The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) led by Dr. Ezekiel Mutua were the biggest and main sponsors of the 2019 edition of one of Kenya’s biggest fashion events, The JW Show.
Two Rivers Mall, which is also the largest mall in East & Central Africa, provided the perfect venue for the event, setting the right tempo; on what would be a night full of creativity, colors, design and awards for the emerging talents in the fashion and fabric industry.
The event, which seeks to connect Africa and the World through fabric and design, usually begins with a competition for upcoming designers drawn from different fashion and design institutes across the country.
The quality of work by the upcoming designers is then judged by a team of experienced designers and players in the industry, who then award points and compile the marks. The team also offers expert advice to individual contestants about their pieces, the choice of fabric and how they can scale their creativity to the next level.
This year the judges bench was rich with industry experience from:
Betty Kyalo: Media personality – Kenya
Kenneth Pope Ndolo: Fashion Designer – Kenya
Aulgah Nato: Fashion Designer – Kenya
Jane Sempeo: Fashionpreneur – Dubai
Lisa Christoffersen: Fashion Designer – Kenya
Charity Gachenge: – Fashion Strategist – USA
The winner of this year’s contest was Julia Achieng from Delight Tailoring, Fashion & Design School, who could not hide her joy and utter surprise after the announcement.
She walked away with a sewing machine from Denri, 6 months free training and mentorship program fully sponsored by Liz Njoroge collection and 2 months workshop in Europe fully sponsored by Fashion Aid.
The first runners up position went to Prisca Nicole and Anne Nyamari who were awarded a 2 nights holiday in Diani, all inclusive sponsored by Travelluxe and 2 months training and Mentorship program by Nato Design fashion House.
Gloriana Kingo’mbe emerged third and was graced with a 2-nights package at Melili Hotel sponsored by Melili hotel plus 1 Month Mentorship sponsored by Ellen Design Fashion House.
Other contestants included:
Mary Nyambura and Debra Ang’awa from Delight Tailoring, Fashion & Design school.
Charity Nyathira, Ruth N and Samuel Mbugua from the Nairobi Institute of Business Studies.
Amboseli institute of tourism and hospitality was represented by Samuel Kamau, Prisca Nicole & Ann Nyamari, while the Vera Beauty College was not left out courtesy Gloriana kingombe.
As is our norm, we would also like to congratulate the models who strut up and down the runway in a beautiful choreography and kept the audience entertained.
They included: Sharon Otieno, Nivea Debra, Cindy Kemunto, Ann Amondi, Marion Jacklin, Idah Odeka, Nelius Leah, Saidia Said, Fhanreet Birdi, Faizal Abbas, Cliff Mageto, Gathu Mwangi, Zuma Kabadii, Jack Mulla, Edwin Jewel, Blair and Jansen Odhiambo. The powerful choreography and stage sequence at this year’s event was courtesy of Sangeeta.
After the competition, it was all about pomp and color as an array of experienced designers unleashed their magic on the runway. They included Kelele designs, Aqil Fashion house, Ashok sunny, Francenca designs, Ellen design, Rialto by Lucy Rao and Sunny designs.
The 2020 Edition of the JW Show is even promising to be more epic, with an initial Kes. 1M sponsorship pledge already made by KFCB boss Dr. Ezekiel Mutua.
The JW show is also set to collect more talent in the fashion and fabric industry thanks to the ongoing JW show county tour that is also widely supported by the Dr. Ezekiel Mutua led organization.
Special recognition also goes out to the other sponsors who in one way or another added so much flavour to the event in their own capacity. They included the Two Rivers Mall, Fashion aid, Cbit East Africa, Ajiry by Centum Investments, Travelluxe, Rome tech, Green peace, Status communication, Denri, Flair by betty, Ciala resort, Melili hotel and Italia kitchens. Last but not least, a big thank you goes out to the hosts of the show, Ms. Angela Wambui and Oga Obinna; and the entire Jw Show team coordinated by Ms. Sheila Nkirote.
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Enjoy a sneak peak into the event with the video below courtesy of “Nimz Collections” on YouTube
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