Heshima Kenya Fashion Challenge

Ten Chicago designers compete for a fashionable prize.

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Moshpix: Ten Chicago fashion designers competed Tuesday in the Heshima Kenya Fashion Challenge, a swanky event at the West Loop's Room 1520. The designers were given scarves two weeks in advance and challenged to create looks based on the scarves. The scarves are part of the Maisha Collective, an income-generating program in Kenya where refugee women produce the hand-dyed scarves. Photos by Onanis Odelmo.
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Designer Jade Nguy celebrates her win. She gets a spread in Factio Magazine and a commissioned piece of art by Arno Mayorga.
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Hosts Lara Miller of the Chicago Fashion Incubator and NBC Chicago's Marcus Riley.
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Judges Concious Living TV host Bianca Alexander, Rockit Ranch CEO Billy Dec, Nordstrom's Christina Hanson and Matt Lorenz of ML Design Studio and winner of Bravo’s Top Design.
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Design by Kahindo Mateene
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Alem and Nimo were special guests at the event. They came to Heshima Kenya after fleeing Somalia and Ethiopia, and they went through Heshima’s Girl’s Empowerment Project before receiving resettlement in the United States.
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Design by Shalini Sharma
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Yum Squared Desserts
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Winning design by Jade Nguy
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Design by Malika Lor
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Design by Anastasia Chatzka
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Design by Concetta Cipriano
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Design by Amy Marie Fenderson
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Design by Crystal Simms
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Design by Martha Brummett
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Design by Miriam Cecilia Carlson
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DJ Push
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