The glamourous Mzuzu Fashion Week (MzFW) returns in October with over 15 designers expected to showcase their offerings at Sunbird Mzuzu.
According to Kwanza PR founder Wezi Mzumara, the event will run from October 13 to 15.
“MzFW was established last year after a series of fashion events organised by Kwanza PR and Zik Garvey Investments.
“With the success of the 2015 events, the Mzuzu Fashion Week team are back and ready to put on a bigger and better event,” she said in a statement.
Last year, eight designers participated and over 200 pieces were showcased on the runway. The event comprised a cocktail, dinner gala, pink day and community day.
This year, organisers say they have incorporated creative business seminars.
“The series of seminars slated for the fashion week will target young entrepreneurs, designers, marketers and individuals interested in the creative industries. The seminars are a useful tool for exchanging ideas, networking and developing the creative industry.
“Through the creative business seminars, MzFW aims to engage industry players, stakeholders, policy makers and potential investors,” said Mzumara.
She said during the period, each event will have its own unique character, adding the cocktail show will feature designers showcasing their ready-to-wear collections which will be available in early 2017.
The gala show will feature designers Bespoke and Couture Collections and will be exclusively introducing Alinafe Misomali’s latest collection.
The finale of the event will be the Community Day Show involving local designers, charities and different organisations supporting Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through fashion.
“Mzuzu Fashion Week is more than a chance to show off clothing. It is a convergence of art, passion and creativity. It is an opportunity for Malawi’s designers to display their talent and vision through fabric,” said Mzumara.
Notable designers scheduled to perform include Lilongwe’s HK (real name Harry Kazembe), Kzia McDuff (Kezia Kang’ombe), Momilla Designs (Maureen Milanzi), Adams Needle (Purity Kasambara) and Pink World (Blessings Christian); Blantyre’s Rosette Couture (Mirriam Kalua) and Christie Banda and Mzuzu’s Sozo Wear (Kondwani Phiri) and MisK (Kylie Uta Brown).
Others are T&T’s House of Class (Tamanda Matiya) of Lilongwe and Mzuzu and Creative Base(Christopher Ngalu) of Mzuzu and South Africa.
Ngalu said: “MzFW provides a very big platform for designers. For example, all media houses were present at the last MzFW, print, online and TV, so just to get that spotlight and coverage really helped in pushing my brand and sales of course.”