#REBIRTH

Harare is set to become a vibrant new scene for contemporary African fashion taking place on Aug 29 – Sep 1, 2018.

The theme for this year’s Zimbabwe Fashion Week 2018 is #TheREBIRTH representing life, eternity and continuity. As we breathe new life, we are born again to new beginnings and a new revival.

Fashion week is in full swing

earned a reputation for beauty and brilliance.

ZIMBABWE FASHION WEEK 2018 | #ZFW2018 | #REBIRTH

Zimbabwe Fashion Week is the most significant industry event in the country, and in recent years has become one of the more important cultural events, attended in the past few years by over six thousand patrons and covered by every news outlet in the country, and receiving international mention. ZFW has a loyal following within the target audience for most luxury brands, young discerning trend-setters that shape opinions and tastes amongst Zimbabwe’s elite. Zimbabwe Fashion Week was founded by former model, native Zimbabwean, Priscilla Chigariro, in 2009. She has managed to create a platform for Zimbabwean and regional designers to showcase their work, but equally to help rekindle what was once a thriving textile and fashion industry. In January 2015 Zimbabwe Fashion International was created as a conglomerate for upcoming global fashion festivals for Zimbabweans. Zimbabwe Fashion Week is endorsed by the National Arts Council.

Fashion week is in full swing
meet our team
PRISCILLA CHIGARIRO GESSEN
FOUNDER | ZIMBABWE FASHION WEEK

Priscilla is the force behind a distinct vision; to promote emerging fashion designers and local designs to the global market. A former international fashion model who worked extensively in the fashion industry. She is also the founder of Zimbabwe Fashion International, which has for the past 8 years organized Zimbabwe Fashion Week and Musica Festival Fashion Program hosted by the Italian Embassy. In 2013 , Priscilla started

designing shoes and leather accessories for her own brand Shoko Bespoke . All shoes and leather goods are handmade, a lot of which are produced for high profile clients in Zimbabwe and also exported to South Africa where the brand is flourishing. In 2016 Priscilla created The Sp_ce Harare, a multi-brand, fashion & lifestyle concept store which stocks various fashion designers from Africa. The Sp_ce also houses a very popular Restro & Shisha Lounge, that specializes in premium shisha and international tapas. The Sp_ce is the new home and trendy venue for Zimbabwe Fashion Week. Priscilla is also the founder and editor of the high fashion and lifestyle magazine – Domino. In 2017 Priscilla founded AAFFF-Moscow (Africa Art Fashion Food Festival) . A one of a kind festival which created a new market for African designers, artists and producers of elite consumer products in the lifestyle segment. With a penchant for creativity and passion , Priscilla and her various stages of her career have given rise to her prominence in the fashion, arts and culinary industry , due to her diligence, hard work and vision to promote and expand African products globally. She is a visionary and astute business woman who appreciates her culture and the role she plays in job creation and exporting African products to the international market.

MAKHOTSO SIMONE
COMMUNICATIONS | CURATOR | CULTURAL AGENT

Makhotso Simone is a mother, a writer, a cultural observer and a traveller passionate about African heritage. She currently holds the position of Communications Manager for Zimbabwe Fashion Week 2018 and The Sp_ce Harare ,Creative Director at AAFFF- Moscow (Africa Art Fashion Food Festival) & Lifestyle Editor for Domino Magazine – Zimbabwe.Being culturally sensitive and experienced, she has the eye for merging different aesthetics with popular culture.

Makhotso has held the position of Publicist for fashion designer Taibo Bacar in Mozambique. Previously she has worked with several media publications such as Tribute and BLINK magazine as Lifestyle Editor, Stylist & Writer in South Africa. Makhotso has an extensive experience and passion for contemporary African art, having worked as gallery manager at World Art Gallery & MUTI Gallery in Cape Town; ultimately facilitating, organizing and curating numerous arts and culture projects. She has worked with high profile fashion designers & photographers such as Sam Lambert of Art Comes First (UK), Scott Schuman The Sartorialist (NY), Ozwald Boateng fashion designer (UK) amongst others. Makhotso has developed relationships with many renowned local and international artists, feeding into a vision to coordinate cultural exchanges that inspire and bridge divides. She is inspired by life, art , fashion, design ,photography ,books and travelling. Always pushing boundaries and connecting with different creatives and artists from the continent and abroad. She believes in hard work ,diligence, and delivering the highest quality of work in projects she is involved with.

