Laduma in PE for fashion week launch

Border, Bay designers team up for Mandela Bay Fashion Week at Tramways

The creative team behind the third Mandela Bay Fashion Week is gearing up for their biggest – and they hope best – event yet.
MBFW runs from Thursday October 11 to Sunday October 14 at the Tramways building in Central, with creatives from Port Elizabeth, East London and nationally, plus Nelson Mandela University student designers presenting new garments.
Border and Bay talent will combine, and MBFW general manager Llewellyn Williams attended East London Fashion Week in that city last weekend.
“We wanted to have four designers but I will bring down five,” he said this week.
Model rehearsals have already started and “we’ll be moving into Tramways from Monday October 8 to start setting up”.
The team for 2018 is Williams as project manager, Sanelisiwe Max Mdashe on marketing and Laduma Ngxokolo – now an internationally acclaimed designer known for his MaXhosa by Laduma knitwear – as business development partner.
Ngxokolo will be back in his home city of PE this weekend for the official media launch of MBFW.
The creator of the original Madiba shirt, designer, Sonwabile Ndamase, will showcase his Madiba 100 range on the final day in collaboration with the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
DAY 1 October 11
7pm: Emerging designers’ street wear featuring: CECE Envy, Ndimbi Clothing, Iskapie Clothing
7.45pm: Emerging designers evening wear featuring: J&T Exclusive, Made by M, David Mhlanga;
8.30pm: Emerging designers ready-to-wear featuring: Savage by Shandre Michaels, Queen M Style;
9.15: Emerging designers Amarula Challenge featuring: Algene Koeberg, Amanda Knots, Siphelele Ntombela, Thembani Selani and Carlos Fritz.
DAY 2 October 12
7pm: NMU second year fashion and textile design students Elandi Dekoning, Shalom Dubisiko, Sinoxolo Fiti, Nomvava Mkhethi, Pumelela Mlenze, Luxolo Mtsatseni, Ariana Patsalos, Nombongo Rasimeni, Andrea Rautenbach, Robyn Strydom, Thomas Terblanche and Abigail Vos;
7.35pm: NMU fashion and design graduates Shelby Horn, Esihle Mangqishi, Ayabulela Mzananda, Habi Doucoure, Hannah Mayberry, Lerato Lepheana, Nondumiso Yende, Samantha Cunningham, Sibulele Qodashe and Tayla Futcher.
DAY 3 October 13
6.30pm: East London Fashion Week emerging designers George Fogian, Thandilie Lahle, Sinesipho Nqwiliso and Sandiswa Bunwana;
7.15pm: Regional and national designers Gabedi Bedi from Limpopo; Birth Mark, Monarchy Couture, Ati Designs and Amanda Knots from the Eastern Cape; UNXpected from the Free State and Ancient Beauty from Gauteng;
8pm: Madiba 100 range by Sonwabile Ndamase.
DAY 4 October 14
10am to 4pm: Designer, craft and food market.
As well as prizes for the designers, there also will be prizes for best-dressed guests with a “style spotter” in the crowd each night.
Tickets for MBFW are on sale at Computicket and cost R150. Entry is free for the Sunday market.
More information at the MBFW event page on Facebook

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