New Era (Windhoek)

9 November 2012

Namibia: Chakira, Cathy, Mcbright and Nikola Represent Namibia at Fashion Show

Chakirra Claasen, Cathy Tshikesho, Mc Bright Kavari and Nikola Conradie are the four Namibian among eleven designers featuring in the first ever Namibia Fashion Show which promises to be a spectacular event.

Chakirra is a proudly Namibian designer who owns Kiswa Designs and is associated with Pambili Young Designers. Her designs experiments a lot with ondelela and shwe-shew textiles associated with fashion design in Southern Africa. However, when using these textiles her designs are very simplistic, thus highlighting the prints on the textile. In 2009 she was selected as one of the top ten finalist from 60 upcoming designers from all over Africa to represent Namibia at FIMA known to be one for the greatest platforms for African designers.

Cathy is a proudly Namibian designer from Onelago village who holds a diploma in Applied Arts Fashion Design. She owns the label Urban Glam Designs. Probably one of Namibia's most creative designers, she describes her designs as cocktail wear catering more for the young independent women.

Mc Bright Kavari is an elegant Namibian designer who specialises in traditional wear. He owns Classic Designs and prides himself for having showcased his designs at the Berlin Expo in Germany in 2010. His designs have so far won the Herero Dress Competition for three consecutive years. He looks forward to showcasing elegant but yet traditional Namibian designs at the Namibia Fashion Show.

Nikola is currently studying in Milan. Being scouted as a teen model in Windhoek got her acquainted with the fashion industry. She set her sights on a Foundation Course at the Fashion Academy in Cape Town in 2006. Her designs can best be described as something the world is yet to see.

The other designers in this year's Namibia Fashion Show are:

David Tlale a favorite on the South African and African fashion platform who is renowned for his undeniable knack for showmanship, as well as his elaborate designs. Tlale has taken his work around the world, including showcasing at Labo Ethnik show in Paris, France, a showcase in Vienna, Austria, a presentation in Washington DC, a show at the Fashion Business, Angola, Swahili Fashion Week and Mozambique Fashion Week.

Suzaan Heyns is a South African based designer. Her fashion label similarly labeled is described as having an architectural sentiment that has a feminine twist with concepts derived from avante garde ideals and classic silhouettes. She promotes a lifestyle vision that centers on a combination of artistry, uniqueness, and the bizarre.

Martial Tapolo: is a Cameroun born fashion designer based in France, Martial is one of the few designers who actually oversees his entire production from the weaving of fabric to the finishing touches of individual styles designed. His designs are previewed in shows in Paris, London, USA and the Middle East.

Modela Couture by Lagos, Nigeria, designer has become an international benchmark for all upcoming designers with over 35 local and international awards, and applauded for his Out of the World creations by the international press. He is arguably the most creative designer in the world who is well travelled and has showcased in different countries including France, South Africa, Cameroon and Monrovia.

Joyce Chimanye, a Zimbabwean fashion designer based in Harare, Zimbabwe, is a talented designer. She is well travelled and has participated in various fashion shows including the Fashion Extravaganza by some of Africa's top designers, Ubuntu, The African Heritage Afro-Australian Fashion Evening, Fading Cultures Emerging Innovations in Washington D.C, various Miss World pageants and the Tribal Fusion Show in Santa Fe New Mexico.

Allex Kangala, is an Angolan designer who founded his brand in 2005. The brand which oozes sophistication and class also depicts nobility, harmony and beauty. Allex began his career as a model in the fashion industry, later as a result of much dedication combined with his love for fashion; he then created Dianthus D'kangala a brand of classic character. Allex has showcased his designs at the African Fashion Week in New York.

Maria Amakweya who own Amakweya Designs explains that the name Amakeya originated from a woman who worked on a farm in South Africa. When the farm was attacked she managed to escape with a baby to the river that was flowing with blood. The zigzag fabric traded by missionaries to the indigenous people of the Sambyu in the northern east Namibia, reminded them of the story of Amakeya.

VIP tables for 90 people are available for N$ 8,500 where guest will be treated to a meal and drinks in addition to free entrance to the after-party. Single VIP seats are N$1000 per person and Standard tickets sell for N$ 250. Space is limited.

The Namibia Fashion show will take place on November 17 at Safari Hotel and at half-past-six. Tickets are available at Universal Sounds only. The event will be attended by local and international celebrities and the Honourable Minister of Finance and Patron of Namibia Fashion Show, Saara Kuukongelwa-Amadhila looks forward to hosting all guests.

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