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The fashion industry in Kenya has been experiencing a strong revolution and positive turnaround from about 7 years ago and everyone is loving it. This has seen the discovery and fast rise to prominence of a number of pageants, high fashion events, modeling agencies, fashion magazines and fashion award ceremonies to name but a few. This past weekend on the 14th of this month witnessed the third Annual Mtindo Afrika procession that went down with so much glam at the Eka Hotel along Mombasa road.

Mtindo Afrika 2017: A model showcasing a design by one of the designers at the event
Mtindo Afrika 2017: A model showcasing a design by one of the designers at the event

Mtindo Afrika is an annual fashion gala in Kenya that focuses on Afro-modern fashion brands with the intention of promoting and identifying these designers and brands as trendsetters in Africa.

Mtindo Afrika 2017: Hosts Teddy Eugene and Linda Simbauni were holding down the show
Mtindo Afrika 2017: Hosts Teddy Eugene and Linda Simbauni were holding down the show

Mtindo is a Swahili word for “Trend” and the Mtindo Afrika brand was founded and first launched in the lake-side city in 2015; with collaborated efforts from renown designer Vinn Clizz and fashion icon cum TV presenter Jamal Gaddafi.

TV presenter Jamal Gaddafi is acclaimed as one of the founders of Mtindo Afrika and was also present at this year's event
TV presenter Jamal Gaddafi is acclaimed as one of the founders of Mtindo Afrika and was also present at this year’s event COURTESY: @poweroflens photography

The event focuses on bringing together not only the latest, but the most creative and futuristic fashion labels, upcoming or established.

Mtindo Afrika 2017: Beautiful of gowns and dresses by some of the guests after the event.
Mtindo Afrika 2017: Beautiful of gowns and dresses by some of the guests after the event.

This year Mtindo Afrika was aligned with one of the most beautiful seasons in Kenya, crowned by the flowering of the Jacaranda tree, and this made the theme for this year’s event. “We acknowledge that it is Autumn in some parts of the world, and the Jacaranda tree symbolizes that for us in Kenya” explains Paynette Joan, the founder of Velour Model Management company which provided models and were also major stakeholders in this year’s event.

Award winning fashion Designer Vinn Clizz is the main man behind Mtindo Mtindo Afrika PHOTOGRAPHY: @poweroflens
Award winning fashion Designer Vinn Clizz is the main man behind Mtindo Mtindo Afrika PHOTOGRAPHY: @poweroflens

This year, the event featured 7 fashion designers drawn from across the region and organizers say it keeps getting better every year with the innovation of more creative and beautiful designs

Mtindo Afrika 2017: Designer Pauline Ogutu of Elibeepa Fashion was showcasing at this year's event. Credits: @rikkie_tumaini_photography
Mtindo Afrika 2017: Kenyan designer Pauline Ogutu of Elibeepa Fashion was showcasing at this year’s event. Credits: @rikkie_tumaini_photography

Other designers who showcased include Samwel Zebedayo of House of Zebedayo from Tanzania, Christine Atieno Kihara of Afro-Bertine, Purity Nyairo of Boyani Fashions, Bridgette Hanjari,  Irene Kamau of Reign Fitters and Kijukka Abas of Kai Divo  from Uganda.

Mtindo Afrika 2017 : This magnificent design by Kai Divo from Uganda was one of the major highlights of the night
Mtindo Afrika 2017 : This magnificent design by Kai Divo from Uganda was one of the major highlights of the night

This year’s event played with the setup, bringing a different, feel to the entire fashion experience. An art and fashion merger thanks to Creative Lab Africa with amazing mounted images, brought the whole room to life.

Mtindo Afrika 2017: Host Linda with 2016 hair stylist of the year Dgohnie Hair Arts during the event COURTESY: @poweroflens photography
Mtindo Afrika 2017: Host Linda with 2016 hair stylist of the year Dgohnie Hair Arts during the event COURTESY: @poweroflens photography

The production of the event this year was entrusted to one of Kenya’s fastest rising modeling agency, Velour Model Management.

Mtindo Afrika 2017: Luxury brand Bespoke City founder and creative director Bolo Austine (center) was in attendance
Mtindo Afrika 2017: Luxury brand Bespoke City founder and creative director Bolo Austine (center) was in attendance

The event “Invites Only” event was packed to capacity, the guests all looked glam and the love for fashion was very evident.

Controversial celebrity fashionista Letoya Johnson was in the building and gave a pasionate speech about fashion and a call for kenyans to continue supporting the fashion industry Mtindo Afrika 2017: Award winning fashion stylist and influencer Roger Gitau (center) enjoying the moment at the event. COURTESY: @poweroflens photography
Controversial celebrity fashionista Letoya Johnson was in the building and gave a pasionate speech about fashion and a call for Kenyans to continue supporting the fashion industry

The event was hosted by HOT 96 FM bad-ass presenter Teddy Eugene and the beautiful Linda Simbauni. Some of the sponsors for the included K24 TV, Dgohnie Empire, Power of Lens Photography, Uber, KU TV, Eka Hotel and Vinn Clizz Limited.

Mtindo Afrika 2017: Award winning fashion stylist and influencer Roger Gitau (center) enjoying the moment at the event. COURTESY: @poweroflens photography
Mtindo Afrika 2017: Award winning fashion stylist and influencer Roger Gitau (center) enjoying the moment at the event. COURTESY: @poweroflens photography

The next Mtindo Afrika event will be held in October 2018 and organizers can’t wait to give you another phenomenal fashion experience. Mtindo Afrika C.E.O Vinn Clizz gave the last word to wrap up the show with loads of gratitude to all the stakeholders who had worked so hard to make the event a success.

Mtindo Afrika 2017: A model showcasing one of the designs by the designer Purity Nyairo of Boyani Fashions
Mtindo Afrika 2017: A model showcasing one of the designs by the designer Purity Nyairo of Boyani Fashions

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