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Mzuzu Fashion Week featured designers to take part in EMMS International Fundraising Fashion Show in Scotland

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Mzuzu Fashion Week (MzFW) featured designers MisK and Za Clemoh will be sending pieces to Scotland to feature in the annual EMMS International Fundraising Fashion Show in October.

The show will host the latest winter collections from 8 designers and boutiques on the catwalk including collections from Mzuzu Fashion Week, Emma Roy of Edinburgh Wedding Boutique and Halina North, Gold Award winner at the London Graduate Fashion Week last year, as well as entertainment and prizes, it promises to be a night of fun.

All this is in aid of girls in Malawi who are so often overlooked. The show will also have in attendance Linda Fabiani, MSP (Scottish politician, with Italian origins. A member of the Scottish National Party, she is the Member of the Scottish Parliament for East Kilbride.)

Our publication understands the event will take place at Summerhall, 1 Summerhall Pl, Edinburgh, EH9 1PL on 25th of October.

MzFW Co Founder, Wezi Mzumara says “Being a girl and living in remote rural areas of Malawi is harder than we can imagine. Better healthcare and support, provided by EMMS International and their local partners in Malawi, is bringing hope to young women striving to lift themselves out of poverty and take control of their lives. Incredible advances are already being made, for example in preventing HIV transmission from HIV+ mothers to their babies. But there is still much to be done” adding “Every girl’s life matters.”

 

Featured Designers profiles

 

Clemoh Sato

Clemoh, is one of the most influential designers in Malawi and household name in the Malawian fashion industry. Full of talent and enthralling creativity, he is an award winning designer who rose to fame after winning the Fashion Malawi Edition (FAME) in 2011. With his prowess in designing Za Clemoh’s brand focuses mainly on women’s wear.

Growing up in Malawi, with a developing interest in fashion at a very young age and a strong love for good things, Clemoh is a self-taught fashion designer. With many years passing by with him in the background, his comeback into the industry was in 2015 when he showcased at Malawi’s premier fashion event, the Mzuzu Fashion Week, where he stole the show. His wish is always to see nothing but a happy and satisfied client. He has showcased at several fashion weeks, some of which include the Swahili fashion week in Tanzania, Durban July in South Africa but also at the Mzuzu Fashion Week where he is expected to showcase again this year.

He has also had the opportunity of being a Judge at the Miss Malawi beauty pageant. Among some of the influential people he has dressed is former first lady Madame Calista Mutharika. Now working on re-branding, he is determined to stay focused and deliver the best in fashion both on the local and international market.

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Kylie Uta Brown

Kylie Uta Brown is the fashion designer for label MisK. She started MisK in 2010 after studying fashion design in London at West Thames College. She has showcased at FAME 2010, 2011 and other fashion shows plus dressed contestants for beauty pageants in Malawi and in Nigeria. She has a client base both locally and in other countries around the world. She designs mostly for women but occasionally does menswear too. She has showcased at Mzuzu Fashion Week 2015 & 2016 and is looking forward to this year’s event also.

Additionally, more than simply providing a platform for local designers to promote their products, the event hopes to inspire a new generation of fashion designers and entrepreneurs.

These individuals could then use their skills to create jobs as well as products that may be exported, thereby generating revenue for the nation.  The event continues to raise the standard of quality in Malawi’s fashion industry. It will serve as a place where stakeholders can network and learn from one another.

This would thereby lead to a greater demand for Malawian clothing and thereby boost the nation’s economic standing.

Mzuzu Fashion Week would like to ask for the continued support of the government, the private sector and Malawi as a whole as MzFW has the potential to be a major contributor to Malawi’s socio-economic growth.

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Lush Africa partners with Latitude 13 Hotel for Africa Fashion Festival 2nd edition

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Lush Africa, organizers of Africa Fashion Festival have partnered with Latitude 13 Hotel ahead of the three days of fashion events. 

Last year, the Festival took place at Bingu International Convention Centre. 

Dates for the Festival have been announced as 24th to 26th of November 2017 with showcasings from renowned Africa designers, music artists. 

In addition there will be shoppers paradise; where people will be able to buy African arts and craft and fashion items from the designers.

Lorraine Mopiwa Kljajic, Lush Africa manager said “Lush Africa and Latitude 13 Hotels have teamed up to bring back the epitome of fashion in Malawi” 

“Last year’s event was a success and we are back by public demand”

“We have decided to include music, arts and craft as a way of celebrating the African creative and entertainment industry”

Lush Africa has also teamed up with Nigerian and Tanzania fashion Organisers to bring a bigger and premium fashion show to Malawi, he says. 

Latitude 13 Hotel Marketing and Sales Manager Bridgette Sadyalunda said Latitude is proud to be partnering and hosting the event at the hotel as a way of recognizing fashion as an art.

