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MTN BUSHFIRE WILDFIRE FASHION SHOW A SUCCESS

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Eswatini’s fashion industry is ready to not just dip its toes but fully plunge into the world’s fashion scene. The fashion scene has evolved significantly over the last years and seen many of Eswatini’s fashion design talent already participating on the international stage showcasing their creativity and designs and being applauded by fashion lovers worldwide, the fashion industry is ripe to reach its full potential. However, a lack of internal patronage stands in the way. A partnership between Dala Spaces and MTN Bushfire seeks to turn the tide and catapult local fashion further into the international stage. Through the ‘Wildfire Fashion Show’ held at Malandela’s last week Friday, locals were inspired to invest in local fashion by shopping authentic Swati designs for their MTN Bushfire Festival wardrobe as well as ensure that local designers build their brands for international success in order to raise investor capital.

Collections

Featuring brand new fashion collections from six top local fashion houses namely; Maverikz, House of Diva, Sgonian Rebublik, Nomi Studios, Monte Couture and Ntrentre Couture, the event was a resounding success as the audience appreciated every piece showcased on the ramp. Dala Spaces’ Philippa Thorne explained that the long-term vision is to garner support for designers and funding in order to have more capital to produce collections as well as create opportunities for them to showcase at more festivals and events this year and potentially in other international spaces. Unafraid to experiment with patterns and colours, the local designers made bold fashion statements in the latest collections. Monte Couture by designer Mbali Shongwe showcased exquisite pieces inspired by deep Swati roots through the use of texture, colour and unique details to create new, high end, fashionable couture. House of Diva, on the other hand, by Phiwase Nxumalo - a veteran in African print couture  needs no introduction consisting of  timeless, elegant, ready to wear pieces designed for the curves and edges of the African woman and her love for style and grace.

Impact

For the love of sustainable fashion for  those  passionate about reducing your environmental impact, but still want to look fabulous, Maverikz’ curated 70s Studio 54 inspired limited edition collection of second hand clothing readily available to order in store at Dala Spaces is the brand for you.Thorne also pointed out that the support of local fashion brands such as Maverikz is a positive action towards sustainability and equality. The audience was also given a sneak peek at some of the 2023 limited edition MTN Bushfire Merchandise as well as menswear by local brand Sgonian Republik. Thereafter, a sultry collection from Nomi Studios synonymous for her lounge wear which is all about flowing silhouettes, comfort and style was showcased. Wrapping up an exciting display of authentic Swazi designs was Ntrentre Couture by Nobesuthu Nkambule presenting the “Powder Puff”  Autumn/ Winter 23 ready to wear fashion forward and innovative local brand that effortlessly brings the international fashion scene  home to eSwatini whilst keeping fashion fun, exciting and sizzling hot.