MUSTAFA HAS­SAN

THISDAY Style - - DESIGNERS’ INTERVIEWS -

What in­spired your col­lec­tion?

My col­lec­tion was in­spired by En­dometri­tis, the ab­nor­mal growth of the en­dometrium cells. There has been a whole cam­paign which has been done by one of Tan­za­nia’s num­ber one model Mullen Magese, she has suf­fered from en­dometrio­sis and the strug­gle she has gone through, I have felt her strug­gle. I have been part of it. So I thought this is a per­fect way to cre­ate aware­ness of en­dometrio­sis. And a lot of peo­ple do not speak about it be­cause it’s a taboo or they are shy of it. So this is a way to say it is okay to speak about it so we can have in­ter­ven­tions. It’s all about cre­at­ing aware­ness. Hence the colour “Yel­low” What do you think was the high­light of the show?

I think the high­light of the fash­ion week is what Arise does well, they bring the best of the best from each part of Africa to­gether un­der one roof. Since the first time Arise started in La­gos 2011, “I was there” and 2012 “I was there” and 2009 in South Africa when they first did a show, “I was there” and it was the first Arise Fash­ion week in South Africa where I got to work with Naomi Camp­bell. So if it hadn’t been for Arise do­ing that show in Jo­han­nes­burg and invit­ing me to show­case, I would never work with Naomi and we wouldn’t have known each other. De­scribe the Arise Fash­ion week in three words Vi­brant, Vi­va­cious, Ex­quis­ite. What are your ex­pec­ta­tions for the fu­ture shows?

I think Arise has a foothold in Nige­ria and I per­son­ally be­lieve that Nige­ria is truly Africa. Africa is a wide con­ti­nent but the african­ism is in Nige­ria and I would be­lieve and ap­pre­ci­ate if Arise will con­tinue this plat­form ev­ery year. I know there are al­ways chal­lenges, it’s not easy bring­ing peo­ple from all parts of Africa. But I think Africa, La­gos should be the next des­ti­na­tion for global press. New York, Paris, Mi­lan, Lon­don and La­gos should be the next des­ti­na­tion.

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