Known for his elegant designs and energetic personality, Mustafa Hassanali, Tanzania’s most celebrated fashion designer wowed us with his Viva Africa collection at the 5th Sanaa African Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa. Sanaa, a Swahili word meaning “to create” is the brainchild of Nonhlanhla Matshazi and this year’s theme was to ‘Connect, Collaborate, and Celebrate: Creating from our Heritage’. I love this magnificent collection as it depicts the spirit, style and glamour of an African woman. The models were carefully selected and each told the Afroture story represented by the dress they wore. They were excellent and did not drift from Mustafa’s drive of reflecting the Tanzanian culture through fashion. I hope you find this collection fascinating just as I did when viewing it on the runway. This was Mustafa’s 11th Showcase in South Africa and it was truly an amazing display. Enjoy!

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“The Viva collection was inspired by the kaleidoscope of the facets of life in the African continent as well as the rich hues that bond the strong relationship within Africa,” says the designer Mustafa Hassanali.

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Website: www.mustafahassanali.net

Photos by Simon Deiner
Written by Harriet Owalla