Fashion Corner takes street style to Mohale Dam
LERIBE - Street style fashion has been around for decades and many people have their own understanding of what it is all about, but the most commonly held view is that there are no rules to it.
Simply put, it is a form of art and self-expression, offering style variety to lovers of all things fashionable.
That is what Lesotho Fashion Week is all about. Now in its second episode titled the, Fashion Corner Gallery, this time around the crew decided to take the capturing of fashion moments to the mountainous sides of the country, away from the shopping malls.
Supported by Jet fashion stores, models from all corners of Lesotho exhibit a range of clothing through photography and video shooting and broadcast via live streaming onYouTube social network.
The latest session was held at the Mohale Dam towards the end of June, whereby a film crew including young local models started off with a series of outdoor adventures. They embarked on a road trip through the highlands of Lesotho to the Mohale Dam which is part of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project.
"The boat ride allowed us to experience a trip over Lesotho’s fresh and cleanest waters with spectacular views of the landscape and mountain passes. For us, this show is all about fashion and cultural tourism," explains the team's management.
Evolving in its purest form, street style fashion still represents youth culture from 2012 to date.
It entails bold prints, lots of colour, masks, high heels swapped for sneakers, with the likes of Vans making their mark in the fashion world.
Celebrities like South African musician and dancer, ShoMajosi and K.O. have become the hallmark of street fashion with much influence in Lesotho.
Entering the 21st century, mini skirts were still all very much alive. Also hitting the streets back on trend were animal prints – from snake, leopard to zebras roaming the streets. Leather and shades of beige were also dominating.
However, in the last quarter of 2020, we saw street style going to a whole new level. Bold prints and dazzling colours against solid backdrops still made for beautiful shots.
"Though we don't see eager photographers out and about in search of interestingly assembled fashion pieces in the streets outside fashion shows like we used to, they are still finding creative ways to capture stunning street fashion, but the COVID-19 pandemic has been most challenging for capturing fashion moments," notes Thato Sebela, a professional photographer who graduated from the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology.