Fashion Gala: Designers’ New Play Ground

Zim fashion keeps getting better and better.

By  | May 22, 2020, 02:36 PM  | Fashion

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It was a whole day fashion affair at the Miekles Hotel Stewart Room on Saturday 13 April which kick-started with an afternoon of entertainment and an exhibition ending with an evening of runway showcasing by 23 local fashion designers. 

International fashion designers Thembani Mubochwa and Joyce Chimanye’s ZUVVA led the pack and left one or two notes for their peers through their outstanding designs which is a fraction of their work in the  global market respectively.

Instead of the usual and sometimes dramatic gowns, the finely finished products that the models ‘rocked’ are fit to wear any time of the day. 

TZM and ZUVVA showcased not more than twelve of their best designs without wasting the audience's time starring at endless boring clothes worn by the poor models. Yawning, conversations without paying attention to the runway and movements from the audience were very much visible during such showcases.  This is one lesson that hopefully their inexperienced upcoming peers learnt.

As always names like Coco Tapfuma Munengwa, Nandi Fashions did justice with their thread and scissors, their garments are knocking on the international fashion week doors hopefully fashion scouts will notice them.

ZUVVA exhibited a modern day safari trend of lighter green blended with earth shades of brown or khakhi. On the other hand the TZM brand were clearly all about colour with their trendy red or yellow sports suits that can be worn for a night out with heels.

The Zim Parks ambassador and Zimbabwe elephant ambassador Thembani Mubochwa introduced Thembani Zim Mubochwa (TZM) street wear for the first time to the world. He ended his segment with beautiful plus size dresses and the famous elephant dress which former Miss Malaika Brita Masalethulini gracefully cat walked in. 

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The devout gospel diva Fungisayi Zvakavapano Mashavave who confessed to a love for the colour white did not disappoint for a first timer although the blending of a pair of different coloured shoes did not work on some of her outfits.

Wise as she is she was overheard making an appointment with Thembani for further lessons in the clothes designing industry.

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Other newcomers Ruby Zinyau of Ruby’s Touch, sisters Loice and Paida who some might view as ordinary dressmakers surprised all who misjudged them, they showed that simple is the new hot for all sizes and ages. They played around with the African print making it look enticing to wear.

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“My passion for fashion and promoting the artwork of fashion designers made us organize this event as the International Creative Arts and Craft Network of Testimonies Media Group  with the partnership of Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services,” said Mercyline Mutarisi.

If the organizers of this event work on maintaining and improving this event, it will attract designers from abroad, it will also motivate the local talent to improve their craft.

 The high profile event was graced by security force generals, Dr Solomon Guramatunhu, Dereck Mpofu, Tich Mataz was the MC. 

Assistant Commissioner Sulumani Chimbetu, the Prison Band, the beautiful Mhamha Bass Edith WeUtonga and her mbira player Nancy Nasibo Mutize entertained the audience. For the first time, Mercyline and her team did a splendid job which seasoned events like the Harare Fashion Week have failed to match.

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