Throwback to SAMW AW16

Throwback to SAMW AW16

Wednesday the 3rd of February 2016 saw the kick off of yet another successful SA Menswear Week. After a week of long queues, hundreds of hopeful models, panels of judges, taking measurements, callbacks, fittings, second callbacks and patiently waiting for our agents to call with the news that we have made the show. Even though this was my 3rd SA Menswear Week, I still found the whole casting processing pretty nerve wrecking. I was fortunate enough to walk for 6 Top African designers namely: Martin Kadinda, Taf the Taylor and Maxivive on the opening night and Nguni Shades, Abrantie the Gentleman and Mustafa Hassanali on the 3rd night. Fashion week is organised chaos as I like to call it. Backstage is flooded with artists, designers, photographers, hair & Make up, event organisers, models and a few people that nobody knows who they are but they look important so you can imagine the amount of people buzzing around the place. Personally I love it. There’s never a dull moment and theres always a vibe going on. Music pumping, lots of camera flashes going off, you never know whose taking the picture or of whom… It’s kind of like a night club where everyone’s sober but high on life. The atmosphere during the build-up was electric as usual. You could feel the nerves backstage as designers made the final preparations and alterations on their garments. Fresh faced models practicing their walks not only to make sure they didn’t mess up or trip but also to calm their nerves. Most times the walks are fairly complicated and if you are doing 5 shows a...