Zim Fashion Week opens on high note

HARARE - The Zimbabwe Fashion Week’s first day was a night of colour marked with high couture on show and an audience of well-dressed ladies.

The show had high-profile women known for style gracing the event. Oppah Muchinguri, a Zanu Pf Politburo member was guest of honour and she congratulated the organisers for putting up the show.

Other fashion A-list guests included Kiki Divaris, Barbara Mzembi and others.

 “I am very honoured to be here today to witness this important event. It is an event which is not about anger or problems; it is about the future and breaking barriers.

“This is something that is close to my heart, it is wonderful to see a young woman who is proud of what she does, proud of people she works with and her country.

“She has stuck to her vision and turned it into reality. This is something we have in common, something that I think all of us the people of Zimbabwe need to learn and share."

“To be proud of who we are and what we do, before we can achieve anything in life we need to learn to be proud, be a visionary, creative and willing to learn from others,” she said.

Fashion Week is a brainchild of former model, Priscilla Chigariro. The extravaganza is in the third year running.

The first night had a capacity crowd and South Africa’s Toya Delazy provided entertainment. She kicked off with her hit song Love is in the air.

She also sent the audience into frenzy with her latest release Pump It On.

Muchinguri said the fashion week is a platform that promotes women empowerment.

“We speak of women’s political, economic and social empowerment. History has taught us a lesson time and time again. Power is not given, power is taken. To be empowered and achieve goals every woman must learn to be proud of who she is. For some of us it was not easy we had to take up arms in order to liberate ourselves."

“Before we attained our independence women were treated as perpetual minors we could not own properties or our own businesses. Even going to school was a luxury and we are happy that our literacy rate moved up."

Today we have women in decision-making positions; we also have successful women in business and in the judiciary.

“Ladies and gentlemen what we wear, how we present ourselves, how we look is an important part of us. The fashion industry and by that I mean everything from textile manufacturing, clothes manufacturing, the makers of accessories and shoes and the time invested by the fashion week enables every person to stand tall in the world and say I am proud.

“I congratulate the event organisers, show and industry participants you are doing a great and splendid important service to the country. Good luck in what you do,” said Muchinguri.

Three designers had their works paraded on the runway and all the collections were full of bright and nude colours.

First designer to have her collection showcased was Intisaar (Zimbabwe) followed by South African Shaldon Kopman showcasing a men’s collection. Yvonne a Zimbabwean designers also show cased her talent.

This year’s Fashion Week launch setting is an improvement from last year. One was able to view the whole room, yet last year there was an L-Shape and people were obscured from the fashion and style action in the room.

The venue’s lighting improved this year and the quality of models has also improved even though some could not pass for professional runway  models but rather looked more like commercial models.

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