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Gaborone Fashion Weekend [Day 1] – Gilded Sands, Spruce, MTK Brand, Roho Raha, Di-monde Reign and Les Wears

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One of Botswana’s finest fashion events kicked off on 10th of August, 2012 featuring freshly graduated emerging designers who were under the supervision Koketso Chiepe (Organizer of the event). Koketso worked closely with the student designers for a couple of months helping them create cohesive runway collections. Day 1 saw the Editor of Arise Magazine Helen Jennings, her sub editor Carinya Scharpels, Pop Africana magazine editor Oroma Elewa, hip hop musician P Diddy’s step son Quincy Brown present at the show. See collections of featured designers below:

Gilded Sands:

 Models sashayed out on the runway in Grecian-inspired pieces focusing on whites and soft peach-pink tones; loose-fit maxis cinched at the waist with tassled strings, knee-length boxy numbers and cape attached dresses. The designer, with a futuristic approach added flounce and edge to the pieces with flouncy hemlines and boxy tailoring. Minimalistic chic all the way at gilded sands, making it a favorite for many that were present on the night.


Here at spruce, the designer played around with prints, paneling and hemlines, ; hi-lo hemlines and handkerchief hemlines on full skirted mini dresses, illusion paneled form fitting numbers, print geometric paneling and babydoll skirts. Playing around with colours, the collection saw a blend of teal, emerald, lilac, purple and lime green giving the collection a summer ready outlook

MTK Brand:

This collection was unmistakably a summer conscious one – bright colored tailored bottoms teamed with striped and polka-dotted shirts and tops; when the bottoms weren’t full length trousers, they were knee length shorts. The designer threw in some sailor inspired buttons as well as slight paneling. All in all, the crowd cheered on the models during the MTK show due to the playful charisma the collection exuded.

Roho Raha:

Afro meet eclectic at Roho Raha; tastefully tailored African printed blazers paired with printed shorts cut from same cloth, mini printed dresses with tassel cinched waists and then the use of satin, sheer and cotton came to play – focusing on separates mainly, one model sashayed out in a tailored white  tux female jacket paired with a thigh-high slitted red maxi not leaving out the slinky zebra printed top, another model in  disco-ready tailored pants teamed with sheer cropped blouse. Rather a diversified collection than a cohesive one.

Di-Monde Reign:

Here we also witnessed African prints being paired with non-printed pieces; the designer caught our attention with the vibrant colors incorporated and varied necklines on the pieces {When it wasn’t  plunging , it was a scoop neckline!}

Les Wears:

Denim tailored pieces, denim tailored suits and denim swing dresses at Les wears, giving a sporty luxe persona. The designer threw in some chinos as well as some cotton.

Image Credit: Gaborone Fashion Week Organisers.

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