A Guide to Zambia Fashion Week

This year was the first time I was attending Zambia Fashion Week. I was excited because I love events and nervous because I never know what to wear to these things. I got there and I realized that I shouldn’t have been worried at all. However, there were a few things that I noticed that could improve your experience at the Fashion Week. So here are a few tips on how to get the best from Fashion Week.

Wear Red Lipstick

Wear Red lipstick (or any other color) for no other reason than that it will make you feel pretty. I rarely wear makeup even when I’m going out but I decided to wear red lipstick this time. Because I wasn’t dressed up, it made me feel just a bit more adult.

Look at the Audience

The best outfits are not just limited to the models on the runway. Some of the audience comes dressed to kill. There are so many interesting outfits and combinations among the people. All you have to do is just look for them. So don’t just pay attention to the stage. Look around once in a while, you might find some fashion gems.

Get your phone ready

You’re going to want to take a lot of photos of the outfits and we all know you will take loads of selfies. So you need to be prepared for that. Charge your phone till the battery is full before the event. And if you know that your battery has a charge life equivalent to the lifespan of the characters in Game of Thrones, you might want to carry a spare battery.

You also need to make sure your phone has enough storage space. So backup the thousands of selfies in your gallery and erase them because you wouldn’t want to run out of space in the middle of all the fun. Plus lack of space slows down the phone and the only thing worse than a slow phone is a slow WiFi.

Don’t stick to the final night

Most people just pick the final night of Fashion Week to make an appearance. But I would advise you to also go on the other nights. The designers are all really good and I swear they don’t save the best for last. Of course the big names might be on the final night but from what I have seen in so many industries, it’s the young and hungry small names that are the most impressive. Besides, tickets to the other nights are cheaper and there is no restriction on seating.

Be Early

The tickets say 6 pm and because we’re in Zambia we know the show will start at 7 pm right? Well, yeah the show will start at 7 but if you come late you won’t pick the nice seats. Because there is no restriction in the seating plan, if you come early enough you can even sit in the front row for no extra charge.

Carry reinforcements

Zambia Fashion Week in October which is the hottest month in Zambia. So don’t assume you will be seated directly under an air-con. Carry a cute little paper fan or something like that to help keep cool. Also If you have eye issues, you might want to carry your glasses with you just in case you need them. The runway is really lit up and you will be starring into the bright light for over 2 hours so your eye-glasses will come in handy.

So that’s it. I hope these help you at the next Fashion week you attend or any event for that matter. Do you have anything else that could help? Let me know.

The photo in this post was taken by Fortress Media Photography and you can see more photos of the Zambia fashion Week on their Facebook and Flickr page. Check them out.