Following a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Free State Fashion Week (FSFW) is returning for its fifth instalment. The fashion event will take place at the Naval Hill Planetarium in Bloemfontein between 28 September and 1 October under the theme, “Be Human”.
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FREE STATE FASHION WEEK RETURNS
The Free State Fashion Week was founded by entrepreneur and businesswoman Candy Smith in 2016. The event is aimed at showcasing the best designers in South Africa and also aims to promote culture, diversity and creativity.
FSFW is set to return with the theme, “Be Human”, which is inspired by surviving a global pandemic and life after the pandemic. The designers that will be showcasing their events at the FSFW are challenged to combine the theme with African culture.
“This year, I want to encourage our fashion entrepreneurs to pause for a minute, take a deep breath and ‘Be Human,’” said Candy Smith.
“That’s exactly what the theme of 2022 wants to achieve. Everyone in the world has gone through so much, both in their personal and business lives, that we need to take a minute just to breathe and restart with new energy.”
GERT-JOHAN COETZEE AND PALESA MOKUBUNG TO SHOWCASE THEIR WORK
Celebrated fashion designers, Gert-Johan Coetzee and Palesa Mokubung will be showcasing their work at the FSFW in September.
Gert-Johan is best known for dressing some of Mzansi’s A-listers including Bonang Matheba, Cindy-Nell Roberts, Basetsana Khumalo and international talk show host, Oprah Winfrey.
Palesa Makubung made history as the first African designer to collaborate with international retailer H&M.
DESIGNERS TO HOST FASHION WEEK MASTERCLASS
Gert-Johan Coetzee and Palesa Mokubung will host a Free State Fashion Week Masterclass on 28 September to share their knowledge about the fashion industry with rising fashion designers.
The masterclasses will take place on 28 September and the designers will also share the tools and skills to set up a successful fashion business.