“We were impressed with Africa Fashion Show last year, the show saw Malawians and expatriates coming together to appreciate fashion from across Africa”

“This year, since Lush Africa has included art and music, what better venue embraces such talents than Latitude 13,” says Sadyalunda.

Meanwhile, designer applications have been opened and interested designers are encouraged to send profiles to lushafrica@gmail.com. 

In 2016, before the two nights of glamour and fabulosity in the first edition of Africa Fashion Festival, Latitude 13 Hotel hosted a cocktail to welcome international designers.

The main showdown attracted both local and international 20 designers and 25 models.

Among others, Nyalisa wear, Mafrica (UK-Malawi), Sandra Designs (Uganda), Adam’s Needle, Bonono Merchants (Lesotho), Esnart Nkosi (South Africa) showcased at the event with music performances from Lulu, Dali, Blaze and John Paulo.

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​Malawi to host its first International Tourism Expo

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Malawi will host the International Tourism Fairs or Expositions (Expo) for the first time this September at the Bingu International Convention Centre. 

This is in bid to uplift the tourism industry in the country. 

The expo, dubbed Takulandirani International tourism expo comes as one of the strategies the country has taken to reinforce its tourism brand on the regional and international market.

It is a follow up to one of the key recommendationsmade made at the recent National tourism conference which suggested that Malawi should have its own tourism expo if the country is to increase its visibility and build capacity in its tourism services.

According to a press statement, the Expo which will start on 30 August and end on 1 September, is expected to attract the attention of international and regional buyers, exhibitors, tourism authorities, media, the academia, ministries responsible for tourism and the general public.

“The objective is to provide a platform forparticipants at the fair to interface and experience first-hand Malawi’s tourism products and share best practices on howto network and package Malawi’s tourismproducts for increased returns”. 

“It will bring buyers and sellers in one place and help facilitation of face to face meetings and conclusion of deals”, reads part of the statement issued by Sarah Njanji, Principal Tourism officer in the Department of Tourism.

 The statement said, the Expo comes timely as it resonates with Government’s decision to include tourism as a key economic driver for social economic development.

Amongst other benefits, the fair will offer a majority of local operators an opportunity to learn from leading operators from Malawi, the region and beyond.

The statement says the Expo will offer anopportunity for key stakeholders to appreciate that travel is only a component of tourism.

It will also provide a cost effective platform for local operators who might not have had the chance to transact business face to face with international buyers outside the country.

Prior to the event, there will be pre- Expo tours to some of the key attractions across the country.

This aims at giving the international and regional buyers and the media an opportunity to get an in-depth product knowledge of the various tourism products Malawi is endowed with.

The pre Expo tour will also provide an invaluable buyer, exhibitor and client experience on what to expect during particular destination visits and information on enquiries related to the destination.

Some of the other benefits of holding the Expos are creational of seasonal jobs andbusinesses for entrepreneurs as they design, construct, brand and decorates stands.

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Malawian Model Spreading Wings in Dubai – Modelling for International Brands

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A 21 year old student and fashion model has been carrying the Malawian flag high in Dubai where she has been modelling for huge brands and top designers of the Middle-East.

Nelly at work (sitting on chair, second from right) – Namshi ad for the #stateyourstyle campaign.

Nellie Makondi, a student at the University of Wollongong in Dubai, is currently being featured in commercials by Namshi, the largest on-line fashion retailer in the Middle-East. In a video commercial posted on Namshi’s official website, the young Nellie is shown smiling then interacting with other models in the last half of the ad.

WATCH THE NAMSHI COMMERCIAL HERE

Namshi has involved the Malawian model and other 20-something year old models in its latest campaign dubbed #stateyourstyle which calls on all walks of life residing in Dubai to come together and celebrate their personal style, no matter how different they may be.

“From professional skaters and dancers, to photographers and fashion industry insiders, this cast of twentysomethings all have one thing in common: they rep themselves, always” says Namshi’s campaign brief.

The young Malawian can be seen on Namshi’s ads on trains and billboards in Dubai and other cities of the Middle-East.

On her involvement in Namshi’s Ad Nellie wrote on her Facebook wall, “Check me out in this Namshi ad, I would like to thank my family, friends, and amazing crew that I worked with on this campaign”.

Wearing Hissa Zainal’s Dress at the Puma Event in Dubai.

On one of her posts, she is seen rocking and showcasing a US$700 dress by Hissa Zainal, a young and creative Qatari award-winning fashion designer whose work has been featured in fashion magazines such as Ahlan, Style Arabia and Ana Emra’a,and has been on the cover of Glam magazine.

Progress Malawi looks forward to more from the young and ambitious Nelly as she joins others who are equally representing Malawi in the fashion world, both locally and internationally. One thing is for sure, being recognized in Dubai’s fashion industry means she can parade the Malawian flag anywhere in the world.

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