Three Bulawayo Designers participated in one of Africa’s biggest fashion platforms, the third annual Durban Fashion Fair which ran from the 21st – 24 of August 2014.
Three Bulawayo Designers participated in one of Africa’s biggest fashion platforms, the third annual Durban Fashion Fair which ran from the 21st – 24 of August 2014. This Fashion event aims to re-establish the fashion industry by creating employment opportunities and positioning Durban as an international fashion capital. The Ethekwini Municipality continues to take pride in the ability to attract, recruit and develop world-class talent through having International designers partake in this inaugural event.
Nkululeko Ncube of Rebelious Klothing, Sidumiso Tshuma of Shadow By Sidumiso and Sheenah Moyo of BlinQ Xclusive Jewellery are the designers who participated in this year’s Durban Fashion Fair alongside some acclaimed International designers such as South Africa’s Terrence Bray, Carducci, Thula Sindi, Palse, Ghanaians Abrantie the Gentleman, Zambia’s Charity Nyirongo and Massimo Crivelli from Milan. Their participation in the fair was facilitated through the sister-city relationship between Bulawayo and Ethekwini. The designers’ showcasing was, therefore; strongly supported by the City of Bulawayo, Hunnar Management Agency and Ethekwini Municipality. The designers were accompanied by Zimbabwe’s Style Icon and Global Citizen – Gilmore Tee Moyo who went there to attend workshops and look at the possibility of the “Business of Fashion.”
Shadow By Sidumiso’s collection was a mere journey in the fashion industry and it highlighted the different inspirations that have contributed to the molding of the brand. The fifteen looks range is the Summer/Spring collection for 2015 and it caters to both male and female. Cape Town-based, Zimbabwe Top Model – Victor Mathe graced the ramp in a piece from the collection. Conversely, Rebelious Klothing showcased his Summer/Spring collection 2015 called Ara Kani.
The fifteen all ladies look collection is about creative freedom and rebellion from conventions. It is an interpretation of the language of a free-thinker. BlinQ Xclusive Jewellery had a stall from the 21st to the 24th of August. To promote other local creative pieces, her stall had products from Litso Fashion Label, Ganu Creations, Tripple L and Nikki J Bags, amongst many. This was a way of collectively representing Bulawayo at 120 years.
The who’s who of the fashion industry, international designers, fashionistas, African models and make-up artists attended the Fashion Fair. The Cast of Generations, Bonang Matheba, Minnie Dlamini, YOU Editor – Chu, Dion Chang, Nicola Cooper and a lot of other notable individuals attended. From the small number of Emerging Designers, ten were selected for a three months Internship in Milan. The Bulawayo representatives did not disappoint as they featured on different media platforms during the fair and were also seen exchanging dialogue with some of the influential fashion personnel. The designers will have their Summer/Spring 2015 Collections available on Sale at the CoFFashion Pop Up, this Saturday, 30 August at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo.