By Stella Nassuna
Some critics’ say that fashion has been on a low this year compared to 2012, yet, about thirty runways have been registered in at the 2013 fashion scene.
Twelve of which were held every last Thursday of the month at silk Royale, Kampala Uganda. Others went down at different locations and dates as chosen by various designers or organisers.
Among these thirty plus runway showcases featured the usual names like Brenda Maraka, Beck Beribo, Xenson Ssenkaaba, Rafael Kasule, Elly Tumwine, Brenda Nambi, Brenda Najonjo, Santa Anzo, and others.
New names like Martha Ajabo, Alpha Wetakka, Tonny Bulenzi, Nakato Suzan, and others also came up in the 2013 national runways.
A wrap of all outfit presented by all fashion players, from fabrics to the types of wear and gender designed for, women wear between the ages of 18years and 35years came out on top.
The fabrics used were mainly African prints, dutch wax, chiffon, jersey, oganza, satin, and royal silk.
The highlight of the year was the bit were various designers went out of their way to make the African prints wearable by almost everyone form just the ladies to the gents.
We saw jumpsuits, hammer pants, skinny pants, bell skirts, shirt dresses, and one arm dresses, ballroom dresses, cut out jackets, shirts, shorts, peplum blouses and dresses being featured on most runways.
Dresses were the most dominate type of wear that graced the 2013 runways, looks like every designer in 2013 included a one or more dresses in their collection.
Only one designer that we can remember who stayed true to designing only for the men, and that is Gen Elly Tumwine. All his collection was African shirts for him. Hoping one day we could see dresses done by Tumwine.