After it was successfully launched last year, Mzuzu Fashion Week (MzFW) is set to return in October with promises of glitters and glamour.
MzFW was established last year after a series of fashion events took place in Mzuzu City organized by Kwanza PR and Zik Garvey Investments, and the organizers have pledged to stage a bigger and better event this year.
Last year’s event featured eight designers and over 200 pieces showcased on the runway, and this year over 15 designers are expected to showcase across the four days, according to the organizers.
“The event will feature Cocktail Show, Dinner Gala and Community Day. This year’s event you will see an addition of a new feature, the ‘Creative Business Seminars,” said Wezi Mzumara of Kwanza PR.
Mzumara said the series of seminars to take place during Fashion Week are targeted at young entrepreneurs, designers, marketers and individuals who have an interest in the creative industries.
“The seminars are a useful tool for exchanging ideas, networking and developing the creative industry in Malawi. Through the Creative Business Seminars, MzFW aims to engage with industry players, stake holders, policy makers and potential investors.
“The sessions will include topics such as Managing and Financing Your Dream, Your Business Your Brand, The Power of Social Media and Malawi’s Creative Culture, Fashion and Advertising, Quality Control in Production and Value Chains, Hospitality Tourism and Events and much more,” added Mzumara.
Some of the designers set for the event are HK – Harry Kazembe (Lilongwe) / Rosette Couture – Mirriam Kalua (Blantyre) / Kzia McDuff – Kezia Kangombe (Lilongwe) / Momilla Designs – Maureen Milanzi (Lilongwe) / Sozo Wear – Kondwani Phiri (Mzuzu) / MisK – Kylie Uta Brown (Mzuzu) / NAKISAI – Christie Banda (Blantyre) / T&T’s House of Class – Tamanda Matiya (Lilongwe/Mzuzu) / Creative Base – Christopher Ngalu (Mzuzu/South Africa) / Adams Needle – Purity Kasambara (Lilongwe) / Pink World – Blessings Christian (Lilongwe).
Mzumara said “The 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. Internationally, according to a report entitled “The Economic Impact Of The Fashion Industry”, fashion is a 1.2 trillion dollar industry. It creates thousands of jobs a year and generates notable revenue”.
Mzuzu Fashion Week is expected to establish Mzuzu as Malawi’s leading Fashion hub that will grow to be recognized internationally. And such a status would draw tourists and investors into Malawi’s fastest growing city, thereby providing employment and revenue.
Some of the Partners/Sponsors/Suppliers to this year’s event include Sunbird Mzuzu Hotel, United General Insurance (UGI), Pata Potea Farms, Biz Malawi, Centre for Youth and Development, Nyasa Showbiz, Moving Minds Multimedia, Sheena Tembo Photography, Eyelevel Art, Your Image by A.D Henson, Events 265, Paco Entertainment, Nafe Graphics Kwanza PR and Zik Garvey Investments.