A section of Blantyre’s Victoria Avenue was blocked on Saturday night to create space for activities marking this year’s street fashion show dubbed
With patrons sitting on the opposite sides of the road facing each other in VIP and Standard seats, the road turned into a stage where models paraded in different elegant designs.
Artists also utilised the road to display their acts apart from the stage Entertainers Promotion mounted.
As models cat-walked towards the mounted stage, the spotlight gave them a rare view, which enabled fans to catch a clear glimpse of the displayed fashion designs.
Chitenje was the material most designers used to shine on the night.
Lilly Alfonso, Terry Made Designs, TMD Home Grown Lifestyle, Vivieta by Lauretta, Sath Gago, Tenje, Carols Collection and Christian Antoinne were some of the designers that displayed at the Blantyre Night fashion gala.
Musicians were also present on stage, though most of them failed to fully utilise the road and restricted themselves close to the stage. This prevented patrons from seeing them clearly.
Dan-Lu broke the trend and moved up the road and interacted with fans during a performance of his Sweet Banana which lit up the event.
At some point, he threw himself onto some female patrons, inviting them for a dance to the song.
Music punctuated processions by designers. However, the highlight of the night was a Kung-Fu performance by Amitofo Care Centre whose youth delivered powerful sets, including skilful moves of stick twirls, throws and thumps.
Patience Namadingo capped up the performances and held the audience for a while before they returned home. They responded to his performance by thronging towards the stage where they danced to the musician’s famous Msati Mseke song.
Other performers included Yesaya, Home Growni African, Theo Thomson and Bucci. There was also a surprise performance by two female dancers who shook it down to Kanda, a hit trending nowadays and done by Sonye, Tay Grin and Orezi.
A patron, Blessings Tandwe described the event as unique.
“A street fashion which is done at night is a complete unique concept which has excited many people if the large turn up of the audience is anything to go by. This is an indication that Malawian youths are innovative,” he said.
The fashion expo is organised by a team of talented young people operating under the banner The Creatives.
One of the team members, Marumbo Sichinga, hailed patrons for supporting the event.
“The street fashion is improving every year. Last year, it was a success, but we have surpassed that this year. This has been the case because different people and players supported us,” he said.
Part of the proceeds of the event will go towards charity.