Adam Levin at Mozambique Fashion Week


The setting is a surrealist’s delight. By 9pm, the breeze off the Indian
Ocean has brought some respite from the day’s relentless warm drip. The red
carpet that ascends the gracious staircase of Maputo’s historic City Hall is
spectacularly lit. With the cameras poised for a live national broadcast, a
young MC descends and welcomes her audience in lashings of sensuous
Portuguese: They are a mix of shorts, beaded leopard print chiffon twin sets
and voluminous afro-garb on slip covered white plastic chairs, but the
‘Welcome to Miami’ remix lends an absurdity to this moment of national
pride. When my name is announced as a judge, I smile and wave at the nation,
but secretly I feel certain apprehension as to the relevance and
plausibility of Mozambique

Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.

  • LEX

    ..the positive side…it gives them the opportunity to dream about a beautiful an shiny future….long live fashion for fashion if directed right can enrich people’s quality of life even if it means using recycle materials…that is the beauty of it…….improvised creativity at its best !…it is the seed being planted…that is how it all begins….

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  • Fashion is unarguably inevitable in this era! I love what Mozambique is doing with this fashion week and how every year it just seems to rise to the next level. So all I wanna say to Africa that may be still sleeping on their skills, is to wake up and move!…..or call Tyrone!
    I look forward to the Mozambique fashion week this year…

  • been there and did that! had Imani Models in the house representing something that I would much rather sing out, or speak some word in one od those calm evenings….as we chill and as the light saxophone graces the atmosphere…….not Kirk Whalum this time but some random guy on the streets on the streets of Louisiana…….But the bottom line is that I almost lost conscience of where I was coming from as much as where I was headed to….So I chilled!….and enjoyed the MFW 2008!

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