The place to be for all fashion lovers on the 25th of February was Fashion High Tea at Zen Gardens, Nairobi Kenya. A luxurious experience that was exquisitely put together featuring fashion and beauty exhibitors, gorgeous guests dressed to impress and plethora of drinks. Fashion High Tea 2023 brought together lovers of fashion from all over Kenya and brands both local and international, culminating in a warm, glamorous and entertaining afternoon for all those in attendance. Proceeds for the 2023 event went towards Kenya Women and Children’s Wellness Centre [KWCWC] in support of Gender-Based Violence survivors.
The afternoon began with an outstanding flow of guests dessed to the nines, decked out in gorgeous dresses and suites to striking fascinators and glamorous make up. The creme Nairobi’s social scene showed up and show out. CLICK HERE for The Looks we Loved from Fashion High Tea 2023.
Drinks flowed as we all got thee chance to look shop from local and international brands that had set-up in the exhibition space; Suave to Poetic Trends, who was recently featured at Tribal Chic 2023. One could almost get lost in excitement from all the different styles and pieces available at the boutiques.
One cannot forget the main event – The Fashion Show. Between the light of dazzling chandeliers the catwalk was brought to life with an opening act from two extraordinary women from Shakti Studios performing jaw dropping acrobatics and fire dancing. They certainly knew how to capture the attention of all attendees in anticipation for the fashion show as we all got to enjoy a live performance by a young up and coming artist with a mesmerising voice Ari Mediratta, it was a pleasure to watch and we love seeing what the Kenyan youth have to offer.
The fashion show featured designs by Afrostreet Kollektions, Cocolili, JR Passion for Jewellery, Kipépéo, Koki Designs, Shenu Hooda, My Soul Tonic and Opium by Khalida Wild. It was amazing to witness the different designs brought to life on the stage. From Simple chic classic designs, statement jewellery and bags to bold colours, prints and sequins. There was something for everyone as the fashion show displayed the diversity in talent that Kenyans have to offer. We even got the chance to see Cocolili’s new swimwear line hit the catwalk.
My Soul Tonic was one of the stand out brands in my opinion as they came to the stage with a message of #RightYourSize encouraging the embrace of oneself as a canvas, the garments featured the hashtag and interesting paint strokes and splatter effects. Speaking to the designer afterwards it was clear that the message is one she is passionate about and is eager to spread.
Khalida Wild of Opium by Khalida Wild was another artist who we managed to catch up with and much like her collection which featured bohemian, flown and light dresses. The designer herself was the epitome of her collection with a holistic, free and natural vibe.
We were also pleased to see Koki Designs hit the runway once again, with their cottons and silks handwoven in Ethiopia Koki Designs presented mature elegant looks with floral prints and hints of sparkles and a fan to accessorise each look that hit the runway.
The fashion show came to a close with a surprise performance by Idd Aziz paired together with choreography by the models that worked the runway displaying all the wonderful designs. The final performance was an outstanding way to end the fashion show and a well welcomed one at that.
Even though the fashion show concluded there was still plenty of time left to pick a drink from the pop ups, explore the boutiques and chat with the designers and the glamorous guests. All in all the event was a whirlwind of beautiful people, amazing fashion and lots of good food and company. Fashion High Tea is definitely an event we suggest you don’t miss as it worth every single minute and celebrates the Kenyan Fashion Scene in a well executed and glamorous manor from the photogenic set up to the delicious drinks and treats, the Fashion High Tea team did a phenomenal job.