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Street Style at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg

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Fashion Weeks are not just about runway shows, they are also about the unique styles of the attendees and that is why the street style at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg was trending over the weekend. It is always great to see the people go all out and look beautiful and cool as they take snaps while waiting for runway shows to commence. Photographers are always on the lookout for the best and coolest looks. One such photographer is Ben Moyo who captured the best dressed this past weekend at #MBFWJ17 at the Mall of Africa.

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See more of Ben Moyo’s work here

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#MBFWJ17: Orapeleng Modutle Style Avenue

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Remembering where it all started for Orapeleng Modutle, I could not be anymore prouder of him as I was watching his show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg at Mall of Africa. My favourite thing about Orapeleng is that he is diverse, he caters for the brides, for the working woman, for the everyday woman who loves to look good. The first to last look is presented with so much precision and Asanda Sizani really did an amazing job styling the collection.

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All images by SDR Photo for African Fashion International

#MBFWJ17 Day 1 Favourites

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Last night Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg 2017 kicked off at Mall of Africa in Johannesburg and day 1 has set a good pace for the rest of the days. Fellow fashionistas and I braved the cold and windy Joburg weather for the love of fashion.

AFI Prive which is an African Fashion International inhouse fashion brand made a return last night on the runway and I must say that I was impressed with the collection. “Under the African Sun” is what the collection embodied and the garments were made of soft and comfortable fabrics. The kind of clothes that one wears in an African summer next to the pool, river or beach; whatever floats your boat. The cute thin waist belts were significant in giving the best view of the outfits. My absolute favourite outfit was the off the shoulder crop top with multi-layered sleeves and the matching pants which give off a relaxed look.

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All the looks from the AFI Prive collection can be shopped at the AFI Prive store at the crystal court at Mall of Africa and soon on the website http://afiprive.com/

Thula Sindi is showcasing again and I couldn’t be any happier. Before the show, everyone who follows Thula Sindi on Twitter and I got to see a sneak peek of what to expect at his show and true to his word; his collection reflected his obsession with hard edged details on soft fabrics.

My favourite dresses from Thula Sindi’s collection are the dresses above whose details are hard to miss, I definitely paid so much attention here and I could not help but see a peacock in its glory  as its covert feathers are  displayed during the  courtship ritual.

The collection also featured some of the best embroidery I have ever seen. Everything was just so precise, in the right colour and paired with best pieces. I love that you can switch up the TS garments and you can wear them for any occasion.

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Other designers who showcased included Gavin Rajah and Spero Villioti. Even Though their collection were nice, I would have loved to see something different because I feel like we always see the same collections from them. Spero Villioti had models wear fake colourful locks which did nothing for the collection and we have seen this before in international designers. I honestly did not see the point of the fake locks as they added nothing to the story.

Photo Credits: SDR Photo

#MBFWJ: NN Vintage Perfectly Portrays The African Queen Trend

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Last night NN Vintage wowed fashion lovers with a star-studded showcase at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg in Sandton. I was eager to see what NN Vintage had in store for us because I have always been impressed by their previous collections. I really relate to the garments and I am definitely the kind of woman who wears and understands NN Vintage. The African Queen trend has really taken over with women all over Africa embracing headwraps and really taking pride in their cultures. NN Vintage keeps up with the times and the collection is modern and played a lot with stripes, grays and a pop of colour just to brighten it up.

What stood out for me is that the showcasing was more than the fact that the Queens are proud of who they are. African queens love each other, they dance together, the have fun together and they generally encourage each other. African Queens uplift each other and provide opportunities to each other. That is what the African Queen trend is all about and I believe that  the celebrities who walked for Nhlanhla Nciza’s show cemented the fact that African Queens support each other and they are happy for the other’s successes.

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All images by AFI

DESIGNERS SET TO GLITTER IN CITY OF GOLD

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SA’s top designers set to showcase at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg 2015 

South Africa’s foremost established and emerging designers will converge on Melrose Arch, Johannesburg from March 5-7 to kick off South Africa’s Fashion calendar with their latest Autumn/Winter 2015 collections at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Joburg.

