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There’s no doubt that de­sign doyenne Mar­i­anne Fassler is a fash­ion icon. This week, she re­vealed her Au­tumn/Win­ter Col­lec­tion and cel­e­brated four decades of fash­ion at Leop­ard Frock in Sax­on­wold, Jo­han­nes­burg. I couldn’t help but feel hon­oured to be trav­el­ling through her trea­sure trove of fash­ion, art and crafts.

When en­ter­ing the gates of Fassler heaven, we were in­structed to take two bal­loons off the fence, se­lect­ing two words start­ing with the let­ter F that de­fines you. I chose fierce and fem­i­nist.

Through­out the evening, mod­els wear­ing Fassler’s lat­est col­lec­tion roamed around as guests moved in and out of the space, which looks like a fan­tasy closet for any lover of fash­ion.

Guests in­cluded artist Lady Skol­lie, whom I over­heard telling some­one that she has made more money in the past six months than she pre­vi­ously did in a year. Claps for Lady Skol­lie!

Oth­ers in at­ten­dance in­cluded Pa­pama Ramo­gase, the owner of kids fash­ion la­bel But­ter Pud­ding, pub­li­cist and de­signer Maria McCloy, Zim­bab­wean artist and ac­tivist Kudzanai Chi­u­rai, some of whose work hangs on the walls in Fassler’s home, singer Than­diswa Mazwai and for­mer politi­cian Geral­dine Fraser-Moleketi, who says her re­la­tion­ship with Fassler spans years. Fassler de­signed Fraser-Moleketi’s daugh­ter Thando’s wed­ding dress last year.

Friendly Fraser-Moleketi, who was ac­com­pa­nied by her son Solomzi, says she loves wear­ing clothes made by de­sign­ers on this con­ti­nent, and the clothes she wore on the evening were from Ivory Coast de­signer Pathe’O and Zim­babwe-born Clive Run­dle.

Fassler’s new col­lec­tion in­cludes bold dark hues, with el­e­ments of an­i­mal print and fur with ec­cen­tric struc­tures.

This was a fit­ting cel­e­bra­tion of Fassler’s ac­claimed ca­reer.


TRENDSETTERS Mod­els dis­play Mar­i­anne Fassler’s Au­tumn/Win­ter Col­lec­tion

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