Nocturna Carnevale

05. December 2014 Style 11

Since stepping out of my banking world I’ve pretty much immersed myself into the fashion world. It’s probably been the most exhilarating and challenging experience for me. I have to say I’m proud of myself for taking such a leap of faith and completely stepping out of my comfort zone to explore more of ME. Over the past few months I’ve been able to see all these pieces of me start to come together, i would go to the extent of describing it as what Oprah would call a “full circle moment”. So, you ask. What have you been up to Ms Mati? Well, after AFWM I was approached by a certain Mr Lim to assist him in the production of Nocturna Carnevale. An African-Alternative runway show to raise Money for UNICEF in support their work in combating the Ebola crisis in West Africa. My first task was getting my African designers in check.  I wasted no time in hollering at my girl Neo for what would be her debut runway show for Neoh Couture. I knew we hadn’t had enough of the bold Queen Designs, the lovely Klassic designs and the bag queen Nicole Hayley Designs and I knew they had so much more to show us, so I got on the phone to the ladies and nervously explained that they would have one month to come up with some new looks, but they gladly accepted the challenge. Mission accomplished. My second task .Models. It would be my first model casting. In hindsight , I probably was too giddy .I morphed into this crazy Kimora-Lee Tyra person, throwing statements like “fabulous honey”, “give me more face please”, “Yesss, worrrrk”…Poor Mr Lim watched in pure disarray as the black in me came to surface.

A few weeks later, it was game time. The backstage situation. About thirty models, fifteen makeup artists, dozens of clothing racks and garment steamers everywhere. I took in a large breath of hair spray and garment steam, and got to work with some last-minute fitting and runway coaching. Nicole Hayley started off the show. I took it upon myself to crown her the leather bag queen. Once again her signature Ndebele Bag Collection left the audience mesmerized. The girls wore simple black Maxi Dresses, and let the bags steal the show.This time I was able to really get a feel of that smooth beautiful leather.These bags and purses are investment pieces that will last for years. Spoil yourselves ladies! Klassic Designs was all about the dresses, very daring. Plunging necklines, sheer fabrics, just oozing femininity. Not to mention the use of colour, buttercup yellow and aqua green, just in time for those summer weddings. Emily’s garments were sewn to perfection as usual, not a thread in sight! For Neoh Couture it was all about structured pieces. Pencil skirts, crop tops, high slits, gorgeous structured maxi’s and of-course the dress that stole many of our hearts. The three-quarter length body hugging dress with the peplum hem, the one that came home with ME!! Neo’s menswear looks were a highlight for me, high neck collars and well fitted shirts. I don’t know about you, but that red Dashiki Shirt had me thinking how I could convince Tapi to get some Tattoos. Queen Designs finished off the African designer runway. In her own words “it’s all about the crop this summer”.The two piece outfits were just adorable. The girls were feeling some Victoria Secret kinda way down the runway in them, i couldn’t blame them to be honest.

In the final runway, the alternative designers blew us away with the complexity and intricate detail on all of the pieces. The girls wore the clothes as if they were playing leading roles in theater production. The creativity and the passion just shone through in each garment, it was as if I had been transported into another world of counts and countesses, squires and madams. Nocturna Carnevale was a perfect way to end my Melbourne runway year, and an amazing learning experience for me. I left the show restless with so many ideas and excited for the coming year. Thank you to Mr Lim and his Team at Alive Group, it was a pleasure to be part of such an esteemed event for a worthy cause.


11 thoughts on “Nocturna Carnevale”

  • 1
    emergentlifeinitiative on November 9, 2015 Reply

    Where can I get the first 2 shirts modeled?

    • 2
      L'entendre on November 24, 2015 Reply

      Hi those are made by Neoh Couture, you can look her up on Facebook! Thanks!

  • 3
    undere on December 11, 2014 Reply

    Stunning! Well done to you both. 😃

    • 4
      L'entendre on December 13, 2014 Reply

      Thanks honey!! 😊 hope you well!!

  • 5
    Anonymous on December 9, 2014 Reply

    Well done Mati. This is more then full circle. It is the start of a whirl wind. 2015 is a year to truly keep an eye on you. The Lord has exciting things for you. Enjoy your Holidays. Cannot wait for 2015. Bapa.

    • 6
      L'entendre on December 13, 2014 Reply

      Im looking forward to 2015 as well, im just feeling like God has so much in store for us!! 😊

  • 7
    Colleen on December 7, 2014 Reply

    Well done Mrs C, this is awesome!!!!!! the humility kani, girl you’re so humble. Had that been me, let’s just say the whole world would have known haha *jokes* but seriously though well done. It’s really amazing watching you live out your dreams, the best is yet to come.

  • 8
    nora on December 5, 2014 Reply

    I have to say the pieces I liked the most were the men’s. Thanks for bringing us to the front row of that show

    • 9
      L'entendre on December 5, 2014 Reply

      Me too!! I loved the menswear! She is surely talented! Thanks for checking out the post Nora! 😊

  • 10
    Rutendo Makombe on December 5, 2014 Reply

    Saw the dashiki shirt and was like wow….especially the 2nd one…Munya would love love this. I just got him his own dashiki shirt from Zanzibar….So proud of you, live the dream for both of us. Lol at the kimora-lee-tyra persona…you always had it in you though.

    • 11
      L'entendre on December 5, 2014 Reply

      I’m getting One made for Tapi as well! They’re so dope! Thank you love, appreciate the support’ you know the dream! 😊

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