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Harare Fashion week still on despite hiccup


The Zimbabwe Fashion Week organisers were last week denied use of the venue they had intended to hold their fashion week by a local hotel following a misunderstanding over payments and the Germany Society had to come to their rescue at the last minute.
They were meant to host a dinner to showcase a sneak preview of the upcoming fashion show which will run between July 28 and 31 at the hotel but it was cancelled just three hours before the event.
An official with the hotel, who identified herself as Carol, confirmed the misunderstanding but refused to comment further, saying it was not good for their publicity.
The event has been rescheduled for tomorrow at the Borrowdale Brook Golf Club.
“It was a misunderstanding with the hotel management. They wanted us to pay cash before the function yet we did not have enough money. We had planned to use the money we would get from the confirmed guests to pay them,” said spokesperson of the organizers Onai Abote.
She said they were only able to pay a deposit at the beginning and then settle the debt after the show.
“The German Society has offered us a free venue with a mini conference room and a large gazebo in Milton Park for conducting workshops during the Fashion week,” she said.
The show’s executive producer, Priscilla Chigariro, had to write a letter of apology to the guests. The letter read in part: “We are fully aware and understand that our valued guests, models and designers were disappointed with the unexpected short notice cancellation of the cocktail dinner and we are equally devastated with what transpired.”
She also claimed that the misunderstanding was also triggered by the fact that for two days they had no access to their emails, Facebook page and website as someone had hacked into their system and changed all administrative passwords.
Chigariro said this was a major setback for the team as they ended up using personal email addresses and this was not effective.
“Things are however back in control as the hacking is now a legal case and our system has been secured more properly to ensure that such occurrences will never take place again,” she said.

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