ORGANISERS of the annual Zimbabwe Fashion Week (ZFW) will today officially commence the Fashion Nights at Maestro in Chisipite, Harare, ahead of the main events slated for September 25-28 at Harare City Library.
Speaking to NewsDay, ZFW media liaison officer Tinopona Katsande said preparations of the fashion extravaganza were now at an advanced stage.
“I can confirm that we are moving well according to the script and the event is promising to be a successful extravaganza,” Katsande said.
“Tomorrow [today] will commence the fashion nights at Maestro — which has become the home of music and fashion — that will be held every Thursday from 6pm to 10pm until we finish the show.”
Katsande said the Fashion Nights would become a permanent feature at Maestro after the fashion show with patrons standing a chance to win some prizes.
“The objective of the fashion nights is to offer a platform for both local and regional players in the fashion and textile sector to network and create synergies that will fortify the country’s fashion and textile market,” Katsande said.
“Zimbabwe is an intense hub of creative expression and ZFW aim to develop and improve the fashion and textile industry. Models, designers, textile companies, fashionistas, local and international buyers are all welcome to the fashion nights.”
She said local multiple award-winning Afro-fusion group Mokoomba, Davina Green and Vvcrossover, among other performers, would provide entertainment for guests at the event.
This year’s fifth edition of the fashion extravaganza will be held under the theme Afrocentrica.
As part of the preparations of the fashion extravaganza, 10 aspiring designers selected from applicants across the country undergo training workshops at which top professionals in the areas of sketching, collection design, pattern making, sewing, garment embellishments and finishing were sharing their expertise with them.
The top five of the 10 designers will get the platform to showcase their designs during the week-long event.
“Four designers from Zambia, South Africa and Angola will grace the show,” Katsande said.
Meanwhile, Katsande said the tickets of the event would start selling next week at Avondale Shopping Centre in the capital.
“Tickets for the show will be going for $5 for students under the age of 20 while the general seats are pegged at $10 and $50 for a day pass inclusive of drinks and all fashion shows on that day,” she said.