Glitzy Fashion Week to showcase local designers

2016-09-21 06:00
The team behind the Nelson Mandela Bay Fashion Week are, from left, Llewellyn Williams (Founder and Managing Director), Njabulo Ntombela (Operations Manager), Nduduzo Mjaja (Social Media and Entertainment Manager) and Siphosethu Martins (Sponsorship Manager). Photo: SUPPLIED

The team behind the Nelson Mandela Bay Fashion Week are, from left, Llewellyn Williams (Founder and Managing Director), Njabulo Ntombela (Operations Manager), Nduduzo Mjaja (Social Media and Entertainment Manager) and Siphosethu Martins (Sponsorship Manager). Photo: SUPPLIED

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GLITZ, glamour and fabulous fashion is what the organisers of the Nelson Mandela Bay Fashion Week, which is taking place next month, have in mind.

Mandela Bay Fashion Week vows to create a sense of hope and belonging for a city that is currently without fashion platforms.

Beginning on October 6, through numerous shows over a three-day period, the first annual Mandela Bay Fashion Week grants Eastern Cape designers –both recognized and up-and-coming –a platform to expose their autumn/winter collections to the industry’s well established fashion houses, media and buyers.

One of the three days will be dedicated to designers displaying their brands in a runway and pop up store format, for potential buyers and talent scouts to view or purchase.

Apart from the fashion show, a conference on the opening day from industry leaders, will give aspiring designers business advice.

The organisers, Brand Shack (Pty) Ltd, have selected the Tramways building in Port Elizabeth as a venue for this event.

Brand Shack (Pty) Ltd’s owner and managing director, Llewellyn Williams, is committed to making this year’s production one that will allow Nelson Mandela Bay to trend both locally and nationally.

“We are attempting to solve a challenge faced by Nelson Mandela Bay for a long time. Included are few or no platforms which in turn portray a lack of support offered to young fashion entrepreneurs in and around the Eastern Cape. Instead of losing faith in the Bay, we need to solve our own problems, by creating our own platforms like Mandela Bay Fashion Week,” explained founder Llewellyn Williams.

Williams said that local talents are forced to seek opportunities in other centres such as Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, and even abroad.

“This needs to change as PE has produced phenomenal designers in the past who have reached national and some even international platforms. Designers such as Laduma Nxokolo, Thabo Makheta, Laz Yani and Armand Dicker, have wowed the fashion arena with wonderful collections, but have done so in other geographical locations because of the lack of platforms available in Nelson Mandela Bay. This is the motivation behind Mandela Bay Fashion Week,” said Williams.

Tickets are available at Computicket at R180 General and R1000 VIP. For more info visit www.nmbfw.co.za.

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