By Lerato Matheka
MASERU — It was intended to be a red-carpet fashion show.
But the show turned out to be the mother-of-all-flops.
The show, organised by an aspiring local modelling agency, Glamour-Les, was held at Alliance Franaise last Saturday.
One of the organisers of the event, Pokane Tsietsi, told the Weekender that the show was meant to create a platform for fashion designers and models in Lesotho.
But all did not go down according to plan resulting in a chaotic show at Alliance Franaise.
Although the event was scheduled to start at 1pm it only slowly roared into life at around 5.30pm, four hours behind schedule.
In the clearest demonstration of the chaos organisers had to hurriedly conclude the show after a mere one and a half hours.
“It’s true that the show started late but that should not make us lose our focus.
“We are introducing a new concept in the industry and we are very much aware that it will take time before we get the appreciation we expect,” Tsietsi said on Monday.
Tsietsi blamed the show’s flop on the late arrival of the disc jockey.
“This was our first official show after our launch in March. We have learned our lesson on what we need to do to achieve success,” Tsietsi said.
Besides, the show was poorly attended.
Out of the 120 tickets they had hoped to sell only 45 were sold.
Tsietsi was however putting up a brave face on Monday.
“Our objective was met and the designers walked the ramp exhibiting the designs as expected,” Tsietsi said.
He claimed that all the 15 models who took part in the show were paid to “boost their confidence in the modelling career”.
The Lesotho Times could not independently verify the claim.
The fashion show saw the 15 young women exhibiting designs from local production firms, Seshoeshoe Productions, Proudly African Boutique and Dream Wedding Boutique