Meet Brussels - a fashionista from Uganda and a Big 5 Hunter. I asked him to share a few of his favourite Ugandan fashion people with me.
Brussels studied Art and design at Michelangelo College of Creative Arts – Kisubi. He is a volunteer for Kampala Fashion Week and creator and founder of upcoming bag and accessory brand Brussels Balaatu. He is also a fashion illustrator.
Kampala Fashion Week 2016 was the place to be and the place to be seen in Uganda in October, for Brussels the highlight of the week was the spectacular Aamito Lagum walking for Kampala’s best designers in her home country.
1 Aamito Lagum
Photo from Business Models Magazine
Brussels cites Aamito Lagum as a major inspiration (he’s standing with her in the photo left). She won Africa’s Next Top Model in 2014 and is now in New York walking for some of the worlds best fashion brands and designers.
She was the first model of color to open a show for Alexander Wang. She debuted in F/W 15 Season walking for Lacoste, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Rag & Bones, Giles, Jonathan Saunders, Paul Smith, Lanvin, Dries Van Noten, H&M, Giambattista Valli and Hermes. She has appeared in British Vogue and Vanity Fair.
2 Ronnie Waiswa aka Ronnie Volts
Photo from Artmashariki
The winner of the Best East African Fashion Model award at the Swahili Fashion Awards. Ronnie has walked for 17 year old designer Charles Brown – a SEED Show winner. At Kampala Fashion Week, Ronnie also walked for Bobbin & Seif, lukwanzi, Isabella Isabeau, Kkoolo and Josephine Hendo.
3 Mwesigwa Paul
Photo from Facebook
A 24 year old is another graduate of Joram Model Management and has recently signed to 20 Model Management in Cape Town. At Kampala Fashion Week 2016 Paul walked for Kkoolo, Bobbin & Seif and Gloria Wavamunno. He is an
Abryanz Fashion and Style Awards 2016 nominee as a model of the year 2016.
4 Anyon Asola
Photo by Giulio Molfese
The spectacular Anyon Asola is represented by Crystal Modelling Agency. She walked for Josephine Jojo another SEED Show designer, as well as Kkoolo, Isabella Isabeau and Catherine and Sons
5 Barbara Namuddu
Photo from Facebook
Barbara Namuddu and her brother, Paul Mwesigwa are both models flying the flag for Ugandan Fashion. Barbara is an advocate for social causes in Uganda – particularly Reach A Hand – a fantastic youth-led organisation that works to empower Uganda’s younger generation, giving them access to education about sexual and reproductive health. Find out more about Barbara’s work with Reach A Hand here.
Besides the models themselves, Brussels considers Joram Muzira of Joram Model Management to be the the best model scout working in Uganda today. Emolsa Hasacha is also a model scout for Kampala Fashion Week and the Creative Director of Emolsam DNA along with Isingoma Samuel.
If this post has piqued your interest in African Fashion – you can find out more about the the east coast scene here: Swahili Fashion Week