Ex­cit­ing names at Fash­ion Fair

Weekend Witness - - Arts -

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

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