Heshima Kenya Fashion Challenge : Chicago

We had a successful event and fabulous turn out for the 3rd annual Heshima Kenya fundraiser and fashion challenge. Five designers, including Meredith Banzhoff, Modahnik, Borris Powell, Lagi Nadeau, and Katelyn Pankoke participated in the “Project Runway” inspired competition, which was emceed by Windy City LIVE co-host Val Warner and judged by members of Chicago’s Fashion Community, including Dawn Bonasera Global Store Director, Louis Vuitton -The Magnificent Mile Chicago, Trevian Kutti ,and Erica Strama.

In early November, competing designers received two Maisha Collective scarves chosen at random, and  had two weeks to design one original women’s look and one accessory. Designers were able to use as many additional materials as needed to create their looks, which highlighted the scarf material.  Each designer participated in a Q & A about their inspiration and looks were judged based on originality, wearability, demonstration of designer personality, and construction quality.

Designers (Lagi Nadeau, Katelyn Pankoke, Borris Powell, Meredith Banzhoff, Kahindo Mateene)

A Meredith Banzhoff design integrating the scarf into the top and trim of this tuxedo inspired shirt dress

Designer Q & A with Windy City LIVE co-host Val Warner

L->R (Willow Star, Meredith Banzhoff, Val Warner)

Above designs by Meredith Banzhoff. Weekend tote was made from the scarves provided for the Fashion Challenge. Dress is part of the MEREDITH BANZHOFF Collection. 

Val Werner interviewing the judges

Designer looks from the #HKFashionChallenge

Designer Meredith Banzhoff wearing a shirt dress from her collection and Willow Star wearing dress and weekend bag made exclusively for the Heshima Kenya Fundraiser Fashion Challenge

Photo Credit: Eulalio Fabi de Silva 

Meredith Banzhoff
Meredith Banzhoff


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