Just like that, the Mandela Bay Fashion Week came and went, proving the saying “time flies when you’re having fun” to be true. I’m not even going to lie, this event wasn’t flagged on my calendar or anything like that. I’m not so much into fashion trends but weirdly enough, do check out my bucket list items and there you’ll find me contradicting myself. I have a love-hate relationship with fashion, lets just leave it there.
Being a liker of things, I was super stoked when I got an email from the fashion week organizer inviting me to be part of the media team… to share the vibe from the front row- as a social media influencer / blogger. They even threw us a launch party over at the PE Harbour the night before!
I wore a burgundy/maroon wrap dress with black heels and accessories. I even got my Instagram friends involved with completing this look. I thought it would be fun and reckoned that through this I could build up a lil’ anticipation for the evening’s happenings.
This outfit was a bit daring for me and waaaay out of my comfort-zone. Modest me still felt pretty though and thought it fitting for the occasion. Going bra-less is definitely an up to having pancake boobs.
The show started a bit later than scheduled but I didn’t mind coz I had good coffee, great company, and the vibe was nice.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get much footage as my battery died (do check out Deenah’s highlight HERE). They featured emerging designers I never even heard of before, with my personal favourites being Made by M and David Mhlanga. There was this one dress from Queen M Styling’s “ready to wear range” I wanted to buy off the runway but sadly someone beat me to it. I have placed my order!
The night was concluded with the Amarula challenge and nope, it had nothing to do with drinking but everything with design. Thembani Selani won the challenge and the 20k that goes with it. Also, just a friendly request … let’s not sleep on Carlos Fritz!
I came prepared with data and a full battery! Sporting a denim-on-denim outfit with metallic touches, just to add a lil’ something-something. I was sick as a dog and only stayed for an hour and a half, viewing only the NMU second year fashion & textile design students’ work. I was blown away by the details – the stitching of the garments, the quality of their work!
Over all the Mandela Bay Fashion Week was a huge success, thanks to the organizers, Llewellyn and his team, as well as the generous sponsors of this event. The MC, Miss Toni Williams did a sterling job directing the program and the DJ had some of us on our feet and some of the older folk clapping to the beat.
I loved that the Tramways Building was home to this event. It was the perfect setting and the atmosphere was thick with the magic of laughter and people excited to see each other. I met new faces and networked while building stronger bonds with ones I was already acquainted with.
It was an absolute honour being part of the media team and documenting the 3rd edition. I look forward to an even bigger and better 2019 production with loads more sponsors and fresh talent showcasing their designs!