Launch of Darling Runway Kenya, an annual platform about the business of fashion

 COUTURE Africa magazine in partnership with Ajuma Ltd will be hosting a one-of-a-kind fashion experience on the 6th and 7th of April at the Two Rivers Mall and Sankara hotel dubbed Darling Runway Kenya. COUTURE Africa magazine founder, Olive Gachara says that Darling Runway Kenya shall be an annual event specifically focused on the Business of Fashion. It brings together key industry players; 16 showcasing fashion designers, the creative community and talent such as bloggers, photographers, writers, journalists and stylists as well as a troop of 75 models and a fleet of Black|up make-up artistes and hair stylists. Designed to be more than a visually memorable affair.


Darling Runway Kenya draws industry thinkers for a cross section of intense workshops and conferences open to the public on Friday the 6th of April at the Two Rivers Mall Expo Hall. This will culminate in the ultimate roundtable that will include highly acclaimed South African designer Thula Sindi, beauty, hair and fashion professionals and will be moderated by COUTURE Africa’s Managing Editor and award winning fashion journalist Carol Odero at Sankara Hotel prior to the official event launch at the same location.


Saturday 7th April will see 7 fashion shows take place every hour-on-the-hour at various locations around Two Rivers Mall and event title sponsor, Darling Kenya – East Africa’s Leading Hair Brand – will launch a collection of their latest trends, a compelling live look book created by their top partner hair stylists on the runway. This will be simultaneously done on the same runway models as they showcase the fashion designers. Worth an estimated KES 25 billion, the local hair market is home to 150,000 salons and growing. Darling have a salon partnership program that currently reaches over 20,000 salons across Kenya.


“The Kenyan consumer is becoming more fashion aware and hair is a fundamental part of this awareness. She demands quality hair products and accessories that keep her on the cutting edge of fashion. She has big dreams and is clear that her hair plays a huge role in helping her achieve these dreams. Darling has become the go-to partner for this stylish woman and fuels her passion and aspirations. This means leading the conversation on fashion hence the need to be part of the premier of East Africa’s Home of Fashion,” said Victoria Kieti-Chesire, Head of Marketing, Dry Hair, Godrej Kenya.


To help realise this vision is Ajuma Ltd., founded and run by Kenya’s first supermodel Ajuma Nasenyana. “What made me come on board was my good relationship with COUTURE Africa magazine. They are outstanding when it comes to pushing fashion in Kenya.We all know models outside of fashion capitals pretty much struggle when it comes to making modeling a lucrative career. Ajuma Ltd. is constantly scouting and doing our absolute best to push potential high fashion models through to international platforms.” Ajuma’s scouting led her to the Kakuma Refugee Camp where she discovered two gems who will come to Nairobi and strut on the Darling Runway Kenya catwalks.


Darling Runway Kenya shall bring the already vibrant Two Rivers Mall to an all new high, with a Darling Mobile Salon, Black|Up Make-up Booth, COUTURE Africa Magazine custom covers, Pop-Up Stores by the 16 Designers, Mini Casting Sessions by Ajuma Ltd, select backstage access all wrapped up with a Fashion Party. This is an Open Access event with VIP priority parking within the mall and exclusive VIP seating at the runway shows.




For More Information, contact:


Ajuma Nasenyana, +254 710 797 901, ajuma@me.com


Couture Africa Magazine, +254 714 770 516, olive@coutureafricamag.com


About Darling Kenya:


Darling is the leading manufacturer of hair extensions in East Africa. It is the Go-To brand for trendy and fashionable hair styles in Weaves, Braids & Crochet. Darling which is under Godrej Consumer Products Limited(GCPL), also houses signature hair brands like MegaGrowth & TCB.


About COUTURE Africa Magazine:


As East Africa’s Pioneer Fashion Magazine, COUTURE Africa seeks to not only celebrate African Fashion, but bring global fashion and beauty trends into the African market in a relatable and easily translatable way to our readers. It is because of this that COUTURE Africa has over the years become a voice for the modern woman in Africa. The woman who understands quality, appreciates value and is constantly seeking to look and feel her best on a daily basis. COUTURE Africa magazine is indeed the go-to read for today’s woman.


About Ajuma Ltd:


AJUMA Ltd [formerly City Models Africa] is a leading casting and model agency in Nairobi, Kenya. Owned and operated by international supermodel Ajuma Nasanyana, the agency also provides graphic design, branding, promotional materials and audio-visual production services.



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