BE Komoney brings street-smart fashion to runway

KOMANI FABULOUS: Meet BE Komoney Fashion Show organisers, from left, Beautiful Enlightenment fashion designer Zipho Rapiya and HexSane’s clothing brand co-owner Qhama Nguna Picture: ABONGILE SOLUNDWANA

Beautiful Enlightenment and HexSane clothing brands have collaborated to host the BE Komoney Fashion Show in Komani.

Street-smart fashion items which reflect Komani culture on the runway, will be displayed at the fashion parade on Saturday at the Bert Strauss Shopping Complex.

Beautiful Enlightenment fashion designer Zipho Rapiya said: “We will play around with different textures and colour palettes. Our models will represent all body types and sizes so everybody is able to see how certain clothing items would look on them. Most fashion shows tend to cater for people who are petite.”

The show’s entertainment line-up will feature a fresh sound from upcoming Soul Fabric house group and a local poet Aviwe Cokile aka VIG.

Our street style collection will be more spring-oriented but we will showcase different layered textures as well.

“What is great about our casual wear is that different ages are accommodated,” Rapayi said.

She added that if the show proved to be a success, they planned to make it an annual event.

The future plan is to make BE Komoney Fashion Show to collaborate with fresh upcoming designers from Komani for them to be introduced into the public domain” Rapayi said.

Rapayi, who started Beautiful Enlightenment five years ago, said she had only committed herself to the profession full-time two years ago.

I studied textile design and technology at Nelson Mandela University and I wanted to do something that merged textile and fashion together.

”I wanted to play with fabrics and print.

”Currently my most popular item is my hand-painted sackcloth skirt, it’s different and versatile.

”It can be worn traditionally, formally and casually” Rapyi said.

HexSane’s clothing brand co-owner, Qhama Nguna said and her brother Abuyiselwe had had stareted the line two years ago.

The brand’s logo was inspired by the hexagon in Komani CBD, Nguna said.

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