Ishmael Tsakatsa is Zimbabwean Designer of the Year

Genre : Awards lists
Principal country concerned : Column : Fashion
Release/publication date : 2014
Published on : 30/09/2014
Source : 29 September 2014

Emerging fashion Designer, Ishmael Tsakatsa, whose label, Zargue'sia, wowed judges and audiences alike at the 2014 edition of Zimbabwe Fashion Week (ZFW), was last night named Zimbabwe's Designer of the Year.

Tstakatsa's collection at ZFW 2014 was awe-inspiring and stood out with its crisp, clean silhouettes & frilly detailing in a maroon, white & black theme.

It's been steady progression for Tsakatsa who has showcased at ZFW for the last three years. In 2012 he escaped the nominees list completely. Then last year he was nominated for the young Designer of the Year Award. The award went on to be won by Sarudzai Murungu.

But this was to be his year. He told Zimbo Jam after winning that he was excited and overwhelmed. The award has given him a boost in confidence. "Next year I am planning on moving to showcase outside Zimbabwe and I am looking at how I can open more retail outfits for my clothes."

Zimbo Jam contributor, Ameera Murad Ameer, was named blogger of the year for her fresh fashion perspective on her blog, Just Mimi. Creative and experimental photographer Michelle Fortmann, was deservedly named photographer of the year.

Ndau Collection won Accessories Designer of the Year for the second year running.

The Male Model of the Year Award went to Mervyn Uahupirapi of Namibia. The tall, hot Mervyn had women screaming and cheering for him throughout the fashion week. Jordyn Miller was named Female Model of the Year.

Other awards were Style Icon of the Year: Craig Zoowie, Young Designer of the Year: Natsai Mujuru and Emerging Designer of the Year: Kuda Chihungwa.

The Awards Ceremony, which took place in a big marquee outside the Harare City Library,  the venue for this year's ZFW, was a glamorous affair that saw Hararians come out dressed to kill.

Hosts for the evening were ZiFM presenter Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa and model & entrepreneur Marshall Mutsamirwa. Entertainment was provided by multiple-award winning band Mokoomba, and hip hoppers MMT and Karizma.

Here's a full list of nominees and winners:

Zimbabwe Fashion Awards 2014 Nominees & Winners

Blogger of the Year

Winner: Ameera Murad Ameer

Melissa Mazingi

Beryl Kanyowa

Tendai Toscie

Photographer of the Year

Winner: Michelle Fortmann

Tinashe Njagu

Donald Chipumha

Davina Jogi

Ngoni Zash Chinhara

Male Model of the Year

Winner: Mervyn Uahupirapi

Adrian Green

Fusher Masango

Arnold Nyangoni

Female Model of the Year

Winner: Jordyn Miller

Binglin Tao

Thsiamo Sekolo

Lauren Macintosh

Style Icon of the Year

Winner: Craig Zoowie

Znzorzi Adby

Gilmore Tee

Ruvhi Parirenyatwa

Accessories Designer of the Year

Winner: Ndau Collection

Shorai Designs

Smataz Jewellery

Young Designer of the Year

Winner: Natsai Mujuru

Mehreen Kamal Khan

Cynthia Chimanda

Immaculate Kwashira

Humphrey Salimu

Emerging Designer of the Year

Winner: Kuda Chihungwa

Rudo Nondo

Sarudzai Murungu

Tapfumanei Munenge


Designer of the Year

Winner: Ishmael Tsakatsa

Danayi Chapfika

Thembani Mumbochwa

Rumbie Mzofa

Rahma Mohamed


And because we know you're curious…


Zimbabwe Fashion Awards 2013 Winners

Designer of the Year 2013: Yemurai (House of Yemurai)
Young Designer of the Year 2013: Sarudzai Murungu
Emerging Designer of the Year 2013: Znzorzi Adby
Accessories Designer of the Year 2013: Ndau Collection
Female Model of the Year 2013: Tholakele Dlamini
Male Model of the Year 2013: Fisher Masango
Fashion Icon of the Year 2013: Pokello
Photographer of the Year 2013: Tinashe Njagu



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