One of my favourite annual fashion events is back! And this year it comes with a little surprise, as i have the honour of being the Official Fashion Blogger for Fashion Weekend Zimbabwe 2015!

The 2015 edition will run on the 9th and 10th of October, at their new home which is Arundel Village Shopping Centre. As their official fashion blogger, i will be giving you all of the details, schedule times and fun facts that i am going to share across the blog’s social media. So follow Signature Toscie so that you don’t miss a thing!

Fashion Weekend Zimbabwe 2015

FASHION WEEKEND ZIMBABWE 2015

9th and 10th October 2015

THEME: #INSPIREDESIGN

FASHION WEEKEND ZIMBABWE (FWZ) was created to support and increase the economic development of small businesses in the Fashion and Design sector. This year’s exciting lineup includes knowledge share through inspirational talks, workshops and fashion presentations:

Fashion and Design TEDxTalk

TED is a platform for ideas worth spreading. Started in 1984 as a conference where technology, entertainment and design converged, TED today shares ideas from a broad spectrum – from science to business to global issues- in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independent TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world. Fashion Weekend Zimbabwe is proud to be hosting a local TEDxTalk with influential profiles in partnership with TEDxHarare. The goal is to bring three key speakers to discuss the future of Fashion and Design and the opportunities present for Zimbabwean Designers. This knowledge share we hope inspires design and opens new opportunities for the local sector. Join in as they discuss their inspirations, stories and the Zimbabwean Fashion and Design Industry as a whole. Speakers include Jan Malan from South Africa, Africa’s most respected and known show producer. Jan conceptualized MNET Face of Africa with the first one held in Victoria Falls Zimbabwe in 1998. Diana Opoti from Kenya is the Ambassador of 100 days of African Fashion, and listed as Africa’s most influential people. From Zimbabwe Jeremy Youmans is the Director of Zimbabwe Clothing Manufactures Association Zimbabwe and has been influential in the resuscitation of the Clothing and Textiles industry. TEDxTalk will be held on the 10th October 2015 at 9am, entry $20.

Buyers Room Workshop

Fashion Weekend Zimbabwe has been actively engaged in the development of the fashion and design sector, through skills training and providing market access. We bring together two top Zimbabwean designers Pai Chideya of Demoyo and Danayi Chapfika of Haus of Stone, to discuss opportunities and challenges of reaching new markets. Selly Raby Kane and Victorine Sarr from Senegal join the workshop to discuss their journey in the design sector and how the Senegalese industry is adapting to the new demands being placed on African fashion. The workshop is open to the design industry (clothing, textiles, jewellery, crafters and basketry artisans) and covers topics such as markets, quality control and sustainable fashion. Buyers Room Workshop will be held on the 10th October 2015 at 11am, entry is free.

Opening Charity Cocktail

Each year Fashion Weekend Zimbabwe supports a charity during its opening cocktail. This year we are proud to be supporting Road Safe Zimbabwe, with 2% from our ticket sales from the Opening Charity Cocktail going towards ensuring safer roads. Fashion Weekend Zimbabwe will be pledging this profit to ensure continued safer crossing zones for children by donating these proceeds to lolly pop officers at school zones. Opening Cocktail will be held on the 9th October 2015 at 6.30pm,entry is $15.

Fashion Presentations

Designers this year are called and challenged to design a SS16 ready to wear collection that will be presented to an audience of 100 people. The presentation will be showcased to local buyers and customers. It is our hope that through this presentation designers build their client base and start actively utilizing platforms like Fashion Weekend Zimbabwe to build their business, and market share. Designers presenting from Zimbabwe include HARARE OG (Harare Originals), Eileen M Jewellery, Maison Du Style and SellyRaby Kane, Senegal will be the only showcasing international designer closing the event.Fashion presentations will be held on the 10th October 2015 from 3pm to 7pm, entry is $10.

Inspiring New Directions

Enhancing the Business of Fashion & Design

Fashion Weekend Zimbabwe 2015 Opening CocktailFashion Weekend Zimbabwe 2015 Schedule