The CollectiveRW Fashion Week, organized in collaboration with Illume Creative Studio, has come to a thrilling close with an amazing fashion show on Saturday.
The grand finale, held at the Kigali Convention and Exhibition Centre and hosted by Regis Isheja and Kemiyondo Coutinho, included a beer garden, a VIP lounge, and an unforgettable runway show featuring 10 designers. Designers that showcased at the finale include CollectiveRW founding members, Haute Baso, House of Tayo, Inzuki Designs, and Sonia Mugabo and new members Amizero, Moshions, and Uzi Collections.
The show also introduced new design house, Ikwiize, and featured Afriek and the internationally renowned South African fashion trailblazer known for his Xhosa-inspired knitwear, Laduma Maxhosa.
The CollectiveRW Fashion Week is an annual event to promote the fashion industry in Rwanda by fostering talent, originality, and representation local, regional, and international designers.
Among the events during the week was a Fashion Happy Hour at Republika Lounge with a demonstration by designer Cedric Mizero, a music performance produced by A Ka Dope with artists Apiro Mio of Uganda and Mike Kayihura of Rwanda, and a panel discussion featuring creative entrepreneurs from all over the region: Laduma Ngxokolo from South Africa, Lamic Kirabo from Uganda, Paul Peter Siniga from Tanzania, Sunny Dolat from Kenya, Kemiyondo Coutinho from Uganda, and Lauren Rwema from Rwanda.
The week also featured a Fashion and Cocktails evening at Trophy’s Sports Lounge and a modelling master class taught by LDJ Productions, a New-York based Production Company that is responsible for producing New York and Miami Fashion Week.
CollectiveRW was founded early 2015 and works in collaboration with industry experts to support and promote a dynamic creative sector, which the goal of creating jobs and empowering youth and underserved communities. The group’s emphasis is on quality workmanship and a commitment to promote clothing and accessories that are Made in Rwanda.