My family has been Danish all the way back to the 1600s. And I guess it shows in my very light skin (ok, let's face it - almost see through skin) and blonde hair. I absolutely LOVE colors, but with my complexion, very bright colors sometimes wear me - instead of me wearing them.
Visiting Nairobi, I absolutely fell in love with all the different colors there. I really felt there was color all around me. I believe the weather, the sun and the beautiful nature there inspires the way people dress.
In Denmark, we have the cold fall and winter - lots of darkness, grey and low-key earthy colors. And during summer, we value light more than color. I think it shows in the way we dress as well.
Don't get me wrong! I am not saying that all the people I saw in Nairobi were dressed in bright color. What I did notice, however, was how immaculately dressed most of the women were. It didn't matter which social status people had or which size they were. I would describe Kenyan women as very, very chiq. You can check out this blog to see what I mean: Working Girl. Great blog, great theme, great girl!!!
I think that in Nairobi, in general, there is just a completely different beauty ideal than here in Copenhagen. What I especially liked was how people seemed to also be very aware of using accessories made in Africa. In Copenhagen, we are heavily influenced by the US, but in Nairobi, I saw a more local orientation. I couldn't help myself, so I did buy quite a bit of fabric...
While the fabric is not made in Kenya, I did see it used in both clothing and accessories. Beautiful right? And now, some of the big, European fashion houses are also starting to see that new fashion trends may just be coming from Sub-sahara. Check out for instance Max-Mara:
You may also want to check out Nairobi Fasion Week. Haute Couture is not just a thing of Europe!
Here are some day-to-day styles that I really like:
Cool right? And while I myself am still looking for a pattern that goes great with my pale complexion, I am going to keep an eye out for what is going on on the Kenyan fashion scene - and wear my "Me I Love Nairobi" t'shirt from Peperuka with pride :-)