Tafadzwa Zimoyo Senior Arts Reporter
About 20 local designers and models are set to take part at the inaugural high profile fashion show dubbed, ‘Trendy Designs – Fashion Gala’, scheduled to take place, this weekend at Meikles hotel, in the capital. The list includes award winning designers and stylists such as Thembani Mubochwa ,Joyce Chimanye of Zuvva brand and Tapfumaneyi Munenga (Coco) who are known to have dressed some of local celebrities and diplomats .They will exhibit their wares at the event hosted by International Creative Arts and Craft Network (ICACN) in collaboration with Zimbabwe Prison Services.
Other designers include Sekai Sandamu of Kaisan, Ishmael Tsakotsa (Zarguesia), Edgar Msasa, Tafadzwa Tapera of Cheneso brand and Jenika (Amara Moi) among others.
The event organizers have invited chief executives, diplomats, company directors and managers as their top list in a bid to celebrate the successes of creative mind in the fashion industry.
The fashion show will run under the theme, “Networking for business services: Harnessing Passion for fashion”.
In an interview, founder of ICACN, Mercyline Mutarisi, she said all was set for the event, with an exhibition starting early.
“We are now on perfecting finer details with models and designers already doing rehearsals.
The event is meant to explore possible partnerships between the ZPC and corporate world. We are going to start off with exhibitions of designers in the afternoon before the gala night.
In broad sense the gala seeks to provide a relaxed platform where key decision makers exchange notes with players in the fashion industry, deliberating on ways to forge strategic private public partnerships for possible economic growth,” she said.
She said veteran master of ceremony Tich Mataz will be the master of ceremony while Sulumani Chimbetu will headline the entertainers list.
Mutarisi who last year launched the Christian beauty pageant said the event is a red carpet affair hence all guests should dress accordingly.
“Soon after the exhibition, the main event starts at 5pm with red carpet. Other musicians that will perform are gospel musician Tatenda Mahachi, Edith WeUtonga, Fungisai and ZPC band among others,” she said.