The two day fashion shows of the Windhoek Fashion Week brought a feast for the eyes as designers from Namibia, Rwanda, Angola, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa showcased their creative work on one spectacular ramp.
According to Luis Munana, the founder and director of the Windhoek Fashion Week, the event aims to elevate the Namibian fashion industry to bring it up to an international standard. “Literally everything that we see in our society in terms of textiles and clothing once started on a runway or it was created by a group of designers.
We are trying to get our designers to a level where they can compete internationally. We are also trying to make our local products accessible to the local market and the community and the only way we can do this is by providing them with a platform where they can showcase their items and be identified,” explained Luis.
Luis further expressed that the event was overwhelming, saying that last year it was good but this year they embraced the “Bigger and Better” concept which materialized. “It was bigger and better because on Saturday most slots were sold out which portrays the local interest. We therefore look forward to next year to see how far we can take it but all in all we are happy the way things turned out,” he said.
The fashion shows saw over thirty, both local and international designers showcasing their elegant and ordinary designs. The collections on the display were a mixture of everything exotic, edgy to simple but stylish designs. However, one designer who was expected from Uganda could not make it, because she missed her flight.
The new designers to look out for are COTA students, INDISIA Own It, Santia Poroto and Foxxy by FoxyGinnah.
The first day of the Windhoek Fashion Week shows ended on a high note with the Fashion Domination slot featuring captivating collections by INDISIA, Andila Andila, McBright Kavari and Melisa Poulton who wrapped it up with a stellar collection featuring Oteya who lit up the room with her vocals.
It’s hard imagining a world where the fashion industry is a leader in equality but the Windhoek Fashion Week shows took it a step closer. The fashion shows tallied everything from race to size and the mood. Indeed, the shows had something for everyone.
LAO Designs showcased a collection of five garments for the plus sized. The collection consisted of three evening gowns, a maxi skirt with a body hugging top and a neckpiece to complement the look and a circular high low dress with tulle under. The whole collection is in dark blue colour with satin material, lace, tulle and scuba. LAO designs had three plus size models and two middle body sized models that graced the ramp with soft music, light make up and attitude.
According to the owner of LAO designs Christ Laolange Shameulu, the idea is to empower plus sized women and instill a sense of confidence in them.
Laolange applauded the Windhoek Fashion Week team for pulling off an event which LAO designs is proud to be associated with. “The Windhoek Fashion Week was well organized, an ensemble of creative ideas, right from ramp, lighting and décor, to models and clothing. I’m sure it was able to spark the imagination of audience.
The theme of the Windhoek Fashion Week was also captivating and it is overwhelming to know that a lot of Namibians are interested and supporting fashion. The fashion industry is growing day by day. It is truly an eye opening experience for us as aspiring designers to have firsthand experienced the level of dedication and enthusiasm that goes into such shows.
A designer from Mozambique, Nivaldo Thierry also showcased his collection inspired by African diamonds. Nivaldo said that he is on an international tour to showcase the power that Africa has. “It is my first time in Namibia and I hope to exchange experiences with both local and international designers. Through my tour I also want to show the world that Africa is not a country, but a continent with great potential and that we have excellent designers.
The event was also graced with collections by House of St. Luke from South Africa, FRESH official from Angola, ELGVNCIE by Elmo from Angola, Ingo Shanyenge and David Tlale with his interns among the others.