Fash­ion Fair lives up to billing

Sunday Express - - XPRESS PEOPLE - Mo­halenyane Phakela

THE sec­ond edi­tion of the Arts Week Fash­ion Fair which was held at Makoanyane Square on Fri­day evening lived up to its billing with exquisite de­signs from Ba­sotho de­sign­ers and spec­tac­u­lar pre­sen­ta­tions.

It be­came the first red-car­pet street fash­ion show to be held in the coun­try, at­tract­ing scores of peo­ple from dif­fer­ent walks of life in­clud­ing the Tourism Min­is­ter, ‘Mamot­sie Mot­sie, and em­ploy­ees of the min­istry in­clud­ing one of the di­rec­tors, Thabo Leanya.

Twenty lo­cal mod­els show­cased ca­sual wear, beach wed­ding out­fits and swim- wear de­signs from eight lo­cal de­sign­ers.

Each de­signer would walk onto the ramp af­ter his or her out­fits were show­cased to pose with the mod­els wear­ing her de­signs.

Min­is­ter Mot­sie also pre­sented the de­sign­ers- seven women and one man- with gifts for the su­perb de­signs.

The fash­ion af­fair was a joint ini­tia­tive by the Beauty Pageant As­so­ci­a­tion of Le­sotho, Le­sotho Fash­ion De­sign­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, Limkok­wing Univer­sity of Creative Tech­nol­ogy and the Min­istry of Tourism, En­vi­ron­ment and Cul­ture.

It was held as part of the an­nual six­day Arts, In­no­va­tion and Cul­ture Week which was sched­uled to run from 2 to 6 Oc­to­ber.

How­ever, due to bad weather, out­door ac­tiv­i­ties which in­cluded the fash­ion show as well as the car­ni­val had to be post­poned to last Fri­day.

The Arts, In­no­va­tion and Cul­ture Week was first held in 2015 and it is aimed at pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for per­form­ers to meet, per­form, share their mu­si­cal achieve­ments and creativ­ity while en­hanc­ing their skills and col­lab­o­ra­tions with one an­other.

The event is also meant to fos­ter pride in Le­sotho’s cul­tural di­ver­sity, to fos­ter unity in di­ver­sity, to cre­ate tan­gi­ble com­mu­ni­ca­tion av­enues among gov­ern­ment de­part­ments, re­li­gious and tra­di­tional lead­ers and com­mu­ni­ties.

Other ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude drama, con­fer­ences on women, youth and cul­ture as well as a Le­sotho cul­tural di­ver­sity lec­ture, po­etry, con­tem­po­rary and tra­di­tional mu­sic.

The Arts Week Fash­ion Af­fair was first in­cor­po­rated into the na­tional cel­e­bra­tions last year although it was at smaller scale.

This time it brought on board a South African con­sul­tant, Brian Eriks­som who has been in the fash­ion in­dus­try for close to three decades.

He proved that he is an ex­pert in the field by or­gan­is­ing the well-re­ceived event.

MOD­ELS show­case dif­fer­ent de­signs dur­ing the Arts Week Fash­ion Fair on Fri­day night at Makoanyane Square.

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