen Lukoma, to start HB Toxic music duo. But just as HB Toxic was gaining recognition, she left the group to start B'ambi Fashion though the duo claim they are still together.

Critics thought it was the wrong time because the public was growing to like them, but Nambi, who also used to design The Obsessions' costumes, was determined to make her mark in the fashion industry.

Indeed, she has successfully showcased her designs at Silk's monthly fashion night and other shows for the last three years. Against this premise, Nambi proved her fashion prowess last weekend at her East African Fashion Extravaganza at Emin Pasha hotel.

She was also one of the few Ugandan designers at Swahili Fashion Week 2011, arguably the largest fashion show in East and Central Africa. East Africa's Pan African designer and founder of the East African Fashion Week, Mustafa Hassanali, graced the occasion as the guest designer.

He launched his latest Afrikalos Collection, which was a sea of vibrant fabrics in his clean couture contemporary style. Nambi launched Sheer Elegance With a Twist, her latest collection, which was a clever display of silk and chiffon. Her outfits had a wild twist that excited guests who literally sat on the edge of their seats so as to catch every piece on the catwalk.

Her designs revealed her daring side, as some of her pieces were quite revealing - with high slits that left visible ample parts of the thighs. If her aim was to raise male guests' temperatures, she was probably successful.

Also present were nascent designers such as 19-year-old Linda Musimenta, and Tiniene House, who also showcased their creations. The fashion fun night was complemented with entertainment by Talent 256's Richy, whose voice is likened to American musician John Legend and Tabu Flow girls. They exuded energy and pleasure as they moved their alluring bodies, exciting the audience further with their performance.

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