YOUNG designer Deo-Linda Jani staged a superb fashion show, coloured with amazing contemporary African designs at Couthaut, in Mutare on Friday.
Kundai Marunya Own Correspondent
Though marred by a low turnout, the showcase saw different designs being introduced to the public.
First up were evening dresses that could easily match international red carpet glamour.
They were presented by models of different shapes and sizes also breaking the usual stereotype of African wear being best suited for the elderly and heavily built.
A contemporary dance interlude paved way to a showcase of bridal wear which saw dresses from last year’s fashion show being reintroduced.
The dresses went far beyond breaking the barrier of an impossible match between African wear and bridal wear.
They are something one would not just pack away after their wedding, but can be reused as evening or even street wear.
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To seal the evening’s exhibition was a remarkable line of street wear.
The collection featured elegant jump suits in different animal prints including zebra and leopard.
Models took them to the runway in dance.
Meanwhile, the absence of representatives of local retail outlets at this event as is always at similar shows was a major disappointment.
Reveller Catherine Mwase said local retailers are failing to support the fashion industry.
“At fashion shows in other countries designers have the backing of retailers who come in to order supplies of their choice of clothing to be produced in bulk,” she said.
“We need our own shops to support local talent as a way of improving the industry and create employment.”
Retail outlets around the country mostly import clothes from different countries.