Kenya Fashion Awards launched its 5th annual chapter in partnership with luxury Champagne House Moët & Chandon with a vision to promote the regional fashion industry globally last week on Thursday at the Fairmont the Norfolk.
Kenya Fashion Awards (KFA) is an initiative which honors and celebrates outstanding performance and excellence in the fashion industry. The initiative also raises awareness of the importance of the development of this economic sector by creating opportunities for the youth, mentoring, recognizing and empowering them.
Alongside the Awards, KFA runs business/talent development programs designed to support, mentor, empower and create opportunities for the next generation of professionals within the industry.
The night saw the unveiling of the nominees for the year 2017. Voting will take place for a period of three months on Kenya Fashion Awards platform and can be done from any part of the world.
During the launch, which was graced by many people in the industry including stylists, bloggers (yours truly included), journalists, designers and other key industry players, Mr. Atman Ngau, Co-Director of Kenya Fashion Awards, said:
“Kenya Fashion Awards is committed to developing excellence and growth in a sector that is a significant contributor to the Kenyan economy. We recognize, nurture, support and promote regional fashion talent to a global market through raising awareness of the importance of adaptation of local brands and highlighting Kenya and the East African region as the next fashion destination. “
Mr. Alexandre Helaine, Market Manager Moët Hennessy Eastern Africa mentioned that “Moët & Chandon is always pleased to be the luxurious partner of choice. We are happy to be part of curating the fashion creativity as across the world Moet & Chandon is a symbol of glamour and elegance”
Kenya Fashion Awards believes in empowering and creating a foundation for the young and upcoming talent within the industry in establishing their careers or businesses. Through an event dubbed “Next Gen Fashion Weekend Africa” the initiative has been able to create a platform for young people to explore their talents, showcase, gain experience and knowledge pertaining to the industry.
It is also a platform for them to compete based on the different themes and challenges presented to them annually, the shortlisted participants are judged by a panel of experts from the industry as well as relevant institutions and the winners of the competition awarded during the Gala.
This year’s NextGen Fashion Weekend will be held on 4th & 5th August 2017 at the Michael Joseph Centre and winners announced during the Gala.
So who are the 2017 NOMINEES
Designer to watch 2017
Naomy Designs, Ogake Mochache, Azra Walji, Vaishali Morjaria, Anyango Mpinga and Wambui Kibue
EA Designer Of The Year 2017
Deepa Dosaja (Kenya), John Kaveke (Kenya), Narok NY (NY/Kenya), Koki Designs (Ethiopia/Kenya), Ali Rehmtullah (Tanzania), Kasule Allan Raphael (Uganda), Mizero Cedric (Rwanda)
Fashion Photographer of the Year 2017
Alloys Iteba, Eric Saganda, Andrew Mageto,Nick Clause, Thandiwe Muriu and Tint Seh
Make Up Artist of the Year 2017
Rose Ntong’ondu, Steve Koby, Nyanja Kobi, Kangai Mwiti, Willy Collins and Joy Balogun
EA magazine with the best fashion segment
Drum (Kenya), True Love (Kenya), Fas Magazine (Tanzania), African Woman (Uganda) and Couture Africa (Kenya)
Fashion Blogger Of the Year 2017
Lucia Musau, Thandiwe Eli Chep, Winnie the Fahionista, Anita Mogere, Winnie Odande and Ms. Kaela Mikaela
Fashion Stylist Of the Year 2017
Kevo Abbra, Amanda Lee, William Rodger Gitau, Lucy Robi, Brian Babu and Bryan Emry
Female model of the year 2017
Ajoh Kuch, Ciru Maina, Olive Sang, Anjili Laura, Mauryne Theo and Shanelle Nyasiase
Male model of the year 2017
Nelvin Chuma, Gabu Fords, Ken Fredrick, Kelvin Sting, Brian Onyango and Alvin Lee
Fashion Brand Of The Year 2017
Sand Storm Kenya, Rift Valley Leather, Vivo, Bata Kenya, Lalesso (Kenya) and The Kikoy.com
Jewelery/ Accessories Designer Of The Year 2017
Niku Channa, Adele Dejak, Kipato, Soko, Ami Doshi Shah and Le Collane Di Betta
Newspaper with the best fashion segment (People’s Choice)
Eve Magazine( Nation), Plulse, Nairobian, The Star, People, The Ashian Weekly and S.T magazine
The winners will be announced at a gala ceremony to be held on 7th October 2017.
KFA was Awarded the best Fashion Event of the Year at the TAWAA Awards 2016 for more details go to www.kenyafashionawards.co.ke