The most anticipated event on the fashion events calendar, and on the social scene, the Abryanz Fashion and Style awards (ASFAs), happened on Friday evening at Kampala Serena hotel.
This was the fourth edition. Anticipation created by the lineup of performers and fashion designers, the buzz from different parts of the continent, including Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya and Zimbabwe, among others, had Uganda, the hosts, eagerly waiting for D-Day.
By 6pm, the approximately 100-metre-long red carpet was already seeing action from early birds. The first half of the event was hosted by Hellen Lukoma and Zimbabwe’s Tinashe Venge while DJ Crisio played music.
Swim wear model, Nina Mirembe, showcased her 2016/17 collection. Bikini- clad models strutting in between the guests was a big way to kick off the showcases.
Guests were ushered into Victoria ballroom for another session hosted by Idris Sultan from Tanzania and Zimbabwe’s TV star, Miss Vimbai.
Dubbed Dress To Inspire, the event had Fenon Entertainment outdoing themselves and having the runway/stage in the centre, unlike last year where they used two stages.
Fashion designers, stylists, tailors plus makeup and hair stylists must have smiled all the way to the bank. While doing interviews, participants mentioned brands such as Abbas Kaijuka, Kwesh, HairByZziwa and Pamela Musimenta, among others, for being responsible for their gown, hair and makeup respectively.
The Kenyan contingent drew most of the attention. Not only were they dressed to kill, they applauded the loudest and looked they were having the fun they travelled all the way here for.
In total, 71 accolades were given to representatives from all over the continent. Locally, Kenneth Zziwa, Roland Waiswa, Zipper Atafo and Eddy Kenzo, among others, won awards for best hairstylist, best male model, best makeup artist and best dressed musician, respectively.
Nina Mirembe turned up the heat with her handmade collection of bikinis/swim wear. Anita Beryl showed why she deserved the accolade of fashion designer of the year with her latest collection. Olivia Nanfuka represented the up-and-coming fashion designers. It was easy to tell that David Tlale puts a lot of thought and time in his designs.
Bebe Cool performed at the red-carpet stage. Few paid attention as they were engrossed in the photo moments and interviews. Ceaserous lip-synced to his hit single Dangerous.
Avril from Kenya and Nigeria’s Runtown managed to get the audiences grooving and singing along. The event ended past 1am.