It’s officially Fashion Week season and for us in the City Of Gold, it all started on Thursday, 10 March when African Fashion International (AFI) hosted their first fashion week of the year in association with Mercedes Benz. It was my first attendance for the blog, and it was a jam-packed three-day event, which reminded me how talented our fashion designers are, how passionate I, and so many others are about African fashion and how lucky we are to be in the midst of a fashion revolution in South Africa.
Day One started with shows by Khosi Nkosi, Marianne Fassler, Stefania Morland and The Intern collection by David Tlale. Morland’s collection was immersed in texture play, with soft, shimmering pieces and well-constructed elements with a strong feminine undertone.
On Day Two, Tamara Chérie was one of my favourite designers of the day. Her designs are tailored with a mean sense for perfect construction and glamorous elements, which brought the collection together. Tuelo Nguyuza’s collection was for the strong and confident woman with contrasting colours and contemporary construction. Spero Villioti’s collection was showcased during a fun show, which included male dancers in shorts on the runway. For me personally, Villioti’s designs are too couture for oily dancers who stole away from the beautifully constructed gowns, dresses and one-piece ensembles.
Day Three had an exclusive presentation by up-and-coming new designer AKEDO, which I was very privileged to see. Edgy, and heavily inspired by urban street style, the pieces were deeply rooted in afro fusion elements, comfortably made and modern. The AFI Fastrack show was also on day three, and introduced us to about 10 young designers who entered the Fastrack competition to advance their careers in fashion.
Trends From The Runway To Explore This Season: Stripes, Sequins, Monochrome, Rich Textures, Flowing Feminine Fabrics, Geometrics and Florals.
*Visit my Facebook page to view fall my favourite pieces from Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Joburg 2016.