Schedule
Time Wednesday 29 Aug Thursday 30 Aug Friday 31 Aug Saturday 1st Sep
12:00
16:00
17:00 Zanorashe, Tatenda Chidzidzi /Moi Amara, Jenika Shah
18:00 Guest Designer FreeMan by Mickey Chiedza Kambasha Collection Tapfumanei Munenge
19:00 ZFW 2018 OPENING COCKTAIL - THE SP_CE HARARE Chenna Nenni - Brian Motsi / Sithabile Tazibona Leverange - Thobekile Zondo/ Gutu Tich - Simba Maison du Style - Lorraine Taylor
20:00 Magreth Silas/ Valeria Paradzai Maria Coomer/ Reen Zara Mehreen Kamal Maison de Rouge - Tadiwa Chimbodza
21:00 Ordeal Dube / Vongai Murambiwa Ankara By Ane - Anesu Madamombe / LookAlive -Panashe Chingosho / Nehanda & Co Apparel - Richard Sabawo House of Hohwa - Kuda Matiza / Amour Bespoke - Phillip Marufu
22:00 Le Couture - Selina Banhu / Nyadzai Sibanda Galleria - Ubaid R. Khan Guest Designer Evelyn Lambert
LOCATION | ABOUT THE SP_CE
3 Tyward Close , Ballantyne Park, Harare

#ZFW2018 #REBIRTH runway show will take place at The magnificent and luscious garden of The Sp_ce , Harare. A lifestyle, fashion, design concept store with a Turkish inspired restro & shisha lounge that offers quality shopping and lounging experience. The Sp_ce boutique carries various products with a strong theme of contemporary Africa, with items ranging from clothing, beauty products, furniture and other lifestyle items, bringing customers the latest brands, style and trends from an eclectic mix of African designers. The Sp_ce appeals to the sophisticated women and men who appreciate the value and authenticity of African inspired design and exceptional dining and lounging experience. This experience is defined through their products, presentation, their people and the environment. The Sp_ce values what designers and artists bring to the venue as this makes up the very core of what The Sp_ce is about. A proudly Zimbabwean establishment with a twist of international flavours. A unique spot that stands apart .

Young Designers Workshop- Mentors
ANTOINETTE MARIE
FASHION DESIGNER | HARARE, ZIMBABWE

Antoinette Marie Joseph-Norris is the co-founder and creator of Antoinette Marie Collections. The brand is inspired by her childhood shopping experiences where she would cut up the clothes to make them look different. Marie studied at the Cape Town College Of Fashion Design in 2011 and graduated in 2013 . MAC started creating cocktail dresses and then moved on to various ranges including menswear.

The brand is inspired by street wear, culture and eclectic art from all around the world. Although a simple picture can inspire a creative wave within the brand; it goes far deeper than just that picture, it is an art form on its own. Consumer needs and the desire for something different is also part of the inspiration and motivation for the brand. Little things around Antoinette Marie are what gives the most inspiration. The Marie Antoinette brand has succeeded in making consumers happy by simply providing a need in the clothing industry - and that’s the best inspiration for her brand. Marie Antoinette Collections can be found at The Sp_ce Harare boutique.

SITHA KENTANE
PHOTOGRAPHER | FILMAKER | WRITER | ELLE MAGAZINE | JHB, SOUTH AFRICA

Sithasolwazi Kentane is a South African creative who’s work spans across the fashion, photography and film worlds. After completing her Photojournalism Honours degree at Rhodes University, her films, Who Do you Think You Are: Rendani Makhavhani and Woman Undressed, were selected to

show at The Afrikans Film Festival in London; the biggest one day festival in the UK. In 2016 she founded local luxury design brand, SEVEN, which manufacturers women's apparel and redecorates spaces and homes. In 2017, she joined the ELLE South Africa team as a Fashion Assistant, working with brands such as Nike and Project Runway South Africa. She has since gone on to take on the Digital Manager role, curating and writing articles for the ELLE.co.za website.

