It was all glitz and glamour at the 2017 Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards (ASFAs) that took place at the Kampala Serena Hotel on Friday night (December 8th, 2017).
The fifth edition of the awards, themed “African Fashion is the Future #FashionTakeover” were exactly that: the biggest ever convergence of Africa’s outstanding fashion icons, ranging from South African fashion king David Tlale to the outstanding Nigerian designer Mai Atafo who was also honoured with the Style Icon Award and Tanzania’s Sheria Ngowi who took home the African designer of the year trophy.
The event organisers had already served notice of their intent to turn things up a notch higher by getting Tlale on board as the producer of the show. The outcome was a world-class display that wowed all and further enhanced the ASFAs’ reputation as the country’s most glamorous fashion event.
This year the event had a touch or royalty, with the Nnabagerekka of Buganda, Sylvia Nagginda gracing the event.
The awards were also graced by a number of celebrities including musicians, models, actors and actresses, and socialites from within and outside Uganda, who were all dressed to perfection.
The event had a number of music performances delivered by Bell Lager under its music platform Bell Jamz.
South African duo Mafikizolo, turned the heat up serving hit after hit, crowning the night with their latest release “Love Potion” that also bagged them the Most Stylish Video of The Year accolade.
Nonetheless the awards still paid homage to local talent with performances from Ugandan artistes including Desire Luzinda, Nutty Neithan, Fik Fameica, Hellen Lukoma and Latinum, among others.
On the local fashion front, Sheeba Kassami (SKP), Monica Kansiime and Alecool Clothing (who bagged the Most Stylish Ugandan celebrity trophy) showcased their creations.
On a night dominated by glorious performances by artistes on the catwalk and the mic, Cîroc Brand Ambassador for Uganda Brian Ahumuza, who launched the ASFAs in 2013, said ensuring fashion made business sense was the next step.
“This year’s theme, “African Fashion is the Future #FashionTakeover” sought to highlight the entrepreneurial success of the African fashion industry and hopefully translate into the business of fashion,” he said. “Today’s event is an important step in that direction”.
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