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.