Lights, cameras, beautiful models both slim and fully figured, this was definitely an event nothing short of amazing.
With a mind blowing opening act by Malawi’s finest Hip-Hop artist Tay Grin, it goes without saying that the night of 25th June Malawians experienced a fashion show like no other, dubbed “a night of fashion and glam”, the event was no ordinary fashion show but a fashion with a cause as some of the proceeds generated from the show will be donated to the Association of People with Albinism in Malawi (APAM).
Mkanda which was the main headliner for the night, launched their beaded jewellery which was not only modelled on the runway but also had an exhibition booth were those in attendance were given a chance to view and buy the beautiful pieces.
Talking to the media Fawzia Osman who is the founder of Mkanda, she said she hopes to use the business to inspire women’s creativity and some of the jewellery will be made by women from disadvantaged communities.
The beads which are sourced from Malawi and beyond the borders were with no doubt the star of the show.
SAC cosmetics also officially launched their cosmetics to their Lilongwe clientele. SAC, which was launched in August last year in Blantyre, is a quality and affordable Malawian cosmetics brand formulated for African skin tones.
“My inspiration comes from seeing the amount of women who are wearing the wrong colour foundation because most make-up brands don’t really cater for majority of the African skin tones and also the prices on the market are too expensive for the average low income ladies,” said ShabnaamHubbe, the founder.
SAC which is already sold in some outlets in both Lilongwe and Blantyre aims to be a household name in Malawi and its neighbouring countries.
Apart from donating some of the proceeds to APAM, 500 brim hats which designers were required to produce as an entrance fee instead of money, will be donated to children with Albinism in an effort to ensure that they are able to stay in school long enough to finish their university education and be employable.
All in solidarity and all the efforts going on in the country to stop the violence against people with Albinism.
Both SAC and Mkanda were accompanied on the runaway with designs by some of Malawi’s renowned fashion designer like Alinafe Misomali who is a Malawian fashion designer formerly based in Ghana. This was Alinafe’s first show since her return to Malawi and she sure didn’t disappoint.
Other designers included Nellie George of Nellie’s secret possessions and 14yr old Tawile of Tazma who both who just successfully showcased their designs at the Tshwane Fashion Festival in South Africa two months ago.
F ormer Big Brother Africa contestant Felicia Ngoma of Nyasabrands and Goodwill of Men’s bling things and Kateza who designed outfits for the plus size models.
“I have been in the fashion industry for over four years now. Since I left Big Brother house in 2011, i ventured into tailoring and designing, trading as Nyasabrands,” said Ngoma.
“Fashion has never been meanful to me than right now when i get to work towards improving the lives of needy citizens,” she told Nyasa Times.
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