The Winter Ankara Fashion Expo (Wafe) will not take place this year due to what organisers term as “both internal and external factors”.
The development means one of the three main fashion events in the country is off the calendar.
Organisers of the event, The Creatives, say the event that since 2015 has been the main focus for fashion in Blantyre, will return next year.
“Due to internal and external factors, The Creatives would like to inform the general public that the prestigious Winter Ankara Fashion Expo [Wafe] is scheduled to return to the streets in 2020.
“The Creatives would like to announce that preparations for Wafe 2020 are ongoing and they look forward to producing an event that will reset the standards of the fashion scene in Malawi, Africa,” says The Creatives chief executve officer David Page.
Meanwhile, the organisers say they are focused on maintaining the event’s authenticity and creating a more unique experience when the event returns next year.
“We will utilise this time to explore other events and partnerships. Further details regarding these events will be officially communicated in due course,” said Page.
Wafe communications director Sharon Kadangwe said the annual event has registered success over the years.
“Our biggest achievement was working with renowned director and filmmaker Shemu Joyah in 2016 for his film The Road to Sunrise, as we staged the fashion show that is in the film,” she said.
However, Kadangwe bemoaned resistance from the corporate world to support the arts especially projects run by the youth.
Over the years, the Winter Ankara Fashion Expo has grown into the annual street fashion show, creating a platform for scores of local fashion brands; both established as well as up-and-coming to showcase. They include Homegrown Lifestyle, Lilly Alfonso, Christian Entwan Designs, Dorovee and Tenje.