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OnTrendKigali Fashion Week
Rwanda is set to receive a boost to promote and grow its fashion industry. Kigali Fashion Week has partnered with the Rwanda Cultural Show to promote the fashion trade. Under this partnership Kigali Fashion Week, dubbed ‘The Power of Love’, will take place from 13-18 July, culminating in the launch of the Rwanda Fashion Council in July as a platform for local designers to meet and exchange ideas. Could this be the beginning of a growing fashion industry in Rwanda? Time will tell.

Style tip: Scarves – your way
Worn the right way, scarves are both practical and decorative – an art piece on your neck. There are many different ways to wear a scarf – for example, take your scarf (the more square it is, the better), lay it out flat and fold in half. Tie the top corners together. The side openings are your sleeves. Slip it on and voila! Scarf turned kimono. Visit www.tdsblog.com to look at other ways to wear a scarf – “4 Scarves in 16 Ways.”

Best designer buys
1 Kitenge Bowler Bag
This Kitenge Print Bowler Bag from Kooroo is made from treated leather with leather-bound carry handles. The bag includes a phone pouch, inside zipped partition and pouch. The zipper is made with leather bound fringes to add movement to your every step. Designed by Kooroo US$164

2 The Briefcase
This dark grey briefcase from Zeebaan Design can be used in both official and social settings. With enough space to fit your work essentials and a tablet, this briefcase is both stylish and functional. Lined with Kitenge, the bag has comfortable handles and an adjustable shoulder strap. It is made from treated leather with a matt finish and soft leather treated handles. Designed by Zeebaan Design US$122

3 Dolly Bag
This bag comes in 16 different colours, is hand-spun, hand-dyed and hand-woven Kenyan tweed trimmed with high-quality leather and fully lined with kikoy cotten. It screams comfort and elegance at the same time. The Dolly Bag can be worn as a cross body, shoulder or handbag. Perfect for every occasion. Designed by Luxury Leather Africa US$235

Designer website of the month: www.adeledejak.com
What’s not to love about Adele Dejak? Her collections are truly African-inspired with handmade fashion accessories for the modern, sophisticated, albeit bold woman who is not afraid to stand out with African excellence.