The Lilongwe International Fashion Week held at Golden Peacock on Saturday suffered a setback as only a few people turned up.
One of the designers – Nyalisa Wear from Blantyre , said on Monday that it was disappointing that people did not turn up for the event.
“This being an international platform, we expected that the turnout to be good but it was not. As local designers, we were embarrassed and we just don’t know what picture designers from other countries took,” Wyson Bowman of Nyalisa Wear said.
He said that this was a good platform for them to showcase their designs to the people.
“The designers showed up and the models were great. The artists performed but as I have already said, the turnout was just not good. The only plus we can take is that there was networking among us and it was good in terms of sharing ideas,” Bowman said.
He said organisers invested a lot in the event.
“It was not satisfactory to the organisers, however I am hoping that they can recover from this setback and do it better next year,” he said.
One of the founders for the fashion week, Major Carter, confirmed that the event did go as they anticipated, especially on the part of the audience.
“Few people showed up like 20 but aside this, everything went as planned. We had both local and international designers and everything was intact,” Carter said.
He also indicated that they did not start in time because there were no people.
The Lilongwe International Fashion Week has been in existence for two years now and according to Carter as organisers they were learning lessons every year.
“We don’t know why the audience didn’t show up because we have been promoting the event for some time. But anyway this is how things go sometimes,” he said.
Carter said that some international designers did not make it to the event. Some the international designers who made it was Adwalah from Ghana and Zimbabwe’s Robin Chaidva.
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