So a few weeks back I was on Instagram and came past an account named @BayFashionSunday and I went to it and browsed through. Amazed I thought wow! People need to see this, they need to hear about this and so an idea came through. I was set on finding the Founders, Organisers or Spokesperson of this organization and have them on my show on my entertainment news segment.
I put my journalistic skills to use and dug for contacts information. I found a Facebook page written Nelson Mandela Bay Fashion Week and I sent an inbox. I got a reply the following day and an interview was set.
My, was I excited or what? I found the Founder Mr Llewellyn Williams and Organiser Mr Sanelisiwe Mdashe. I was going to interview Mr Mdashe as I was going to do the interview in isiXhosa for my station's compliance.
The Nelson Mandela Bay Fashion Week is an annual Fashion Show held at the iconic old Tramways Building. It is a week event consisting of 3 Days of Fashion Runway and 1 Day of Made in PE (a post for some other time) Market on the last day of these events. The first one was held in October 2016.
As a build up to the main Fashion Week event which takes place on the 11-15th October 2017 the Organiser has successfully hosted monthly shows called Bay Fashion Sunday at Roof Garden Bar in Port Elizabeth and even had the honor of having Laduma Ngxokolo as a guest designer coming with his international known brand Maxhosa by Laduma. These shows are held every last Sunday of each month to give designers a platform to showcase their designs and also serve as an audition show for Designers to qualify for the main show.
The exciting part is that these designers showcasing in NMBFW are all Eastern Cape born and the other exciting part, is that the models are also local and some are not even models that are signed up with agencies but just original talented individuals who love modeling. Did I mention that there's no discrimination in size as we all know the norm of skinny models on almost all Fashion weeks across the world do. This one is different as all shapes and sizes are catered for.
There have been fashion days once a month every last Sunday of each month from the beginning of the year which are building up events towards the actual Fashion Week.
The Eastern Cape and the South African community is in for a treat I can tell you that. Keep up with all proceedings and follow their media pages by searching their famous hashtag which is #BayFashionSunday which will lead to the official pages.
Don't miss out.