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2012 Arise Magazine Fashion Week: Mustafa Hassanali presents “Afrikalos”



Mustafa Hassanali’s presentation at the 2012 Arise Magazine Fashion Week shows us why he is one of Tanzania’s most celebrated fashion designers.

Official collection description
Mustafa Hassanali is the sole Fashion Designer from Tanzania participating in this Fashion Week, which continues to acquire popularity in Africa and the world at large, by unveiling his new collection aptly named “Afrikalos”.

“The name of my collection Afrikalos is derived from two words, “Afri” shortened version of Africa and “kalos” is Greek word which means beauty. Afrikalos has been inspired by the sight, sounds, rhythm, vibrancy and vivaciousness which truly defined the beauty of our motherland, Africa. The inspiration or chaotic Colour coordination and amalgamation of various textures of fabric and prints, which defines exotic meets eclectic version of innovation that is truly in motion.” Said Mustafa Hassanali.

Having shown in 12 Different African countries, and visited over 15, Mustafa Hassanali shall pay a timeless tribute to the nations that have hosted and nurtured his passion for fashion in Africa.


Photo Credit: Kola Oshalusi for Insigna


  1. @_Iyore

    March 10, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Nice colors!

  2. Linda

    March 10, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    very sweet…I can actually taste them 😛

  3. cutie

    March 10, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    I don’t think I understand this. Pls explain!

  4. chinwe

    March 10, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Wow fabulous,drama I just luv it

  5. COOC

    March 10, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Not a fan of these pattern mixes. Most of them don’t really work well together and are unappealing to the eyes. There is also something very Canal Street about these designs.

    • dea

      March 10, 2012 at 10:05 pm

      i agree with u ! when i saw the second dress i thought the pieces would be guud( since i’m a fan of color blocking) then got thrown of from the third dress and the rest was history!!

  6. Bazinga!

    March 10, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    No. this is a tad bit on the tacky side and doesn’t work for me. A for effort though.

  7. AK

    March 10, 2012 at 9:38 pm


  8. I talk am

    March 10, 2012 at 9:44 pm


  9. bukioni

    March 10, 2012 at 10:21 pm

  10. Freedom

    March 10, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    the most uniqe thus far, all thre rest of the designers i wasnt impressed much. This is a lil different.

  11. Dee-USA

    March 10, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    I’m with COOC on this one. A lot of them look tacky and cheap. The girl in the 7th picture, with the turqouise dress? Terrible. And even the back of the girl in the next picture, looks like some$10 lycra dress improved with the layering at the bottom. Not even the drapery in the collection looked right.

  12. Tifanny

    March 10, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Like it! it’s so beautiful indeed…

  13. Miriam

    March 10, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Wow,pretty designs love 5 n 9,totally works for ‎​♍ƺ,great job

  14. Juwon

    March 10, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Colour blocking toh bedt!!! I actually like them..not LOVE but like…lol

  15. kikky

    March 10, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    like… where do they get these extremely brilliant tailors… one thing is good designs…. another is the outcome!

  16. oladapo ayomipo

    March 10, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    Beautiful collection,embraces d body of a woman

  17. dorothy

    March 10, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    i love the second dress and dats about it…..

  18. christy

    March 10, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    I luv dem all.I can totaly c myself n all dis wears

  19. Anita

    March 11, 2012 at 12:27 am

    There is anger in the models’ eyes o. Abi kilode? This one pass fierce o.

  20. mustafa hassanali

    March 11, 2012 at 3:09 am

    thank you for the reviews. This i what is missing in Afrika, and i really appreciate your feedback ….. it helps us to UP our game.

    warm regards on behalf of team MH
    Mustafa Hassanali

  21. marvel

    March 11, 2012 at 9:06 am

    I get what the designer is trying to achieve and in some cases, pulls it off. As a textile person, the only criticisms I hold is the merging of waxed cotton and other types of cotton such as baby lace to lycra, georgette etc. It takes monumental tailoring skills to pull this effortlessly. This is where grants from the government and financial investment in brands really help to up the ante.
    I believe that rather than criticising, I will throw the ball in your court by assisting you in your next collection with textiles only. That means if you want a piece of fabric that starts off as baby lace, then ankara, then whatever, I will make it happen for you. It also means if you have a stencil to laser cut an ankara piece and make it into lace with any degree of whatever, speak to me. Go over LDA’s earlier designs, there is very little to it than the fabrics and trimmings. Ignore this and make a mockery of your efforts. Look at Valentino and Chanel’s designs and if you don’t see 80% textile over 20% design, then you don’t get it. I wish you the very best.

  22. christy

    March 11, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Mustafa u did well joor

  23. moiself

    March 11, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Nice colour combination.but too many things going on..Ʊ know what I’m saying..makes it all tacky.

  24. TT

    March 11, 2012 at 10:40 am

    snooze fest

  25. pam

    March 11, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    i like!

  26. PD

    March 12, 2012 at 10:11 am

    i love!

  27. fokasibe

    March 12, 2012 at 11:11 am

    All things bright and beautiful…..

  28. pynk

    March 12, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    this must be like African Color blocking, cos i cant find anything else to describe it.

  29. nneka

    March 13, 2012 at 8:05 am

    Speechless!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I like I like o!


    March 20, 2012 at 12:28 pm


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