Newly launched ZFI (Zimbabwe Fashion International) , organisers behind Zim Fashion Week recently launched their new fashion offering , FDO (Fashion’s Day Out). FDDO took place on the 1st March at the charming Queen of hearts.
Fashion Runway at FDO
FDO hype all started with ZiFM djs/presenters and newsreaders being styled and dressed by local designers a few days before the launch of FDO. Thereafter fans and audiences could vote online for their favourite looks. It was quite exciting to see local radio personalities strutting these locally made garments. We are curious to know who will win.
1st of March arrived and it started off with some clouds and rain. While it rained earlier in the day, the afternoon cleared up and allowed for some sunshine which provided the perfect setting for the FDO .The event included some local fashion stores which included everything from jewellery to handbags. The fashion event made smart use of the green lawns of Queen of hearts and the captivating indoor design made it visually intriguing.
Music was provided by Mamoyo music who brought a relaxing afro jazz feel to the afternoon and fashion. The event allowed for some fantastic mingling , personal interaction with designers and fashion movers and shakers. Some of my personal favourites were the jewellery pieces on show by TIR Fashion House especially their bold red collection piece #stunning. Kim from House of Kiki showcased some fantastic personalised clutches that made use of African print and several other prints in fresh and unique ways.
The day also featured the chic , “Fashion Kanteen” introduced by ZFI to provide sophisticated treats. I did not try the delicious canteen treats but hope to have more halaal offerings. Queen of Hearts also had some tasty treats, I personally enjoyed their gelato and wafer cones. I even broke fashion rule number one and got involved with some tasty and messy treats. I absolutely loved FDO’s Instagram cut out board which made for fantastic photo ops with the girls.
Besides the delicious treats. The event also included 2 brief outdoor fashion shows which showcased local bags and designers’ collections. Runway shows are always exciting. It will be an interesting space to see how ZFI come up with creative ways to keep the FDO hot and happening. Definitely looking forward to seeing celebrities feature at the FDO runway showcases, more fierce models, more local fashion curators and musicians. It definitely started off well and I’m sure the numbers will grow of the fashionable attendees.
The day was stylish and so were the guest in attendance , some of my personal favourite looks were the stylish Marshall from Edgars, Mbo and Gilmore tee, Znzorzi in all white, Craig with his urban swag, tich and kay brought some vintage and modern swag. Curious to see who will be wearing what and who at the next FDO. Be sure to watch this space for the next details of the April FDO