Run­way Rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies

JAN MALAN AND GREG MEYER ARE A DIREC­TOR-PRO­DUCER DUO WHO’VE RAISED A NEW BAR, AND HAVE THE MILEAGE TO BACK IT UP

Men's Health (South Africa) - - PROMOTION -

The globe-trot­ting Umzin­geli Pro­duc­tions direc­tor-slash-pro­ducer duo have staged high-pro­file pro­duc­tions in 36 cities across four con­ti­nents. The driv­ing force be­hind their well-trav­elled port­fo­lio is a never-end­ing pur­suit for fresh and cap­ti­vat­ing venues for their shows. No lo­ca­tion is off-lim­its: they’ve staged shows in train sta­tions, on bridges, piers, in­side city halls and tra­di­tional the­atre spa­ces. Apart from a myr­iad of pro­duc­tions in Africa, Malan and Meyer also took the reins on sev­eral shows on sched­ule as part of New York Fash­ion Week over the last 16 years.

It’s work that has turned heads and gar­nered the at­trac­tion of top in­dus­try players and media houses over the years, with The

Daily Front Row de­scrib­ing their pro­duc­tion for Arise magazine at the 2010 edi­tion of Mercedes Benz Fash­ion Week in New York as a “rous­ing fash­ion mo­ment” where they en­abled the “de­sign­ers’ riv­et­ing, vivid tal­ent” to shine through with their “flaw­less pro­duc­tion”. More re­cently, in 2015, and 2016, they di­rected shows for LDJ Pro­duc­tions, most no­tably, Tokyo Run­way meets New York, Con­cept Korea, Ran Fan (win­ner of the 4th Mercedes-Benz Fash­ion Week China Emerg­ing De­signer Award), and a show for

Pro­ject Run­way win­ner Leanne Mar­shall. Last year, they put on a show for Marc Bouwer’s Spring Sum­mer 2017 at The Mu­seum of the City of New York. The media lauded the show for its di­ver­sity, one of the cor­ner­stones of their pro­duc­tions.

“One of the best de­ci­sions that the Swahili Fash­ion Week team has made over the years is tak­ing Jan Malan to di­rect and chore­o­graph the whole event,” says Missie Pop­u­lar, a Tan­za­nian blog­ger. “This guy is a ge­nius!”

Their suc­cess is the com­bi­na­tion of a dar­ing vi­sion, com­bined with an eye for de­tail, an un­wa­ver­ing abil­ity to ex­e­cute on their ideas, and, just as im­por­tantly, at­tract the big­gest and most sought-af­ter tal­ent in the world.

Think: in­dus­try icons such as Kar­lie Kloss, Alek Wek, Liya Kebede, Be­hati Prinsloo, Chanel Iman, Oluchi Or­landi, Lara Stone, Coco Rocha, Tyson Beck­ford, Freja Beha Erich­sen, as well as le­gends such as Pat Cleve­land, Grace Jones and many of the globe’s top run­way mod­els.

They lever­ages their tal­ent and depth­less ex­pe­ri­ence to turn ev­ery one of their pro­duc­tions into a mem­o­rable and thought-pro­vok­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

The proof: the pos­i­tiv­ity and en­ergy they brought to the di­rec­tion of the special 10th an­niver­sary of Men’s Health Menswear event took it to new heights, mak­ing it MH’s big­gest and best pro­duc­tion so far.

And that’s just one client, one of many in South Africa which in­clude names such as Carolina Her­rera, El­ton John, Tyra Banks, Hugo Boss, Calvin Klein, Louis Vuit­ton, Daniel Swarovski, the BBC, Ford Mod­els, L’Oréal and Mercedes-Benz.

The pair also have a pas­sion for char­ity, pro­duc­ing the United Nations Cat­walk World Fash­ion for Food shows in Ac­cra, Ghana, La­gos, and Nige­ria in 2006.

They have staged shows for Hos­pice Wits in Jo­han­nes­burg, The Or­gan Donor Foun­da­tion in Cape Town and for the United Col­ors of Fash­ion in New York. United Col­ors of Fash­ion hon­oured Malan award­ing him the prize of “Pro­ducer of the Year” in 2012.

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