Ara Kani off to Mozambique Fashion Week

Zimbabwean designer, Ara Kani has been invited to showcase at the 10th Annual Mozambique Fashion Week, which will be held in Maputo.

Ara Kani's Nkuleleko Ncube at SA Men's Week PIC: Simon Deiner / SDR Photo

Ara Kani’s Nkuleleko Ncube at SA Men’s Week PIC: Simon Deiner / SDR Photo

The event is running from the 2nd to the 11th of December at the Centro Cultural International; Joaquim Chissano in Maputo. Ara Kani, who joins other international fashion brands such as Deeva Van der Merwe (Merwe) & Rich Mnisi, will be showcasing on the 10th of December representing Zimbabwe. The Fashion week has designers coming from places such as South Africa, Portugal and Angola, amongst many other countries.

Mozambique Fashion Week is a cultural artistic event and the only event promoting fashion in the country. It was created so as to discovery new talents and giving designers a platforms to attain new opportunities. It is a full week of cultural activities, parades and parties, promoting an exchange between foreign and local designers.

Ara Kani, a brainchild of Nkululeko Ncube, is the only Zimbabwean designer to be showcasing at this event this year. Ara Kani which was introduce to the world in 2013 after showcasing at the Clothing Indaba Bulawayo, went on to showcase at platforms such as Matabeleland Fashion Week, Intwasa Fashion Show, Harare International Festival of the Arts, iFashion Fest, Durban Fashion Fair and South African Menswear Week. The award winning designer brand which is known for showcasing monochrome collections will be breaking the barriers in making using of prints and colourful material for the collection to be showcased at Mozambique Fashion Week 2016.

Said Ncube

We are known for showcasing monochrome most of the times, this Autumn Winter 2017 collection we are showcasing at the Mozambique Fashion Week, highlights another side of Ara Kani, the bold and printed. All our collections are always about pushing barriers and making a statement. This particular collection is quiet commercial with the use of architectural shapes and celebrating the different shapes we have in Africa. The same collection will be showcased in Zimbabwe at the iFashion Fest on the 17th of December at the National Gallery in Bulawayo.

Ara Kani’s last collection – Black Rebels, which was showcased at the South African Menswear Week, received a lot of media attention, featuring on BET Buzz, Cliff Central, SABC 3’s Expresso, GQ Magazine and Fashion Ghana, amongst many. The collection got a lot of diverse interpretations, with some saying it was advocating for Black Lives Matters, while others said It indicated how strong the black race is strong.

In many cases, my team and I come up with collections and the styling, leaving room for the audience and consumer to find their own definition. Our ultimate goal is for everyone to draw whatever vibe they feel from the collection without us imposing on them on what to think or what to draw from the clothes.

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