AFI Fashion Week Joburg 2022 wraps up with a glamorous style showcase from the best Pan-African designers
The Fashion Week ended on Saturday, with an exciting fashion show that left audiences wanting more.
The designers who participated in the Fashion Week, not only delivered outstanding work but made it clear that bold African fashion is here to stay.
This is one of the most important events on the African fashion calendar. The event showcases the best African design talent and provides a platform for designers to network with local or international media and buyers.
There was a little something for everyone at the Fashion Week, from the men’s and women’s wear showcased by designers. Some designers went for more traditional African looks while others opted for more modern styles.
Mzukisi Mbane opened the final show day at Imprint_ZA with his signature printed garments. It was a kaleidoscope of colour, immediately ushering the eager audience into a vacation mood.
Seditsi Collections followed with a solid white and print collection, which he presented with musician, Lady X, serenading the models (including rapper, Gigi La Mayne) as they walked the runway.
Kreyann’ provided a masterclass in the art of presenting an update of how to use traditional wax print. The brand presented a collection that was inspired by the beauty of African cultures.
Alia Bare presented an elegant collection that played with volume, layering and sultriness. The collection played with the idea of layering fabrics, with different patterns and textures on top of each other.
Sisters of Afrika brought bold hues, their signature tie-dye aesthetic, and wedding-season ready fashion.
Masa Mara showcased his signature prints at his resort collection, while Eric Raisina showcased his expertise in haute couture, use of colour and designing the most out of simple silhouettes.
Durban-based Indoni Fashion House showcased her signature aesthetic of boldly printed teal and purple-hued tiered garments which celebrate the woman’s body. It was a well-received collection, making her debut at the Fashion Week stage a triumph.
Gvllvnt’s menswear range earned a tremendous response from the audience. He combined linen garments, suiting, and an appreciation of the effectiveness of simplicity. He received extra points for bringing out The Wife actor, Mondli Makhoba, who closed out his show.
Thando Thabethe’s Thabootys sexy swimwear range took the audience by storm and had pulses racing as models strutted the runway.
There was a silence as Ave Maria played and models walked out presenting Gavin Rajah’s latest couture collection, which closed the show. From the intricately crafted jackets, tailored palazzos and the glitzy couture evening gowns, every attendee with an eye for excellence appreciated the masterful craftsmanship of Rajah’s designs.
It was a reminder of why he is regarded as the couture master in the African continent.
The Fashion Week was more than just a showcase of clothes. Each designer brought something unique to the table, and the results were an excellent display of Pan African talent.
The event was not only about the clothes on show but also about the experience.
Overall, it was an incredible display of Pan-African fashion talent. Each designer brought something unique to the table, and the overall result was a truly stylish extravaganza.
AFI Fashion Week is a retail-focused fashion week, with designs available straight off the runway for purchase at the new House of Nala by AFI store in Sandton City, the House of Nala at The Leonardo in Sandton and on the new AFI e-commerce website: https://shop.africanfashioninternational.com/