The 2016 fashion trends for Muslims

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The fashion year for the Muslim community opened last Friday at Hotel Africana. It attracted guests one rarely sees at fashion shows.

Dubbed the “Hijab and Kanzu Red Carpet Experience”, it was such a breath of fresh air on the social scene, and it will be a show to eagerly look out for, given that the organisers, Peace and Love Initiative, have plans of making it an annual event. Lined up were designers, stylists and importers of Islamic wear. It featured only a handful of professional models. The rest of the faces that hit the runway were everyday people in different ages, shapes and sizes. This gave the audience a real-life look of the outfits that were being showcased. Opening the showcase was Hajjat Sophie’s World Of Colours – with a mind-blowing collection of bridal wear. She opened her showcase with snow-white gowns. While the gowns were elegant and stylish, they maintained the Islamic roots of not revealing too much skin and hair. She also showed ideas of what to wear for introduction ceremony as a bride or guest.

The awesome bridal collection
The awesome bridal collection

Shoooh Collections took the guests down the casual looks. It was one of the best showcases because of the variety that was brought forth. We saw fabrics like cotton and silk, a myriad of prints like animal print, and how they can be mixed and matched with colours like blue, green and gold, among others. It completely did away with the all-black hijab syndrome. One of the biggest names and a pioneer in the business, Nana, put up one of the biggest showcases of the night. A variety of men and women wear was showcased. Intermix Boutique, Tumu Collections and Chetnah Collection were some of the night’s showcases.

Model Daron DarkChild showcasing an outfit by Janat Musa (TA DO pic) .jpg
Daron DarkChild for Janat Musa (TA DO pic) .jpg
Model: KING ABDUL. Outfit: Janat Musa collection Pic: TA DO
Model: KING ABDUL. Outfit: Janat Musa collection Pic: TA DO

Performers of the night included Khalifa Lwanga and his Mataali group, The Triplets, and Stabua Natooro, who decided to perform all her songs to the dismay of the guests. she should have known that it was a fashion show not her album launch.

Proceeds from the event, according to Peace and Love Initiative’s CEO, Rehema Nyenje, will go towards charity and building/maintaining some mosques. Leila Kalanzi and Keith Karuhuura hosted the event.

Miss Uganda 2015/16 Zahara Nakiyaga and Miss Uganda CEO Brenda Nanyonjo at the event
Miss Uganda 2015/16 Zahara Nakiyaga and Miss Uganda CEO Brenda Nanyonjo at the event

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Meet Samson Baranga aka BigSam. He is a passionate photographer, writer, blogger, biker and his passion for fashion knows no boundaries. He is also a fashion columnist in The Observer newspaper.