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IN the midst of the heady prepa­ra­tions for South Africa’s very first ver­sion of Project

Run­way, the show’s res­i­dent judges have been an­nounced.

SAY hello to your sea­soned fash­ion power houses Nonhlanhla “Noni” Gasa and Rahim Raw­jee.

Gasa comes with a wealth of TV ex­pe­ri­ence from co-host­ing a string of tele­vi­sion pro­duc­tions like Big Brother Africa, Me­dia Mat­ters, The

M-Net Movies Show, and star­ring as a judge on Mzansi Magic’s re­al­ity model search Di­a­mond In The Ruff.

Gasa is an ir­re­place­able style icon, both el­e­gant and charm­ingly ef­fer­ves­cent. She holds a BA jour­nal­ism de­gree, a masters in lux­ury busi­ness, and an MBA in lux­ury brand man­age­ment. She is an ac­com­plished woman who’s not afraid to run in her own lane.

Stand­ing tall at Gasa’s side on the judg­ing panel is Raw­jee – a man who cuts a very dash­ing and pow­er­ful fig­ure, both on­screen and off. Raw­jee is the cre­ative master­mind who launched Row-G, Africa’s world-renowned, made-to-mea­sure lux­ury menswear brand.

A man of many tal­ents, Raw­jee also runs highly sought after mas­ter classes where he shares his se­crets and teaches about the finer as­pects of cre­at­ing im­pec­ca­bly crafted gar­ments.

Gert-Jo­han Coetzee was an­nounced as Project Run­way SA men­tor. While Project Run­way SA con­tes­tants might be lulled by his soft Cana­dian ac­cent (he at­tended the In­ter­na­tional Academy of Mer­chan­dis­ing and De­sign) and his warm per­sona, they’ll quickly re­alise that there’s a rea­son why Obama chooses to wear his de­signer suits.

Ndalo Pic­tures Founder and CEO Khanyi Dhlomo says, “Noni and Rahim are the ul­ti­mate dream team for Project Run­way SA. They are both highly ac­com­plished, in­cred­i­bly en­gag­ing, and their chem­istry ab­so­lutely siz­zles.”

The judges will be cast­ing their sharp eyes over ev­ery as­pect of ev­ery de­sign lead­ing up to their ul­ti­mate de­ci­sion of who will make the cut.

“It is a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to be part of South Africa’s first Project

Run­way. It’s an hon­our to be able to lend my voice to an ex­cit­ing new wave of tal­ent in this coun­try and to be able to show young minds what’s truly pos­si­ble – be­yond the scope and scale of any­thing that’s ever been done be­fore. It makes me ex­cited to get up in the morn­ing.” says Gasa.

As for Raw­jee, he says he won’t just be look­ing at the con­tes­tants’ choice of fab­ric per se.

“In Project Run­way, it’s more about the in­ter­pre­ta­tion, or the use of fab­rics in a spe­cific de­sign. I’m more in­ter­ested in what you choose to do with the cloth rather than the cloth it­self. A de­signer has such an im­por­tant role – you have the po­ten­tial to com­mu­ni­cate to large masses of peo­ple through your clothes. Your mes­sag­ing can in­flu­ence the way peo­ple look at things, the way peo­ple feel, the way they re­act – it’s much deeper than just a dress or a shirt and what the next colour for the sea­son is.

“You al­most have to have a knowl­edge far deeper than your con­ven­tional five senses can re­veal to you. And you re­ally have to have your fin­ger on the pulse about ev­ery­thing – mu­sic, art, film, ar­chi­tec­ture, and pop-cul­ture – ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing,” said Raw­jee.

Not a sin­gle stitch has been sewn on Project Run­way SA yet, and al­ready we’re in­trigued.

Look out for Project Run­way SA, Sea­son 1, com­ing to Mzansi Magic, DStv chan­nel 161 in July.


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