Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg Spring/Summer 2016: Day 4

AFI Young Designer of the Year 2016 Award
And the winner is …. Buda Malete! The young designer was announced as the AFI Young Designer of the Year for 2016, this Saturday. It was a tough decision for the judges, who spent the previous Friday afternoon selecting their winner with careful consideration.
Buda Malete was awarded R30 000 which will go towards building the Buda brand. This will not be the last we will see of him, as the determined designer will surely be regular on the catwalk.
Rich Mnisi x Maps Maponyane
The collaboration between the Rich and Maps was expected to lead to an exciting collection.  In vibrant shades of blue, white, copper red and tangerine tones, a French element came through, especially with berets and silk scarfs.
High-waisted pants, lightweight fabrics, mesh tops and unique prints a were brought together seamlessly.
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Beach Cult by Joanna Hedley
The Cape Town-based swimwear brand presented us with unique designs and styles to look forward to this summer.
The swimwear collection felt tropical with its flora-inspired patterns, and earthy tones of beige, black and white Hints of sheer here and there added an allure to the pieces. Some pieces were well accessorised with ethnic jewellery made by White Rabbit Designs. Anyone fancy a trip to an exotic island with these lovely pieces?
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Tina Ngxokolo
The collection brought an array of beautiful African tribal colours. With amazing cultural prints, the pieces showed off the traditional dress of Africa as a whole, with a modern twist. Sheer fabrics, cotton, velvet, leather, tulle and even a little fur trimming, all worked together to create intense, textural ensembles. Another Ngxokolo on the runway, sharing a bit of her culture in a new and unexpected way.
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Khosi Nkosi
A Fashion Week favourite last year, Khosi Nkosi gave us a brilliant show this year yet again. The collection was modern, full of colour, and was in trend with chokers and off the shoulder dresses. The tailoring executed with perfection and fit beautifully. Fabrics included cotton and jersey in fabulous stripes and tribal prints. As per Khosi Nkosi’s shows, familiar faces are usually expected on the runway. This year he had Miss South Africa, Ntandoyenkosi Kunene.
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Xipixi by Antonio
The Mozanbiquan menswear designer created an out-of-this-world ambience, opening with poetry and a suave albino model dressed as a king.
Menswear has never looked so good. Xipixi’s distinctive prints were the show’s highlight. The designer also tapped into sleepwear, keeping the Xipixi man sophisticated at all times of the day. The collection approached menswear with unusual fabrics like corduroy, velvet, wool and cotton. In all, the collection gave one a sense of an African James Bond; unapologetically overdressed, classy and cosmopolitan.
Imgard Mkhabela 
The brand showcased an energetic, sporty collection, making sportswear a fashion statement. Themed around the 2016 Olympics, the pieces were original while implementing blue collar workwear too.Wish all its eccentric details, Irmgard always aims to make ‘art wearable.’ Definitely an Olympic collection with an artistic twist.
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DUKE by Sandile Duke
The menswear designer created a dramatic feel with his collection, with models sporting a deep blue lip as they walked to drumming music. The actual clothes were tailored to fit, well demonstrated with its Mandarin collars and knee length hems. Sheer fabrics and cropped pants gave the collection and an edge and the classic suit was given a hint of culturalism in the beadwork.

Sterns Bridal Showcase

12 rings, 12 designers, 12 dresses.
Sterns 120-year anniversary is celebrated by commissioning 12 South African designers to design bridal couture inspired by 12 select Stern rings.
All manner of bridal wear was on display, with each designer creating a memorable gown for what would be a memorable day. Some took to the classical white dress, with beautifully layered tulle and romantic lace detailing. Others preferred a more dramatic approach, offering diamante encrusted detailing in direct reference to the rings that inspired them. And one, in particular, offered something for a modern, yet tribal wedding. Opulence filled the marquee as every swan-like bride lined the runway with their respective designer. Sterns left a few women in audience pining for a wedding worthy of a Sterns ring, a Sterns designer and  Sterns dress.

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Soraya Da Piedade, Luanda
The AFI Prive was opened with a collection by Soraya Da Piedade.
In an array of romantic and bright colours, the collection presented pretty prints paired with laced and embroidered sheer pieces, showing a contrast in texture.
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Otinguema, Libreville
Otinguema offered up a modern collection that maintained African elements, using prints and colours that are usually seen in traditional dress. The collection was fun and casual yet still had a design aspect that all could appreciate.
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Maxhosa by Laduma, Johannesburg
Laduma – MaXhosa returned to the runway with his  signature Xhosa-inspired knitwear. The menswear collection was on display, without taking a way the breadth of the overall collection that was showcased the night before.
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Tina Lobondi, Kinshasa
The collection showed exquisite pieces made of shiny and matte satin fabrics. And African element came through in blue and yellow prints. This was followed by wispy dresses of tulle and embroidered lace. The collection was also well balanced with a mixture of casual and couture pieces.
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Haute Baso, Rwanda
Haute Baso’s models were cool and combative, with camouflage prints and a colour scheme of khaki, camel and black. The casualness is easy to translate into everyday wear with flowing dresses and trench coats accessorised with cool bags. Haute Baso shows us how to do street wear couture.
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Sheria Ngowi, Dodoma
A gentleman’s collection for sure, the designer showcased well-tailored pieces in velvet, linens and corduroy among other fabrics. The linen pieces were paired with leather sandals and casual blazers paired with sneakers.
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Kiko Romeo by Ann McCreath, Nairobi 
A gorgeous collection in red, blue and cream, with embroidered detailing on satin fabric. Uniquely designed for evening wear. Elements of culture came through with neck pieces and prints.
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Mina Evans, Accra
Stunning couture pieces with tassel fringing came down the runway in pretty colour pairings, like salmon pink and black and salmon pink and green. Models were accessorised with head pieces that draped over their eyes, as well as, head scarves that recalled Ghanaian culture.
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Ciss Saint Moise, Abidjan
The menswear collection was inspired by the traditional dress of Abidjan. Long shirts worn over straight cut pants, and formal wear suits in black decorated with stunning, embroidered patterns. The finale look was beautifully embroidered and embedded with gold thread and diamante.
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Adama Paris, Dakar
Adama Paris presented an African dream steeped in colour and rich monochromatic patterns. A hint of red prints here and there also added a pop of colour. Stunning, big head wraps were the most striking elements of the collection, giving its models a domineering sense of African glamour.
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Osuare, Lagos
The Lagos-based designer started the show with crisp, white dresses, adorned wit playful prints. A casual element was added with sneakers instead of heels, and shiny lace pieces were added, giving the collection a street chic charm.
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