African Fashion International, which serves as the gateway to refined African fashion, has unveiled an extraordinary line-up of design talent, including collections from Ruald Rheeder, Stefania Morland, Suzaan Heyns, Fabiani, Khosi Nkosi, Tart, Augustine, KL Tsotetsi, Samantha Constable, SCALO and Shana, to name just a few.

As an exciting fresh addition to this year’s lineup, AFI welcomes a new designer – Nhlanhla Nciza of Mafikizolo fame – who will be showcasing her NN Vintage collection, having already enjoyed immense success with her unique and dynamic twists on vintage favourites.

“Johannesburg has an energy and a buzz which has made it a centre of Afropolitan identity. As one of the world’s leading financial centers, it offers creative freedom to designers with the economic and commercial opportunities rarely available in African urban spaces. There is an exceptional collection of designers who will be showcasing their Autumn/ Winter designs and it has become AFI’s number one objective to provide these designers with commercial viability,” says Sizwe Nzimande, Group Marketing Manager for AFI.

AFI’s incubation project “Fastrack”, now in its fifth year, curates and incubates young talent, providing them with the opportunity to develop and grow into successful, sustainable designers and entrepreneurs. The 2015 closing date for applications was extended due to high levels of interest from graduate designers from over 15 design schools in various cities, including Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein, Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Johannesburg and Pretoria.

“We are incredibly passionate about the Fastrack programme as it directly develops the new generation of fashion design talent and gives them a platform for success. In addition, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg provides a fashion podium to turn the international spotlight on local designers, recognising them as more than dressmakers and, rather, celebrating them as trendsetters. The designers who will be showcased this year will no doubt enjoy immense respect and success,” adds Nzimade.

The event will take place in the premier commercial and retail space, Melrose Arch, located in the heart of Johannesburg’s urban core and renowned as the definitive standard for luxury fashion and cultural showcases in the city. 

SPECIAL NOTE: The full list of designers who will be showcased is as follows – Khosi Nkosi, Tsotetsi KL, Marianne Fassler, Stefania Morland, LUMIN, Tart, Ruald Rheeder, Augustine, Grapevine, Leigh Schubert, SCALO, Samantha Constable, SELFI, Shana, NN Vintage, Suzaan Heyns, Fabiani, and AFI Next Generation designers L.A.N.D, Akedo, and OATH by Rich Mnisi. 12 AFI Fastrack will also be showcasing.

Photo Credit: AFI

 

Press Release: FASHION BUZZ BACK AT MELROSE ARCH

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Joburg 2015 to come to life at city’s luxury centre

South Africa’s top designers will reveal their autumn/winter collections at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Joburg from March 5-7, once again hosted by luxury shopping centre, Melrose Arch, renowned for its high-fashion boutiques and bustling atmosphere alongside event owners, African Fashion International – the gateway to refined African fashion.

The eyes of the local and international fashion community will undoubtedly be focused on the City of Joburg over the three show days as the country’s first Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week event from the annual fashion calendar, is brought to life by African Fashion International.

“This year’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Joburg will lead the way in securing African Fashion International’s primary focus for 2015 – to provide designers with more retail & networking opportunities and expand their influence and success to global consumers. What better place to emphasize that purpose than to return to Melrose Arch, the premier retail space in Johannesburg,” says AFI Group Marketing Manager, Sizwe Nzimande.

Sophisticated and elegant, ideally located in the heart of Johannesburg’s urban core, Melrose Arch presents itself as the definitive standard for luxury fashion and cultural showcases in the city, having already hosted the Rhythm & Brews Festival, the Night with the stars Celebrity Fashion Show, the Mandela Tribute Concert and Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Africa amongst others.

“We are proud that together with Melrose Arch, AFI is able to provide an official platform in which to showcase creative talent in Africa and introduce it to both a local and international audience,” adds Sizwe Nzimande.

The sponsors who will be contributing to the success and splendor of the occasion in conjunction with AFI, are Mercedes Benz; pioneers of hair-styling, GHD; cosmetics giant, MAC Cosmetics;  the City of Johannesburg and DSTV.