MAPEPA
Harare, Zimbabwe

Is a team of experienced and multi-skilled professionals in the field of sustainable development, with an accent on programmatic solutions along sectors which has a strong visible impact on the mitigation and adaptation to climate change. MAPEPA have developed excellence in identifying champions to work together, while designing flexible and effective solutions to recover and turn situations around. Our leadership, in the Green and Clean space, is anchored on designing, formulating, facilitating, engineering and managing projects for municipalities to deliver their mandate on the Green and Clean developmental economy.

Young Designers Workshop Schedule
Time Thursday 30 Aug Friday 31 Aug Saturday 1st Sep
10:00am - 12:00pm Starting a Fashion Brand: BE BOLD The Digital World of Fashion, Photography & Film Young leaders who have a strong vision for the future & the ability to create it
Mentor: Antoinette Marie (Fashion Designer | ZIM) Mentor: Sitha Kentane (ELLE MAGAZINE | S.A) Mentor: Asanda Sizani (Editor-in-Chief GLAMOUR MAGAZINE | S.A)
13:00pm - 15:00pm Trend Alert! Going GREEN - sustainable fashion Innovative Fashion Collection with social attitude Photography as a form of Utopia – challenging our perspectives
Mentor: Walter Ruprecht (Sustainable Development Expert | ZIM) Mentor: Evelyn Lambert (FashionDesigner | USA/ZIM) Louis Philippe de Gagoue: (Photographer, Stylist, Art Director. IVORY COAST | CAMEROON)
Guest
EVELYN LAMBERT
FASHION DESIGNER | NEW YORK, USA

Evelyn Lambert is a New York-based designer who brings classic style with innovative design for women on the go who are looking for quality clothing for endurance. Her namesake collection, EVELYN LAMBERT (founded in 2008), grew out of a vision to offer women clothing that would be the backbone of their closet all year around. The collection’s use of luxurious fabrics-including, blast of color, represents merchandise with ability to mix functional with fanciful design. As a result of these pioneering efforts, the brand received positive media review within the first year of launching. The brand’s initial notion was to create a

well-edited a well-edited collection which would express a social attitude and inspire innovation within the fashion industry. The mission, as a designer driven company, is to gain market-share in the fashion industry whilst representing the international pulse of the designer's background in the design, marketing and delivering a complete lifestyle system to a global consumer. Prior to starting her own company, Evelyn was designing clothes as a hobby from the age of 12, following the innate footsteps of her mother and grandmother. Evelyn was born in Zimbabwe, cultivated in London and relocated to America in the late ‘90s. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design & Marketing and in Travel and Tourism Management. When designing she can’t stop to think about that working woman, that socialite, that fashionista and that college student/graduate who is working more, traveling more, getting more invitations, living longer while feeling younger. "Youth is something new" - Coco Chanel. Lambert's aim is to create wearable beautiful timeless clothes. She mainly focuses on the comfort and durability.

KONRAD RITTER
DJ | BERLIN, GERMANY

It’s all About House, Deep House, Sexy House, Detroit House !!! Excellent track selection and a unique blend of deep house and Detroit house make Konrad Ritter an exceptional & outstanding DJ on the German club scene. Currently based in Berlin, Konrad is a regular at top notch club destinations in Berlin like Tresor, Kater Blau, Wilde Renate, Berghain Kantine and Sisyphos. Flexibility, variety in music and great technical skills have brought him to play in many venues around Europe. A favorite among Moscow night life crowds and frequent guest at Rodnya, Noor Bar or Mendelev Club makes Ritter a power house DJ with his music talent and creativity. On the production side, his own

record "People Change" Ep was released last September by O.l.a. Records. Konrad is currently finishing his Master degree in Psychology and looking forward to bring his groovy selection to Zimbabwe for the first time. Konrad Ritter is one of those young DJs with extremely good technical skills and an excellent track selection from various perspectives and episodes of electronic music. Join him for a ride through seamless blended club music. A regular DJ at the world’s top nightlife spots : BERLIN: Tresor, Kater Blau, Maria am Ostbahnhof,Ritter Butzke, Fiese Remise,Wilde Renate. Berghain Kantine.About Blank, Suicide Circus and many more. MOSCOW: Ronda Club, Mendelev Club, Offshore Club, Konstruktor, Noor Bar, Time LISBON: Lux AMSTERDAM : Heisa BANGKOK : 5 Sense Festival

