The Namibian Windhoek
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Taking up one of the slots on day one of Windhoek Fashion Week, Melisa Poulton said that she is almost done putting together her ‘Earth’ collection for the exclusive fashion event. « I’m almost done with it. There are just a few things left for me to do like some model fittings and I’ll be done, » she told The Namibian yesterday.

She described her collection as one that has a big surprise in store for fashion lovers. « It will be something very different. The collection is summer-based and I’m using a lot of cool materials. Most of the items can be worn for corporate, day wear or even for holidays, » she said. There will also be a few showstoppers and avante garde pieces in the collection.

Poulton will be joining fashion heavyweights Mc Bright Kavari and Manzvat Nankhova Alves from Angola. The first day will also see showcasing from high-end menswear outfitters Otto Mühr, XIX April by Hapi and Be Yourself (BU) by Puma. They will all be showcasing on Friday, 4 November.

Day two of the runway events will see showcasing by Hafeni Frans, Salshi By Salmi, Mshasho Wear by The Dogg, Ruusa Namuhuya and the famous Waterfall collection by Ingo Shanyenge at 18h00. Talking to The Namibian about her preparations for fashion week, Namuhuya expressed excitement for what the event possibly holds for her and other fashion designers. « I am hopeful that there will be a lot of buyers and an opportunity for us to get exposure and for people to see what Namibian fashion designers are capable of, » she said.

Namuhuya said that she too is almost done with her exclusive collection. « Without giving much away, I can say that my collection is ready-to-wear. »

Also showcasing on day two but at a later time slot at 21h00 with fashion designers and creative heads such as Forever New, Palse (South Africa), Damage by Nicoleen, Ria by Maria Nepembe and The Craig Zoowie Collection by TZM.

Day three will see what organisers promise to be a spectacular closing by South African fashion powerhouse David Tlale who recently launched his ‘The Intern by David Tlale’ programme in Namibia. He will be using the platform at fashion week to reveal the lucky three Namibian fashion designers who will join his internship programme.

All the runway shows will take place at the Grove Mall of Namibia. Tickets are on sale at staytoday.com. Only 100 standard tickets and 50 VIP tickets are available for any given runway show during fashion week.

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