Windhoek was abuzz last week with creatives and fashion lovers from neighboring countries who came to witness the eighth episode of the annual MTC Windhoek Fashion Week (WFW).
The biggest fashion event in the country saw more than 30 fashion designers showcasing their clothing, with 15 from Angola, Botswana, Zambia, South Africa and Mozambique.
At least 1 500 people attended the four-day event.
Tatiana Diamonds from Angola, Phupho Gumede K from South Africa, Chishimba and Monde Nyambe from Zambia, and Luis Munana were among the special guests at the event.
Designer Andila Andila says the quality designers delivered was exceptional.
“The quality of the brands was the highlight of the event. I spent up to 15 days on the collection and fitting, which is inspired by African designers,” she says.
Andila, who has been part of WFW since 2016, says Namibian fashion is exceeding expectations.
“I am absolutely sure this event can be compared to the best events held on our continent, and will be launching local designers’ brands into the international arena,” she says.
Gcina Lwandle, a designer from South Africa, says creativity is time independent, and production in South Africa was a challenge in the presence of load-shedding.
“You have to schedule when you can design, because a minute later, it could be dark. This was something I struggled with while having to create my collection,” she says.
Lwandle’s collection was inspired by a mix of high fashion and street culture, and took her roughly a month and a half to complete, she says.
“For fittings I only had one day, and the next day was the show. Luckily most of the looks were oversized fits, so it made the alterations easier for me,” she says.
Model Anuschka Orren says her backstage experience was all fun