Established and emerging designers making waves on the local fashion scene will flaunt their fabulous collections on the runway.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg 2016 (MBFWJ) has announced this year’s inspiring line-up of designers who will bring South Africa’s extraordinary talent under the spotlight of the world stage from 10 – 12 March 2016 at Sandton City’s Nelson Mandela Square.
Organised and curated by African Fashion International (AFI), the gateway to refined African fashion, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg 2016 weaves the eccentricity of African heritage and history into contemporary notions of fashion, putting the focus firmly on local designers. From urban street fashion to chic ready-to-wear items and avant-garde designs, audiences can expect a good dose of beyond-trend fashion and one of the best fashion productions of 2016.
Some of the top designers to be featured include internationally-acclaimed David Tlale, as well as Khosi Nkosi, Stefania Morland, Scalo, Mille Collines, Marianne Fassler, Tamara Dyson, Tuelo Nguyuza Collectiv, Spero Viliotti Couture, Selfi, Augustine, Leigh Schubert, Grapevine, Scalo/Tsotetsi KL in association with FALKE, AKEDO EXCLUSIVE PRESENTATION and Carducci*.
“South Africa is bursting with creative and talented young designers who are passionate about making their mark on the global fashion scene,” says Sizwe Nzimande, Group Marketing Manager at AFI. “AFI’s commitment to sustainability in the African fashion industry and empowering individuals to showcase their work on an international scale remains a priority in 2016, and we look forward to seeing what our home-grown designers have in store for us this year.”
While fashionistas can look forward to incredible designs of Autumn Winter collections for women, designers showcasing menswear at MBFWJ this year are Selfie, Carducci, Millie Collins and David Tlale – who will present the first young designer talent to be nurtured under his seasoned wings in a show aptly named The Intern.
Joburg audiences hoping to catch a glimpse of their favourite designers’ collections will have the opportunity to plan their time at MBFWJ using the official designer schedule*. Khosi Nkosi’s collection will open the glittering showcase at the iconic Nelson Mandela Square, while David Tlale heats things up on Friday night at a mystery off-site venue to be revealed in due course.
The designer line-up for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg 2016 is:
Thursday, 10 March 2016
18h00 Khosi Nkosi/TBC at Nelson Mandela Square
19h15 Marianne Fassler at Nelson Mandela Square
20h30 Stefania Morland at Nelson Mandela Square
21h30 TBC at Nelson Mandela Square
Friday, 11 March 2016
18h00 Tamara Dyson/ Tuelo Nguyuza Collectiv at Nelson Mandela Square
18h45 AKEDO EXCLUSIVE PRESENTATION at Nelson Mandela Square
19h20 Spero Viliotti Couture at Nelson Mandela Square
20h30 Mille Collines at Nelson Mandela Square
21h30 David Tlale (venue to be revealed)
Saturday, 12 March 2016
14h00 The Intern by David Tlale at Nelson Mandela Square
15H30 AFI Fastrack™ at Nelson Mandela Square
17H00 Selfi/Augustine at Nelson Mandela Square
18H15 Leigh Schubert/Grapevine at Nelson Mandela Square
19h30 Scalo/ Tsotetsi KL in association with FALKE at Nelson Mandela Square
20h30 Carducci at Nelson Mandela Square
“Local fashion is fast-paced and exciting, and we have worked closely with the industry to plan a ground-breaking display against the backdrop of an electric and energised atmosphere, enchanting designers and audiences alike,” says Nzimande. “The designers have worked tirelessly and sacrificed many a long night to prepare for this highly anticipated event. The designs that will dominate the runway this year offer an outpouring of passion and a taste of the talent that is alive and thriving in Africa.”
Tickets for the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg 2016 will be available from www.webtickets.co.za and range from R100 to R250 per show.
*Designer schedule is subject to change