Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Joburg took place last week at a new venue – Waterfall Park at the Mall of Africa in Kyalami, Midrand.
This year, I was unable to attend and had such FOMO, however I couldn’t not keep up with Africa’s greatest designers. Before we get into it, I have to give some recognition to AFI and the Motsepe’s for their devotion to showcasing African fashion on a global stage.
Looking at the designer lineup, there are so many talented designers and artists. I really did feel like like I missed out, given that there were so many new designers to the AFI stage like; Naroc NYC, Adama Paris, Feminist, Sheri Ngowi and of course the AFI Prive collection.
Here are my favourite designer looks from this years spring/summer ’17 collections:
Orapeleng Modutle just makes me want to cry with the most regal designs. I am in awe of the designs and colours used, it’s all just so beautiful. If I was a rich house-wife living in a place like Monaco, I would rock these designs everyday 😉
Khosi Nkosi brings the best of African design and print, all in one place. A favourite amongst local celebrities, Khosi Nkosi also uses them as model ambassadors to illustrate that anyone, no matter colour, size or background can wear their designs. The cultural elements make me proud to be a child of Africa and makes me appreciate our diversity.
Shana Morland – daughter of Stefania Morland, hits the trends with each look that came down that runway. Florals for Spring – ‘groundbreaking’ I know, but she really did make it all look so beautiful with sheer fabrics, floral embroidery and a little sparkle here and there.
VIZUVLGVDS – new comers to the AFI runway brought out the hottest trend now – athleisure streetwear. With barefeet models and nothing more, the focus remained on the outer wear of oversized pieces, crips lines and structured silhouettes.
Tsotetsi KL brought us sheer fabrics embellished with pearls and an interesting african element in a waist accesory. I love Tsotetsi’s designs because it’s simple yet so beautiful. Never over done but just done enough.
Fabiani is known for menswear, however their recent collections has featured some womenswear and they do it all so well. From embroidery, glittery sheer fabrics and tailored suits, they have taken menswear and made it womenswear.
Quiteria and George is making sleepwear couture and this spring I might just want to live in all their designs. The mesh layered fabric that folds and flows into a garment, is just pure genius design and construction.
These are my favourite designers and they all just make my heart overflow of pure love for fashion.
All images were taken from the AFI website – http://gallery.africanfashioninternationalsa.com/
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