Before you meet me at the Oval this Saturday, check out what I found out about the Festival for Fashion and Arts (FAFA).
I’m pretty eager to go straight to the FAFA fun facts, so you’ll have to read about the history here. (Thanks Thandiwe Eli Chep). If you’re a regular reader of the blog, you know Sega Superstar likes her food, fun and fashion which is why I’ll be attending the FAFA event on May 31st at the Oval (Westlands).
Here’s a little list of interesting things I learned:
1) FAFA has a new CEO, Silvia Tonui, who worked at Elle Magazine South Africa (Times Media Group) in the Consumer and Marketing division. Ms Tonui said of returning home: “It started with a fear of missing out…. [I was] tired of being a small fish in a big pond. I just felt that there’s so much potential locally.”
2) Ms Tonui is a United States International University alumnus.
3) Kikoti designer, Iona McCreath, was accepted into London’s prestigious Central St. Martins school. Speaking on the kind of girl she’d pick to front her brand, she said: “I think it’s important for [her] to be cultured.” Miss McCreath is finishing her International Baccalaureate (IB) studies in Scotland.
4) Fashion photographer, Thomas Ncube, gave bloggers a chance to get their photos taken for free (best believe Sega Superstar was in front of the camera after telling a few jokes in the make up room). Mr Ncube won the 2013 Nairobi Wonderland Fashion Photographer award.
5) Accessory designer, Ami Shah-Doshi, has a show stopping gold piece that will dazzle the FAFA attendees. (They’ll know it when they see it). She also works at Eat Out Kenya which is the company behind Nairobi Restaurant Week.
6) I wrote about the Business of Fashion program which is part of FAFA incase you missed that.
7) Bryan Emry is a pretty fun stylist to be around, check out his Instagram page here.
8) Nick Ondu is the man behind Sauti Sol’s dapper Ankara Vintage suits. I observed the designer at the May 3rd photo shoot, in Upper Hill, and he was so focused on making his creation look presentable I decided not to bother him.
9) The FAFA Talent App will be launched on Saturday, which means you need to find a smart phone by then fashionistas. Time to discover new talent!
10) FAFA’s 2014 beneficiary is the Seed of Hope organization, which empowers teenagers to be independent and self-sufficient by offering: life, vocational and enterprise skills. Over 1000 young people have graduated from its program.
11) Kenya’s top international model, Ajuma Nasenyana, trained the FAFA runway models who’ll be walking on Saturday.
12) Attend at least one of the Fashion Focus Group discussions every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. (Kiko Romeo store, Yaya Centre). An incredible place to network with fashion insiders, and find out what’s going on in the industry.
I thoroughly enjoyed the Festival of Fashion and Arts (FAFA) photo shoot in Upper Hill on May 3rd. Apart from staring at the gorgeous garments, and eating a lot of doughnuts, I met so many creative people who made the experience memorable.
Thank you FAFA for giving me the opportunity to see what goes on behind the scenes, and I will be meeting Nairobi’s fashionistas at FAFA.
Disclaimer: Audrey Kathurima couldn’t make it to the shoot so Sega Superstar had to snap the pictures in the gallery.