Inside the AFI Fashion Week Joburg x Royal Flush Gin opening party

Joburg Fashion Week

Celebrities stun in Pan-African fashion at the AFI Fashion Week Joburg Opening Party

Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe toasts to fifteen more years of African Fashion International

For a few hours, Melrose Arch in Johannesburg turned into the fashion capital of Africa as A-Listers, designers and fashion lovers celebrated at the AFI Fashion Week Joburg 2022 opening party.

The soiree was hosted by Royal Flush Gin at Daytona in Melrose Arch to celebrate the 15th anniversary of African Fashion International ahead of fashion week. While the luxury vehicles are always the attraction, the stars on the five-metre-long red carpet, received all the attention.

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Guests arriving on the red carpet at the AFI Fashion Week Joburg opening party hosted by Royal Flush Gin at Daytona in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg.

The red-carpet was a hive of activity as star after star arrived at Daytona, decked out in garments by Pan-African designers.

Minnie Dlamini was one of the first to arrive, showing off her blonde buzzcut in a figure-hugging dress by Mozambican designer, Taibo Bacar.

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Media personality, Minnie Dlamini arriving on the red carpet at the AFI Fashion Week Joburg opening party hosted by Royal Flush Gin at Daytona in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg.

The designer, who wore an oversized brown linen suit and matching shirt, also dressed Miss South Africa, Ndavhi Nokeri and Mihlali Ndamase.

As always, Mihlali turned heads as press clamoured for her attention. Her red hair was the perfect beauty look for her black Taibo Bacar dress.

A collage of an African woman and an African man at a party. The woman is wearing a body-hugging black dress standing on a red carpet with a black and white backdrop.
Media personality, Mihlali Ndamase arriving on the red carpet at the AFI Fashion Week Joburg opening party hosted by Royal Flush Gin at Daytona in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg.

Former Miss South Africa, Shudufhadzo Musida wore a gown from Imprint_ZA and perfectly timed her arrival with the designer, Mzukisi Mbane.

The Modiselle sisters, Bontle and Candice, were a ball of fun, while Blue Mbombo stunned in her emerald number.

Royal Flush Gin ambassador, Naaq Musiq impressed in a marble tuxedo by bespoke menswear brand, Suitability, while Felipe Mazibuko gave everyone a style lesson, wearing an oversized shirts and blazer, Bermuda shorts and knee-high socks.

oburg Fashion Week - A collage of two African women at a party. One woman is wearing a blue gown, while the other is wearing a pink printed dress. Both are standing on a red carpet with a black and white backdrop.
Miss South Africa 2022, Ndavhi Nokeri and Miss South Africa 2020, Shudufhadzo Musida arriving on the red carpet at the AFI Fashion Week Joburg opening party hosted by Royal Flush Gin at Daytona in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg.

Inside the venue, guests were treated to a luxurious setting with chandeliers, and cocktail style setting, with Royal Flush Gin cocktails. Celebrity caterer and events coordinator, Vicky Crease pulled out all the stops.

Guests were served, a smorgasbord of canapes, including gourmet beef fillet, lemon chicken skewers coconut prawns, French manicured lamb cutlets and lemon and herb calamari.

oburg Fashion Week - A collage of three African men at a party. They are standing on a red carpet with a black and white backdrop.
Fashion designer, Awakhiwe Kona, Naaq Musiq and Felipe Mazibuko arriving on the red carpet at the AFI Fashion Week Joburg opening party hosted by Royal Flush Gin at Daytona in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg.

For dessert guests tucked into little cups chocolate mousse and a fluffy meringue nest with seasonal fruit.

Hitting the decks were DJ Zinhle and her husband, Murdah Bongz. DJ Mo Flava also had the audience dancing up a storm.

oburg Fashion Week - A collage of an African woman at a party. The woman is wearing a printed blouse with a pair of trousers and is standing on a red carpet with a black backdrop.
Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe speaking at the AFI Fashion Week Joburg opening party hosted by Royal Flush Gin at Daytona in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg.
 

Founder and executive chair of AFI, Dr. Precious Moloi-Motsepe also made an appearance, where she thanked guests for their attendance. She touched on the journey of AFI from the beginning until today and encouraged guests to not only appreciate African fashion but actively collaborate with AFI to continue making sure that African fashion is a true player in the global industry.

To see some of the attendees who impressed on the red carpet, visit the AFI Facebook page.

oburg Fashion Week
AFI Fashion Week Joburg 2022 will be at The Diamond Walk in Sandton City. While tickets are sold out, AFI will be streaming Day 1  and Day 2

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