ASANDA SIZANI
EDITOR IN CHIEF | GLAMOUR MAGAZINE | JHB, SOUTH AFRICA

Asanda Sizani has carved an inimitable name for herself in the South African fashion industry, having worked for some of the largest brands in the country. Asanda is the newly appointed Editor-in-Chief of GLAMOUR South Africa. Asanda previously held the positions of Fashion & Beauty Director for ELLE,

and Fashion Editor for Destiny magazines. In 2015, Asanda contributed her writing to Fashion Tribes, a book on global sub-cultures alongside world renowned curators, journalists and anthropologists. Asanda is the recepient of the Media & Advertising award in the 2017 Standard Bank Rising Star Awards. The awards recognize excellence in young leaders who have a strong vision for the future and an ability to create it. A champion for local design and an active supporter of emerging creative talent, Asanda has served as Curator for Design Indaba and Africa Fashion Week Berlin. She contributed extensively in creating trade opportunities and a platform for African designers abroad. She was a panelist in Hamburg, Germany, to discuss the politics of African fashion. Her influence in the local fashion industry resulted in an invitation to edit a range for the fashion retailer Topshop. In advertising, she has consulted for brands such as Consol, Yardley, MaXhosa by Laduma and Unilever. Recognized as an influential figure in the fashion community, Asanda has fronted campaigns for brands ranging from Woolworths, to Diesel and KISUA. Accomplished in content creation and digital savvy, Asanda also brings her understanding of social media as a tool for storytelling and reporting.

MICKEY FREEMAN
DESIGNER | STYLIST | NEW YORK, USA

Mickey Freeman is a celebrity fashion stylist and designer based in NYC. There are many facets to his sartorial expertise, however, Mickey has primarily been a fashion stylist for men and women who are in search of an innovative intervention. Spearheading visual schematics for models, artists, celebrities, and other

intriguing people enables Mickey to convey a view of the way the world should be, could be, or would be, without burdening viewers and clients with the weight of reality. Mickey’s most recent work has been featured in publications such as GQ, Vogue, L'Officiel, Elle Magazine, to name a few. There is always an air of obscurity when Mickey refers to anything that might inspire. This allows him to easily incorporate fresh new ideas into work. Mickey recently created an exquisite style of fashion, which is the deviceful moniker called the "Utility Kilt line". The fashion line, “FreeMen By Mickey”, was recently showcased during Bahamas and Bermuda Fashion Week, representing the evolution of the masculine silhouette. The name FreeMen is actually a portmanteau that encompasses his profound belief that every human being should experience freedom, true freedom in their lifetime. FreeMen By Mickey is the exterior manifestation of what should ultimately come from within everyone, everywhere, everyday.

LOUIS PHILIPPE DE GAGOUE
PHOTOGRAPHER | STYLIST | ART DIRECTOR | IVORY COAST & CAMEROON

Child of Africa and Citizen of the world, Louis Philippe de Gagoue originally comes from Ivory Coast and Cameroon. He is a photographer , represented by Artsphere in Paris. He’s also a artistic director based between Paris, Yaounde &

Abidjan. For him, photography is a form of utopia –an escape from our everyday world that is eaten up by war and conflict –through which he wants to offer his own aesthetic spin on our surroundings, while challenging our perspectives and the way we look at us and at the world. Working like a story-teller, Louis Philippe de Gagoue works with many magazines around the world in the likes of Vogue Russia, Numero Russia,Vogue Italia, Glamour Brasil.... He also collaborate with brands like : Chanel, Fendi, Edun..

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