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The 7de Laan team ap­proached Joburg de­sign and mar­ket­ing school Vega to be part of the sto­ry­line and asked the stu­dents to come up with Africa-themed out­fits for the episode to cel­e­brate Africa Day on­screen. 7de Laan’s pub­lic­ity man­ager Rosa-Mari le Roux says that “we wanted to give up-and- com­ing tal­ents a dif­fer­ent plat­form to ‘per­form’ on than what they’d usu­ally have”. She adds that “May is Africa Month and we thought that it would be per­fect to cel­e­brate with a fash­ion show. We wanted to bring in spe­cial guest con­trib­u­tors and the Vega School fit­ted per­fectly. Their stu­dents are pros with the lat­est trends and just look at what they’ve made for the episode!” 7de Laan’s art di­rec­tor Ro­han Horn says that the team wanted it to have a “pro­fes­sional but in­ter­na­tional feel, which is why we cast real-life models to walk the run­way in­stead of us­ing char­ac­ters on the show like in pre­vi­ous years”. In the story, mar­ket­ing com­pany Bruyn­waves planned the fash­ion show cel­e­bra­tion and they’ve brought in Hill­side bou­tique man­ager Con­nie (Quinne Brown-Huff­man) to “help” with the out­fits. “Con­nie isn’t sure she’s right for the job at first,” says Quinne. “Her fash­ion sketches are very ba­sic and she says that draw­ing fash­ion is ‘just a silly hobby’, but thanks to pes­ter­ing from her friend

Ag­gie (Mimi Mahlasela), Con­nie gets to work on ‘her de­signs’. I hope our au­di­ence will love what they see as much as we did film­ing it.” If Quinne had her way, she’d have a cup­board full of the out­fits: “They’re gor­geous!”

Peaceful Thu­lare was cast to walk the run­way in out­fits by stu­dents like Vicky Roux.

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