Designers moot Harare Fashion Week

HARARE - One of Africa’s leading fashion photographers, Simon Deiner, who filed a civil claim against Priscillah Chigariro last year after she failed to pay for services rendered said he had been approached by Zimbabwean designers to produce Harare Fashion Week.

Harare Fashion Week will be a new showcase which will run along the lines of Zimbabwe Fashion Week, founded by Chigariro.

Chigariro’s showcase did not take place this year owing to a number of constrains, hence designers mooting the idea of another similar show.

“I was talking to some designers from Zimbabwe I met in Windhoek, Namibia and they told me that they were planning a Harare Fashion Week. I told them I would provide my services, why not?”

Deiner said Chigariro has not paid for the services rendered in 2014, hence filed a civil claim against her in South Africa.

“This means that if she comes to South Africa she will be apprehended. Our lawyer really wants to settle this case. I cannot say how much she owes us but she owes us a lot.”

Asked to comment on the non-payment of the debt, Chigariro’s husband, Allen Gessen told the Daily News yesterday: “There are no new developments in the past two years since it was in the public eye.”

Efforts to speak to Chigariro were fruitless.

This year, the Zimbabwe Fashion Week did not take place in August as expected with local designers, as well as regional and international showcasing their works.

However, Gessen said they were working on a new project called “The Sp_ce” which is a showroom and retail space where designers showcase their works.

He was unaware of anyone launching a new event similar to Zimbabwe Fashion Week.

“We wish them all the possible success. This is a tiny industry, and the more publicity and exposure designers get the better.

“Sadly, because of the funding constraints, the events are very hard to run, which is why Zimbabwe Fashion Week which has been successfully running for seven years failed to take off this year.

“Priscilla launched a brilliant fashion space, called The_Space, which successfully represents the most significant and established designers in the country, so we don’t see any ditching happening anytime soon,” added Gessen.

Comments (1)

Chigariro efforts of planning Harare fashion week should not go wasted. I also write about South African fashion designers. Take a look

Waqas ahmad - 11 February 2017

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