Namibian designer to feature at Face of Africa finale
Windhoek – Namibian designer Chakirra Claasen whose collection was part of the 2004 Condom fashion will be among the 22 designers from across the continent to have their work showcased during M-Net Face of Africa 2010 Finale, live from Lagos on Saturday February 6 at (1900CAT) on M-Net. Confirming the news to Southern Times this week, an excited Claasen said she was expected to send her material to Lagos this week. “I just received a call from Jan Malan who is the main organiser of M-net Face of Africa event and she told me that my products have been selected for the contest.” Claasen’s collection is revered for its demonstration of elegance, femininity – attractive and confident African woman with ample inner strength. Her works will rub shoulders with those of renowned world designers such as Kenya’s John Kaveke and South African star David Tlale. Claasen will not fly to Lagos in person. Her invention “Little black Dress” will represent Namibia and will be worn by South African finalist face of Africa ,Thembi. Other fashion designers to take part on this exhibition will include Anna Getaneh (Ethiopia), Kofi Ansah (Ghana), Anisa Mpungwe (Tanzania), Gloria WavaMunno (Uganda), Cathy Kathunzi (Malawi), Koketso Chiepe (Botswana), Liz Ogumbo (Kenya), Taibo Bacar (Mozambique) and Angela Mulenga (Zambia). Paying tribute to the home of this year’s Finale, the show will also feature a collection that includes 10 Nigerian designers, who will dress the TOP 10 M-Net Face of Africa Finalists to showcase the finest in Nigerian Haute Couture. This includes; contemporary genius Zizi Cardow, the design style of Frank Osodi, the artistic, stylish and exclusive haute couture of Odio Mimonet, the innovative Fati Asibelua Momo label, the style and elegance of Tiffany Amber by Folake Folarin-Coker. The M-Net Face of Africa 2010 is set to be named – and she is guaranteed to walk away from the Finale on 6 February with a ready-made superstar model toolkit – a modeling contract from O Model Africa, USD 50 000 in cash from M-Net, skincare products for 12 months from Iman Cosmetics and a trip to New York, courtesy of Arise Magazine, to participate in New York Fashion Week.