Designer gets nod for Dubai

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Carlos Fritz’s hot items will fly SA flag at top fashion week abroad

BREIDBACH-born designer Carlos Fritz’s passion and love for fashion has received a major boost after he was selected to represent South Africa at the Dubai Fashion week next month.

Fritz will leave the country on November 8 and is expected to participate in showcasing his creations at the annual Runway Dubai Fashion Show for two weeks.

CARLOS FRITZ

Runway Dubai is a fashion promotional agency which focuses on promoting the development of local and international talents into the United Arab Emirates market and providing marketing and promotional opportunities for corporate and government agencies.

Head executive member of Runway Dubai LLC, Modupe Omonze, said after an extensive interview and thorough selection, Fritz of Carlos Fritz Creations has been awarded a place to participate in the Runway Dubai platform due to showcasing true creativity in his designs.

“We firmly believe Fritz’s work deserves a prestigious platform to effectively introduce him to the global fashion market and the Runway Dubai Fashion Show will provide an effective promotional opportunity for South African tourism market,” Omonze said.

During an interview with the 32 year-old Fritz at his Breidbach home, the former Hoërskool De Vos Malan matriculant said he was ecstatic about the “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” coming his way.

“I am the kind of person who loves exploring, travelling and interacting with all types of people and this is an opportunity I was only dreaming of,” Fritz said.

He said his passion for designing began at primary school and, after completing his matric in 2003, studied fashion design at the Buffalo City FET College in East London for two years.

“When I was at primary school I always spent my breaks drawing pictures on piece of papers while my classmates enjoyed some fun games, so I think the love for designing had already started at that stage and it just grew from strength to strength.

“Besides designing I also sing and perform at weddings, parties, funerals and concerts and about two weeks ago I shared the stage with former Idols contestants Bevan, Keegan and Terra in Breidbach. “I’m also a hairdresser, make-up artist and a very good chef,” Fritz said.

“Most are my clients are from King and surrounding areas, East London, Komani and with the biggest support coming from Port Elizabeth,” he said.

ELEGANT NUMBER: A model performs one of Carlos Fritz’s creations during the Nelson Mandela Bay Fashion week in Port Elizabeth recently Picture: ANDILE BAILEY

Fritz said Braemore Lundall-Sauls of Braemore Designs in Port Elizabeth is his mentor and has played a pivotal role in bringing him to the point at which he is today.

“I have learnt a lot from him and always assist him during his functions where he showcases his fashion,” Fritz said.

For Fritz to be able to participate at the show, it will cost him close to R60000 which includes the platform, his return plane ticket and accommodation for the period of two weeks.

“This has given me sleepless nights and although I have started with fundraising events, it has not even brought me close to what I need.

“I will stage an over 30’s disco at the Pirates Club in King on Saturday [October 21] evening from 6pm till midnight, with an admission of R30 per person and on Sunday [October 22] will be hosting a High Tea at the Schornville Community hall from 3pm till 5.30pm at R100 per ticket,” Fritz said..

Everyone willing to contribute in making Fritz realise his dream can contact him on 083-244-3272 or, carlosfritzcreations@gmail.com

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