Cleo Clementine & Natasha Van Der Moss

By Mwabi Kaira

Every socialite and fashionista looks forward to that one event each year where they can don their finest fashions and be seen. In America, fashion enthusiasts wait for the annual Met Gala, where the most famous faces from the realms of fashion, film, music and art come together to raise money for the Met’s Costume Institute and celebrate the grand opening of its latest exhibition. We wait to see pictures of arrivals and become fashion analysts, picking out our favorite looks. In Lusaka, Zambia’s capital city, the event of the year where we do the same is Lusaka July.

The event is a spin-off of the glamorous Durban July where socialites indulge in fashion, luxury and style. The 3rd annual Lusaka July event was successfully held this past weekend at Lusaka Polo Club. Over the years, the event has grown to become a “must attend” for A-Listers, socialites and corporates in the region, with its unique combination of fashion, entertainment and a live polo match! The theme this year was Colony of Wealth, designed to encourage attendees to express the richness and diversity of African fashion and imagine themselves as royalty through their outfits.

Mission accomplished.

Cleo Clementine
Singer Cleo Clementine aka ‘the ice queen’ shows us how to rock faux fur in July! 

Stripe a chord with this dress by leclosetboutiqueis and hat by @anitaferreiradesigns

Guest with model Fred Jacksons 
This is how you step into a gala.

Cassey Malaika 
Cassey is truly the Queen of Hearts!

Maps Maponyane & Mr. Mulenga II
Royal to a T.

This dress by Mweene Kalipinde is a winner coming and going! 
Vigilante Jones
Mukuni Mulundika (center) and these two beauties did not come to play!

Boitumelo Thulo

Boity is the true definition of a Queen!


Rapper Bombshellgrenade blew up the spot with this one!

Natasha Van Der Moss

Natasha shows us how to strike a serious pose in a dress by Mweene Kalipinde!


What do you think about the fashions from the Gala? Do you have a favorite look?

Mwabi Kaira is an African girl navigating her way in an American world.  She is of Zambian and Malawian heritage and moved to the USA in 1993.  Writing has been her passion since she could put a sentence together on the page. Mothering her sons is her pride and joy.  She has been an avid runner since 2013 and has run 10 half marathons and a full marathon.  Keep up with her at