Designers from Seychelles and other countries had the opportunity to present their creations on Saturday at L’Escale Resort Marina and Spa. (Joe Laurence, Seychelles News Agency)
(Seychelles News Agency) – The 4th edition of Seychelles Fashion Week succeeded despite the constraints and challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the organizer said.
“We managed to do this despite the restrictions and had to put in place several procedures for the event. But we did. There is of course room for improvement and we will now assess and work on what needs to be improved for next year. ” Terry Carolla told SNA.
Designers from Seychelles and other countries had the opportunity to present their creations on Saturday at L’Escale Resort Marina and Spa.
Initially scheduled for November 24-28, the 2021 edition of Seychelles Fashion Week has been reduced to a one-day event.
The event was kicked off by Senior Tourism Secretary Sherin Francis, who said that Seychelles Fashion Week is a vital platform for the development of the island nation’s fashion industry and for promoting Seychelles as a tourist destination.
“It connects us to the international fashion scene and is also an important catalyst in raising the bar for local designers to produce high quality designed clothing for international markets,” she said.
The event showcased the work of 16 designers, six from Seychelles, a group of 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean and 10 more from Qatar and South Africa.
|Initially scheduled for November 24-28, the 2021 edition of Seychelles Fashion Week has been reduced to a one-day event. (Joe Laurence, Seychelles News Agency) Photo license: CC-BY|
There were 28 models showcasing the designer’s clothes three of whom were from Nigeria, two male models and Nigeria’s Miss Ideal of 2019, Sonia Ben-Woko.
Ben-Woko said that while it was stressful and difficult, it was also great.
Split into two segments, Fashion Week kicked off with Seychellois designer Emmaly Hoareau, who is still a student and the youngest participant, showing her work for the first time.
Hoareau told SNA that she was thrilled to be a part of the show with her collection of upcycled outfits.
“I realized that with the financial difficulties that some people face due to COVID-19, it would be a good idea to take old outfits, rearrange them into something new and trendy,” a- she declared.
The first segment was primarily a South African affair.
“This fashion week provides me with a platform to showcase my work in other countries,” said South African designer Makhosazana Ntshangase.
Her Sistas Fellas line featured many outfits that could be considered avant-garde.
She said her “clothes are currently ready for the world as I speak to you. My Instagram is my tool. All international orders I receive go through Instagram.”
Ntshangase told SNA that she believes there is a market in Seychelles for the types of clothing she makes.