Exciting names at Fashion Fair
THIS year’s Durban Fashion Fair will feature two guest appearances from international designers. The fair runs from August 22 to August 25 at the Durban Exhibition Centre and includes workshops, shows and a buyers’ lounge. It will culminate in a sale of garments seen on the ramps on August 25.
The four-day fashion fair will showcase unique garments created by Durban’s design talents — from new designers who are just finding their feet, to emerging talents who were treated to an internship in Milan, one of the fashion capitals of Europe, following Durban Fashion Fair 2012. Ten newcomers will be selected for a similar internship this year.
One of the featured design teams is wellknown Italian name Diego M, which will showcase exclusive outerwear collection on the runway. For his showing, Diego Mazzi has created a capsule collection, comprising garments that are handmade using some of the world’s most innovative and audacious leathers — a coco-printed nappa with mother-ofpearl glassy effect, and spotted leather with a metallic mosaic, which reflects silver and Champagne tones.
Founded by husband and wife Mazzi and Manuela Bortolameolli in 2003, Diego M has lived and breathed fashion for 30 years. With the ability of a great trendsetter and a musician’s acute sensitivity, Mazzi pinpoints and explores new directions in fashion, adapting them to modern tastes.
Another exciting international designer to join the Durban Fashion Fair is celebrated Ghanaian designer Mina Evans. Sindi Shangase, business support programme manager for the eThekwini Municipality business support, tourism and markets unit, said Evans has been specially invited to participate in the Durban Fashion Show, alongside big names such as Craig Jacobs, Gavin Rajah, Colleen Eitzen and Terrence Bray, among others.
Although she studied in both the United Kingdom and South Africa, the Durban Fashion Fair will be the first time that Evans has participated in a major South African fashion event. “This is my first showing in South Africa and in Durban, although it is not my first visit. I am honoured to have been invited and I am really looking forward to checking out the fashion scene in Durban. I think it’s a beautiful city and can’t wait to show,” she said.
The Mina Evans brand was formally launched in 2010, with the inaugural Jewels & Tulle collection captured by the popular lifestyle show Studio 53. Influenced by Ghana’s veteran fashion designer Kofi Ansah, Evans exhibits a love for fusing luxurious fabrics and intricate hand-picked embellishments to produce feminine, stylish and flawless pieces that are wearable again and again. The brand is readily identified by its signature tie-dyed fabrics and bold colours.
Tickets to the fashion shows at the Durban Exhibition Centre are at Computicket at R100 per person per show and R50 for students. To find out more about the Durban Fashion Fair, log on to www.durbanfashionfair.com or visit the official facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/DurbanFashionFair or Twitter at https://twitter.com/DbnFashionFair