The weekend, while America celebrated their independence Day, The Zimbabwe Fashion Week UK debuted is Britain’s second biggest city Birmingham. Founded by Chiedza Dawn Ziyambe who herself is a passionate fashion creative, running a lingerie line, Miss Chii Lingerie which did not disappoint on the runway. The show was hosted by the multi-award winner radio and television presenter Kevin Ncube alongside Noksy Hlazo.
The event featured 10 models flipping and steering between unique designs from unarguably a selection of the best Zimbabwe has to offer in the fashion industry.
Kicking off the runway were designs by USA based now Fashion Executive Farai Simoyi whose label is simply “Farai” and has inspired and sought by international celebrity fashion houses. Farai’s work has been globally recognised and respected so much that she can not count the awards her craft has bagged to date.
Second on the ramp were designs by Martha Kuuya-Seidu (Fashion by Marty’s) showcasing diversity in the authentic African creativity. Marty’s work has been featured in the pageantry industry a while now including the national pageant, Miss Zimbabwe UK and Miss African Spirit.
Christian inspired Jean Huni showcased her biblical motivated 10styles line dubbed Messiah Couture.
“It is by God’s design to look good, beautiful and elegant. I picked five outstanding women in the bible who all had their own unique personalities and lifestyles”, proudly added Jean.
Stealing the show was creative Vongai Ruzive who defied the common critic on the traditional African dressing debate on clothing. With her “nhembe/shashiko” inspired design, the young talented boasted reinventing the nhembe back into fashion. Indeed her designs did not disappoint to that fact.
For more designers and there work who exhibited on the day, please visit www.zimbabwefashionweek.co.uk.
In her vote of thanks and closing statement, Chiedza applauded the spirit of unity within the Zimbabwean communities as well support from her team and family. She announced the transformation of Zimbabwe Fashion Week UK to Zimbabwe Fashion Showcase so it widens the spectrum within the industry.