MTC Windhoek Fashion Week 2023 set for November

THE countdown is on for the highly anticipated 8th edition of the MTC Windhoek Fashion Week (MTCWFW), scheduled to take place from 1 to 4 November.

This year’s event promises an array of novel experiences, solidifying its reputation as a prime platform for creatives to convene and flourish.

Introducing a series of groundbreaking initiatives aimed at nurturing artistic unity and diversity, such as innovative music collaborations, a jewellery masterclass, young designers’ competition, and strategic partnerships with international fashion weeks. At its core, the event is committed to providing creatives with a dynamic stage to network, showcase their work, and engage with a diverse audience.

One of the standout pre-event endeavours is the Runway Music Collaboration which unites Namibian musicians and designers to craft bespoke musical pieces to complement collections, elevating the overall runway experience.

As part of its expansion, MTCWFW also ventured into Batho Fashion Week in Botswana, presenting two Namibian designers, Sitwala and Eye on Fashion. This cross-border exchange endeavours to expose local talents to the broader international fashion landscape.

MTCWFW marketing director Kalistu Mukoroli said the vision for the event has always been to create a dynamic platform that celebrates the fusion of fashion and various forms of artistic expression.

Reflecting its commitment to nurturing emerging talent, MTCWFW has launched the Fashion Meets Sound project. This multifaceted endeavour encompasses a Young Creatives Design Competition, masterclasses, and networking mixers.

Over 200 enthusiastic school pupils participated in the competition, presenting designs that were translated into digital renditions accompanied by specially composed music. The culmination of these creative synergies is eagerly anticipated on the MTCWFW runway.

Inclusivity lies at the heart of MTCWFW’s approach, which is evident in its roster of around 40 diverse Namibian and international designers set to unveil their collections. The event’s inclusiveness extends across various regions, infusing it with a vibrant tapestry of creative expression.

A prominent addition this year is the inaugural Jewellery Fashion Show and Masterclass, organised in collaboration with NDTC. This segment offers a platform for Namibian jewellery and accessories designers to showcase their works.

“We’re thrilled to introduce the first-ever Jewellery Fashion Show, and we believe it will provide a unique platform for Namibian jewellery designers to showcase their creativity and craftsmanship,” Mukoroli said.

With the event drawing closer, a palpable sense of anticipation emanates from participants and attendees alike, as models, designers and artists eagerly await the fashion spectacle.

Tickets for the event will go on sale in mid-September, with all-access tickets available for N$450 for standard seating and N$600 for front-row seats.

Mukoroli said the MTCWFW is a celebration of the dynamic fusion between fashion and various art forms, providing an enriching experience for both participants and audiences. –

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