SA’s top de­sign­ers at Fash­ion Week

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - KAR­ISHMA DIPA

FASH­ION­ISTAS are in for a treat at this year’s Mercedes-Benz Fash­ion Week Joburg, to be held in Midrand next month.

Some of the coun­try’s best de­sign­ers have an­nounced their par­tic­i­pa­tion in the glam­orous gather­ing.

The style ex­trav­a­ganza gives de­sign­ers a plat­form to present their unique Spring/ Summer col­lec­tions to fash­ion en­thu­si­asts.

This week, African Fash­ion In­ter­na­tional (AFI), which own and op­er­ate two pres­ti­gious fash­ion week plat­forms, re­vealed those who will take their cre­ations to the cat­walk.

This in­cludes the likes of fash­ion icons David Tlale, Gavin Ra­jah, Khosi Nkosi and Qui­te­ria & Ge­orge.

AFI Founder and chief ex­ec­u­tive Dr Pre­cious MoloiMot­sepe says spe­cial ef­fort will be made to en­sure that South Africa’s very best de­sign­ers get a chance to show­case at this sea­son’s fash­ion week.

“We have col­lab­o­rated with South African and African fash­ion de­sign roy­alty to of­fer a world-class spec­tac­u­lar of re­fined African ap­parel and ac­ces­sories,” says MoloiMot­sepe.

She adds that the se­lec­tion of de­sign­ers is made to divers- ity.

“We are also de­lighted to wel­come col­lec­tions from young de­sign­ers who are mak­ing waves in the fash­ion world, with the over­all pro­gramme sure to grab the at­ten­tion of me­dia, in­dus­try ex­perts and fash­ion­istas alike.

“David Tlale will in­tro­duce a se­lec­tion of young de­sign­ers yet to pro­duce their own col­lec­tions, but who dis­play the po­ten­tial to take their own place on a Fash­ion Week pro­gramme with the help and guid­ance of a vi­sion­ary men­tor like David,” says Moloi-Mot­sepe.

Other fash­ion week well known favourites in­clude Leigh Schu­bert, Mar­i­anne Fassler, Fabi­ani, KLUK CGDT and Thula Sindi.

They will be joined by other in­dus­try-lead­ers, Haute Baso, KL Tsotetsi, Orape­leng Mo­dutle Style Av­enue, Ruff Tung, She­ria Ngowi, Spero, Ste­fa­nia Mor­land and TN Col­lec­tive.

“We are de­lighted to wel­come de­sign­ers from across South Africa and fur­ther afield who ap­pre­ci­ate the value of show­ing their col­lec­tions to the dis­cern­ing Gaut­eng mar­ket,” said Moloi-Mot­sepe.

Other qual­ity de­sign­ers who are mak­ing their de­but at the event in­clude She­ria Ngowi from Tan­za­nia, Chid­inma Obairi from Nige­ria and Vizu­vl­gvds from the US.

PIC­TURE: DUMISANI SIBEKO

GO­ING PLACES: The Joburg Mercedes-Benz Fash­ion Week moves to Midrand this year.

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