Rwanda Focus (Kigali)

3 December 2012

Rwanda: Is the 'Color-Clash' Becoming a Trend?

In the past, if you wanted to look fashionable the first thing to avoid was mixing too many colors. So you would go for one dominant color for your clothes and another, matching one for accessories such as shoes, a bag, jewelry and maybe even a hat.

These days, it seem multiple colors are all the rage, with people dressing up in a way that not so long ago would have made them a laughing stock - red shoes, green skirt, yellow bag and purple earrings, all in very bright tones.

Fashion designer Aline Alga doesn't think there is anything wrong with it. "It is meant to diversify," she says. "It may look odd now, but that doesn't mean it is wrong. Things change, and with time people get to appreciate the change because it is not only an eye-opener but also a distraction from monotony."

Many young people seem indeed to want to keep up with the trend, which was apparently put in motion by some celebrities who are usually seen as fashion role models. And while such colorful attire certainly makes them stand out of the crowd, some argue that it is for all the wrong reasons. One very stylish lady of 55 tells The Rwanda Focus that she still finds it looks odd anyway, but that the real horror is that some men too seem to have fallen for it. "Like those men who think it is a good idea to wear red jeans," she says, rolling her eyes.

I think we all can agree that that is indeed a step too far, and that such freaks should be arrested by the fashion police.

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