Fashion High Tea 2014

A highlight for fashion enthusiasts, the Fashion High Tea is not only touted as one of the most glamorous fashion events in the country but is also the most anticipated annual charity event in Nairobi’s social calendar.

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Hosted by Zen Garden, these  events known to feature high-profile guests and personalities boast rave reviews on pizzazz, style and execution. This year’s Fashion High Tea held on Saturday 8th of this month was no different albeit bigger and better.

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The fourth edition, Fashion High Tea 2014 was a buzz with fashion, shopping and lots of socializing activity. Aside from the glamorous fashion show that featured top Fashion local and international Designers – Shenu Hooda, Kooroo by Hebret Lakew and Enid Lanez, Masaba, Njema Helena, DivaBag by Kenneth Chiaji, Suave by Simi Sethi, Mini Boutiques were at hand showcasing and selling an array of fashion garments, shoes, accessories and jewelry.

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As is the norm with this event, an elaborate High Tea Menu is not to be a miss. Zen created a lavish menu that included, Delicious Pastries, Muffins, Cupcakes & Cookies. There was also a Sushi Bar on Ice, Burger Stations, and Cheese Corners. Guests munched on savory selections  passed around while they mingled. The Beverage Bars at the event are also always a treat…there was unlimited Cocktails, Beer, Spirits, Wines, Soft Drinks, Tea and Coffee throughout the event.

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Just like previous editions, this year’s event was also for a worthy cause…Fashion High Tea 2014 was in support of the First Lady’s Beyond Zero campaign launched to raise funds for purchase and deployment of mobile clinics across the country in order to provide better prenatal, delivery and postnatal services to the underprivileged.

For further information on the campaign: Beyond Zero

Some of the Showcased Designs (source; Replay254):

Njema Helena by Cecilia Ostman & Annika Ostman, whose collection dresses the young and daring as well as the classic and timeless brought together vibrant prints and bright colors of African fabrics.

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Divabag by Kenneth Chiaji was a beautiful fashion-utility first for the Zen Catwalk. This handbag-only collection featured chic and functional designer-inspired handbags perfect for any occasion; made from high quality genuine leather with creative design work patterns on them.

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Suave by simi sethi which is just but a year old strutted fashionable pieces unique to her personality while catering for the 21st century woman.

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Shenu Hooda whose exclusive designs comprised of semi-formal and bridal outfits that drew inspiration from both Pakistani and Kenyan prints, brought out an amazing colorful touch on the runway. She has an amazing upcoming fashion portfolio having recently showcased her work both at the Kenya and Tanzania Swahili Fashion Week not forgetting previously featuring in various several private shows.

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Kooroo was one brand that really wowed the crowd with their unique pieces. Their collection’s inspiration was drawn from Africa’s rich cultural lifestyles integrating African prints, silks, jerseys, cotton and linens to create pieces with exceptional global appeal. One unique touch on the Kooroo collection was the exquisite usage of original craftwork i.e beading and embroidery used to embellish simple silhouettes on the pieces.

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Also on the runway was Masaba by Masaba Gupta whose designs encompassed vibrant colors fused with beautiful patchwork grafted from Indian ensembles offering the Indian consumer, Indian fusion wear that’s edgy yet rooted to its culture at affordable prices. She has even designed outfits for Bollywood actresses i.e. Sonam Kapoor, Kareeena Kapoor and Jacqueline Fernandez.

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Masaba Gupta, Fashion designer

The Fashion High Tea dress code was highly respected and perfected having been associated with elegance and sophistication. Ladies adorned big hats and sundresses – although the weather didn’t behave so well, whereas the gentlemen were in slim-fit suits and well-tailored custom outfits.

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With so much glamour and pizazz, The Fashion High Tea is truly an event in a league of its own.

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KissFm, XFM, Couture Africa, Eat Out, Heineken, Slater & Whittaker, Prosecco Blu, KWV Wines, BullDog Gins, Campari, Dewars Whisky, Nomadic Tents, Majestic Printers, Executive Water, Mi-Fone, Mi-Card, Roc Nation, The Berry Company, Subati Flowers & Suzie Beauty are among the sponsors that support the event.

Photos courtesy: Zen Garden, Nick Klaus

 

Designer Boutiques include:
Masaba (International – India) – also on the catwalk
Kastur Jewels (International – London/India)
Pink Savannah – (Kenya)
Njema Helena (Kenya) – also on the catwalk
Sangsang Fashion House (Kenya)
Suave (Kenya/India) – also on the catwalk
Kooroo (Kenya) – also on the catwalk
Neha  (Kenya)
House of Hadassah (Kenya)
Lali Heath Millinery (East Africa)
Zuri Beauty (Kenya)
The Amazing Bazaar (Kenya)
Tara Jewels of Tibet (Kenya)

– See more at: http://lifestylespread.blogspot.com/2014/01/blog-post.html#sthash.7mfPaF0B.dpuf

The High Tea dress code
High tea gatherings dress code has historically been associated with elegance and sophistication. Back then, it was compulsory for high society ladies to wear dresses, gloves, hats and gentlemen had to wear jackets and a tie. They are requesting the ladies to come wearing big hats and sundresses. Gentlemen will be requested to come in Jackets.

