UCU’s Lenace Mukama and Belinda Achola for Urban Street Fashion Week

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Lenace Mukama’s two outfits for the Urban Street Fashion Week Institutions Tours came out on top during auditions held at Uganda Christian University (UCU) Mukono on Saturday afternoon. Eleven designers showcased a collection themed; Yo Colour, Yo Identity, Yo Rhythm. Mukama

Lenace’s winning outfit

showed high levels of creativity, adherence to the theme and skillful finishing. The tomboy look shirt and shorts combination of two Ankara prints stole the show thanks to her cutting and stitching ability that brought it to life. Even how she styled the model with simple Puma sneakers showed that she knew exactly the look she was going for. The second piece looked hastily done but the judges – TV personalities Sabrina (NBS) and Solomon Tazibone (NTV) and Samson Baranga (fashion256.com) managed to see her vision and understand that she may have spent more time on the first outfit. Mukama and Belinda Achola who came second will be representing UCU in the inter-institutional challenge that is part of the Urban Street Fashion Week scheduled for 2nd to 4th November. Participating students were from year three of Bachelor of Industrial and Fine Art (BIFA). Other notable designers from the showcase included Mary Nambejja, Sharon Nakitto and Arnold Wakabi.

Other participating institutions include Makerere University, Tiner International School of Beauty and Fashion Design, Latif Mliltarty Akademy Of Arts Fashion Design and YMCA Wandegeya. The winner stands a chance to win 5 million shillings prize plus other amenities like mentorship with some of the best fashion designers in the industry.

The event, seeks to empower young people that are passionate about fashion by providing a platform that connects them to different established players in the fashion industry.

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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.