‘Born this Way’ showcases pretty hot fashions

2013-05-06 00:00

DESPITE the cold, wet weather, Pietermaritzburg’s Gay and Lesbian Network heated things up with the “Born this Way” fashion show held at the Red Cross Hall on Saturday night.

On show were eye-catching outfits from up-and-coming designers in Pietermaritzburg and Durban. Entertainment was provided by local rapper TLR.

The theme of the show ,“Born this Way”, was chosen for its positive connotations.

The director of the Gay and Lesbian Network, Anthony Waldhausen, said: “Born this Way is an important message. It says that we are all born the way we are regardless of our race, religion or sexual orientation.”

The organiser, Shannon de la Rey, said the aim was to make “Born this Way” more than simply a gay fashion show.

“We have straight and gay models and designers. I want to move away from old ideas and show that everyone is the same,” said De la Rey.

The show started with a choreographed display by all the models, with a spectacular light show. The models then took to the ramp in the designers’ outfits. Each designer had a unique theme.

Prince Msibande of Durban had male and female outfits with an African flavour.

Joy ­Nxumalo of the Eldonani School of Fashion in Pietermaritzburg called her collection “enchanted forest” and had some inspired dresses.

The fashion duo known as 2geez from the Laager Centre in Pietermaritzburg chose to call their collection “wild thing”, and Ntombi, a designer from the Gateway School of Fashion in the capital, opted for “passion fashion” to describe her collection.

The show ended with De la Rey’s own collection, which he called Silver Screen Angels.

The fashion show is one of many events that the Gay and Lesbian Network will host to raise funds for a festival it is planning for December.

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