Fash­ion show to fea­ture sum­mer cou­ture

Lesotho Times - - Weekender - Mo­halenyane Phakela

TWO China-based Ba­sotho fash­ion­istas will this Satur­day host a fash­ion event in Maseru to show­case sum­mer cou­ture and foster in­ter­ac­tion be­tween de­sign­ers and clients.

The Red Car­pet Fash­ion Show is the brain­child of Franci­nah Kekana and Nthabiseng Set­sumi, which will be held at Barce­los res­tau­rant at Maseru Mall.

Ac­cord­ing to Kekana, the show is meant to give lo­cal de­sign­ers ex­po­sure to their clients and vice versa.

“The event is ba­si­cally meant to show­case the clothes suit­able for the sum­mer sea­son and to give lo­cal bou­tiques and de­sign­ers the op­por­tu­nity of in­ter­act­ing with po­ten­tial clients,” she said.

“We be­lieve the show will go a long way in im­prov­ing brand aware­ness and also build Le­sotho’s fash­ion in­dus­try.”

The two ladies are cur­rently pur­su­ing their stud­ies in China, with Kekana pur­su­ing a Master’s in Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Set­sumi a fash­ion de­sign stu­dent. The duo also im­ports ap­parel from China for sale lo­cally, which has spurred their pas­sion to up­lift the fash­ion in­dus­try.

“I would al­ways post on Face­book the fab­u­lous de­signs I have seen in Chi­nese bou­tiques, and a friend based here in Le­sotho asked me to bring them some of the out­fits. That is how my en­ter­prise started,” said Kekana.

Set­sumi also chipped in say­ing: “I watched a lot of fash­ion shows on tele­vi­sion, and would copy the de­signs I saw and fused them with prac­ti­cal el­e­ments here at home to give them a unique and ex­cit­ing look.

“We have noted that Ba­sotho de­sign­ers are not hold­ing fash­ion shows hence our de­ci­sion to change that trend.

“Hope­fully, the show will de­velop into an an­nual event that will take the fash­ion world in Le­sotho by storm.”

She said the show will show­case five lo­cal de­sign­ers whose out­fits range from smart ca­sual to for­mal, adding that this year’s edi­tion will only fea­ture ladies’ fash­ion.

Franci­nah Kekana (left) and nthabiseng Set­sumi.

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