Zim fashionistas revel in Maputo

BULAWAYO – Fashion designers Nkanyeziyethu Malunga of Ganu label and Zargue Sia fashion label founder Ishmael Tsakatsa as well as fashionista Gilmore Tee were part of a group of Zimbabweans that featured in the Mozambique Fashion Week in Maputo.

The group that attended Mozambique’s biggest fashion event which ran between December 1 and 10, also included photographer Tinashe Charleston.

They participated alongside designers and several fashion industry professionals from Kenya, South Africa, Botswana, Italy, Mozambique, Portugal and Zambia among other nations.

Tsakatsa describes his fashion label “as a luxury Christian brand that exudes God’s beauty and love. It is an allure of elegance, opulence and a romanticism of royalty. The Zargue Sia brand is a reflection of the aesthetic inner beauty and grace in a man and woman of affluence and excellence.”

Malunga, who also showcased in Maputo, is a young self-taught Zimbabwean designer. She entered the Zimbabwean fashion scene with designs that added “an edgy yet elegant twist to both women and men’s fashion.”

Four years ago, she founded Ganu, which derives name from the marula fruit.

Her creativity has caught the attention of leading fashion houses such as Edgars Stores Zimbabwe, where she spent four months as an intern.

She also showcased at the Intwasa Fashion Show in 2014 and 2015, Durban Fashion Week and Sadc Fashion Week.

She recently explained what Ganu stands for: “Ganu designs are a celebration of what inspires us. We love celebrating women hence the incorporation of different-sized models. Ganu was conceived in 2013 upon my return from South Africa where I had been doing a human resources course.

“Having received a number of requests from people expressing interests in my outfits, I decided to make a career of my passion,” Malunga told the Daily News.

In Maputo, Gilmore Tee was one of the judges for the Vodacom Designers Challenge at the Mozambique Fashion Week 2017.

He was the one who facilitated the participation of Zimbabwean designers at the Maputo fashion showcase.

“We have so many talented Zimbabwean designers and it is important that we celebrate them and also give them an opportunity to share their skills and talents with the rest of the world.

“I was extremely excited to see Nkanyeziyethu and Ishmael’s works being showcased at this year’s Mozambique Fashion Week.

“Above all, I was excited to be part of their documentation by Tinashe Charleston and to be one of the judges for the Vodacom Designer Challenge, alongside some respected individuals in the African and European fashion,” said Gilmore Tee.

Charleston, a street photographer and videographer from Bulawayo, documented the Zimbabwean fashion designers’ activities in Mozambique.