13 January 2013

Uganda: Latif Opens Fashion Year

By the closure of last year, Club Silk was losing the plot of its monthly fashion shows.

First, they kept recycling the designers. Then, the designers seemed to have switched off their creative buttons. As a result, the numbers dwindled. Club publicist, Linda Lisa Mukasa, noted back then that they would go back to the drawing board to upgrade the night -to get back its pomp. However, it was easier said than done. The closing fashion night of the year, which usually pulls off all the stops, failed to live up to the billing as fashion designer Stella Atal served mediocre designs.

With a new year before us, everyone hoped the club had finally polished its new ideas and was set to roll them out. Unfortunately, it seems the club is still far from getting it right.

To kick-start the fashion year 2013, Club Silk chose veteran designer Latif Kasumba of Militart Academy Talent School. Latif has made quite a name in the industry for his versatile creativity and love to "terrorize clothing" as he puts it.

But last Thursday was certainly not his best day. Latif had too many cooks that he ended up spoiling the party. He first had models showcase what he called 'wraps', and indeed they just had wrapping around themselves. However, the tags around the models' necks made them look like ushers at a function. And, most of them had a bad hair day -with one fronting a weave that looked as if it was about to fall off.

The fashion designer then mixed it up by giving chance to some of his best students to showcase their talents. The first, who went by the name Beef, was spot on when it came to colour blocking. Then the second, Olivia also had good designs that will give renowned designers a run for their money. But the musical interludes! I wish they had skipped that part. Mr Wind, famous for his single Njagala Kugendako Juba got on to stage fully intoxicated; don't ask me on what.

Instead of singing, he simply went vulgar until management had to switch off the microphone for him to leave the stage. Latif then returned with his 'Live Fashion Constructing' where he designs dresses live on stage. In a record time, he designed five dresses within 14 minutes.

There were promises that Bobi Wine would perform, but the ghetto president just decided to watch. We still don't know why he didn't sing. Latif promised to have a mega show in May at Kampala Serena hotel. It better be more organized.

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