It was an extravagant show and the people of Namibia showed up in style including Namibia’s well-known celebrities who were part of the models.
Namibia’s biggest and most popular fashion platform MTC Windhoek fashion week tells a strong story of explosive growth in the fashion industry.
A staggering number of 2600 Namibians showed up in a period of only two days including 35 designers. The annual Windhoek Fashion Week which took place last week although the real fun began on the 2nd of November highlighted the maturity and commercial potential of the Namibian fashion sector through the quality and clout of homegrown brands and talents.
This week, unWrap.online wraps up some of the designers that showcased their hard work whom were truly amazing to watch just how talented the people of Namibia really are.
The swimwear line by 23-year-old Jonte Moller had everyone’s jaw on the floor as she was the only one that showcased swimwear with her theme ‘Construction’, which aims to empower women.
Jonte who is a Namibian-based designer based in South Africa expressed in an interview with unwrap.online that fashion week was amazing besides the pressure which was hectic.
“Fashion week was amazing and it was very nice besides that the pressure was very hectic. It was more than what l expected. When it comes to creative l was unique and no one put too much effort like l did l was the only one that showcase swimwear and it was amazing, as the theme of my swimwear was The construction site which was meant to promote women’s empowerment.
“Everything was amazing and l want to bring forward a new look into the show as well as more designs. The only problem is that there was some criticism where people told me that my customs were too revealing, l mean we are a young generation and the story of covering up is too much,” she stated.
Seringa also had people’s jaws on the floor with every piece of artistic clothing the models had on, shocked would be an understatement.
House of St Luke absolutely amazing, Cultura showed us the equivalent of streetcar excellence done the Namibian way. The South African designer K. Moraba brought it with K. Moraba and Collective, the collection was just art after art after art. Stephen van Eeden showcased a Namibian-styled fairytale; the creativity in his designs was immaculate.
In as much as we appreciate the designers and their eccentric artistry, we should not forget the models that strutted the runway and owned the clothes they had on.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with unwrap. online this week, Alvaro Mukoroli fashion week Co-founder and Director was pleased to mention that the platform allowed people to be themselves and had transgender models as well.
“In terms of inclusivity, we had all-size models on the runway which is a norm at the MTC Windhoek Fashion Week since its inception in 2016; we have always focused on this part. The platform has always allowed people to be themselves and we have had transgender models as well.
“The MTC Windhoek Fashion Week was a success indeed; we host various activities during the week from Fashion Pitch night, a networking session for industry professionals, master classes and runway shows. We host more than 35 designers from Namibia, South Africa, Angola and Zimbabwe to mention a few. We had designers collaborate with music producers to create their own sound for the runway and we incorporated artists’ performances during breaks.
He furthermore mentioned that each runway show had about 300 attendees and hosted about 2600 people over the week of fashion week.
“This year we had about 80 male and female models, 50 interns who were part of our internship program. The designers showcased their best work and we are proud to see that Namibian designers are putting a focus on growing their art.
“We will be continuing with a networking session, pop-up shops and master classes across the country in different towns. We are taking the activities to the people and also looking forward to more industry collaboration.
The Windhoek Fashion week started in 2016, and the event has gradually grown, with designers from Namibia, Rwanda, Angola, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Mozambique and South Africa having showcased their work.