Story by: Motsieng Mooketsi
Matlosana”Klerksdorp”: One of the most anticipated events of the city’s entertainment calendar is reaching a climax as the final touch ups took place on Saturday the 19th of August at the city’s banquet hall. organisers, models, designers, art exhibitors, ambassadors, media partners of the fashion week and the office of the municipality’s arts and culture represented by Jenny Senatle finally met to be introduced to one another in preparation of the event.
The fashion week’s organiser and plus size model Katlego Boweni couldn’t hide her excitement when we spoke to her, she said! things are well underway and everyone got amplified by the presence of Maklera Magazine at the rehearsals. Models from Johannesburg and Pretoria were also present, the plus size models said! “For them this is a voice to full figured women to say that its not bad to be different and people should embrace that and as for plus size modelling people should know that we it is here to stay”.
The models had to a walk wearing stilettos in order to be chosen by the designers who will be showcasing their designs at the fashion week, Mr Ashley Mash who is the brain child behind the fashion week says “I’m a model myself and what i know about fashion in South Africa is that there are only three big fashion weeks in the country which are; The South African Fashion Week, Joburg Fashion Week and Soweto Fashion Week”
Ashley said it is time that other cities came through to be on the same level as these other fashion weeks. As a former model, model scout and photographer himself he believes Klerksdorp’s fashion and modelling scene is an exception and this talent needs to be exposed. Matlosana Fashion Week is also a charitable organization this year’s first ever fashion week has a theme which will focus on combating child poverty, the themes will change annually and play it’s role of social responsibility. There is a hint that a popular television show will be present to capture the event.
The fashion week will kick off on the 22nd of September with an art and fashion exhibition on the city council’s park and end off with a fashion show on the 23rd. The entrance to the venue is R100 and R250 for VIP.
For any information concerning the fashion week and ticket sales you can contact Katlego Boweni on firstname.lastname@example.org or on her facebook account.