Club Silk Fashion Cash Still Raises Controversy

Club Silk’s monthly fashion nights have gained more spectacles plus an equal share of scrutiny ever since the sponsors Jomayi property consultants introduced a cash prize of Shs 500,000 for the best designer.

What happens is that you have two designers competing per night – with the winner determined by the audience, depending on who pleases them with their collections. The idea of leaving the choice of the winner in the hands of the audience has always been an issue. And it was the same thing last Thursday as Ciwina Fashion and Czar Wear went head to head.

Ciwina Fashion is owned by Winnie Namayengo and Annet Nabwami, both second-year students of Industrial Fine Art at Makerere University. Czar Wear, on the other hand, is run by 19-year-old self-taught designer Julius Czar Ssekitto.

Both fashion houses put up a fair fight. Of course, not many people knew them despite the fact that this wasn’t their first showcase. Ciwina has showcased at Makerere University and Mackinnon suites while Czar cut his teeth last year at Chicago pub in Ntinda and Mish Mash bar along John Babiiha avenue in Kololo.

But despite being young on the scene, Ssekitto honed by artist Ras Kasozi, was way above his competitors. His focus was on African fabric with a European touch to it. The girls despite having extensive knowledge about fashion were off script.

They wanted to have some contemporary African designs, but they lacked on creativity. Even when it came to showcasing bags, nothing stood out -whether it is the design or accessories.

However, what they had in plenty were supporters. When the emcees Esco and Mc Percy took to the stage to choose the winner, it was a landslide victory for Ciwina. But even then, they acknowledged that their competitor had given them a run for their money, and they offered him Shs 100,000.

Ssekitto told The Observer: “The way the money is awarded is very unprofessional. The idea of asking fans to raise their hands to who they believe has had better designs always goes down to sentiment and who can get more people in the club. We should have a panel of seasoned judges to decide on a professional level”.

He is not the first to make a similar suggestion, but with the organizers paying a deaf ear. With growing outcry, we wait to see if the suggestion will be adopted.

There were performances by up and coming singers Noisy Preacher and Edith Kay. But it was Gift of Kaddo who carried the day with his only hit single Traffic Officer.

Source : The Observer

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