The inaugural Pearl of Africa fashion awards was held last Saturday evening at Sky Beach, Freedom City. As usual, the event kicked off with a red carpet moment which had celebrities and fashionistas showing off new styles.
Getting ready to walk the red carpet is no easy feat, so we tasked a number of celebrities to dish details on how they got ready for the event.
“I got the invitation really late, so I had to come up with something to wear on short notice. I walked into Sylvia Owori’s store at Garden City where I found this beautiful dress on sale. It was not just any dress though. It is from Sylvia Owori’s ‘Gold and Dust’ collection which she did nine years ago.
By then, I was working with her and we went to Cape Town fashion week to showcase the collection. I later wore the dress to an event in the US where I was representing Sylvia Owori.
Nine years later, the dress still fitted me like a glove. I decided to wear it. Hair and makeup is my own.”
“For the red carpet I chose this two-piece that features a voluminous skirt. It is by Sham Tyra, a new designer. I opted for cropped curls done at Chris of Friend Salon. My makeup was done by Connie.”
“My dress is from Glitz by Nalu, a new fashion brand in Kampala. I fell in love with it immediately I spotted it on the rack. This giant bow is everything. My hair was coiffed by Zziwa of Hair by Zziwa. He used I do not know how many pins to fix it. Makeup is by Imani Makeup.”
“I wanted to come here and have fun. I opted for a pretty dress instead of a gown. It is by Malaika and Ethel, which is a collaboration between Ethel and I. I also wanted a simple makeup do, which Mona offered. My curly locks were done by Sonia. I always plan the head-to-toe look prior and prefer that every detail suits my personal style.”
“I had this outfit made by a friend Juliana of Kori House of Couture. Then hair and makeup by Alpha Salon. I wanted to have fun, so I let the experts worry about the details of my look.”
Nafuna Grace Amarachi
“I had to give my look a lot of thought beforehand. I wanted to look trendy and different this time. After all, everyone is going to wear a gown on the red carpet. I got these thigh high glitter boots from Glitz by Nalu. I wore them with this black vest to let the boots shine on their own. I accessorised the look with a Chanel 5 clutch.
Glitter is so trendy right now. These boots are trendy as well. And, of course this clutch is trendy too. This is everything I wanted and I put it together.”