– See more at: http://lifestylespread.blogspot.com/2014/01/blog-post.html#sthash.7mfPaF0B.dpuf

The 2014 High Tea, promises to raise the bar even further. The Runway setup is going to be unique, with intimate table seating for all the guests to enjoy. They will be sourcing gorgeous models showcasing unique collections from local and international designers.
As usual, Zen will be creating an elaborate High Tea Menu. The lavish menu will include, Delicious Pastries, Muffins, Cupcakes & Cookies. There will also be a Sushi Bar on Ice, Burger Stations, Cheese Corners and Savory Selections being passed around while the guests mingle.
The Beverage Bars are always a treat, as there will be unlimited Cocktails, Spirits, Wines, Soft Drinks, Tea and Coffee throughout the event.

– See more at: http://lifestylespread.blogspot.com/2014/01/blog-post.html#sthash.7mfPaF0B.dpuf

The annual Fashion High Tea event is hosted to support various charitable causes. The 2011 High Tea event raised money for the women in Pumwani Maternity Hospital and in 2012 they raised money for children suffering from cancer at Kenyatta Hospital. Last year they raised money for Therapies for Kids, Funds were raised for full therapeutic care for children with special needs for a defined period of time. – See more at: http://lifestylespread.blogspot.com/2014/01/blog-post.html#sthash.7mfPaF0B.dpuf
Zen Garden will be hosting its annual most fashionable 4th FASHION HIGH TEA celebrating Haute Couture in Kenya on Saturday 8th February 2014 from 2:00pm – 8:00pm.
The previous three Fashion High Tea events boast rave reviews on pizzazz, style and execution. We’ve had sell-out crowds consisting of high profile guests and personalities. The events have received extensive media coverage both locally and abroad.
Their 2014 Sponsors are:
KISS FM, XFM, Couture Africa, Eat Out, Heineken, BullDog Gin, Campari, Dewars Whisky, Slater & Whittaker, Prosecco Blu, KWV Wines, Nomadic Tents, Majestic Printers, Executive Water, Mi-Fone, Subati Flowers & Suzie Beauty
Love for a Cause
The annual Fashion High Tea event is hosted to support various charitable causes. The 2011 High Tea event raised money for the women in Pumwani Maternity Hospital and in 2012 they raised money for children suffering from cancer at Kenyatta Hospital. Last year they raised money for Therapies for Kids, Funds were raised for full therapeutic care for children with special needs for a defined period of time.
What to expect this year
The 2014 High Tea, promises to raise the bar even further. The Runway setup is going to be unique, with intimate table seating for all the guests to enjoy. They will be sourcing gorgeous models showcasing unique collections from local and international designers.
As usual, Zen will be creating an elaborate High Tea Menu. The lavish menu will include, Delicious Pastries, Muffins, Cupcakes & Cookies. There will also be a Sushi Bar on Ice, Burger Stations, Cheese Corners and Savory Selections being passed around while the guests mingle.
The Beverage Bars are always a treat, as there will be unlimited Cocktails, Spirits, Wines, Soft Drinks, Tea and Coffee throughout the event.
 
Fashion High Tea 2014 Beverage Bars:
THE AMAZING BULL DOG GIN & CAMPARI BAR
Sip on BullDog Gin & Campari Cocktails all afternoon
CHILL AT THE DEWARS WHISKY BAR
Enjoy Dewars Whisky Cocktails!
PROSECCO BLU BAR
This is going to be the ladies Sparkling Heaven!  
KWV WINES & BRANDY BAR
Enjoy Brandy cocktails & exquisite red and white wines
HEINEKEN MENS LOUNGE
This is the place to be & be seen!!!
EXECUTIVE WATER BAR – Hydration Lounge
Even their water at High Tea is Chic & Fashionable! Enjoy Executive water & soft drinks at this super cool Hydration Lounge.
 
As well as a glamorous fashion show from top Fashion Designers, there will be Mini Boutiques at the venue showcasing and selling an array of fashion garments, shoes, accessories and jewelry. They have an amazing line up of local and international designers this year.
Designer Boutiques include:
Masaba (International – India) – also on the catwalk
Kastur Jewels (International – London/India)
Pink Savannah – (Kenya)
Njema Helena (Kenya) – also on the catwalk
Sangsang Fashion House (Kenya)
Suave (Kenya/India) – also on the catwalk
Kooroo (Kenya) – also on the catwalk
Neha  (Kenya)
House of Hadassah (Kenya)
Lali Heath Millinery (East Africa)
Zuri Beauty (Kenya)
The Amazing Bazaar (Kenya)
Tara Jewels of Tibet (Kenya)
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The Fashion High Tea 2013 Production Team
Shivani Radia – MD Zen Garden & Fashion High Tea Proprietor
Payal Radia – MD Zen Garden & Fashion High Tea Proprietor
Dorothy Oliech– Model Casting & Fashion Show Choreographer
Smita Radia – Fashion High Tea Creative Director
Reema Patel – Fashion High Tea Graphic Designer
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Check out previous High Tea Event Details
The High Tea dress code
High tea gatherings dress code has historically been associated with elegance and sophistication. Back then, it was compulsory for high society ladies to wear dresses, gloves, hats and gentlemen had to wear jackets and a tie. They are requesting the ladies to come wearing big hats and sundresses. Gentlemen will be requested to come in Jackets.
Ticket Information
Advance Tickets to attend the event cost 5500ksh/per head (Inclusive of ALL food, drinks, entertainment & fashion show)
Tickets at the door to attend the event cost 6000ksh/ per head (Inclusive of ALL food, drinks, entertainment & fashion show)
 Advance Tickets available from Zen Garden. They will also be able to deliver tickets (minimum 5)
Following their sell-out show, tickets will be limited due to capacity and sold on a first come first serve basis.

– See more at: http://lifestylespread.blogspot.com/2014/01/blog-post.html#sthash.1xXb1t3t.dpuf

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