IN the most glamorous capitals of the world – Milan, London, New York – fashion is everything, new or vintage. The rest of the world is following suit, all down to such places as our own Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital city.
This is what awaits fashionistas this weekend at Pabloz VIP, where Zimbabwean fashion designers debut their latest ready-to-wear collection. Dubbed Makanaka Fashion Show, the inaugural gig comes to life this weekend at Sam Levy Village in Borrowdale suburb.
The hosts, Jacaranda Culture and Media Corporation, who are also the event managers of the National Arts Merit Awards and Dreamstar Zimbabwe, are promising an unforgettable and unique fete to celebrate Zimbabwe and Africa through fashion.
Makanaka Fashion Show is meant to show Zimbabwe and Africa in a different light, internationally – to put the elegance and beauty of the nation, hence the name Makanaka.
The theme, aptly called DayDream, pushes a bold perspective of art and fashion.
This is represented by the bright woven accents and bold abstract designs illustrating the country’s endeavour to step out of the old traditional description of culture and to step into a new meaning and understanding of what Africa means to individuals in the 21st century.
Attendees can look forward to showcases by young and established designers such as Fungai Muzoroza, Danayi Madondo, The Big Locomotive, Venon and Amon. The latter will be bringing a Chinese interpretation of Zimbabwe and Africa to the runway.
Samantha “Misred” Mussa (pictured) will be making her debut as a fashion show host and has promised nothing short of glam and fun on stage. Other notable highlights of the evening shall be the intersection of music and fashion.
The likes of Tamy Moyo, Nyasha David, Mwenje Mathole and Mimi will grace the runway with song. Jacaranda Culture and Media Corporation managing director Tinashe Kitchen said: “We are more than ready to give a memorable fashion show and production to Zimbabweans as we remind them that they are beautiful, as well as mark a new era in the fashion business. We are not going to stop here, we want to see Zimbabwean fashion on global runways and we won’t stop till that is a reality.”