DESIGNER Saneliso Mpofu got a standing ovation at the Ibumba International Festival iFashion Fest at Makokoba’s Stanley Square when her latest fashion offering was showcased on Saturday.
Mpofu Sanah Designs, two-time winner at the Clothing Indaba fashion show, was applauded and given a standing ovation by the audience for her work that was displayed Gothic, Urban Chic and Punk Rock Clothing on the catwalk.
Speaking to Southern Eye Lifestyle, the talented 24-year-old said her theme was inspired by the punk lifestyle and rock stars.
“My theme for the fashion show was modern punk, inspired by the punks, their sense of mind and careless attitude. They wear what they want without fear of being teased,” Mpofu said.
She added that she was excited that the fashion industry was now being taken seriously in Bulawayo.
“This has been a great year for us as fashion designers. People are starting to follow fashion trends more than in previous years and also respect our work. We have had many fashion shows this year which marketed us very well. I am glad people now know Sanah Designs,” she said.
The debut iFashion Fest saw other Zimbabwean designers such as Annie Maliki, Crox Designs, Street Brand–Bulawayo Hustler, Bulawayo Polytechnic students, Penelope Creationz, Younique and House of Mutu, Immaculate Kwashira and Street Wear Brand and Noliwe Mhlope, aka Nolie B, who left tongues wagging with her unusual unique “Tshangane Bag” designs, showcasing their wares.
Explosion Dance crew entertained the audience with their kwaito and hip-hop moves as the designers strutted on the ramp.
Musician and poet Lady Tshawe put up a polished performance while Exmile and Mbo Mahocs performed their new single Nibambe.
Organiser of the show, Gilmore Moyo, said the fashion show was unique from all the other fashion shows that they hosted this year.
“This is the last fashion event we produced for this year. For it to be held at Makokoba is historical for returning to the people. The venue set-up was very clean, but at the same time embracing what Stanley Hall is all about as the old benches and drums were used. I believe the director of the festival (Saimon Mambazo Phiri) wanted to incorporate the old and the new feel,” Moyo said.
“Many people did not come because the festival was in Makokoba. What a sad stereotype and mental slavery we have as people. Makokoba is culturally rich and holds so much of the history of Bulawayo and has birthed some outstanding individuals.”