African, Asian fash­ion meet

More than 30 de­sign­ers will show­case their work

The Sunday Independent - - METRO - THOBILE MAZIBUKO

UN­DER the AfroAsia theme, lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional de­sign­ersshow­cased their lat­est col­lec­tions at African Fash­ion In­ter­na­tional Joburg Fash­ion Week (AFIJFW) in Mel­rose Arch, which started on Oc­to­ber 4 and runs un­til Oc­to­ber 7.

On day 1, menswear took all the shine when AERO opened the show with a stun­ning street style col­lec­tion fea­tur­ing Nao Serati, D.O.P.E, and Ma­hone.

All the way from China, An­tiArch also pre­sented a menswear col­lec­tion of flared shorts and over­sized shirts. Ir­m­gard Mkha­bela wowed the crowd with his ath­leisure wear of tights and cropped tops in neon colours such as pink and lime green. Rep­re­sent­ing Tan­za­nia, She­ria Ngowi lived up to his high ex­pec­ta­tions and pre­sented clean cut for­mal suits and an­kle grazer bot­toms, matched with satin shirts.

Day 2 started on a high note, with the Tsh­wane Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy fash­ion and de­sign stu­dents bring­ing their all – prov­ing that the fu­ture of SA fash­ion is in the right hands.

Draw­ing in­spi­ra­tion from the desert dews and the sun­set, cro­chet de­signer Tanele Zwane show­cased sum­mer dresses in ver­ti­cal and rhom­bus pat­terns.

“My aim as a de­signer is to recre­ate hand­made cloth­ing, make peo­ple ap­pre­ci­ate the art of cro­chet. I re­ally hope they could also have a sen­ti­men­tal value for hand­made gar­ments that are stylish and can last for a very long time,” says Zwane.

Also bring­ing his lux­u­ri­ous aes­thetic pat­terns to the run­way was Maxhosa by Lad­uma – who pre­sented a mix­ture of men’s skirts, stylish sum­mer shorts, cool cardi­gans and of course, his sig­na­ture socks.

Leg­endary brand, Pres­i­den­tial closed the show with el­e­gance by pre­sent­ing suits in African prints and clash­ing pat­terns.

To bring even more drama to the run­way, the iconic brand added a well-de­tailed show stop­per gown to their col­lec­tion- a look that turned heads.

While other in­ter­na­tional de­sign­ers such as 5-knot, who hails from Tokyo, show­cased a charm­ing sum­mer col­lec­tion to an en­thu­si­as­tic au­di­ence of in­flu­encers, fash­ion crit­ics and the me­dia, CLAN and De­ola Sa­goe of Nige­ria could not make it to South Africa to present their col­lec­tions.

Day 3 of AFIJFW saw Beach Cult and Gabrielle Swimwear present sexy swimwear un­der the sun at the Fire & Ice pool.

The Botswana Col­lec­tions fea­tur­ing Mothusi Lesolle, Boi­tumelo Se­boko, Black Trash, Aobakwe Molosiwa, Sharon Taolo and

Lesedi Mat­lapeng show­cased ex­quis­ite cre­ations in Shweshwe fab­rics and African prints.

Im­print also made it a point to leave a mark with their uni­sex sum­mer col­lec­tion in clash­ing prints.

Oth­ers that show­cased are Kahindo, Qui­te­ria & Ge­orge, CAFE by David Tlale, Bul­bu­lia Threads, Kreyann, Ruff Tung, Tuelo Nguyuza, Mar­i­anne Fassler, Eric Raisina and Scalo.

To close off this Joburg’s hottest fash­ion event, Tsotetsi KL and David Tlale are both ex­pected to show­case tonight at a dif­fer­ent venue other than Mel­rose Arch.

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