The Observer (Kampala)

28 July 2013

Uganda: Fashion With Compassion

The icing on the cake was that they were all showcasing to raise funds for a charitable cause - sanitary pads. Biologically, women need to use sanitary pads during that monthly period, but not all of them can afford them.

That is the reason fashion designer Linda Musiimenta, together with Woman to Woman Foundation, brought together other Ugandan designers to put on a charity show to raise funds for a good cause.

Martha Jabo, K-Rafael (Kasule Allan Raphael), Brenda Maraka and Elly Tumwine showcased their designs at Sheraton Kampala hotel on Friday night in a show dubbed Fashion With Compassion. The proceeds will go towards acquiring reusable sanitary pads from AFRIpads for the school-going girls in Kaabong district.

Perhaps it was a plan to have the revellers focusing on the designs, but the night's performances were completely boring save for a narrative poem that opened the show. Galaxy FM's DJ Nimrod and Arthur Rugyendo, who were the night's emcees, ushered in the first showcase by Martha Jabo, a little after 9pm.

Ajabo is a designer whose outfits you can pick right off the runway into your wardrobe. The cream top won by model Anna Kwagala was absolutely beautiful. The single button blazers in coffee brown and red wine (a shade of red) must have got any fashion forward man thinking about owning one. And her high-slit black dress complete with a fascinator was a showstopper indeed.

She was followed up by Kasule Allan Raphael of K-Rafael who showcased the latest in the fashion world. He used different fabrics for his collection, but what stood out were the gold belts and accessories. To crown it all, he had also experimented with golden studs/spikes and pulled it off pretty well.

Linda Musiimenta presented eight outfits made of mainly African fabrics before Brenda Maraka totally ripped the runway with five models in her collection - pulling off the freeze modelling stunt. It takes a lot of stamina to pull this off and big ups to Vanquisha Eyapu and her model friends.

Gen Elly Tumwine showcased his truly African inspired designs - drawing a big applause from the revellers. And like that, the fashion show came to an end with an auction.

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