ALL FASHION EYES ON DR CONGO AS KINSHASA FASHION WEEK RETURNS WITH A BANG!!

From 18-20 July the Shark Club of Kinshasa is set to be teeming with designers, models, fashion media, hairstylists and make-up artists as the 2nd Annual KinshasaFashion Week returns for another dazzling showcase of Africa’s best design talent.Collections from local and international designers will be shown over two evenings: Friday, 18th and Saturday, 19th July and on the last day, Sunday, 20th July there will be an Expo where the collections will be made available to the public.Following the success of last year’s inaugural showcase, the organizers have pulled out all the stops to ensure the 2014 fashion week will be just as memorable.

“I am truly excited for the 2nd edition of our fashion week, continuing with my quest to take our DR Congo fashion designers to the next level and this year we’ve kicked this up a notch,” says Gloria Mteyu, speaking in her capacity as the convener of KinshasaFashion Week.
Two internationally acclaimed designers have been invited:Award-winning label Kosibah by Yemi Osunkoya, one of the longest standing African labels trading in the UK as well as Chicago based, Congolese designer Kahindo Mateene of Modahnik.Expressing his delight at having been invited to participate, Osunkoya says: “I am really looking forward to showing my Afro-Centric eveningwear and couture bridalwear at Kinshasa Fashion Week.”Kahindo Mateene of Modahnik had this to say: ” I am Congolese, and very proud of my culture and my heritage. This is very visible in all my creations. So I can only be happy at the opportunity to show my collection to the Congolese population and my family in Congo.”Recognizing the need to mentor and develop the country’s budding design talent, KFW will also shine the spotlight on young designers, giving them a platform to experience the nuts and bolts of the fashion industry. 
“This year, we also welcome the fashion students from the Institut Supérieur des Arts et Métiers (ISAM). The Kinshasa Fashion Week platform will help to inspire a new generation of young fashion designers from the DR Congo,” says Mteyu.Other local stalwarts who will also be presenting their latest collections include: Okasol, Tiffahny Dians and Marie Omba Djunga.Famous Dutch wax print company Vlisco are presenting the work of two designers, Eloi Sessou of Côte d’Ivoire and Fanny Mandina from the DR Congo.Having produced hundreds of fashion shows and exhibitions, the internationally renowned, Namibian-born show producer, Jan Malan of Umzingeli Productions has been tasked with producing Kinshasa Fashion Week. This year marks Malan’s return to Kinshasa after having successfully produced the inaugural event last year.Kinshasa Fashion Week will not be possible without the following the following sponsors: Shaboil, Memling Hotel, MCK & Vodacom Congo.Tickets are available at the Shark Club, Kinshasa.
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