… As the road to the Winner narrows down
Miss Botswana 2015 held an epic fashion show on Saturday, with the top 30 contestants strutting their stuff. Even though all the ladies seemed ready and vibrant in their own right, the road to the ultimate Miss Botswana winner is narrowing at every stage. For some 14 contestants Saturday ended with their dreams with the last 16 proceeding.
The leggy contestants came in full force to show their catwalk skills and even their fierceness. Student designers also shone on stage with Limkokwing University of Creative Technology and Gaborone Technical College students proving they could be at par with established designers. Aobakwe Molosiwa of Gilded Sands kick-started the show in sexy delicate swimwear outfits for the contestants, Kaone Moremong of House of Kay had the contestants strutting the polka dots creations and the presidential competitions winners Thato Mminatau of Glitz Fashion Designs, Lorato Barwabatsile of LT Peculiar Couture and Oganne Baitsile of Apara Clothing Company also had the contestants walking down the ramp in their outfits. All the 30 contestants received Samsung Galaxy tablets with internet access capped at 1GB a month for a period of 24 months from Bofinet. The top 12 were announced and in an unexpected twist, the judges added four more slots, to have top 16.
The show ended on a high note with the Limkokwing Fashion Club making its debut on the continent. The fashion forward collection has only ever been showcased in London, Milan and Malaysia. The Fashion club merchandise comprised of a mix and match of a bold leather dominated style accompanied by gold studs, zippers, hoods, youthful and edgy ready to wear designs. They ranged from unisex T-shirts; carry all bags, jackets, caps, luxurious tops, handbags and bold jewellery. Limkokwing University Regional Corporate Director Mercy Thebe said the University constantly encourages its students to put their practical skills to test so that they meet the needs and wants of the present generation. She said they are proud of Limkokwing Fashion Club showcasing in Botswana as well as Mminatau, Barwabatsile and Batsile who all scooped the top three positions at this year’s president’s day celebrations since they are their students. Thebe said the Fashion Club is an investment made by the university into the talent of their young designers for them to use as a case study and build their entrepreneurial skills. “The merchandise has sold over 20 countries now including US, UK, Japan, France, Sweden, Denmark, Canada, Australia and others online,” she said.