AFI FASTRACK

A part of our development strategy, AFI’s Fastrack™ was established as an initiative that identifies and invests in the best of the continent’s young designers, by providing them with direct access to: mentorships, media exposure and business acumen, through yearlong programmes that prepare them to navigate the fashion landscape.

In addition to this development platform, AFI’s Young Designer of the Year competition annually rewards outstanding new talent, with the annual winners and runners-up going on to run their own fashion businesses. Over the past six years, AFI’s Fastrack™ incubator programme has so far assisted in developing the careers of 75 new talents.

FINALISTS

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Aaliya Randeree

From a young age Aaliya has always being interested in fashion, more so in the construction of garments. Studying fashion was a definite career path for her. She studied Fashion Design at DUT and graduated in May 2018.

“I aspire to run a successful fashion label that inspires women to be comfortable in their own skin. My collection is inspired by Muslim women who have stood up for their dressing, regardless of the backlash they receive. This has inspired me to create a modest wear collection for the contemporary women.”

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Cari St Quentin

Cari’s rare style and love for fashion pushed her to create clothes which are playful but still have that urban edge. She studied Fashion Design at Vega and graduated in 2017.

“I love to design clothes that combine femininity and boyish playfulness and edge. I enjoyed working on my entry for AFI Fastrack and I look forward to working on my collection. I am currently working on other collections and look forward to their completion.”

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Dani Blitzounis

Dan is a passionate, highly motivated and driven individual with a fiery personality and a will to succeed. She studied at Spero Villioti Elite Design Academy and graduated in 2017. Her ultimate goal is to introduce her own luxury resort wear that is inspired by Mediterranean influences.

“Coming from a Greek background, I have a great love for all things that are summer. I introduced a resort wear range featuring one of a kind swimwear and handcrafted fabrics that allow women all over the world to feel confident, sexy as well as comfortable when they are traveling around the world. I would like to go global and become a successful designer representing South Africa as well as Greece.”

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Sindi Mbobo

Sindi is a Technical Fashion designer and studied at Cape Town College of Fashion Designs. His interests range from design to reading. His creativity is also influenced by his love for music and he plays a tuba.

“I am a designer who gets involved in the creative and the technical sides of fashion. My illustrations, flats, and graphics are designed using Adobe programs like Photoshop, illustrator and inDesign.”

JUDGES

GREGG MARAGELIS

Multi award winning designer Gregg Maragelis started his career working alongside celebrated couturier Errol Arendz and as Head designer for the Jenni Button brand. After a decade of working for leading SA designers Gregg established his highly successful label Isaac`s Maragelis. The label was prominently featured on runway platforms and editorially nationally and internationally. The label supplied over 45 stores globally.

Anisa Mpungwe

Anissa Mpungwe, founder of loin and cloth and ashes was born in a Tanzania and raised in South Africa. Her career started at the age of 19. She worked for various fashion houses, magazines and apparel factories within Africa, America and united kingdom. Her brand has been involved in fashion weeks in South Africa, Mozambique, Angola, Italy, Sweden and new york. Her first flagship store opened in 2012, that same year she got a nod from singer Solange Knowles when gracing her designs for Elle Magazine South Africa cover.

Greg Wallis

Fashion designer Greg Wallis, based in Durban, who has been in the fashion business for more than 40 years. He currently supplies blue chip chain stores with garments every month. He keeps in touch with trends internationallywith frequent trips to London, Europe , the East and the Americas, in searchof that something different and innovative.