On Saturday 16th February, Nairobi’s biggest fashion event, The Fashion High Tea 2019 went down at the lush Zen Garden Restaurant.
This was the 9th edition of the popular luxe event that’s known to host the upwardly mobile class of Nairobians encompassing media personalities, fashionpreneurs, fashion enthusiasts, models, celebrities and even dignitaries. The event prides itself on being one of the few local events that combine fashion and charity, by collaborating with philanthropist, Caroline Mutoko to support a charitable cause every year. Proceeds this year will go towards THE NEST – A centre established in 1997 for the rescue, rehabilitation and re-integration of children in conflict with the law and children of imprisoned mothers.
The event promises an afternoon of free-flowing drinks, food and biting, an impressive runway where models showcase designs by select local designers, pop up stores where you can shop for fashionable items, great music and ambiance. As expected, the organizers of the event did not disappoint as everything was up to par, not to mention, the weather was brilliant. Attendees of the event brought their best fashion A game forward, interpreting the ‘high tea’ theme the best way they know how and some even adding an unexpected dimension to the somewhat complicated dress-code that many don’t seem to get right. Normally, the high tea theme is characterized by opulence. Women are expected to wear respectable yet elegant clothing. No cut out figure hugging dresses, but more like flared hem dresses whose length is decent enough - tea length. The contemporary high tea theme is slowly changing and becoming accepting of pants, flashy colors and even outfits that are elegant, but don’t necessarily fall under the ‘high tea’ dress code. That being said, here’s what Nairobians wore to the event.
1. Joy Kendi was chic in a printed kaftan dress paired with a carefully selected pair of heels.
2. Stylist, Wambui Thimba was pretty in pink.
3. Kui Kamau and Catherine of popular blog Fashionable Stepmum were oozing elegance in their outfits.
4. Fashion stylist, Connie Aluoch definitely got the theme right.
5. Emma Too's well put together look was such a winner.
6. Silvia Njoki looked stunning in her custom-made outfit by Fiona Kay.
7. Fashion blogger, Maureen Bandari choose a mustard co-ord set of wide legged pants and a front tie top.
8. Diana Opoti stuck to the theme, wearing a skater dress with subtle floral details and completing the look with a mini bag and a fascinator.
9. Not everyone stuck to the theme but even those who gave the theme their own twist totally nailed it, like this lady in her ruffled pants and matching bralette.
10. This hijabi fashionista went for a colorful ensemble and looked gorgeous.
11. An understated yet chic look of a flirty layered dress as put together by this beautiful lady.
12. Couple goals, Natalie Tewa and her boyfriend were killing it!
13. This lady was all about simple elegance.
14. The men were not left behind either. This gentleman looked super dapper in his floral suit paired with a tee and sneakers.
15. Kagwe Mungai and his friends were the ultimate stylish male trio.
16. Stylish suits, separates and preppy styles characterized the men's style at the event.