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Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Joburg 2012: AFI Fastrack

Johannesburg came alive as fashion designers, journalists, photographers, models and makeup artists made their way to the Hyde Park Corner rooftop for the first ever Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Joburg.

Day 1 saw a showcase of South Africa’s design graduates in the AFI Fastrack initiative in partnership with Foschini. The program aims to develop young designers through mentorship and business development coaching. Submissions were taken from graduate collections of participating design institutions nationwide. Twelve finalists were selected to showcase their lines in the finale, competing for a cash prize and an internship at Foschini. This year’s winners were Nkosi Wetive, Shelly Botha, Kim Gush and Kyra Moon. They will also get an opportunity to showcase a capsule collection at Africa Fashion International later in the year.

Pics by Simon Dreiner

Pics by Simon Deiner (SDR)

The AFI Fastrack trends included the still popular colour blocking trend, layered gowns, and shiny fabrics. There was a unique trend of polka dots matched with bright florals and a gothic/warrior inspired look by Kim Gush. Colours ranged from earthy tones to bright pinks and multi-coloured prints.

Pics by Simon Deiner (SDR)

Pics by Simon Deiner (SDR)

Kyra Moon’s Chinese inspired collection was very catchy, while Shelly Botha’s children’s collection was funky.


Pics by Simon Deiner (SDR)

Pics by Simon Deiner (SDR)

- By Innocent Ndlovu

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Fashion News Round-Up: Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Joburg

Africa Fashion International's Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Joburg

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Joburg

Mercedes Benz has partnered with Africa Fashion International to bring you Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg, which will be followed by two other fashion weeks later in the year. The association between AFI and automaker Mercedes Benz was announced last Thursday at the launch held in Hyde Park.

More than 25 designers will showcase their collections this year. Thula Sindi, David Tlale, Gavin Rajah, Kluk CGDT, C-Squared, Fabiani, Abigail Betz, Black Coal Clothing, Spero Villioti and Thabani Mavundla are just some of the designers set to show their collections. Speaking at the launch Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe said the launch of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Joburg was timely and significant. “Timely because this is our first event of the year and it sets the tone for all the fantastic events we have in plan for this year. I say significant because with this collaboration we are now well-positioned to make Joburg a global fashion city.”

Mercedes Benz took the opportunity to unveil its new C-Class C180 sedan style edition that was specially made for the event.

Arise Magazine Fashion Week Lagos

In other fashion news. Arise Magazine Fashion week Lagos 2012 will be a huge fashion affair this year that will run for six days from the 6th to the 11th of March in three tents at the 5-star Federal Palace hotel in Lagos. 77 designers from six continents are scheduled to showcase their lines. La Quan Smith, Gavin Rajah, Maki-Oh, Mataano, Madam Wokie’s Couture, Adama Paris, Jewel by Lisa, Jacob Kimmie, Kevan Hall and Virgos Lounge are some of the designers that were chosen to participate. Last year the event hosted 5,000 guests, 51 designers, 81 models and 5 musical acts.

London Fashion Week

A Tribe Called

We have moved on from New York Fashion Week and set our eyes on London Fashion week where several designers hailing from the continent will showcase their designs. Keep an eye on Caroline Charles (Egypt), PPQ (Amy Molyneaux from South Africa), The Tribe Called (Zimbabwe), Nicole Farhi (Algeria), House of Silk (Nigera) and Ozwald Boateng (Ghana) who will all be showcasing their designs.

Ozwald Boateng

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A Brush with Fashion at Africa Fashion Week #AFW

This past weekend I attended Africa Fashion Week and was really impressed with the level of fashion in Africa. Soucha, Thula Sindi, Jacob Kimmie, David Tlale, Madam Wokie, Laquan Smith, Tabo Bacar, Lola Faturoti and Bunmi Koko were some of the designers that showcased their collections to a packed Sandton Convention Centre. Tribal print, animal print, chiffon, colour blocking, lace and the Arabic-Persian-Egyptian look dominated the runway.

Cairo-based fashion designer Soucha’s collection was Egyptian-inspired. The collection was made up of slouchy pants, swimwear pieces, lace, head gear and shawls. He went bold on colour using, greens, yellows and reds. Local designer Thula Sindi got a standing ovation for his collection that consisted of lace, print and chiffon. The outfits were elegant and looked very comfortable to wear.

New York based designer Laquan Smith who is  known for his glamorous futuristic designs did not disappoint, if anything he lived up to his title. His range included skirts, dresses, trousers and tops. There were lace pieces as well, ideal for a night out or red carpet event.

Bunmi Koko’s garments oozed texture and comfort. The collection had evening wear, formal wear and a few gowns perfect for a red carpet event. She completed some of the looks with jewellery: neck pieces and bangles.


The big winners were announced at the highly anticipated Africa Fashion Awards, which concluded the runway show at Africa Fashion Week. Jewel by Lisa won the Designer of the Year –Africa award while celebrated British-born fashion designer & film-maker, Ozwald Boateng was announced Designer of the Year – International in these.

Nigerian designer, Maki Oh, won the Emerging Designer of the Year – Africa award, while New York-based, Ghanain-born Mimi Plange won Emerging Designer of the Year – International. Accessories Designer of the Year went to Sudanese-born Maya Antoun.

Part of the Africa Fashion Week,nomination criteria in the Africa Fashion Awards include designers’ work representing the strong emergence of a global African aesthetic along with potential global reach.

Created by Lisa Folawiyo in 2005, Jewel By Lisa has become famous for perfecting the art of using Nigerian Ankara fabric embellished with sequins, crystals and beads into a coveted on trend label.

The youngest and first black tailor to open a shop on London’s Saville Row, Ozwald Boateng, meanwhile, has reinterpreted the British art of bespoke tailoring with traditional craftsmanship and innovation along with his iconic, contemporary twist, vibrant colours and refined fabrics.

New York-born model, businesswomen and fashion pioneer Bethann Hardison was awarded with the Outstanding Contribution to African Fashion accolade while Model of the Year went to Kenyan supermodel Ajuma Nasanyana.

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– All designer pics by Simon Deiner

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