Joburg sandstorm derails South African Fashion Week

2014-10-16 22:10

The second day of the South African Fashion Week (SAFW) was marred by delays after organisers had concerns about the extreme wind conditions which posed a safety and security risk for the ramp shows hosted in a tent erected in the Crowne Plaza parking lot.

The first show, Clive by Clive Rundle, scheduled to start at 7pm, was delayed to the point where guests for the 8pm show found those attending the first show still waiting for the show to begin.

At 8.10pm the bell signalling the start of the show rang and people moved forward only to get to the tent entrance and be told to go back because they couldn’t enter yet.

Guests who had been in the front of the queue found themselves standing in the cold, with the evening temperature hovering around 14°C with winds ranging between 10km/h and 16km/h.

Updates on when the shows were expected to start were unavailable. At 20:22 a staff member told attendees to enter the tent only to be told by another staff member inside the tent that they couldn’t enter the venue.

The disgruntled but still gracious crowd continued to wait until 20:30 when a makeshift stage was brought in, causing the crowd to expect someone from either the hotel or the fashion week organisers to update them.

At 20:41 SAFW organiser Lucille Booysen addressed the crowd saying: “We have to postpone tonight to Sunday night. And it’s a really difficult decision. And as much I want the show to go on, if any of us is hurt, one hair on our head, why go on? The designers are fine to show on Sunday. The storm will be over, and it’s out of our control. Thank you. Thank you!”

Clive Rundle and the other shows scheduled for this evening will now show on Sunday October 19 at the same time. Tomorrow’s shows are currently unaffected.

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